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Fay Tuft's Love Story

Our lovely bride Fay married her fiancé Kyle on 2nd November 2013 wearing a stunning, one off dress by Jasmine.

Read all about Fay’s big day in her own words… We had our wedding at Wembury church. It is by the beach and as I am from Cornwall it was the perfect place to get married. Wembury beach is also the place where Kyle took me on Christmas Eve, got down on one knee (literally) and asked me to marry him. We love Wembury; we take our dogs for walks there all the time, Kyle has grown up going to the beach there and also want to get our children christened there so it had to be Wembury church.

The hair and beauty

I had French Shellac nail polish done at the fantastic Amica Bridal Boutique Pamper Room and absolutely adored them! I hardly ever do much with my hair and I never wear makeup so for my wedding day I wanted to keep it quite natural but still be special. I did my own makeup (which impressed my chief bridesmaid). I used all Rimmel London makeup and wore GHOST “Sweetheart” perfume on the day as Kyle and I chose special fragrances especially for the wedding. I had my hair cut, coloured and styled at Peace hair and beauty in Oreston. Kyle loves my hair down and curly and, as if I ever wear my hair down it is straight, I decided to go with the style he likes for our wedding.

The Dress

Amica Bridal Boutique was the first shop I went into on my hunt for a wedding dress and the dress I wore was the first dress I tried on. It is an ivory, dropped waist, sweetheart cut dress with a cathedral train and a diamante and pearl belt from the Jasmine collection. From the moment Amanda helped me into the dress I knew it was the one and after the alterations that were made by Tania it was perfect. I could not have been happier with my dress.

The Accessories

I had simple ivory satin heels for the day and ivory satin flats for the evening (having a second pair of shoes was such a good idea). I wore pearl jewellery as I had bought the bridal party and myself personalised pearl bracelets and I chose to wear a veil (but not over my face) as it is the only time in my life that I will get to so I thought why not. I also wore a diamante hair clip (that was my something old) and a blue garter (for my something blue).

Our Wedding Party

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I had two bridesmaids; my chief bridesmaid was my best friend, Hannah, who I have known ever since I can remember. She lives in Manchester now and when she came down the day before the wedding it was the first time I had seen her in over 5 years, and I also had my sister, Becky. I promised both of them when I was a little girl that they would be my bridesmaids and I intended to keep that promise. I also had Hannah’s 18 month old little girl as my flower girl; she looked absolutely adorable. I bought the two bridesmaids turquoise dresses and my flower girl’s white dress on eBay as with our budget we had to keep it quite cheap but they looked fantastic.

Kyle, my step-son Rhys, the best man James, my dad Marcus and my father-in-law Andy all wore matching black morning suits with an ivory waistcoat and a turquoise cravat. They hired from Stitches Tailoring in St-Judes. I even managed to find my three month old son Oliver a suit from Roco clothing.

Our stamp!

We chose a turquoise colour scheme with hints of aqua and teal. We didn’t want just one colour so that people could wear a range of shades without looking out of place. It worked really well. We wanted to keep the colours bright even though it was an autumn wedding. My mum decorated the reception for us (at 7am on the wedding day) and did an amazing job. The owner of the reception venue thought that my mum was a professional reception decorator and asked if she were decorating any other venues on the day.


My mother-in-law Sarah did our flowers for us and they were beautiful. We went for calla lilies (which are my favourite flower) and also white roses. The bridesmaids and I had a bouquet of white roses with turquoise ribbons around the stems and the buttonholes were also white roses. We had calla lilies on the cake and in the fish bowls on the tables at the reception with glass nuggets and white rose candles. The fish bowls looked amazing with the candles lit during the evening reception; gave a lovely atmosphere.

The Ceremony

My favourite bit of the whole ceremony has to be when I walked in and saw Kyle. Walking down the aisle towards him and seeing the look on his face when he saw me has to be the best bit of the whole day. We both managed to keep our composure during the vows (just) but I nearly cried during the reading and Kyle got emotional during our hymn “Amazing Grace” but that song does have sentimental value to his family.

The Reception

We had our reception at The Staddy function centre in Plymstock. The wedding co-ordinator Julie was fantastic! If there was anything she could do to help the day go smoothly she would. We hired the house DJ and he was great, our first dance was Michael Bublé “The more I see you” and we sang to each other the whole way through. We also had a few pre-choreographed dances for the evening like, my favourite song by Kenny Loggins “Footloose”, LMFAO “Party rock anthem” and we even busted out moves from my childhood to S Club 7 “Reach”. It was the most fun ever!

Eats & Treats

We had two buffets; one for the day guests and a pasty supper for the evening guests (again, being from Cornwall it had to be done). My Mum and Nan made our cake for us. It had three tiers; a four and a half inch deep 11 inch fruit cake on the bottom (which proved difficult to cut and we enlisted support from the groom’s men), a triple layer 10 inch sponge in the middle and a triple layer 8 inch chocolate cake on top. My mum also found us some adorable personalised chocolates and she also did little favour bags with mints inside.

Our own handy work!

My mum and sister were amazing at helping me with all the stationary. My mum made all the invitations, order of services and place settings and my sister wrote everything out for us. My mum also helped me to make the table plan too. We kept it all very simple; all white with aqua organza ribbons and silver writing. It looked very clean and crisp and the fact that it all matched perfectly made it even better. Keeping it simple worked well.

Wise words

I can only say the age old cliché of “Enjoy the day”. It really does go so fast. After months of planning the day flies by and suddenly it’s the day after, you are married and it’s all over (and just beginning of course). Another piece of advice I can give is don’t worry about anyone but you and your new husband on your wedding day. I was so lucky to have such amazing people at my wedding who helped us with the children and even with a three month old baby I was still able to have the best day of my life without worrying about feed times and nappy changes.

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