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The bride’s fabulous gown was from London Akoya and it fitted like a glove. It was found when visiting the National Wedding Show in London. The beautiful trail and lace trimmings gave it the most elegant of silhouettes.

Bride Joanne is originally from Essex, and Groom Ian is from originally from Birmingham, and this gorgeous combination made for a stylish modern wedding in the beautiful setting of the Isle of Wight captured by the talented Georgina Botriell.  Joanne & Ian both wanted to give their wedding the classic and chic design it deserved but you would never have known that they had worked to a budget. From the white candelabra’s to the dancefloor everything was just spectacular.

Our Story

Joanne & Ian moved to the Isle of Wight separately and meet through a mutual friend at one of the Isle of Wight’s most famous sailing festivals Cowes Week. Jo doesn’t do spontaneous, but when she finally trusted Ian to plan a ‘no-plans’ holiday, it paid off with one very big surprise. Whilst camping in France, Ian popped the question in a beautiful and traditional French side street in Les Mans.

They chose to have their wedding on the Isle of Wight and which meant they could bring both their families over to the island and say their vows in a place that they both now call home.

Joanne & Ian both chose to have a small and intimate wedding with our closest friends and family. Having 36 people for the Ceremony and  Wedding Breakfast and approx 60 guests for the evening.

Joanne says – Writing the initial list wasn’t exactly straight forward, but we made a pact to stick to it and not change our minds as we had heard that things can get difficult if you offer other people’s opinions.

The Spinnaker, Bembridge

Joanne & Ian chose to get married at The Spinnaker as it was the perfect size to host friends and family from the mainland. They really liked the idea that they could host the whole day in one place (no need to move guests) and provide them with accommodation. Plus, being close to the beach meant that it provided great photographic opportunities.

The Bride: I was also really impressed with the use of space at The Spinnaker including the private bar and the dividing rooms, opening up to form one great party space for the reception. We had viewed some bigger venues, but I knew that at the end of the day, I wanted to be able to turn around and see everyone that I loved and celebrate with them, rather than be spread out over lots of rooms and corridors. Ashleigh Copping (our wedding planner) made the best of impressions with a prompt response to our enquiry, clear information and a super organised, professional, yet friendly approach. We knew that we had found our planner and venue and that our vision could come true! Oh, and did we say that the food is amazing there!

We provided our guests with a choice menu that was pre-ordered prior to the day. Here is a Sneak Peek at our menu…


Chicken liver pate with red onion chutney and crostini’s

Tomato & basil soup with locally baked bread


Roast pork shoulder with champ mash, savoy cabbage, bacon and rosemary jus

Lemon & thyme infused chicken breast with red pepper puree, chorizo potato cake and mango salsa

Gnocchi with a goat’s cheese, sundried tomato & spinach cream sauce


Raspberry pannacotta with a berry compote and meringue

Dark chocolate and cherry torte with vanilla cream


The Dress & Accessories

Joanne was fortunate to find my dress ready made and it fitted like a glove! She managed to pick it up at a wedding show in London. I don’t think I would have ordered online, but certainly, this approach where I got to try my dress on was a great way to find the perfect dress.

For makeup, Joanne went for recommendations and finally spoke with the Style Sisters at a wedding fair. Joannes accessories were all from high street stores. Hairpieces from Jon Richard at Debenhams. Joanne also bought loads of different style of shoes in the Christmas Sale at Debenhams and then kept her favourite. This was another great way to save costs and seems a good time of year to purchase!

The Bride:  They were amazing and bought out the best in all of us. I was particularly amazed at how Emma (From The Style Sisters) transformed my hair! I had a bridal consultation/trial a few weeks before and they captured everything that I said I liked for the big day!

Wedding Photographer – Georgina Bottriell

Joanne & Ian spoke with a few photographers at several Wedding shows and also looked on Facebook and Bark. They ended up finding Georgina online and booked an engagement shoot with her.

The Bride: We met at a local area and really liked her approach. She seemed to very easily bring out the best in both of us. It was also great that Georgie listened to what we wanted and created a bespoke package to suit our needs.

