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Real Wedding: Nicky & David

Bride: Nicky Wisden
Groom: David Wisden
Wedding gown style: Diana
Wedding date: August 27, 2011
Location: Surrey, England
Photographer: Lloyd Dobbie

First things first, where did you meet your husband and was it love at first site? My parents have a shop in South London, about a ten minute walk from David’s family business, they knew of each other and David and I actually went to the same University but never met! Until one day he walked into the shop and I definitely had a funny feeling about him!

Tell us the proposal story! How was it done? David took me to Brighton, about an hour outside of London by the sea. He surprised me with a beautiful Tiffany diamond key necklace (my family business is a locksmiths!) and said he wanted it to be the key to my heart! It was the most special engagement gift and I wore it throughout the time my engagement ring was being made, and now wear for any special occasions. Brighton is now our special place.

Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown? Not many people know this but I only ever tried the one dress, the Diana. From the moment I saw it online, to putting it on I knew it was the one for me. In the year of being engaged and flicking through endless wedding magazines I never doubted the Diana, it was for me the easiest decision.

As Vera has started to veer away from traditional white/ivory gowns shown in her recent Fall 2012 Bridal and Spring 2013 Bridal Collection, was an alternate color something you considered? I love the new alternative colours, but personally I wanted traditional, I knew David would love the dress, and it suited our wedding locations.

How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique? To accessorize the dress I kept it plain with a long ivory veil as the dress speaks for itself! My sister Alex, a fashion editor, chose an amazing pair of strappy gold/bronze Jimmy Choos for me and clutch to match.

What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding? Our theme was an intimate wedding with a definite party feel. We wanted personal touches (I picked and styled the flowers myself). Nonsuch Mansion House is close to my heart as I graduated from High School in the exact room we were married. Back at my parents house for the reception we knew we wanted as much musical entertainment as possible. David is a keen DJ, so singers, guitarists and DJs featured throughout the night including the legendary DJ Jazzie B from Soul II Soul. I think the tune ‘Back to Life’ blaring out of the speakers in my parents back garden was a definite highlight I will never forget!

Did you incorporate any other Vera Wang products into your wedding? (I.e. fragrance, fine papers etc.) If so how? I bought the amazing Vera Wang wedding book (Vera Wang on Weddings) as soon as I got engaged and my sister picked up the gorgeous Vera Wang thank you cards from Kate’s Paperie whilst in New York.

Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours? I tried! My something new was virtually everything! I had a blue lace garter from Agent Provocateur and I eventually decided that my something old AND borrowed would be my mother’s vintage lace hankerchief.

What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress? You just know. Trust your own judgement.

What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share? There are so many! David and I still reminisce constantly! The loud cheer from our guests when pronounced husband and wife, our first dance to ‘Sunny’ by James Brown and David back spinning unexpectedly! Just huge happiness, never wanting to take my dress off! We put all our effort into that one day last August and it paid off, there is no better feeling that you could not have done any more. We planned and planned and it leaves you with nothing else to do but enjoy the best day of your life!

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