Stephanie and Dennis met on a student night out in 2004 and owned their own home together by 2007. Stephanie was very keen to get engaged, but Dennis certainly kept her waiting! Just 11 short years after they first met, the pair tied the knot in a beautiful autumn themed wedding.
Stephanie and Dennis’s Beautiful Autumnal Wedding
Three years after meeting on a drunken student night out, Dennis and Stephanie bought their first home and moved in together. Every time Dennis would ask Stephanie what she wanted for her birthday, she’d reply with ‘A ring’. However, as the years went by and no ring materialised, she started to lose hope.
At Christmas 2013, Dennis asked the same question and Stephanie said she wanted Botox that year, as she would be turning 30 soon after Christmas. As the holiday approached Stephanie realised he’d done nothing to organise it and had a bit of a sulk.
On Christmas morning, Dennis really surprised her by handing her a card and Christmas present which read: ‘Merry Christmas to my Fiancée’. Stephanie nearly had a heart attack! He’d written a lovely verse inside, and when she opened the present she found a white gold engagement ring with a sparkling solitaire diamond. It was her dream ring.
Stephanie spent most of Christmas day looking at wedding dresses and the couple set their autumn wedding date just a few days later, giving them just under two years to plan.
Stephanie’s Alessandro Rossi Wedding Dress
Stephanie looked radiant on her wedding day in a strapless mermaid style wedding dress with a lace, crystal and sequin detailed overlay. The dress had a long train and Stephanie wore a small hoop to make the bottom of the dress flare out even more.
The excited bride-to-be made several appointments at different boutiques around Liverpool, but it just so happened that her first one was at Copplestones, an ‘off-the-peg’ store that sells end of season designer stock.
Stephanie didn’t expect to find her dream dress there, but went to see what styles she liked. The bride’s mum picked out an Alessandro Rossi gown for her to try on and she fell in love with it as soon as she put it on. She cancelled all her other appointments and snapped up her perfect dress there and then!
Stephanie had four bridesmaids – her friend Louise was her maid of honour, and her friends Kreuza and Rhiannah and Dennis’s sister Melissa were bridesmaids. They wore different styles of dresses – two wore burgundy midi dresses and two had gold maxi dresses. Stephanie had the idea after seeing something similar on Pinterest.
The DIY Wedding Bouquet
Stephanie made her own wedding flowers, including her bridal bouquet! She bought lots of artificial flowers online, as well as oasis, ribbons and floristry tape, for around £70. She’d never done anything like it before but figured if she messed it up it wouldn’t make a huge dent in the budget.
It took a whole day, but Stephanie made her top table arrangement, her bouquet, four posies for the bridesmaids and boutonnieres for their close family members. By the end of it her hands were cut to shreds, but it was so worth it.
She used a variety of different flowers in a range of colours to suit her autumnal colour scheme, such as roses, lilies and chrysanthemums.
Navy and Tweed Groomswear
Dennis wore a navy suit for his wedding with a tweed waistcoat and a burgundy tie and accessories to tie in with the wedding colour scheme. He didn’t want lots of groomsmen – just a best man, so they bought the same suit for him too.
Stephanie went with Dennis to pick out the groomswear. He was originally going to go with his best man but got fed up of waiting for him to get organised! The best man didn’t actually go to collect his suit until the day before the wedding and the shop was shut! He had to make a mad dash on the morning of the wedding from Manchester to Liverpool – but he pulled it off and made it in time, properly dressed.
Etsy Wedding Rings
Stephanie arrived at her wedding ceremony in a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, and the guests were transported in a classic red bus.
The wedding ceremony and reception all took place in one place – Meols Hall Tithebarn in Southport.
Stephanie walked down the aisle at the barn with her dad as a string duo played Wagner’s ‘Bridal March’. She was so nervous she caught herself staring at the floor, until she made herself look up. She saw the back of Dennis’s head and focused on getting to him.
During the ceremony, Stephanie’s friend Laura read out an extract from ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’. The couple chose the reading as they thought it fitted perfectly with their relationship as they’ve been together for so long.
The bride and groom exchanged wedding rings they bought from Etsy. Stephanie chose an art deco style white gold ring with diamonds and Dennis had a titanium ring with a wooden inlay, as they both wanted something a little different.
The ceremony passed by in a blur for Stephanie, so she was glad they recorded it so she could watch it back on video.
The Barn Wedding Venue
When it came to choosing their wedding venue, Dennis and Stephanie sat down together and made a shortlist of venues they wanted to view. Just from looking online, Stephanie already loved Meols Hall Tithebarn, and had put a big asterisk next to it on the list.
When they went to view it in person it was so lovely she almost cried. It was the only venue they viewed – she said to Dennis it was there or nowhere!
They loved how historic it was, and the rustic style of the barn perfectly suited their warm toned autumnal wedding day. The couple were able to bring in their own alcohol without corkage charges and loved the locations for photographers.
The caterer was also amazing – everyone commented on how nice the main course was; loin of suckling pig with roast potatoes, apples and chestnut and cranberry gravy. In the evening everyone enjoyed hot dogs and burgers.
Autumnal Wedding Details
The couple actually chose their wedding date through compromise – Stephanie wanted a winter wedding whilst Dennis wanted to get married in the summer. They found middle ground in autumn and Stephanie was so glad they did as she used lots of reds, golds, oranges and burgundy in the colour scheme and had lots of tree inspired touches.
All of the tables at the wedding reception were named after different types of trees, and the place cards were leaves spray painted gold with a name tag attached by twine. Stephanie roped her bridesmaids in for that job as it was so fiddly!
The tables were decorated with wrought iron candelabras, which they bought from a local blacksmith. Each guest received a handmade chocolate lollipop as a wedding favour, alongside a selection of sweets in little paper bags which were personalised with the couple’s names and wedding date.
In the evening the couple hired Black Cadillac Sister Band, who played retro style music and also did a DJ set. They played Stephanie and Dennis’s first dance song, Elton John’s ‘Your Song’.
Chocolate Wedding Cake
In the evening, Dennis and Stephanie cut into a chocolate wedding cake decorated with shimmering gold hoops which they got from Marks and Spencer’s. Stephanie had spotted it in a wedding magazine and loved it instantly as it was chocolate and matched their theme perfectly.
She had two little fabric mice custom made to be the adorable cake topper – their outfits were inspired by what the couple actually wore for their wedding.
The guests all enjoyed slices on the cake on the evening on the wedding. There was also a guest appearance by Jools Holland! He arrived by helicopter as a guest of the main house but was around for a few guests to have pictures taken with him.
After the beautifully rustic autumn wedding, Dennis and Stephanie spent a week in Sri Lanka, where a guide took them around and they saw so many different places and landmarks. They spent the second week of their honeymoon relaxing in Goa, which was sheer bliss.
They’d never been further than Europe before so they were so excited and it was a real adventure – the perfect way to start life as husband and wife.
Dennis & Stephanie’s supplier list
Bridalwear Shop by: Copplestone Bridal
Photography by: Wowtastic Weddings
Beauty, Hair & Make Up by: Miss Q Beauty
Cars and Travel by: Elegance Wedding Car Hire
Cars and Travel by: Classic Buses
Venue by: Meols Hall Tithe Barn
Entertainment by: Warble Entertainment Agency
Photography by: Wowtastic Weddings
First Dance: Your Song by: Elton John
Bride Entrance: 12. Wagner Bridal Chorus by: Wagner