Roxanne & Carl's Wild Autumnal Wonderland Wedding Celebration

Roxanne & Carl held their magical wonderland wedding at Dodmoor House in Northamptonshire in October 2019.

Video: 4LW Video Productions
Photography: Shoot It Momma Photography

The Proposal

The proposal took place on the 11th January 2017. It was our 4th anniversary as a couple and an extremely cold, miserable January day. It was a Wednesday and I was supposed to be at University for the day (in my second year of studying to become a primary teacher)… but my partner told to take the day off as we were going out for the day to celebrate!

We are keen water-skiers and love being by water. When we first met, we joked that we’d be an old couple one day who would live on a canal boat. So for our day out, Carl surprised me with a day out on a canal boat! It was freezing!!!! But about an hour into our journey, as we came around a corner, there was a bridge. And on the bridge was a huge ‘will you marry me’ sign. I didn’t put two and two together and commented on how cute it was. Only when I turned to face him, he was down on one knee, asking me to marry him… trying to steer the canal boat at the same time!

Theme / Colour Scheme

‘Wild Autumnal Wonderland’ is the words I would use to describe our theme… leaves and white pumpkins everywhere! Our main colour was powder blue but with rose gold detail here and there.

Special Touches & Unique Ideas

  • Instead of a bouquet, I chose to have a ‘hoop’ bouquet; within it was feathers from our pet bird (cockatiel) Doolin who sadly passed away the year before we married.
  • Our little dog Jude was our ring bearer! Who stole the show by making a run for it during my moment to walk down the isle… very funny!
  • As a nod to my husband being an electrician, we had LED lights within our moongate of flowers.
  • Our boat which we waterski behind was a part of our wedding day.
  • We had a sparkler walk with all our guests.
  • As a morning gift, I gave Carl a Captain ‘sailor’ hat and cufflinks: one which was a boat propeller and the other which stated our wedding date.

The Big Day

I stayed with one of my bridesmaids (Catherine) the night before. The morning we woke, she made me my favourite breakfast (Egg’s Benedict) and for the first time, I couldn’t eat it all! She also painted my toenails and soothed my nerves the best she could (which was hard!). My other bridesmaids arrived and Catherine drove us to the venue. I felt sick the whole journey and kept wanting to cry!

When we got to the venue, our decorators (Helen and Marion) were there and made me feel much better! Once we started having our hair and make up done, we felt much better… up until about 3:30pm when I was supposed to be walking up the isle and still not ready!

I walked up the isle to our live musicians (Daniel Giardiello) who played acoustically ‘Everlong’ by Foo Fighters. ‘A Million Dreams’ played as we signed the registrars and for when we walked back down, they played ‘Love you ‘Till the end’ by The Progues… as the first film Carl and I watched together was ‘P.S. I Love You’.

Funny Stories

Favourite story is Runaway Jude! Two of my bridesmaids were walking Jude down the isle (the first to enter the room), when he decided to slip his collar. The girls panicked and kept walking, but one of our guests grabbed Jude and ran towards my husband, giving him to him. As I was coming down the isle, that guest was coming up the isle and I didn’t even realise all that had gone on until after! It was very, very funny!

Top Tips

I wish I stood at the bottom of the isle for a little longer, just to take the moment in… but I was way too eager to see my husbands face! I couldn’t wait any longer!


The wonderful local wedding suppliers that helped bring Roxanne & Carl’s vision to life are as follows:

Venue: Dodmoor House
Photographer: Shoot It Momma Photography
Videography: 4LW Video Productions
Cake: Melody Cakes
Flowers & Venue Dressing: Honey Bees
Stationery: Papier & Handmade by Rose
Brides Dress: Serendipity Brides (By Sottero & Midgley, called ‘Jasper’)
Bridesmaids: ASOS (We chose to have powder blue dresses because our favourite colour is blue and we thought it was very delicate and gentle and would compliment the white pumpkins).
Grooms Suits: NEXT
Hair: Wedding Hair By Kate
Makeup: Beauty By Amy
Rings: Marlow’s Diamonds (Birmingham Jewellery Quarter)

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