Emma and Colin met in typical fashion at work, and it wasn't long before romance blossomed. “I was having a bad day and I asked a friend for a hug but they turned to Colin and said, 'why don't you hug him?'” explains Emma. “I laughed, thinking: I can't hug him, he's too big and scary! Colin's broad and covered in tattoos and a second dan black belt in taekwondo. He looked over and said, 'Try it, you might like it.' So we hugged, and now we're married!”
Colin said that after six weeks of being together he wanted to marry Emma, and five and half years later he made it official. “I'm obsessed with Christmas, it's my favourite time of year,” says Emma. “We'd finished opening all of the presents at my parent's house, and while drinking plenty of champagne, Colin brings in a huge teddy bear holding a stocking. Inside the stocking is a beautiful engagement ring. He's down on one knee and asks me to be his wife! Best. Christmas. Ever.”
Here, Emma tells us more about their day…
Emma Natalie Peck and Colin Timothy Potter tied the knot on 14th August, 2014, at Kingswood Golf and Country Club.
Our favours were vintage tea cups and saucers for each guest with a handmade teabag.
Tea cups, saucers, teapots, milk jugs and votives filled with fresh British flowers in pinks and whites adorned each table.
We looked at over a dozen venues and settled on Kingswood because it gave us everything in one place. We wanted to go crazy with the afternoon tea theme, so our focus was on that.
The place names were cookies in the shapes of tea cups and saucers, and teapots with each guest's name on.
Yummy! We loved our four-tiered naked cake covered in berries and flowers.
Colin wore a grey tailcoat from Debenhams with a light grey waistcoat. He stood out by wearing a pink cravat and hankie while everyone else wore silver. His 11-year-old son wore the same; they looked amazing together. It was a really lovely decision.
There was personalised bunting, plenty of flags, and lots of candles incorporated into the styling.
We also had pictures of all of our grandparents who played a huge part in making who Dominic and I are today.
I wore a Sophia Toli Dress called Miri. It was stunning. I accessorised it with some gorgeous Rainbow shoes, Christina, that were dyed to match my bridesmaids – I also brought the matching bag by Emmy.
For entertainment we had a fantastic DJ, sweet cart, photo booth, chocolate fountain and pianist.
EMMA'S TOP TIPS FOR…
* Themes – we thought about what we loved doing and then realised we were at Polesdon Lacey drinking tea and eating scones, and so our theme came from that!
* Styling – we couldn't resist the Harry Potter details. It started out with the table names and then it just started to grow. Our guests were really encouraging too, which is one of the reasons more and more Harry Potter things kept creeping in. We're both massive fantasy and sci-fi fans, so we thought we might as well embrace it.
* Guests – I made sure the guests had absolutely everything they needed – like a bag for the sweets, a sticker to close it, a bag for cake, a large organza bag and bubble wrap to take their teacup and saucer home in.
Bride's and bridesmaids dresses
Kelsey Flower Show
Hair and make-up
Beauty by Becca Gray
Kit Myers Photography
Ribbons, Pearls & Paper Swirls
Kingwoods Golf & Country Club