Real Wedding – Jo and Robert

Written by    Last updated: November 29, 2011

What bride doens’t want to feel like a movie star? No wonder Jo and Robert Barnes went all out for a very fabulous Hollywood-inspired winter wedding. It was, she tells us, the perfect recipe for a long and happy future together. A beautiful day they will never forget. Here’s their story.
Date: 29 December 2009
Venue: The Fairmont Banff Springs (Canada) Which I just have to add Will and Kate visited on their Royal Tour….What attracted you to the venue? Banff was one of the first places we visited together on holiday and I just knew that was the place we would get married, it’s a magical
place and the scenery is beautiful. Me and hubby also like to ski so it was a perfect place to get married.

Why did you fall in love with your dress (any wedding dress details please)? My dress is Alice by Jenny Packham, I tried on heaps of dresses ( a lot being Jennny Packham ones) the big puffy ones weren’t for me and as I’ve always had a love of vintage clothing especially the 1930s I just knew as soon as I put Alice on that I had to have her, she oozes 30 glamour which is the style I was after and she hung beautifully, I really did feel like a million dollars in her.

What was the favourite part of your wedding day? It was all just so wonderful but my favourite part was well there was two actually seeing my cheddar gorge Rob looking ashandsome as ever as I walked down the aisle knowing that in a few minutes he would be my husband (beforehand I had a word with the commissioner and asked if she would marry usas Fred and Miffy which is our nicknames for each other and Rob didn’t know anything about it so it was really sweet and made us giggle…) and the other favourite part was Rob’sspeech it was so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. The whole day was so surreal really and one I will treasure forever.

Favourite finishing touches? As we got married in Canada it was a little trickier to plan things and not seeing them beforehand but we thought as we had such a beautiful venue there wasn’t really any need for anything else… We had a black and white theme, although my mother decided to buy a bright red dress but as she was the mother of the bride I thought it would be nice for her to stand out… So to match the theme we had white lilies and willow with a black feather boa base more black feathers pearls and crystals werescattered on the tables and we made thank you cards and table names to match. We brought black and white sweets from a local sweetie shop in Banff and filled the wine glasses with these and wrapped black lace around all the glasses. Rob loves the snow and he loves cake so he chose this, he picked a snowman cake, it was the most delicious fluffy cake I have ever tried we spent the rest of our holidays munching away on it.

How did you add the personal touch to you big day? I created my bouquet, my bridesmaid bouquets, the groomsmen’s corsages, my Mums and my mother in laws headdresses and of course my headdress, I made about 5 headdresses until I finally came up with the perfect one for me. My bouquet was made from my nanas vintage jewellery mixed with pearls and crystals and for my something blue I stuck mine and hubbys initials on the soles of my shoes in blue crystals. My friend also done a reading for us at the ceremony called “A good wedding cake” she adapted this to suit us and it was perfect!!!
The perfect recipe for a long and happy future…

  • 4 lbs of Love
  • 2 lbs of sweet respect
  • 1 lb of buttery smiles
  • 1 lb of adoring freaky ways
  • 1 lb of good humour
  • 1 lb of giggles
  • A shot of sweet arguments
  • A pint of making up
  • And a bucket full of smuggles
  • Put the love and smuggles into a well furnished home.
  • Beat the buttery smiles into a cream and mix well together with sweet respect and adoration of freaky ways.
  • Stir the good humour and the giggles, then add a shot of sweet arguments and the pint of making up with a bucket full of smuggles.
  • Work the whole ingredients together until everything is well mixed and bake gently forever.

Any top tip for other B2B?
Unless you absolutely LOVE something don’t go with it, don’t have any regrets…. It’s one of the biggest days in your life so make it perfect. Definitely set a budget though and if possible try creating things yourself if you need to bring the cost down. Even though it can be stressful planning a wedding try and enjoy it, you will miss it after the big day.

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