I’m sat here writing today’s wedding blog with a little tear in my eye. Wedding films move me – they do! The nervous moments as a groom waits for his bride get me every time! And then he reaches towards her and has to wipe away a tear… it’s magical, and so lovely. So – a warning: Davina and Dave will make you cry! Enjoy their Sheffield wedding highlights film by Love Gets Sweeter and read Davina’s beautifully written wedding story below (I laughed out loud at Dave and the dolphin trainer!)
Dave and Davina: a beautiful Sheffield wedding blog
When Dave proposed after 5 years together I knew that we weren’t going to have a long engagement and eagerly got stuck into planning our big day. Although we had no idea where we wanted to get married we knew that it had to be big enough for our family and friends without being cold and uninviting.
We wanted something with a bit of character and that’s why when we went to look around Whitley Hall in Sheffield we immediately fell in love with it. The old style interior gave it personality and the different rooms available meant that family members wouldn’t be restricted to the one room with the DJ in at the reception. However what we really loved about it was the fact that there were peacocks that roamed the grounds which were fantastic for photos.
The wedding dress
As a bride one of my favourite parts of the wedding planning was going wedding dress shopping with my mum, I already knew that my shoes would be Jimmy Choo (a girl’s got to have standards) and that I wanted to wear a birdcage instead of a veil but the dress had to offer something different to the hundreds of wedding dresses that you normally saw in magazines.
I was like a kid in a candy shop trying on all of the dresses at Blush Bridal Boutique in Uppermill and I didn’t limit myself to one particular type – I tried the meringues, fishtail, lace, vintage but when I tried on the Ian Stuart Miami dress I knew that was the one for me. The amazing bow at the back was the icing on the cake. I can’t even explain how the dress made me feel but I’ll never forget it and the girls that worked there made me feel like a princess on every single visit.
The morning of the wedding
On the actual day, my mum, dad, two bridesmaids, Rosie and Kerry and myself tucked into smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels and rose champagne with hibiscus flowers for breakfast before starting to get ready for the day. The bridesmaids wore gorgeous maxi dresses from John Lewis which were set off nicely with the flowers from Monica f Hewitt.
Prior to the day I was a bit nervous about being videoed and photographed during the preparations but can honestly say that it didn’t even enter my head as the amazing Charlene from Love Gets Sweeter and Nicola Thompson put me totally at ease and I actually on occasions forgot that they were there.
Hair and make up was done by Lauren Sally who I can only describe as brilliant, from the moment we met she put me at ease, instantly getting the kind of look that I wanted to go for. It was an absolute honour having my hair and make up done by someone who is amazing at her art but is also a genuinely fantastic person and such a laugh.
One of the moments I’ll treasure forever is when my dad came in to the living room after I’d put my dress on to see me for the first time in my wedding dress, it was so emotional and I was so proud for my dad to be giving me away. As a little extra I’d gotten him some cufflinks that stated father of the bride on them which he put on before we set off to the venue.
The wedding ceremony
When we got to the venue, I was absolutely elated and whilst I was having photos my dad was supplying the bridesmaid and himself with alcohol to get rid of the nerves as the bridesmaids were nervous of walking down the aisle before me.
Walking down the aisle was surreal and emotional especially as Dave and I had picked the music ourselves so I knew that he would be listening for the part when we had agreed that I would start walking down the aisle.
Seeing Dave crying as he turned around to see me walking towards him will stay with me forever. Not only that Dave was wearing the cufflinks my dad had given to his best man the night before for me, that stated ‘See You’ on one and ‘At 1.30pm’ on the other one and I was wearing the stunning silver knot stud earrings that Dave had bought me the day before and left at my mum and dad’s house.
During the ceremony we had two amazing readings from Rosie and Tony who did us proud despite being so nervous. After the ceremony we were able to take a lovely ride in the wedding car supplied by Laura’s vintage limousines as husband and wife drinking champagne before going back to the venue for photos. The cars were amazing and the drivers were professional and friendly throughout the day.
Depsite the weather being glorious it was absolutely freezing so whilst having the photos taken outside we chatted, drank and ate canapes quickly between shoots. Whilst the rest of the wedding party got to go inside for warmth by the fires Dave and I spent a while outside with both Charlene and Nicola filming and photographing us.
Jimmy Choos were replaced by Topshop nude pumps and I added my Topshop faux fur coat to wear whilst walking around the grounds. Dave and I had such a laugh with him holding my dress up as well as the drinks whilst we both tried to avoid stepping in peacock poops – hilarious!!! During the photos we were all laughing at Dave’s bad jokes whilst our teeth were chattering with the cold, even though it was freezing we wouldn’t have changed a thing – the day and weather was absolutely perfect.
The wedding reception
When we stepped into the room where we were having our meal I couldn’t believe how beautiful the room looked, the styling which was done by Ambience venue styling and the centre pieces which were supplied by Monica F Hewitt were gorgeous and just what we have imagined them to look like.
The table plan, menus and table names which Dave and I had spent hours deciding on had been designed and created by Love Story Stationery who were absolutely fantastic and made everything so personal, they were so unusual and we got lots of comments throughout the day.
Whilst we had our wedding breakfast meal I gave my now husband a new set of cufflinks to wear which read ‘If found’ ‘return to wife’ which he loved and put on immediately. I also put on a ring that I had made that stated Mrs Davina Armitage on it which was a special little unique add on to the day.
Dave and I had also provided favours of muslin bags with a large jelly dolphin sweets in them with a tag stating ‘love from Davina and the Dolphin trainer’ at each place setting which was based on the fact that Dave had originally told me he was a dolphin trainer called Rodney when we met.
At the back of the room there was a lovely postbox, our sweet table with all the sweets supplied by Mr Simms Emporium Sweet Shop in Knutsford and a friend’s easel displayed the white ornate picture frame that surrounded the cork pinboard for people to pin their vintage style place cards once they had written a note on the back for Dave and I – an idea I had early on as I didn’t want the classic guest book, but wanted something that we could display on our wall after the wedding.
After the meal it was time for the speeches and despite a technical difficulty of the microphone not working they were all fantastic and had all the guests in stitches, especially the speech by one of the best men, Dean. They were so good that they actually overran into the night do – ooppsss!!!
The evening entertainment
The night do gave everyone the perfect opportunity to let their hair down after a long day and have a good old boogie. Prior to the first dance Dave and I cut the cake that had been made by Ania’s cupcakes at Elsecar’s heritage centre to our specification – again not following tradition we opted for a vanilla flavoured sponge cake dyed purple inside, covered with marzipan and white icing with lace applique.
The cake topper was a suprise for Dave as I had ordered a special one from America that displayed a cyclist groom, bride and a bike which I had asked to be painted exactly as Dave’s bike.
We then hit the dance floor for the first dance ‘You and Me’ by The Wannadies which we loved. I think we both were on such a high that we made sure that we enjoyed every single second of our first dance together to the cheers of our friends and family. After the dance we spent the night drinking, chatting, and dancing to Gangnam style, grease, Abba, The Killers and various other music.
A particular special part of the evening was when Dave and his mum danced to the song that had been played at his dad’s funeral, a request that Dave had asked for when we were planning our big day. It was very emotional but extremely special and I know Dave was glad that he went ahead with it.
The day was the best day of both of our lives and represented both Dave and I to a tee. We loved it so much we wanted to do it all over again the following day.