Mr & Mrs Hughes | Belmont Hotel Wedding

Belmont Hotel

This colourful spring wedding, which took place on the 30th May 2014 at Belmont Hotel. It’s a very special one for Forget Me Knot, because it is in fact our big day. Matt and I feel that having our wedding film as part of our portfolio is important. Now we know how it feels to be filmed and of course, be apprehensive about it.

When I speak to couples about the process of the day, a lot of people (usually men) will say they are nervous about being filmed and this is exactly what my husband said at the time, so i can totally understand. I often explain that videographers will not come in with huge invasive cameras like the BBC, and take over the day. The truth is if you have hired a photographer it will be like you have another one there using the same size cameras, blending into the background. 

Originally, we hadn’t planned to get our wedding filmed, and thats another thing so many couples say when I meet them at wedding fayres, but funnily enough whilst planning our wedding we decided to create a sister business for our company Kinetal Media. Forget Me Knot wedding films was created and so we had our entire day filmed. It was the best thing we did! Seeing everyone having the best time and myself wrapping my arms around Matt as we were declared man and wife is beautiful!

I still cry every time I watch it. We love the fact we can re-live our day over and over, and can’t forget a thing! It also showed how hard we had worked to plan everything, and how well everything came together. Now we are married, we can honestly say our wedding film means everything to us. It makes the most precious keepsake and we can assure couples planning their big days, that wedding videography isn’t just a luxury, it is a necessity. 

Where it all started…

Matt and I had been together 8 years, and already had 2 gorgeous daughters together before we got engaged. After an anniversary meal at the Grey Lady Restaurant Matt had decided it would be a great venue for our wedding, however; he still hadn’t even popped the question, which was a bit confusing! 2 months later he asked me to be his wife, we were at home, so it was private and perfect. Matt gave me a beautiful, unique ring which was handmade in New York, which was then delivered to him in Las Vegas, where he was working at the time. Very special indeed!

Matt decided on our wedding date, and booked the Grey Lady for our reception venue for the 30th May 2014. We also booked to get married at the Belmont Hotel in Leicester City  centre, they were brilliant and so helpful! The ceremony was personal and emotional, my big brother gave me away, our eldest daughter did a reading and cried throughout because she was so happy! I loved that we didn’t get our words mixed up and finally we were complete as a family. We hired a gorgeous Badsworth wedding car  ‘Married in style’ for our wedding car, John showed true professionalism and was so friendly. He got everyone where they needed to be within plenty of time and he smiled throughout! To get all our guests to the reception we used a double decker open back bus provided by ‘confidence’ who also provided an excellent and reliable service.

The Grey Lady is next to Bradgate Park, Leicestershire, which is surrounded by beautiful woodland scenery. Willow trees surround the building and the noise of wildlife is just gorgeous. The venue itself has thatched roofs and the land is child friendly. They even have their very own pigs and Hens! It suited the style of wedding we wanted, and complimented the decor. The food is beautiful, and was a big talking point on the day and since. We opted for a three course sit down meal with a hot ‘buffet’ in the evening, with mini dishes such as fish and chips, lamb kebabs and burgers. Absolutely gorgeous!

I’m a quite a creative person and love the natural rustic look, my vision was to bring the outside in, and to create the look of hand picked flowers scooped up and put in jars. I started this style with the design of our wedding stationary. I designed them myself and passed them onto a very talented friend Taynee Tinsley who is an illustrator. We then got all our wedding stationary printed ourselves and had something completely unique. We also decided to word our invitations in a way which meant our daughters were inviting everyone, as we wanted to involve them as much as possible.

To create this style for our venue we got in touch with Nicola, owner of Eve Lily venue stylists. We were really happy that we could pass on our vision and we wouldn’t have to worry about the stress of piecing it all together on the morning, or the night before. As I had bought and made things for the venue, Nicola collected everything and along with her team they created exactly what we wanted and what we had spoken about in our meetings.

I remember walking into the room and thinking wow!  The venue had been transformed and was complimented with beautiful bright flowers everywhere, bunting, lanterns. Most importantly, at the end of the top table, a special place for my mums photo and flowers. Getting married combined with losing my mum was overwhelming, and it meant a lot to me that she was involved in our day. We used a lot of photographs to symbolise people not being there on the day as well as photographs of us together through our relationship. 

I really wanted our wedding to be unique to us, so to add to the style, I decided because we didn’t want to have flowers for the boutonnieres, i would make my own with buttons and other beads, I loved how they turned out, they looked great against the black suits and I received lots of compliments! I also created our guest place settings and decided we wanted to do something different for our wedding favours.

Alongside a childhood favourite; retro packets of fizz whizz, we had raffle tickets. We gave away three prizes to three very happy guests, although they did have to guess how many days Matt and I had been together!  I also bought an old suitcase, for £1.54 from EBay and revamped it to create a home for all our cards. It was brilliant because we closed it up at the end of the night and took it to our hotel and read all the lovely messages in bed!!

