May 2010

The Marriage of Louise and Nicholas

Married at: St Michael’s Church, Breaston and the reception was held at Risley Hall Hotel

Interior & exterior of Breaston Church

Interior & exterior images of Risley Hall

Louise Wore: My dress was designed by Suzanne Neville and is called Glorious. I purchased the dress from the Suzanne Neville shop in Guildford, Surrey which is where I grew up.

Suzanne Neville Dress

Louise’s Shoes: I chose bridal shoes from Barratts online.

Louise’s Hair & Make Up: Both hair and make up were done by Nicola Sumpter.  Nicola also works with her husband as a photographer and was on hand throughout the day to top up make up when needed. My hair style was a soft bun to the side of my head and my bridesmaid, who had her hair styled by Nicola, had barrel curls. I had a trial with Nicola prior to the wedding to discuss hair and makeup which was really useful in deciding the style that I wanted to go for.

Stunning Hair By Nicola Sumpter

Accessories & Jewellery: I opted for a dress that had detail but no embellishment.  Instead I went for sparkly accessories to complement the dress.  My veil had little sparkles dotted throughout and I had a jewelled hair piece.  In addition to this I borrowed my mum’s diamond jewellery.

Nicholas Wore: The Groom wore a Jeff Banks suit hired from Debenhams.

The Bridesmaid Wore: There was one adult bridesmaid who wore a dress from the Dessy range which meant that we could also order ties for the men which matched exactly with the bridesmaid’s dress.

Wedding Rings: We purchased the rings from Marlows in the jewellery quarter in Birmingham (website: The groom chose a yellow gold band whilst the bride had a platinum ring shaped to fit around the engagement ring which is set on a twist.

Transport: The car was a Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith provided by Derby Wedding Cars (website:  We had agreed in advance with the chauffeur that two trips could be done going to the Church thus meaning that the bridesmaid and mother of the bride also got to ride in the car in addition to the bride and her father.  After the service, the chauffeur drove the bride and groom back to Risley.  The chauffeur very kindly put a burgundy ribbon on the front of the car to match with the colour scheme

Photographer: The photographer was Geoffrey Sumpter who was assisted by his wife Nicola.  (Website:, Tel: 01159 733962.) We had a practice session with Geoff prior to the wedding to get used to working with Geoff which also consisted of a free makeover for the bride.

All images following Lousie and Nicholas’s day were taken by Geoffrey Sumpter

Flowers by: Flowers were by Greenfingers (website:  We mainly had flowers at the venue plus bouquet flowers.  We only had a few flowers in the Church because it was decorated with other flowers.  We were impressed with Greenfingers service and their knowledge and experience of working at Risley Hall as they gave us lots of ideas.

Cake By: Cake was made by Sheila at Cakes Etc  (website: It was a three tier cake; the bottom tier was fruit cake and the top two tiers were chocolate.  It was decorated with a flower display on the top using sugar flowers hand made by one of Sheila’s colleagues to tie in with the colour scheme and flowers.

Venue Decoration: I chose the wine sashes in the organza fabric to go on the chair covers as these tied in brilliantly with the colour scheme of the bridesmaids dress and the floral table centrepieces. Nobility delivered the covers and dressed all the chairs for me on the morning of the wedding.

Colour Scheme / Styling: We went with a ruby colour theme which was a pink/burgundy colour depending on the light and the majority of the time it was easiest to pick out the burgundy element.  We chose this colour as it was a warm colour which would go well with Spring.

Stationery by: Invitations and order of services were provided by Rachel at Handmade by Rachel (website:  Rachel was very helpful and we had a session with her to go through designs that we liked which was followed up by Rachel sending us samples and she also sent us ideas that she thought we may like to help us decide.  The table plan and menuswere provided by Risley.

Entertainment: During the drinks reception we had a string quartet (website: who played a mixture of soft classical and other favourite tunes. In the evening we had a live band called Blow Up which we found through an agency.  It was great having the band as it meant that we could compile our own playlist to play during the band’s break and after the band had finished.  Everyone loved the music and the band was good at reading the mood of the room and playing songs that got most people dancing. (website: