Nikki and John’s Real Wedding at Ramster Hall

Written by    Last updated: April 11, 2014

When we first saw Nikki and John’s wedding the one word that came to mind was perfect! The happy couple knew exactly what they wanted, starting with the venue; Ramster Hall was the ideal location, with its stunning historical drawing room and private gardens. Nikki’s Justin Alexander dress with its long train and beaded bodice is stunning, every girls dream. Their attention to detail was faultless, the rich hues of purples, pinks and champagne complemented the season and the surroundings wonderfully. This week’s Real Wedding is…well perfect.

Nikki and John's Real Wedding

Bride and Groom… Nikki and John

Wedding date… Saturday 26th October 2013

We met… At Birmingham University, as we both played in the university badminton team.

The proposal… I went travelling to South America in 2012 for 7 months. Half-way through my trip John came out to visit me for a 2 week holiday. He planned to propose in the Galapagos Islands but chickened out. He then proposed on the last night before he went home, on a beach in Ecuador at sunset, it was lovely.

I knew he was ‘the one’… When the team went on holiday to Ibiza. We both knew from that holiday.

Length of engagement… 16 months

How did help in your big day?  Confetti was brilliant for getting inspiration for our wedding with so many articles to read.

Our wedding photographer was… Henry Wells at, he is a brilliant photographer and produced some amazing pictures. He made us and the other guests feel really comfortable and relaxed, it was lovely having him there as part of the day.

Blush pink and purple rose bridal bouquet

Bridesmaid getting ready

My dress was…  A Justin Alexander dress. I always knew I wanted a fairytale style dress with layers of tulle, a striking bodice and a long train, but most importantly I wanted to feel like a princess for a day. I discovered Romantica Bridal in Kennilworth on a trip to see John’s brother and sister. I was shopping with my future sister in law, we weren’t intending to look for dresses, but I saw the dress and fell in love with it. It was the last one they had in that style as it had been discontinued. John’s sister put a deposit down on it for me, and the following week I returned with my mum, who also loved it and I could see she had a tear in her eye! We bought the dress that day. It was about the sixth shop I had been to.

Bride in her Justin Alexander dress

Bride in her Justin Alexander dress

Bridesmaids in dark purple dresses

Bride arriving in a black vintage car

Groom in an Anthony hire suit

Bridesmaids arriving at the venue

Bridesmaids in long purple gowns from Debenhams

The bride and bridesmaids outside the venue


Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander dress | Wedding Shoes: Nine West in House of Fraser | Wedding Suits: Anthony hire | Bridesmaid Dresses: Debenhams | Wedding Flowers: Kate Avery flowers | Wedding Entertainment: Ramsters in-house DJ | Wedding Photographer: Henry Wells | Wedding Hair and make-up: Samantha Norman | Wedding Catering: Jacaranda | Wedding Cake: Bespoke Bakery | Wedding Stationery: Special Day Direct wedding stationery | Wedding Harpist: Jharda the singing harpist | Wedding Venue: Ramster Hall

This article was written by

Sahdia Qayyum
Sahdia Qayyum has over six years experience in the wedding industry as a planner and designer; she has a clear vision of what brides are looking for.
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