Imogen & Liam have been together since they were 16 years old after meeting through mutual friends. Their friendship grew and soon turned to love as Cupid’s arrow struck Imogen and Liam at the same time. For a few years they did the dating thing and with both studying hard at university they had to grab precious time when they could with each other. Their love was strong and it was on the day before their 5th anniversary of getting together that Liam popped the question!
On a dry and sunny day in Derbyshire (one of those rare occasions) Liam & Imogen enjoyed a beautiful picnic in the grounds of Elvaston Castle. After enjoying a variety of homemade sandwiches, cheese, crisps (and most probably a glass of something fizzy that rhymes with echo) they packed their picnic away, content with everything. Liam however, had other plans! With Imogen’s back turned he dropped into action. On bended knee he plucked out a small box containing the engagement ring out and awaited Imogen to turn around. This she did and Liam tells me it was the biggest, happiest and most beautiful smile he had ever seen! Without any hesitation Imogen said 'Yes' and Liam was able to stand, kiss and hold his bride to be. It shows how confident Liam was as he had organised a surprise party for all their family and close friends, at his parent’s house, later that day!
Wedding planning became the topic of many a conversation and Imogen is blessed with a fabulous mum and sister who helped out and made and planned a lot of the details of the day themselves.
Imogen purchased a dress 18 months before her wedding day. However she lost too much weight for it to fit and so she chose another dress from WED2B in Nottingham who are the UK’s largest and most affordable retailer offering off the peg wedding dresses at brilliant value and have stores across the UK.
Imogens shoes are the design Irregular Choice and they were the envy of Mrs Martelle!
The flowers on the day were provided by the lovely Jennifleurs. If you are looking for a bespoke creation, with class, very affordable then we unreservedly recommend this lady.
Imogen is a creative lady and is very adept in the baking department. As such she chose to make her own cake which was a vintage style naked cake decorated with fruit. I must add we did try some on the evening and it was worthy of the Paul Hollywood smile and hand shake. Sadly, he isn’t available to comment so I will just say WOW!
Imogen and her bridesmaids had their hair expertly done by Kim at Shine Hair & Beauty and the make-up was done by SJG professional make up artistry. Imogen mentioned to me that these ladies made her morning and were instrumental in calming any nerves as well as being thoroughly professional doing an amazing job.
Music was by The Burgundys who did 2 sets, had everyone on their feet and are our favourite wedding band, by far!
Photography was by us, Martelle Photography and the reason Liam & Imogen gave for choosing us was... ‘You made us feel welcome and comfortable from the moment we met you.’
The day itself was a cloudy day with outbursts of sunshine and little bit of rain here and there. The rain happened mainly during the breakfast though and so everyone was able to enjoy the late afternoon and summer evening in the garden. We took the newly married couple to Markeaton Park for their private shoot and to also give them time together away from their guests.
I asked Liam & Imogen to tell me which was the best part of the day. There were so many but they agreed that sitting next to each other, at their wedding breakfast looking over the room full of family and friends, and realising they were now married was the moment of the day! We also asked this lovely couple if they could offer any advice about planning their wedding and advice about their big day what would it be. They gave us this….
“With planning don't stress over tiny details, no one will know if it doesn't happen apart from you! Also, on your special day you are surrounded by family and friends. Time shoots past so make sure you find the time to spend TOGETHER as a couple on your day.
Imogen & Liam