Kelly and Ben’s wedding was truly elegant. Somerleyton Hall provided the perfect backdrop as guests were welcomed by the bride and groom through the wisteria archway, followed by Prosecco and canaps on the lawn. Their grey and mustard yellow colour theme added a classic feel to the day but with bright splashes – check out the groom’s cheeky yellow bow tie.
A slightly blustery drive to the reception, speeches that had everyone in fits of laughter and a sparkler surprise added some fun to the day.
Ben tells us how he popped the question:
” It was Kelly’s 30th Birthday and I booked a trip to Barcelona for it. 2 days leading up to her birthday she asked me about marriage and, to throw her off the scent, I said I wasn’t interested; needless to say the next couple of days weren’t so pleasant. I booked a nice restaurant in the city centre and then took her for a walk along the beach afterward, during which she opened her birthday present – a stand in engagement ring.”
BEFORE THE BIG DAY
The first thing we got to was compiling a list of people we wanted at our wedding and from this looked at venues online that could hold that number. We booked to view 3 venues in Norfolk and decided on Somerleyton as it had everything we were after. Once the church and venue were booked there wasn’t much to do for a few months.
I made an appointment to try on dresses a year before the wedding as this is what was recommended to me.
I went to La Creme, Pure Brides in Norwich and to Mia Sposa in Cambridge and this is where I ended up getting my dress from.
Once we hit the year mark I made a plan to do one thing per month for the wedding, including booking the photographer. I really enjoyed the planning process and ran everything past Ben. I had my two lovely bridesmaids and family on hand towards the end to help with preparation etc.
A month before the wedding Kelly received a call from the vicar to say unfortunately we couldn’t get married in the church which we had chosen, this was very sentimental to Kelly as it was her family parish church that she was Christened in. We were offered another church in the next village, but it put a bit of a spanner in the works; luckily the day was perfect.
DID YOU HAVE A WEDDING THEME?
Our theme was grey and mustard yellow, Ben and I are fans of these colours and wanted to feature them in our wedding day. We discussed whether to have the Groomsmen in grey or navy but agreed on navy, so I chose a soft grey for my bridesmaids dresses. We incorporated the mustard yellow into Ben’s bow tie and in the flowers and confetti. We feel the colours worked well, giving a sense of a classic feel but with bright ‘splashes’.
Kelly works in Marketing so designed and organised the printing of our wedding stationery, which incorporated the grey and mustard, plus gave it a personal feel as she created them herself.
Do you have any wedding planning tips?
One of my bridesmaids bought me a planner; in my planner I listed the months and under each month scheduled tasks to aim to be completed. It meant I wasn’t stressing leading up to the wedding as I spread the workload out over a year.
(N.B. note – find your wedding planning checklist in our magzine!)
The Big Day
My family is from Watton so I stayed at my parents the night before the wedding. We headed to the local pub for a few too many drinks with my Groomsmen. The morning after, all fresh as daisies, the boys kicked a football around in the garden, whilst the mother and sisters of the groom did hair and makeup. The videographer (Mickey from Loved Up Films) arrived mid-morning to film some classic scenes… It was all far too relaxed, until late morning when we realised about 10 people had to shower and get ready. A few nudie shots for Mickey to capture later, and needless to say, we left in a hurry to embark on the ~1hr drive to the church! Just about made it in time… After the ceremony we zipped over to Somerleyton, did the receiving line, drunk and ate on the lawn in between photos, then, after making our way inside, it was speech time! Absolutely loved this part, it was so much fun. The food then came out, wine was flowing freely, and the party continued!
The morning of the wedding I had the hairdresser turn up at half 7 to get started on my hair, then moved onto make-up. I ended up being the one making teas and pouring the champers, I felt so chilled out. The photographer and videographer turned up the same time, got them fed and watered then it was time to get me in my dress. This was the point I think I took a big breath realising I was about to set off on my last journey as a single lady to marry my partner in crime.
The car we used was my Dads Morgan, it was so lovely and personal although should have thought twice about a soft-top car with my hair.
Got to the church and took the long walk up the path to the church entrance to meet the vicar whom I have known all my life. I remember standing on the step feeling my knees knocking together, was panicking in-case I tripped over my dress on the way in. instead my veil got caught on the mat on the way in so had to unhook before my Dad and I could continue!
Once I saw Ben I completely lost all my nerves and felt excited to be here marrying my best friend (corny, I know.)
The service was lovely and personal which made it perfect. We then headed out for a few pictures before cruising over to Somerleyton. Ben was a little speedy so my hair ended up a bit of a fuzz but it was a lovely drive over as husband and wife. A few choice of words were said for him to slow down, but we were just so excited to get over to the venue for the party to commence.
When we arrived at Somerleyton we were greeted with a couple of glasses of Prosecco and through the wisteria archway we set up for our receiving line. This was a nice place to do it, the sun was shining and it gave a good chance to welcome all our guests in. We then had some drinks and canaps on the lawn. Tatum rounded us up for some more pictures and then we were called in for our wedding breakfast by my brother Paul who was our MC. The speeches were fantastic, I think my Dad spoke more about Ben in his speech than me but overall, all 3 speeches were great and had all the guests in fits of laughter.
Once food was over we headed out for some more pictures as the evening guests were arriving, before going back in to cut the cake. After this the real party commenced. We had music provided by Jimmy Lee Entertainments, Chelmsford. Our flower girls were the first on the dance floor until our first dance happened; we went for Pete Doherty ‘For Lovers’.
We had a surprise for all of our guests of sparklers at 9pm. I saw the idea on Instagram and we both agreed we wanted to do it. The guests loved it.