Your West Midlands Wedding- December 2021/January 2022 (Issue 77)

train. I accessorised with deep red heels and a stunning belt and back necklace made by my best woman, Lucy. She spent days painstakingly making these with tiny beads. After the band’s first set, I changed into a short yellow dress from ThePrettyInfinity with rose gold shoes that I could dance easily in. My necklace was a wedding gift from Darryl, my earrings were from MyHartBeading, and I wore two bracelets.” Darryl and the groomsmen opted for grey checked suits with white shirts and yellow ties. “The bridesmaids chose full length, light grey dresses from ThePrettyInfinity,” recalls the bride. “They all picked different styles that suited their tastes and body shapes which looked beautiful. They also had flower crowns provided by Eve at Daisy Belle Floral Design.” TIME TO CELEBRATE “We hired a band called The Mini Big Band who were absolutely fantastic,” says the bride. “We cannot praise them enough! They performed swing and jazz songs, which I love as I used to play the trumpet. Darryl chose this specific band as he liked the magical delivery of the singer as well as the talent of the whole band. They were professional and fun at the same time. It went down really well with all our guests.” MEMORABLE MOMENTS “We were relaxed on the morning of the wedding as the setting was so perfect,” shares Alexandra. “I was nervous about standing in front of our friends and family during the ceremony as we’re both very shy people, but the day was mostly relaxed and fun. The photos certainly show how the smile never left my face. Having everyone there to celebrate with us meant a lot, especially after a hard year due to COVID-19.” Alexandra and Darryl were nervous about their first dance, but it turned out to be a magical moment. “We weren’t sure if we would do the first dance, but I decided to ask my grandparents to join us,” adds the bride. “They had a difficult time after my grampa had a stroke the previous year, but his recovery has been wonderful, and it meant so much that they were able to dance with us. Luckily all eyes were on them!” “One of our favourite moments was the speeches,” explains Alexandra. “My best woman, Lucy, wrote a gorgeous poem for us which was so moving. All of the bridesmaids were great at helping me get ready, doing my hair and make-up and generally making the day a lot of fun. I want to thank my parents too as they helped us have the wedding of our dreams. Our close family were incredible with helping us to prepare the venue, and Nicky and Lisa from Barns and Yard were amazing at making sure everything ran smoothly on the day. Our photographer, Daniella Marinos, was also fantastic at making us feel relaxed, and she got so many photos that really showed how fun the day was.” REAL WEDDINGS 33