There’s nothing I adore more than a vintage Vespa wedding – and Esmeri and Ross added fun to their day with his n hers vintage vehicles: a Vespa for the groom, and a campervan for the bride. LOVE! Their glamorous wedding was at Church Farm and photographed by Welsh wedding photographer Darren Williams.
Weddings are going to be ultra glamorous this year, and Es and Ross rocked fabulously glam styling with classic elegance: a Mori Lee dress, bespoke mod suit and guests in black and white. Family and friends were recruited to prepare everything from cakes to signage – as Es told me, “it is a great achievement to say that you pulled it off and created such a beautiful day with the help of your family.”
Do check out Darren Williams’s photography website, especially if you’re near Wales:
Our wedding report: Esmeri + Ross
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Yes, we found him very hands on and made the day flow with ease, he is very friendly and professional.
Church Farm, Thurstaston, Wirral
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
The wedding was so much fun, such a fantastic day from beginning to end spent with best friends and family.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Seeing the photos brought back such beautiful memories. The photos definitely had that wow factor and made us feel overwhelmed with happiness.
Your wedding style and theme:
The wedding was a mixture of traditional English white wedding with a South African flare, bringing together two cultures. We went for a vintage theme, having an all-white wedding with hints of salmon pinks. Ross arrived on a Vespa and I arrived in a VW camper van adding some fun to the day.
Any happy tears on the day?
Lots of tears flowed throughout the day. Ross seemed emotional as I entered the church but as soon as he looked up, he just smiled and started to relax.
How did the two of you meet?
We met abroad in Zante over six years ago. I was on a girly holiday and Ross was with the lads, never in a million years thought we would carry it on but couldn’t wait to see each other as soon as we got back in England and the rest is history. You could say it was love at first sight.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
We were engaged for a year and started planning pretty much straight away.
Best bit of budget advice?
Try do a lot of things yourself. Get your family involved as it can be quite a lot of fun and every one will feel happy to lend a hand. It will save you a lot of money and is a great achievement to say that you pulled it off and created such a beautiful day with the help of your family.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Es made the invitations, personalising it with some of our favourite photos and sayings which added such a lovely personal touch and everyone loved them.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
It took me a while to choose the dress as I feel there are so many different options but when I found the right one, it was very comfortable and flattering for my shape and that’s when I fell in love with it.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
The dress was from a shop in Leicestershire called Donna Nicole and was designed by Mori Lee.
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
I wanted to keep my look classical so kept accessories to a minimum. I wore big sparkly diamond earrings to add glamour and had a beautiful triple layered veil which was so stunning. I had my hair and makeup more dramatic and kept everything else understated.
The groom wore:
Ross had his suit made for him in Chester at Clive’s Taylor. He opted for a slim fit, double breasted mod suit with pointed shoes. He looked ever so handsome.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I wanted my bridesmaids to have a similar classical look to them so I chose beautiful ivory lace dresses which had some lavish beaded detail to it. They had their hair done in glamorous up styles and they all looked absolutely stunning.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I always wanted to do my own hair and makeup as I know what suits me and how I want to feel but I definitely would recommend going for a trial and giving yourself the option because after my trials I fell in love with the way they did my hair and makeup. Makeup artists know what works for the photos and it’s a great way to just relax on the day and leave it all to the professionals.
We had our flowers imported from Holland which were grown there especially for our wedding. We had over 2000 white Dolomiti roses delivered to us and we decided to do them ourselves. We went for large round rose displays for the tables and in the church and bundles of roses for our bouquets adding to our vintage theme.
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
It was a great feeling saying our vows to each other. It felt like there was no one else in the room and looking into each other’s eyes and smiling at each other made you realise you were doing the best things you have ever done.
We had a reading done in Afrikaans by Es’s mom to add to the South African theme as half of the church were E’s family that flew all the way from South Africa. We had the reading printed in English on our order of service for everyone to understand.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Our venue was a marquee so the decorating was left to us. Es and her chief bridesmaids worked for two days to get the venue looking perfect. The most important thing to Es was the flowers and the candles and she definitely achieved what she set out to do.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
The cake was quite quirky and the best thing about it was that we made it ourselves. It was a five tiered masterpiece. Four of the tiers were made by Es and her mom and the last tier was made by Ross and Es which added a special touch to the cake.
Ross actually performed in a group with his uncle and one of his friends. They did a four song set and everyone loved it. It was special to have the groom sing at his own wedding. We also had to play a game where we were asked questions about one another and happy to say we did really well.
On the day tips and advice:
The best thing to do is just to relax and enjoy every moment. Neither of us stressed too much because it was a day for us and a day we could celebrate with our friends and family. Also try get everything done before the day of the wedding, you don’t want to be running around doing last minute things on the day.
What’s the best thing about being married?
The best thing is that we get to spend so much time together and it’s like living with your best friend. We never lived together before we got married so it has been a really special time for us.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
We had our marquee on church farm and they are able to give you a list of suppliers of everything imaginable but because we did so much of it ourselves it is hard to add any suppliers.