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Roxy said I DO!

After what seemed likes months of wedding talk and excitement building, we eventually got to go to the wedding of Mr and Mrs Bond!

Roxy is such an important part of House of Oliver and we know that you lovelies have been dying to get the inside scoop! So a whole 6 weeks on, (time really flies….!) we are bringing you all the goss behind the bouquet toss, what the bridesmaids wore, how the question was popped and the images behind the best dance off any wedding has seen………………

Read on and as I’m sure you’ll agree – everyone looked beautiful…. of course!

The Engagement

Roxy in fact proposed to Chris on the TV in front of Holly and Phil on This Morning on Feb 29th! Chris had absolutely no ideas and Roxy had to get him to London on the pretence they were taking part in a quiz to win some prizes. Luckily…he said yes! It took them a few years and a gentle nudge from yours truly to start planning the wedding though and they eventually set a date after Christmas last year.

The Dress

We get told all of the time, how lovely it is to work in a wedding shop, and how difficult it must be to pick just one dress when new styles and designs arrive all the time! So picking the perfect dress was never going to be easy, probably extra pressure actually. Working in bridal wear, there’s a certain expectation to get it right, Roxy, however must be an exception to the rule……

Early on in the planning stages, we discussed what Roxy was looking for – an illusion neck dress – and that’s all she knew early on. I’m responsible for all of the buying in at House of Oliver, and as soon as I saw what was coming in I showed Roxy: ‘Could this be your dress?’ There was an excited squeal and she actually arranged an appointment for her sisters to come and take a look at it on the day it was due to come in.

An ivory, lace up illusion neck dress from our Signature collection with a sweetheart neckline, shoulder detailing and an A line tulle skirt, pulled in at the waist with a belt and bow detail. She tried it on and was back at work around an hour later, after some twirling and photos!

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Later on in the year she did have some natural, minor dress wobbles, wondering if she wanted fitted or not, but she tried her dress on with her family and fell back in love with it all over again.

On the day, she teamed it with a Richard Designs veil with scatter crystals and a Richard Designs ivory and blush vine and delicate drop earrings.

The Boys

The guys wore 5 piece suits in Electric Blue from our Grooms Room teamed with matching blue waistcoats for the grooms party and an ivory one for the Groom, accompanied with blush ties and matching pocket squares.

The Bridesmaids

With a big family, there were 7 bridesmaids! The adults wore long blush dresses with shoulder details, the tweens wore blush dresses with lace overlays and blush sashes and the flower girl wore a V neck tulle dress with blush sash and carried a basket of coordinating flowers. The maids all carried posy’s of avalanche roses in blushes, creams and ivories.

The Decor

The Derbyshire Hotel provided a gorgeous backdrop for photo’s and for the wedding and reception to be held. Roxy decided on a theme of blush pinks early on, and then everything pretty much fell into place. The tables had martini vase centrepieces, with complementary flowers and foliage and there were subtle hints of Roxy’s favourite colour – rose gold in places too! Love letters and a sparkle backdrop provided subtle hints of bling and bought many a great photo op!

The Day

We arrived, greeted the grooms party (who were looking amazing!) grabbed a drink and started to get excited about seeing Roxy! We were shown into the ceremony room and took our seats where a string quartet entertained us whilst we waited for the bride’s entrance.

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The room fell silent, everyone stood and being seated at the back we got our first glimpse of Roxy. She held back tears as she entered the room to the string quartet and they exchanged traditional vows in front of their friends and families.

We then had a drinks reception outside whilst their photographer snapped away. When it came to the time to throw the bouquet, ‘most’ of the eligible ladies stepped forward and Roxy took her position. It quickly became apparent nobody was getting a look in and it was caught by none other than her own mum! Everyone made a confetti tunnel and the bride and groom walked through the centre to showers and showers of confetti and rose petal which made for a fantastic photo.

We sat down to a lovely 3 course dinner with wine of amazing food! The food really stood out for sure. The speeches were nothing more than hilarious and the two best men suitably took the mick out of the groom. The subtle attention to detail throughout the day that referenced the couple were noticed throughout. Everything was thought of, We toasted the happy couple, and, feeling slightly tipsier we headed back outside the room so it could be transformed into party central for the evening!

The Party

We all had plenty of giggles in the photo booth and lots of singing. The first dance was amazing and a really great idea to get everyone on the dance floor. The DJ encouraged everyone to stand on the dance floor whilst James Arthur ‘Say you won’t let go’ came on and everyone got out their phones and recorded the bride and groom, about half way through the music sped up, into the dance version and everyone joined the bride and groom for some epic dancing and jumping on the dancefloor! It quickly turned into a dance off and the dance floor stayed busy all night long!

The evening buffet didn’t even interrupt the good feels and we had an amazing night of dancing, photo booth bombing, shot drinking and all round amazing time!

A huge thank you to the happy couple for inviting us, we had an amazing day full of amazing memories. Everyone looked gorgeous, Enjoy married life! Here’s to the next chapter xxxxxxx

Photo credit – Alex ACJ MEDIA –

House of Oliver is an off the peg bridal shop in the East Midlands. To book an appointment please call 07709544939 or visit us at

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