Nadine and Richard met online and enjoyed a first date in a bar in Leeds on a cold and miserable Sunday night. Two years later, Richard proposed.
“It was a surprise, given he was adamant he'd never get married again,” says Nadine. “We'd visited Italy in the previous year and I'd admired the love locks on the Ponte Vecchio. At the time it was a relatively new thing, so we couldn't find a padlock seller and I put it out of my mind.
“In December, 2013, Richard had booked for a surprise weekend away in Bruges and while we were there, he woke me up early and said we had a 'special quest' as it was my birthday. He had researched and found that in Minnewater Park there is a 'lake of love' which, local legend claims, will give a couple eternal love if they walk over the lake bridge. He then produced a love lock in the shape of a heart with our names and the date engraved on to it. So, my quest was to find the bridge and attach the lock. When I turned round from locking the padlock on to the bridge, Richard was down on one knee.”
Here, Nadine tells us more about their special day...
Nadine Elliott & Richard Crosby - 21st December, 2014
My dress was Lola by Sotterro and Midgeley. I tried on lots of dresses and kept coming back to this one. It was over budget, but my parents offered to pay for it which was a lovely surprise. As other guests would be in cocktail dresses, mine had to have the wow factor – it really sparkled in the light.
Richard wore a black tuxedo – when we had discussed the overall feel for the wedding, it naturally flowed that everyone would be in black tie. The only distinguishing feature to the groomsmen was the colour of their cummerbund and bow tie – silver for the groomsmen and black and silver for the groom.
We had a clear idea in mind of our dream winter wedding venue. It had to feel cosy inside with a log fire but also be elegant and glamorous, too. It also needed rooms for our friends and family to stay in – and it had to get my two teenage step-daughter's seal of approval. We knew Eaves Hall was the one the minute we stepped inside, and was so happy that it was within budget – and the girls loved it too.
Our centrepieces were created by The Flower Shop. I wanted lots of candlelight so we decided on candelabra and tea lights around flower vases – very simple but elegant.
Our table plan was displayed in an elegant frame
I'd placed some inflatable guitars and saxophones in the room with the disco mainly for the children to play with, but then during the first dance, the groomsmen and my mum jumped up and joined in.
I sent our cake maker lots of pictures of cakes I liked from Pinterest and we decided on the design together. Each of the three tiers had three layers to create a deep cake with plenty of buttercream filling. The base tier was red velvet, followed by a Victoria sponge layer and the top tier was a light fruit cake.
For the favours we had small handmade crackers. I searched everywhere until I found a company who created a batch of mini silver ones. These doubled up as place names, as the company hand wrote each name tag.
“We spent a lot of time discussing how we wanted the overall experience to be and decided it needed to be small and enjoyable, so the entertainment, food and venue were our priorities. This helped us to allocate our budget accordingly.” – Nadine
Bride's dress and accessories
Brides of Berkhamsted
UK Wedding Singer
Froufrou & Thomas
The Flower Shop
Hair and make-up
The Bridal Make-up Team
Creative Cover Hire