Being parents ourselves, we really wanted children to join in our day so I created personalised goodie bags for them and mini jam jars with cloth gingham lids filled with sweeties. This was actually one of the most important things to get right. We had 23 well behaved children in the day. They all had an amazing time, some of them in the mud as it had been a bit of a wet week!

I like to think that I wasn’t a typical Bride, and let’s just say, I got told off a lot! The Dress was probably the thing I was least bothered about, I didn’t want to stress about it and I didn’t want to spend much money on it!! I bought my dress for just over £500, 4 months before our big day. It suited me perfectly and it meant I could spend more money on my favourite thing… my hair!

Tina Donovan has been my hair stylist for over ten years. What a talent! We discussed our ideas at length, and using private Pinterest boards she created my wedding hair, which I like to call a piece of art! Matt has since said my hair was his favourite thing too! He loved it because he knew I would have something different but he was still pleasantly surprised! Complimenting my hair was a bespoke hair piece made by Klaire van Elton. There were tears when Tina put it on, I felt like a Bride!  It’s a stunning lace piece with silver thread and delicate pearls. Klaires work is perfect for brides wanting to wear something that will give the wow factor. Hopefully one of my daughters will wear it someday. 

My make up artist was Beth Goode. I booked my make up trial on my hen-do, to put my make up to the test! (a great tip for all brides to be!) Beth made my eyebrows look amazing! I really loved the vintage look she created with smokey eyes and bright red lipstick, which really complimented my pale complexion. Beth made us all feel extremely relaxed and was great with my God Daughter on the wedding morning, lots of smiling and laughter.

Our two beautiful Daughters, my sister Emma, and my best friend Hannah were my Bridesmaids. Hannah lived in Dubai and I will always love that she travelled here for us. Best of all, a  few days before she was due to come she decided that she was bringing my Goddaughter, so I had another beautiful Bridesmaid! They were all brilliant, they didn’t moan about a single thing! They gave me the support I needed, which is what every bride needs.

Matt was supported by his brother Jamie, my brother Michael, who also gave me away, and good friend Chris who was also our DJ in the evening. Everyone worked together perfectly and got Matt into gear as left the suits until the week before!

We also booked the amazing Sarah Salotti to do our photography, I met her at Eve Lily’s wedding show. Within 5 mins of talking to her, I had booked her! She made me realise how important it is to make sure you have those keepsakes. Sarah’s style of work made me fall in love with the idea, as it suited us and our wedding perfectly. Sarah was fantastic on our engagement shoot, she was brilliant with our girls and everyone on our big day. Sarah kept everyone at ease and is so friendly. She’s fun and is a true professional. When we received our final product it took me right back to our day. Sarah’s attention to detail is phenomenal. 

Matt and I decided we wanted a band, but not the obvious band people thought we may go for. We met the Kit Mason Trio and wow we fell in love with Sarah’s voice instantly!  We didn’t even look at any other bands as we knew the three piece were exactly what we wanted. Fun, talented, classy and happy!! I love how they put their own style to songs, we all loved dancing to the Disney songs!

Vintage photobooth.me were a late edition to our wedding plans but we are so happy with them! They set up and packed away without us knowing! All our guests had the best time taking photos using all the crazy props. They all loved that they could take their photos home too! They gave us a USB on the night which had every photo taken in black and white and colour! Let’s just say some of the men got excited and we have some interesting pics! Amazing service and an unforgettable addition to our day!

Charlotte owner of Bitsys Emporium of awesomeness is really an absolute delight and so are her beautiful cakes. We asked Charlotte to do a few different types of cake to create a cake display. We had a two tier cake. One tier of chocolate fudge brownie and one carrot cake smothered in cream icing.

Cake pops galore, topped with multi coloured sprinkles were placed in my DIY jars. We had ice cream style vanilla cake cones topped with flakes and raspberry sauce too. WOW! The whole thing was demolished! An amazing talented lady to work with and the best cake I’ve ever had. We love her cakes so much we actually book with Charlotte for every cake occasion.

So I think it’s worth mentioning, it’s completely true when people say you can’t plan for everything. Matt was actually really poorly on our day, he managed to eat his main meal, but nothing else. He couldn’t drink all his favourite beer the venue provided for him. He managed our first dance but felt very uncomfortable and he couldn’t really enjoy the day to the full. 

We travelled to our LA/Hawaii honeymoon two days later via Heathrow airport where Matt lost his wedding ring! We bought our wedding rings from Tiffanys- New York 9 months before. I’m not sure how most would feel but I really didn’t care!! We were finally married and that’s all that mattered. It wasn’t time to sweat the small things. Luckily Matt felt much better a few days into our holiday. It was the trip of a lifetime and a perfect way to start married life together. 

Please feel free to watch the highlight of our wedding film.

Amy & Matt Hughes

Forget Me Knot