It doesn’t have to be big to be beautiful! A Country Wedding for Brooke and Mat in Dudley with a Fun Family Feel

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What was the date of your wedding? 17.06.22

Photographer: Shepherd Photography
Your ceremony venue: Dudley Registry Office
Your reception venue: The Fox Stourton
How many guests did you have to the ceremony? Day 20, Evening reception 110
Your dress designer: Mori Lee from TDR Bridal Birmingham
Flowers: Flowers by Lucy
Shoes: Mango
Hair: Portia Leis
Makeup: MJL Makeup (Millie Lees)
Cake: HM Bakes
Bridesmaids – My daughter Scarlett age 7 who helped designed her own bespoke dress for a local dressmaker to make
Menswear: Peter Posh
Reception band/DJ: Charlie and the Funk Factory
Any other suppliers you would like to name-check – The wedding box was our venue dresser, Photobooth was Picture Blast and Balloons LH Balloons

How did you meet, and when?

We met at the Crabmill Pub 10 years ago


How many dresses did you try on before you found the one?

My dress was the first one I tried one and I knew it was the one! I still tried on another 5 just to be sure

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Was there a theme or colour scheme for your wedding?

We went for just white


How did you decorate your venue?

White flowers, flower wall, balloons

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What music did you choose for the ceremony? Why?

We didn’t chose for the ceremony but for our first dance the band played “you are the best thing” by Sophie Faith, and the kids joined in with us. They truly are the best thing that’s ever happened to us, which is why we picked that song!

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What were your best decisions for the wedding?

We had originally had a big wedding booked but found out dream family home, so we decided to do a more low-key wedding. It was the best decision we made! We had the best day, surrounded by love and so much laughter and got to go home to our lovely new home after!


What advice do you have for other brides?

Remember your wedding day is about celebrating your love for one another with your closest people. Don’t get too caught up in worrying if you have done enough or done what is expected at weddings. The people who love you will just be happy to be with you on your special, making memories with you.


What was your budget?



Did you make any cost savings, and how?

We didn’t have a wedding breakfast and just had the ceremony and a night party with food.

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What were your favourite moments?

The ceremony, getting to walk down the aisle with my two children and Dad and having the most relaxed exchanging of vows. The children, myself and Mat laughed the whole way through it. And after 10 years I could finally say I had the same name as my little family!


Any funny things happen? Embarrassing moments?

Isaac (our son) was playing peek a boo behind the curtains as the vows were being read, made it very hard to concentrate!!


Did you follow all the traditions?
What were the challenges of planning and organising the wedding?

The Guest list!

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Any regrets? Anything you would have done differently, or included with hindsight?

No regrets! It was the perfect day for us!


Have you got a message for our team?

I just want to say a massive thank you to the TDR team, they were perfect in helping me find my dream dress. There was not one problem, from choosing the dress, to picking it up after the alternations. You are all so lovely and kept my excitement alive every time I came to try on the dress!

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