Jade and Ben were married in a civil ceremony at Maylands Golf Club, Romford on Wednesday 18th March. Jade’s dad, John Coverdale, walked her down the aisle and gave her hand in marriage to Ben.
They met working together at a Law Firm in London back in 2006. They were good friends and didn’t start dating until years later. Their first date was in Croydon in 2009 and they went to a Thai Restaurant for dinner and then to the cinema to see Marley and Me.
Ben proposed during their summer holiday in Gran Canaria in 2013. They were taking an evening stroll on the beach before dinner and stopped to take in the view of the ocean on some rocks. Ben got down on one knee and proposed. Jade said “I was so surprised and hadn’t seen it coming at all! It was the perfect romantic setting as the beach is my favourite place.”
Jade and Ben chose their wedding date because they celebrate their anniversary on 18th September but they wanted a spring wedding so chose 18th March; it’s exactly 6 months between their anniversary and wedding anniversary. They liked the idea of their relationship being celebrated more than once a year. They were married on their 5 and a half year anniversary.
They chose Maylands Golf club as they loved the exposed beams and features inside for the festival themed they had chosen. They also wanted to get married in Romford as Ben moved from Surrey into their first home together in Romford which was close to the venue. Jade said “Romford will always be special to us as we spent 2 years commuting between Essex and Surrey and when we moved in together we both knew that we could finally have the future we dreamed about.”
The couple chose a festival theme and their colour scheme was yellow, pink and blue. They chose a festival as they wanted a laid back relaxing day for everyone to enjoy. Both Jade and Ben love of music but have different tastes and over the years they have both introduced each other to new music going to gigs, concerts and festivals. They thought it would be fun to combine all the music they love into their big day. “We had the whole day planned out in set times which were put on lanyards for guests and also on the tables so everyone knew what was happening and when.”
Jade found her wedding dress at Bell’amoré in Bexleyheath Kent. The dress is called The Exumas Elegance and is by Justin Alexander, from the Sincerity Range. It was a strapless ball gown with a sweetheart neckline, beaded laced and tulle gown. It was perfect. Jades shoes were called Thea fine shimmer court shoes from The Rainbow Club. They were ivory satin but mostly covered with silver glitter. Her veil was called Cristobal from Rainbow Club. It was a 2 tier ivory veil in tulle with embellished crystals. Her jewellery was a crystal droplet set from John Lewis and she wore a crystal and pearl tiara that was borrowed from her close friend Christine; she had worn it on her wedding day.
Ben bought his 3 piece suit from Red Herring at Debenhams. It was navy blue slim fit with trousers, 2 button jacket and a scoop waistcoat. He wore a navy blue tie and matched it with tan belt and Red Herring tan leather brogues.
Jade had 7 bridesmaids in total!!! 3 of them where the bride’s 2 sister and her best friend who were all Maid of Honours. Ben’s 4 sisters were all bridesmaids. The couple also had Jade’s two nieces as flower girls and Ben’s nephew as pageboy. “Having so many sisters between us meant that we wanted to include them all.”
The bridesmaid dresses were from Evica. They were strapless royal blue gowns with a crisscrossed empire waist, pleated bodice and sweetheart neckline. They were made from a silky chiffon. The bridesmaids were all asked to team the dresses with silver shoes and silver accessories of their choice.
Jades make-up was done by a professional make up artist called Wendy. It was very natural looking. Jade recommended to “always take extra makeup to the venue just in case.” Her hair was done by a professional hair stylist called Morgan Graham. She gave Jade a bouncy blow dry to start and then styled it with half up and half down with plenty of curls and bounce.
The wedding photographer was Gemma Lawrence. Jade found Gemma online when she came across some pictures of a wedding photographed by her at Maylands. She went to her website and found her bucket list of weddings; a festival themed wedding was on her list so they got in touch. “She was so lovely and excited about our wedding that we wanted her to capture it.” “We were at ease with Gemma from the first meeting and knew that she would enjoy photographing our day and capture all of those special moments for us.”
The flowers were by Roses and Posies. Jade used them as they did her sisters wedding a few years before and did a great job. They had colourful flowers in the welly centrepieces, simple pink and yellow gerberas and gyp bouquets for the bridesmaids and Jade’s bouquet was white and blue.
The couple designed and created their own save the dates, invites and lanyards. The wedding guest book and thank you cards were by Bunny Delicious.
The Campervan transport was provided by Dibdups.
The groom’s mum made the wedding cake. There were small cupcakes with glitter with a large cupcake for cutting. It was a vanilla sponge with white buttercream icing and covered in pink, blue & yellow flowers.
The reception was held at Maylands Golf Club in Romford. Jade and Ben had all the decorations made and decorated the venue themselves. They had pink, blue and yellow gingham tablecloths made and plenty of bunting. For favours they had personalised love heart sweets and also gave all of the day guests VIP festival lanyards with their names on when entering the reception to wear and keep.
Jade said “There were 4 speeches. We had the Grooms mother who had us all singing a song to The Muffin Man. A special and funny song she has sung to Ben all his life. My dad gave a rather funny speech with lots of jokes. Ben’s speech was very sweet. We gave out gifts to the bridesmaids, mothers & flower girls and page boys. Lastly was the 2 best man. They gave a combined speech which was witty and also very moving.”
For food, they had festival themed canapés of mini sausages, burgers, halloumi & fish & chips. The evening buffet was hog roast rolls with salad, potatoes etc.
On the tables were props for photos, including selfie sticks, lanyards shaped card for drawing and writing messages with a board to display them on. They also had a table full of festival themed items for guests to enjoy including ponchos (in case it rained!), glow in the dark tattoos, flower garlands & in the evening an endless supply of glow sticks were handed out!
For the evening entertainment, the couple booked a band called The Rise, they are an acoustic duo. Jade said “They were amazing!”. They also had Dave the DJ from Celebrations. “He was so enthusiastic about our festival theme and having the music set out in set times and genres. We also used celebration events for a photobooth and teddy grabber machine.”
Thefirst dance was to You make it Real by James Morrison. “We both loved his music and we listened to his albums together over and over when first started dating. The lyrics also seemed to describe us and our relationship so it became our song and was the only choice for our first dance.”
“We went to the Thomson Sensatori Hotel in in Riveira Maya Mexico for our honeymoon. We stayed in pure luxury and relation for 10 days. We went snorkelling, had a couples massage, enjoyed candlelit dinners on the beach, wonderful dinners and drinks.”
Jade’s advice when planning a wedding is “I think a budget is very important but be realistic. We saved a lot of money by doing a lot ourselves. We had our own tablecloths and decorations including our own sweetie table and campervan shaped post box.”
Photographer: Gemma Lawrence Photography
Venue: Maylands Golf Club
Flowers: Roses and Posies
Cake: Groom’s Mum
Guest Book & Thank You Cards: Bunny Delicious
Bride’s Dress By: Justin Alexander Sincerity
Bride’s Dress from: Bell’amoré, Bexleyheath
Bride’s Shoes: Rainbow Club
Bridesmaid Dresses from: Evica
Groom and Groomsmen Suits By: Red Herring
Groom and Groomsmen Suits from: Debenhams
Band: The Rise