Naomi and Jordan first met after an unsuccessful attempt at matchmaking by their friends. “We'd both been told that the other one fancied us – when that wasn't the case at all,” reveals Naomi. However, a couple of months later they were in a bar on a night out and that push of confidence had started a conversation – the rest is history!
Six years later Jordan proposed during a holiday to Lake Garda in Italy. “We were enjoying a day trip to Venice – it was so romantic! Just after dinner, as the sun was setting, we decided to get a gondola ride and it was there that he proposed,” explains the bride. “I was completely surprised as he said he didn't want to get married for another few years, so there were a few happy tears! I still look back on those pictures and laugh now as I'm holding my ring hand up in nearly every photo!”
Here Naomi shares details of their beautiful dream wedding…
We loved the idea of a rustic wedding and the silver, grey and blue colour scheme gave it a slightly modern touch. We used the same blue in our centrepieces as the bridesmaids' dresses.
We picked 15th September as our wedding date as it was a year to the day that Jordan proposed in Venice. It's lovely that this will not only be our anniversary but also remind us of the day we got engaged.
One of my friends kindly hand-decorated jars and filled them with large roses and gypsophila, which looked great.
Our favours were glass jars full of sweeties. We both have a sweet tooth and didn't want to go for the traditional cart idea.
Our flowers were by the amazing Kim from The Flower House Studio. I saw a bouquet on Instagram by searching #weddingbouquetsussex and found Kim. It was great working with someone so passionate about what they do. I loved the arrangements and nothing was ever too much trouble – she even had her husband hand-deliver our order despite it being his birthday!
We had our table names printed from VM Bespoke, which was great as our guests could take them home after. We thought we'd go for a wood-effect as my new surname was Wood after all!
My wonderfully talented friend Kat from Coleys Cakes made this beauty! We had a small two-tier creation along with 100 cookies and 100 cupcakes in mint choc-chip, caramel and cherry bakewell flavours – they went down a storm.
Despite my instant love for my dress, I knew it was missing a little something. I tried on a cathedral veil and it fitted perfectly with the simplicity of the design. I finished off with a small headpiece from Debenhams to complement my curls.