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 looked at a lot of venues and loved quite a few, but Laughton Barns jumped out at us. It wasn't too far for our family and friends to travel to and it even had a red acre tree outside – Jordan's favourite!
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.
We dressed our top table and added draped fabric that hung from the ceiling to add to the romance of the day.
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.
We used a company called Colour Pop Occasions for the fairylights and white lanterns, which covered the beams and entire ceiling of the barn – it took quite a chunk from our budget but I'm so glad we did it as it looked stunning.
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!
I wore Marquita by Madeline Gardener. The minute I tried on my dress I just knew it was the one. The lady in the shop hadn't even finished doing it up before my eyes had started to fill with tears.
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.
The groomsmen wore exactly the same as Jordan but with a paisley navy tie and tan shoes.
After trying numerous shops we ended up getting the bridesmaids' dresses from ASOS to get the colour we wanted. They all wore matching silver strappy heels with a silver necklace with their initials I'd bought them as a gift.
Jordan wore light grey trousers and a matching waistcoat with a navy jacket and white shirt. He accessorised with two brooches, which had belonged to his late nans – it's a lovely touch as you can see them in most of the pictures.