I captured Nicky & Tom’s wedding at South Farm and below is their fabulous story from how they met to all the meticulous planning of their wedding day.
Bride and Groom’s names: Nicky Hulett & Tom Burbidge
Bride and Groom’s occupations: Sales Manager & Civil Servant
Length of engagement: 18 months
Wedding date: 28th May 2011
Wedding ceremony: Bedford School Chapel
Wedding reception: South Farm
Wedding photographer: Ben Stirling
How did you meet?
We met… at University in Sheffield in 2002. I was two days into Fresher’s Week when I went round to see a
friend from home who happened to be living with Tom. Feeling a little homesick, I was delighted to hear that he was also from Bedfordshire and decided to hang out with him as much as possible, and 10 years on that’s still what I like to do!
First impressions of your husband…
Lovely and tall! And an excellent dancer!
His first impressions of you…
The same (although I reckon he’s fibbing about my moves!)
What was your proposal?
At Tom’s brother’s wedding in Perth, Australia in November 2009. After the beautiful vineyard reception we had an after party, and by 3am the ring was burning too big a hole in Tom’s pocket! To say there had already been a few glasses of bubbly consumed by that point would be an understatement so it’s fair to say my response was rather emotional! My mum thought something terrible had happened when I called home as I was blubbing so much!
What were your wedding theme/ colours?
No fixed theme, just a relaxed English countryside feel
Who were your bridesmaids/ groomsmen?
My wonderful best friend from school Emma, my beautiful friend Abi – who introduced us to our amazing photographer! – my gorgeous sister-in-law Hanna, and her 5 week old baby Lara who came all the way from Australia for the big day! Tom’s best men were the brilliant James and Alex, and his groomsmen were our brothers, Chris and Simon, and more schoolboys, Mark and Tommy.
We chose South Farm because…
We’re very close to all Tom’s friends from school (and their WAGs!) so to get married at his school chapel was perfect for us. The school cricket team was playing outside as the ceremony finished so we were posing for photos to cries of “Howzat!” South Farm suited us down to the ground – not least because they could seat our 140 guests! The location is stunning, and the barn looked amazing. The staff made us feel very welcome, and the food was ace – it was the only venue we felt we needed to see.
What was your dress like?
Beautiful! Exactly what I had in mind: double layer lace with a deep V back and a train. And a super-long veil (you only get to wear one once so I figured I might as well go for it!). It was my dream dress!
What was your ceremony like?
The most nerve racking thing of all time! I nearly broke my dad’s hand since I was gripping so tightly! Dad and I had arrived in an amazing – and very precious – rally car which belongs to a friend of his so we were both probably still buzzing from racing through the streets of Bedford. While we were inside some friends changed my name on the side of the car from Hulett to Burbidge, which was a brilliant touch. The ceremony was wonderful, with readings from my grandfather and husband’s godmother, and my friend Dilys sang Kissing You by Des’ree while we signed the register. The sun had just come out and created a beautiful light in the chapel. Having every person you love in one room is an amazing feeling!
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
Apart from making it up the aisle to greet Tom, probably the speeches. There were tears of joy and laughter, and I was so proud of my dad, Tom and the best men.
What was the song for the first dance?
Bobby Darin’s Beyond the Sea, performed by the fantastic Jazz Cannons
What is your advice for other brides? Relax as much as you can and just take it all in!
We were lucky enough to be able to call on the talents of many friends and family who all pitched in with our invitations, car, music, flowers, logistics and cake, so it really felt like everyone was supporting us. It’s amazing how generous people are with their time and skills when a wedding is involved.
Dress: Lusan Mandongus at Morgan Davies
Suits: Allen’s of Olney
Bridesmaid Dresses: Coast
Flowers: Bouquets and buttonholes were by To Have & To Hold in Dunstable, all the arrangements were done by my mother-in-law’s very clever and very generous friends
Music: The Jazz Cannons
Make-up: Grey’s, St Albans
Hair: Grey’s, St Albans
Invites: Made by my grandfather
See Nicky & Toms full wedding and a slide show by following this link.