The sun shone down on Emily and Tom Woolley’s springtime wedding in Somerset
Despite neither Emily nor Tom being a fan of Valentine’s Day, it was on this most romantic date that he popped the question with a white gold and diamond solitaire ring, in a 5 star hotel in Bath. Then, just over a year later, the couple’s springtime wedding was held in March at The Battleaxes in Wraxall, a beautiful period pub in the countryside. “It was near to where we live in Portishead, it had a different feel and we love the food there,” explains Emily. “Tom’s parents were pub landlords, too, so it felt quite fitting to marry in a pub.” And, appropriately enough since the venue is owned by The Flatcappers company, Emily and Tom’s page boys and nephews wore grey flat caps. “In most cases they were a few sizes too big and lasted about 10 seconds but looked super cute!”
As Emily works in the wedding industry as a make-up artist, her contacts book was luckily already full of great suppliers! “I didn’t think twice about choosing my florist, Rachel from The Rose Shed. I met her a couple of years ago at a networking event and fell in love with her floristry style straight away. And picking Neil Pollock to do our photography was the easiest wedding decision we made. I know Neil from the TV work we do together and after he shot my sisters and a few friends’ weddings, I knew there was no one else we would want to do it. His laidback style meant you barely knew he was there and the results are absolutely breathtaking.” In fact, Tom’s favourite part of the day was disappearing for half an hour with the photographer to have some photographs taken of just the two of them.
Stacey Jade was in charge of hair, doing both Emily’s and the bridesmaids’. “One even left it in for three days as she loved it that much!” When it came to the make-up however, Emily revisited her job. “The wedding morning atmosphere is my comfort zone and so I insisted on doing my own make-up and my mum’s. I also helped the bridesmaids with theirs by giving them step-by-step tutorials into how to apply it. It made the morning even more special and I don’t regret that decision at all.”
Emily’s gorgeous gown was a bespoke design by Gemma Worringham at Beau Biens, who took the capped sleeves and back from Emily’s mum’s 1980s wedding dress and modelled the rest of the dress around this. “It was everything I had hoped it would be, and more. Gemma was just so calm and I totally trusted her.” Emily then accessorised her gown with a hair vine and earrings from Bridezillas. “This was my obvious choice to go for my accessories. The girls in Bridezillas just give you the loveliest experience.”
The Battleaxes was expertly styled by Kirsten Butler from The Little Wedding Helper with flowers that perfectly reflected the time of year. “As my dress was caramel coloured, strong yellows wouldn’t have worked so Rachel found a peach-toned daffodil that really did. The venue looked stunning with pops of yellow through out to lift it, just a really happy colour!” LightHaus Events’ light-up BAR letters were also on show, and were a surprise for Tom from Emily.
Emily’s day job is as a production manager so organising the wedding came naturally to her. “I definitely steered the ship with lists, spreadsheets and a bit of delegation,” she explains. Family and friends all helped, with items such as the cake, a pub quiz during the reception, and thoughtful details such as table numbers that were the happy couple at various ages, a caricature of Emily and Tom for the beer mats and wine bottle labels. Emily’s grandmother also played a starring role. “While we signed the register my gran played the clarinet. This was quite emotional for me and I was so glad I asked her.”
The day went without a hitch. “It was everything we wanted it to be and more,” enthuses Emily. “All the elements we had worked so hard on became the talking points and memories. It was perfect!”