Real Bride ... The planning so far - Jessica and Josh

Every bride is different and we love hearing your stories, so when our lovely real bride Jessica allowed us to ask all the questions everyone wants to know and share her exciting planning journey so far, we couldn't miss the opportunity!

So lets start at the very beginning (a very good place to start), Jessica and Josh like a lot love stories now days met at work ,starting on the same day undergoing training at The William Cecil Hotel, quickly becoming close friends for over 6 years before their romantic engagement. We know you are all dying to know the details so we will hand you over to Jessica to tell all.

First things did Josh pop the questions? We want to know all the details! 

Josh, me and our very special pup Paddy were on a family holiday to North Cornwall. We’d spent our first night in one of Rick Steins properties in Padstow,  which included a room upgrade! We had an amazing day of bubbles, chocolates, good food, followed by an evening walk around the harbour. I didn’t think anything could beat our first day in Cornwall, I was very wrong!

After a fabulous day 1 we moved onto our favourite spot in the world... Trebarwith Strand. We rented a gorgeous little property right on the coast. We arrived, unpacked and decided to go for a little walk along the beach. We were having a leisurely stroll in the shallows of the waves when we stopped a moment to take in our beautiful surroundings. Josh came and hugged me and told me that he really loved me, I wondered what had got into him as he was being all soppy. We stood there for a while and then decided to head to a large rock to sit and let our feet dry. I sat down with Paddy sitting close by and Josh began to wash his hands in a little pool of water on the rock... which I thought was a little bizarre! The next thing I know Josh is on one knee with a beautiful wooden box open in his hands asking me to marry him. It took me all of 0.03 seconds to say yes before he popped the ring on my finger. We sat there for about 2 minutes smiling and elated about the what had just happened before the wave of emotion hit me and then came the tears!

We walked back to our cottage and celebrated with a boozy treat before deciding to call our nearest and dearest to tell them the happy news. As there was no signal in the cove so we had to walk to the top of the coastal path to get some phone signal. On our ascent up the hill it began to mizzle but we didn’t care one bit. We reached a little wooden bench at the top of the cliff and made several very happy phone calls. Whilst we were sat overlooking the sea a passing walker stopped and asked if he could take a picture of us just sitting, we said sure. We spoke to the man and discovered he was walking the full coastal path from North Devon to South Cornwall writing a travel journal along the way. The man kindly emailed us the photo (attached) and sent a small edit from his travel diary to keep as a memento. is the planning going so far?

We will be getting married at St John the Evangelist Church, Ryhall, and our reception to be held at Stubton Hall, Newark. We knew we wanted our wedding to take place at Ryhall Church. My Nan and Grandpa were landlords of the Green Dragon Pub for a time and my mum grew up under the Green Dragons’ roof. My parents were married from the church in 1980 and myself and my sister Sophie were both christened there. In 2016 my sister also tied the knot at the church and so a family tradition begins. We don’t have a set theme, we just want the day to be relaxed, fun and full of smiles... nothing too formal for us as we are both down to earth characters!

There is so much to organise, what did you plan/ book first?

After returning home from Cornwall and being greeted by a pile of wedding magazines, cards and bubbles from family and friends we set to pulling together ideas for our big day. As we had already decided on Ryhall Church we started looking at receptions venues. We sent a few emails to various venues and then came across Stubton Hall. We booked a meeting and met with the wedding co-ordinator. We looked around the venue and grounds and fell in love. The deal clencher was the fact that our very precious and super important pooch was allowed to be part of our day  and stay at Stubton.

What are the top 5 things learnt so far planning your wedding? 

  1. Deciding on a budget is very important! Its so easy to get caught up in the excitement of planning, having a budget just helps to keep you a little more focused.

  2. Trust your gut feeling, if something doesn’t feel quite right it probably isn’t.

  3. Supplier recommendations can be very helpful.

  4. Planning early allows you to have the pick of venues and suppliers.

  5. Enjoy the process and take your time.

What are your top tips for other brides to be?

  1. Enjoy the process! It isn’t meant to be stressful its meant to be exciting.

  2. Stay true to who you both are and what you want your wedding day to look like.

  3. Focus on one element at a time.

  4. Set up a shared email and google drive so you and your partner can keep track together.

We have loved hearing all about Jessica's plans so far and look forward to sharing the big day!