If winter is your favourite time of the year, like it is for Leah and Aaron, what better occasion to tie the knot!
The couple got married in December 2018 at Elmore Court where they enjoyed a very special day with 80 friends and family members.
Leah and Aaron first met online 10 years ago. In 2017, Aaron took Leah for dinner at their favourite restaurant in Melbourne, where they were living at the time.
After a delicious meal together, Aaron got down on one knee to propose. Despite the Australian heat, he was wearing chinos, boots and football socks – inside which he’d hidden the ring!
Aaron gave a speech which made Leah sob and the entire restaurant started clapping and cheering when she said “yes!”
“I found out afterwards that the proposal was supposed to happen on a hot air balloon ride that morning and the meal was to celebrate. But, at 4am that morning, the balloon ride was cancelled due to bad weather. We did get to go on the balloon a few weeks later which was lovely!”
As the couple were living in Australia, they planned most of their wedding from there! Thankfully, everything came together beautifully to make their big day really special.
Photographer: Ed Godden Photography
The Wedding Dress
Leah’s parents visited Melbourne to help her choose the perfect wedding dress. She tried on 27 dresses in just one day! But, it wasn’t until she was back home in the UK for Christmas that she finally found The One.
“My dress had a fitted bodice with a huge skirt made from layers and layers of fabric with a horsehair hem and lace detail.
“I had it in the colour Moscato, which is a very pale, blush pink colour. I also had
the seamstress add off-shoulder straps in matching lace. It was designed by Stella York and I bought it from The Wedding Room in Nottingham.
“After trying on so many dresses I was beginning to lose hope that my perfect one was out there. While in the shop I saw all the layers peeking out and had a feeling that it was the one. It wasn’t like any that I had seen before and I loved it as soon as I saw it.
“I had a beautiful, draped cathedral-length veil made by Sian at Blossom and Bluebird. I can’t thank Sian enough as she was so helpful and patient with me when I contacted her a week before my wedding after originally thinking I didn’t want a veil.
“I gave my Mum a handmade Nottingham lace handkerchief just after we had our makeup done. My cousin read the embroidered poem out and the whole room burst into tears including all my suppliers. We all had to have a makeup touch up after that.”
Bryony Dalton did Leah’s makeup for her big day and gave her a fairly natural look with subtle rose gold eyes and a pink lip. Louise Alway gave the bride a long mermaid braid with some clip-in extensions for added volume and length.
“I bought some lovely rose gold hair clips which I had throughout my braid along with my veil.
“I originally had four bridesmaids but my friend was pregnant and couldn’t attend the wedding as she was due any day! My maid of honour was my oldest friend Janine and then I had Bella and Sarah who are friends from Australia.
“Their dresses were lovely rose gold, floor-length dresses that were so flattering on them. Janine actually found them while out shopping.
“We were unable to shop together as half of us were in Australia. Luckily, John Lewis has international delivery so I ordered two for Australia and two for the UK. We tried them on at the same time across the globe!”
The groom and his groomsmen wore the Southwold suit from the Vintage Suit Hire Company.
“My groomsmen wore their suit with navy polka dot ties and pocket squares and mine were burgundy.
“I chose the suits myself along with my best man Liam who came with me. Mine was purchased and then the best man decided to buy his as well. The other five were hired.
“Leah bought me a lovely rose gold Daniel Wellington watch which I opened on the morning and wore for the whole day.
“My groomsmen and I kept everything very chilled the night before with a couple of drinks and dinner in the pub we were staying at. A few of us went for a run in the morning before breakfast to burn off some nervous energy and it was a great start to the day.”