Rainbow brights

Jasmin and Lewis' colourful weeding was a joyous summer celebration

Jasmin and Lewis' journey to the alter took them from a seaside town on the Essex coast to a sunkissed beach in Barbuda. “We went to Clacton for our first date. We walked along the pier, threw pebbles in the sea and had fun at the amusements. The conversation flowed and we hit it off immediately,” remembers Jasmin.

Fast forward five-and-a-half years and Lewis popped the question on holiday in the Caribbean. “Lew whisked me off on a surprise helicopter trip from Antigua to Barbuda. We flew across the crystal clear ocean and landed on a deserted beach. After a traditional lobster lunch, we had a dip in the sea and relaxed on our private sundeck, before taking a stroll along the beach. As we walked along the sand, Lew got down on one knee and proposed. It was an unreal feeling and I said 'yes', of course,” adds Jasmin.

She took on most of the organising and pulled it off in nine months. They originally planned to tie the knot in 2016, but after falling in love with Copdock Hall Barn, while it was still being renovated, decided to bring the date forward so they could be one of the first couples to hold their wedding there.

Read on for Jasmin's account of their big day...

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My twin sisters Poppy and Liberty were bridesmaids along with our goddaughters Gracie and 22-month-old flowergirl Ivy. My sisters wore long, backless navy blue gowns, which they chose themselves, with brightly coloured flower crowns instead of bouquets.

 

Rainbow brights: Image 2aWe chose to marry at St Peter's Church opposite Copdock Hall Barn and managed to get permission for the rector from Hadleigh, where I grew up, to perform the ceremony there.

Rainbow brights: Image 2 My friend Sharlene did my hair and I accessorised with a fresh flower clip, which my florist made. Another close friend Michelle, who owns Purity beauty salon in Ipswich, did my make-up. I went for quite a simple look but with bright pink lipstick.

 

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Lew wore a bespoke, slim-fit suit with a very funky, brightly coloured skull-print lining. To stand out from the groomsmen, he had a double-breasted grey waistcoat instead of navy blue.

 

Rainbow brights: Image 4aFor the table plan, we used lolly sticks in flowers pots, displayed on ladders surrounded by personalised crates. It worked really well and was a real head-turner.

Rainbow brights: Image 4 Lew 's aunty Marion made our cake, which looked and tasted amazing. It was decorated with colourful sprinkles and lace designs, which she based on my dress.

 

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Our giant LOVE sign outside in the courtyard provided some great photo opportunities.

 

Rainbow brights: Image 6aI travelled to the wedding in a MK2 Jaguar. We went for a drive in it after the ceremony and stopped off in the middle of the countryside for a glass of champagne before arriving back at the reception.

Rainbow brights: Image 6 My bouquet was a relaxed country-style arrangement of blue delphiniums, ivory roses, yellow craspedia, cerise gerberas, coral spray roses, white freesias, blue thistles, eucalyptus foliage and ivy trails.

 

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The top table was decorated with more than 60 glass jars filled with flowers and wooden, light-up J & L initials in the middle.

 

Rainbow brights: Image 8aDuring the day saxophonist David Walker played a mix of modern and older music which was brilliant and got everyone dancing.

Rainbow brights: Image 8 Each child had an activity pack to keep them amused during the reception.

 

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I loved the detailing of my figure-hugging, lace dress. I added a navy blue belt with a touch of sparkle to complement Lew's suit and the bridesmaids' dresses - Jasmin

 

Jasmin and Lewis contact book


Band
Cushti
www.cushtiband.co.uk

Bride's dress and accessories
Nell'Amore
www.nellamore-bridalwear.co.uk

Bride's make-up
Purity
www.puritybeautyipswich.co.uk

Bridesmaids' dresses
Scanlan Theodore
www.scanlantheodore.com

Ceremony venue
St Peter's Church
www.suffolkchurches.co.uk

Flowers
Myrtle & Mint Flowers
www.myrtleandmint.com

Groom and groomsmen's suits
Anthony Formal Wear
www.anthonyformalwear.co.uk

Hessian chair covers
Suffolk Chair Covers
www.suffolkchaircovers.com

Mother-of-the-bride outfit
ANNA
www.shopatanna.com

Photographer
Ross Dean Photography
www.rossdeanphotography.com

Reception music
The Sax Walker
www.thesaxwalker.co.uk

Reception venue
Copdock Hall Barn
www.copdockhall.com

Transport
GT Classic Hire
www.gtclassichire.co.uk

Uplighting and LOVE sign
My Big Fat Wedding Disco
www.mybigfatweddingdisco.com

Wedding night
The Salthouse Harbour Hotel, Ipswich
www.salthouseharbour.co.uk