The Suits & Bridesmaids

Joanne had two bridesmaids and given that they all live in different parts of the country, she wanted to treat her bridesmaids to a fun day out dress shopping. So they went to Westfields in London and booked a personal shopper in Debenhams.

The Bride: To my amazement, we found matching dresses from Monsoon after just an hour and at around £100 each they were really good quality for such a good cost. After that, we had lunch and celebrated. I know it’s not always easy to find things, but I think it’s so important to enjoy all parts of planning your wedding day!

Groom: I did a similar thing with my best men, we spent a weekend in Birmingham and found some great, slim fit 3-piece suits in Burtons for an all in price. We also treated ourselves to a really nice, expensive pair of shoes to finish the look off.

Stationery, Favours and Extra Bits

For the invitations, Joanne & Ian used a free wedding website called Getting Married with an online RSVP system. Not only did this save costs, but it was also really useful and easy to get everyone’s meal choice. This was really simple to customise and perfect if all your guests are in different locations.

Joanne & Ian decided to name our tables after important places that meant something to them. This also meant they did something a little more bespoke and they chose to have some lovely little wooden blocks carved by Scribble Wood Designs

For menus, place settings, table plan etc, Joanne created all these herself in a simple elegant font and got them printed locally. Adding a frame makes everything look classy, but again helped us to stay to budget. Looking at their finished product no one would know that these were not done through a stationaries.

Joanne & Ian’s flowers & decorations (including chair covers) were provided by Sarah Matthews.  The Bride: She was so lovely when I met her at our consultation and was an obvious choice as she already was providing the flowers to our venue for our Civil Ceremony. Sarah transformed The Stern Room at the Spinnaker into the elegant wedding breakfast which was everything that we had hoped for.

Joanne & Ian decided to skip Favours and instead, we got personalised gifts for our bridesmaids and best man from The Little Keepsake Company. The girls had a silver charm with the date of our wedding engraved on it and the best man a set of cuff links with a knot and box that read ‘thanks for helping us to tie the knot’.

The Wedding Cake was two-tier cake from Cake Creations by Roz with a topper and fresh flowers. Joanne & Ian wanted to keep it simple and the finished cake looked amazing and fitted with the decor of their wedding day!

Music & Entertainment was their more extravagant spend for the wedding but worth every single penny. Opting for a Live Band to kick off their evening.

The Bride & Groom: Fusion Party Band were amazing and they made the evening! We had an absolute blast. After their set, we also had a DJ from Bar N Events.

The Groom: It was so important to have someone to constantly read the room and react with music and this worked as the dance floor was full all evening, making for the best atmosphere!!


Just as you would hope, Jo & Ian’s guests made their wedding day and with Ian’s brother flying in from Australia and one of Jo’s best friends coming from France. The truly had the best day!

The Bride: It was just amazing to have everyone we loved in one room. It was just so special (probably even more so, since we have moved away from family to the Isle of Wight). Also Good food, good people, alcohol and dancing is the perfect combination of happiness in our books!


I asked both Jo & Ian what their highlights were from their special day.

The Bride:

Elegant, intimate and on a budget (but you wouldn’t know it).


The Groom:

No pressure, all party!


What advice would you give to other couples planning their day?

Bride Joanne: Of course, your wedding day will be extravagant, but I think sometimes simple is best. So, for example, we didn’t have favours or a photo booth, but we had the most amazing day and the happiest of memories because we had all of the people that we loved under one roof!

If you discuss and agree between you on the things you really want and then focus on them, you can build everything else around that. I think it’s also important to enjoy planning your wedding keeping it fun!


Finally The Honeymoon…

Joanne & Ian decided to save up their annual leave to have three weeks off work visiting Indonesia (Bali, Lembongan and Lombok).

Bride Joanne: It’s the perfect honeymoon destination with beaches but a good mix of sightseeing and activities as we prefer to do things when we travel. Oh, and the locals were amazing and our honeymoon was celebrated at every stop!

We would highly recommend!


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