The couple became engaged during an intimate proposal at home. "We had talked about getting married but wanted to wait until we could afford a wedding before getting engaged," Jess tells us. "Ted ordered a ring that he thought would arrive in time for a trip that we were taking to South Africa last year but it didn't so he asked me to marry him at home instead."
The couple had originally planned a big wedding for May 2020 which couldn't go ahead because of the Covid-19 restrictions. "When we knew that this had to be cancelled, the most important thing to us both was getting married as soon as possible without feeling like we were compromising," Jess says. "We were searching for an intimate elopement venue with accommodation on-site and a beautiful setting for photos and came across Ever After which ticked all of these boxes and more. We enquired about it in July and booked our wedding for September!"
Because it was just the two of them, the styling on the day was arranged by Nicola at Ever After and Amanda, their chosen florist. "We wanted a bright, colourful theme and loved the result," Jess says. "The floral tablecloth that Nicola used for our wedding breakfast looked great and we couldn't have been happier with the bouquet and buttonhole!"
Nicola at Ever After and Amanda, their chosen florist. "We wanted a bright, colourful theme and loved the result," Jess says. "The floral tablecloth that Nicola used for our wedding breakfast looked great and we couldn't have been happier with the bouquet and buttonhole!"
"We had both meant to write our own vows but ended up being so busy in the lead up to our special day that we didn't get round to thinking about! We sat down on the morning of the wedding with 15 minutes to spare and wrote them on a tiny notebook that my mum had given me previously from a Christmas cracker!" - Jess
Because the couple had already purchased outfits for their original wedding plans, it was important to them that they wore them for their elopement wedding. "It felt great to get dressed up," Jess tells us, "and our wedding photos were how we'd envisaged! I chose the dress called Carla by Made With Love that I'd seen online when we first became engaged and I knew it was the wedding dress for me, I fell in love with the 3D floral detailing. Because I feel the cold, I teamed it with a Levis denim jacket that was hand-painted by Lylun Designs with a custom request from me to feature two of my favourite things - hippos, and flowers. The hippos are holding gin and tonics because the designer, Anna, had originally thought my request to subtly add our initials 'J&T' was a typo and they looked too good not to keep! I also added a bespoke circlet headpiece from Alabaster Dream. I'd tried on a white version in the shop where I bought my dress and loved the detail that it added to my short hairstyle but I wanted a colourful version of it."
Ted was born in Scotland but his family aren't originally Scottish so he was keen to wear a kilt but didn't have his family tartan. "We both liked the colours of the Isle of Skye tartan and how it worked well with the green jacket so we opted for that," Jess says.