So, here is the gorgeous Mrs Hancock to tell you all about her ultimate ‘yes’.
I am not naturally a very romantic person so find this kind of stuff quite difficult to write down. But here goes… Our love story tends to get a resounding ‘ahhhh’ but I think it’s actually a bit cringey! Miles and I met 12 years ago playing together in our school concert band (see, I told you!) Something about his sax playing or his constant asking where we were in the music obviously made an impact on me. After making sure he was tall enough, with some sneaky help from my good friend Amy, the rest is history.
I’d always told Miles he’d never be able to surprise me with a proposal – I always know when he’s up to something – or so I thought. Then one day he proved me wrong. Getting back from the shops, I had a note telling me to go round into the garden. There I found a table (complete with table cloth!), strawberries, champagne, a BBQ and most importantly Miles and a ring.
It was informal, just us 2 and for me it was perfect.
We wanted a relaxed, DIY wedding – we just wanted our friends and family around us and for everyone to have a good time. I’ve always been a fan of pink (thanks to 3 older brothers). However, Miles isn’t so after some research found a lovely complimentary teal colour for him and the guys, leaving my bridesmaids in pink.
Music is a big part of both of our lives so we knew this would have a big impact on the day – plus there were high expectations from our guests on this front! Our musical worlds do sometimes collide, but generally our tastes are quite different. We managed though to have a bit of both of us represented.
I believe that a bride should be announced with her arrival music and so I chose to walk down the aisle to Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary played by our good friend Nigel. During the drinks reception, our wonderfully talented friend Dan played with his jazz group the Dan Wylie Quartet – which set the mood perfectly. Then in the evening there was never any doubt about who was going to play. Miles has been playing with Fat Digester, a Nottingham based funk band since his Uni days. They are great fun, as well as great people and always get everyone up dancing.
In fact we were in a fortunate position to have known almost all of our suppliers including Emma’s parents (my second family) who did our delicious catering and our very talented friend Chris who took our wonderful photos.
It was important to us to get married in church. And is just happens that the church in the village that Miles grew up in, Preston Capes, is absolutely beautiful and in the most picturesque setting. We had our reception in the neighbouring Blakesley Village Hall which is a blank canvas perfect for our DIY day with beautiful views across the countryside.
I found my dress at the brilliant Lola Bridal boutique, about a year before the wedding and spent the next 12 months impatiently waiting to wear it! It was a Sincerity bridal 2 part gown with ivory lace over a champagne slip. I accessorised with a Charlie Brear champagne sash an ivory lace veil and my nan’s antique brooch.
My beautiful bridesmaids wore Little Mistress raspberry pink dresses, found on asos. My two little flower girls were in ivory dresses from BHS and my gorgeous flower baby Edie wore John Rocha.
In keeping with the relaxed vibe, the groomsmen each picked their own suit and we tied them in together with their button holes and teal ties from Next. Miles wore a dark blue 3 piece suit from River Island.
We knew from the start that we wanted to find ways of including Lou in our day, as so many people at the wedding would be feeling her absence as much as we were. My girls all worse purple butterfly bracelets to keep Lou with us all day, but we also came up with a very appropriate idea or getting everyone to do a shot for her.
We tied this in with our wedding favours and made bottles of limoncello for each table, ready to be toasted during Miles’s speech. It was a lovely way of remembering Lou all together and the limoncello seemed to be a real hit!
There were so many parts of the day that I enjoyed: getting ready with my mum and bridesmaids, seeing so many people we care about in one room and of course dancing the night away with my girls.
But the two highlights for me – which having said I’m not into romance might come as a surprise – were the speeches and the ceremony. Hearing Miles thank everyone and hearing their reaction to him is something I’ll never forget. And it sounds cliched and soppy and completely unlike me – but as soon as I walked into church and saw Miles, my nerves disappeared and everything just felt right.