Key is in the Detail had the pleasure of talking to the beautiful Mrs Fletcher, to get her take on a wedding for 15, after tying the knot with now hubby, Adam.
Some of you might know Victoria as the infamous @Esseantialbridal but today it was her turn to talk to us about her wedding day, and what a privilege it was.
A micro wedding was not always part of this couples plan, but these two are a true example of
Keep reading to hear Victoria's take on her absolutely stunning wedding and why to them, it was perfect.
Wedding date: 04.11.2020
Original wedding date: 22.11.2020
Celebration date: 21.11.2021
Now most wedding dates are postponed to a future date, but for Adam and Victoria, postponing was out of the question, they did not want to put their love on hold and instead brought their date forward to fit in within government lockdowns. There's no time like the present ey!
Victoria said " We re planned our wedding with four days to go. When lockdown 2.0 was announced we were left with the decision to bring it forwards by three weeks or to postpone, we chose the first option."
"We were on the phone with all our suppliers and guests making plans for four days time. Adam went to the church on Sunday and Becky from St. Mary's was very much expecting him to say we needed to cancel
instead he said “How about Wednesday?” After church we headed to Dunedin to finalise our menu and numbers with of course such short notice and then after that I was having a dress fitting with Hannah Josie Bridal as she was about to pull off the mammoth task of alternating two dresses in three days!"
"Making the decision to bring the wedding forward, also brought us the difficult news of many of my family not being able to attend the wedding. Thankfully my Auntie, Grandad and close friend could make it, but the rest of the guests were Adam's family."
"We had a take away curry as our rehearsal meal and I was still up till 2am paying suppliers"
"It goes without saying, our I Do Day came around very quickly.
Adam and I stayed together the night before, at 6am after 4am hours sleep, I awoke, watched the sunrise
and stuck on my press on nails. At 7am I was in makeup, at 9am my hair was styled."
"At Dunedin, we then had the most magical and surreal first look. I cannot describe just how wonderful it
was to have a moment, just the two of us. Adam shut the doors to the room and spoke his personal vows. This was the most special moment I won't ever forget, and is certainly one of my favourite moments from the day."
Family and friends met us outside the room and my mother in law lent me her tennis bracelet as my something borrowed. We then had photos in the grounds and popped back to the onsite accommodation for a drink and a makeup touch up.
My Grandad and Aunt then arrived and we had a few more photos as Adam and his family traveled with the church. On route to the church I got the news that my maid of honour was there to surprise me! Overwhelmed was an understatement but also relieved I had someone to carry my train down the isle!
My Grandad walked me down the aisle to Better Half of Me (acoustic version) by Tom Walker.
Our ceremony was zoomed for guests at home and around 30 households joined in, whilst signing the register we were able to speak to them all which was such a lovely touch and something I would recommend if there are more people you wish could be in attendance than possible.
After their breathtaking ceremony at St Mary's Church, Adam and Victoria held their reception at Dunedin House, a local wedding venue oozing character and class.
"We were surrounded by the people we love, good food, wine and a lot of laughter! Although Adam's best man could not make the wedding, he was sure to send over his speech to a close friend to read, Adam wasn't off the hook that easily!"
"We then cut our cake and had our first dance to Fly me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra in the drawing room after which I went upstairs to change into a strapless embellished ballgown which was meant to by my evening (party) dress."
We were then taken outside for our sparkler exit as we had to be out of the venue at 10pm due to lockdown starting at midnight.
We think in circumstances like this, it's best to make the most of every minute and it sure looks like these newly weds did just that!
We love a sparkler shot!
"Adam and I returned home to our flat around 10:30 and felt a little strange - our wedding day had ended so abruptly and early and we were still in our wedding clothes and so we decided to get back in the car, grab a McDonalds drive thru and go to the university which is practically my second home for a little impromptu photoshoot.
In true Katy Perry style, what's better than a maccies on your wedding day!
Victoria explained, now 5 months on and we still haven't seen our bridesmaids or groomsmen since before our wedding day which is very strange, so roll on November 2021 where we will hopefully get to celebrate with everyone at our chosen venue of Lazats!
This beautiful micro wedding consisted of so much love and intimacy and now the couple get to enjoy being married before a big celebration on their anniversary with many more family and friends. Two dresses, two celebrations, that sounds like the best of both worlds!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us
Photographer: Calvin Taylor Lee
Videographer: Jaw Media
Venue: St Mary's Church, Beverley and Dunedin Country House
Flowers: Hand Made with Love
Cake: Buttercream Bliss
Décor: Belle Bijoux Events
Hair: Unity Rhodes Bridal
Dress: Maria Modes Bridal & Deborah Moore Bridal
Shoes: Rainbow Club
Bridesmaids dresses: ASOS
Alterations: Hannah Josie Bridal
Nails: The Holy Nail