Marice and Michael’s fun filled cerise and yellow wedding

I have a great wedding for you today and it’s from two of the loveliest ladies I have met in the industry. Philippa & Gemma are Cotton Candy Wedding Photography and I have had the pleasure of meeting them on a couple of occasion now. The first time was at my Boozy Boho Bash and the 2nd was at the Wedding Industry Awards. On Both occasions the girls were fun, friendly and just fab to be around. I imagine having them shooting your wedding would be more like having two of your best mates with you for the day!

I’ve been wanting to post one of their weddings for a while now so I’m super chuffed to have this beautiful day to share with you!
It’s the wedding of Michael and Marice Coll who were married on Saturday 23rd July 2011 at St Raphael’s Catholic Church, Surbiton with the reception at the Holiday Inn, Surbiton with 200 guests and another 50 in the evening. They met at work, they are both teachers and have been together 4 years.

Marice and Michael describe their day as ‘A fantastic day that reflected us as a couple, surrounded by all our family and friends.’

The proposal
We’d been out celebrating my birthday and when we got back there was a big bouquet of flowers on the table and when I questioned why they were there Mike said he got them because he loved me and wanted to marry me! And then got down on one knee and asked me officially. It was a total surprise.


I (Marice) spent some of my childhood in Surbiton and we live there now. In terms of the hotel, we decided that our main priority was having all the people we wanted there, so that dictated the venue to a certain extent.

The Dress
I got my dress from Monsoon, shoes from Debenhams , I wore a necklace that my Mum bought me to wear on the day.

The suit and bridesmaids
Mike had a suit made by King & Allen. Bridesmaids dresses were from asos although they were altered by my Mum.

The invitations were cerise and yellow, the boys wore cerise ties so we had a subtly bold colour scheme. We have a picture on our living room wall (you can see it in the photo where I’m reading Vogue) and that was the inspiration for the colour scheme!

Bit old school really, Prawn Cocktail, Roast Chicken and then cheesecake for the boys and Chocolate torte for the girls

A good old fashioned disco! The girls at Cotton Candy did a ‘candy booth’ where people could get pictures taken against a backdrop in silly hats etc which our guests had lots of fun with

Bridal bouquet was pink hydrangeas (my Gran had hydrangea bushes in the garden of her house in Ireland so they mind me of her), the bridesmaids had yellow carnations. We had sunflowers in the church and beautiful mixed seasonal flowers on the table at the reception. I absolutely loved the flowers, they were ne of the highlights of the day for me.

Personal touches
I’m an Art teacher, so there was a bit of pressure to have some ‘arty’ touches! I designed and made the wedding invitations with my friend Stuart, who is a talented screen printer. I made yellow ceramic hearts and stars for the place names/favours and drafted in the help of my colleagues and my tutor group from school!
My friend Clare (the DT teacher from work) made the free standing table numbers. My Mum made the cake.

Special moments
I loved every single bit of it! I had a great time getting ready with the girls in the morning. There was an amazing atmosphere in the church; we were definitely feeling the love! The reception was brilliant. I felt a bit sad when we did the first dance (All I want is you, U2) as it meant there wasn’t much of the evening left! We danced the night away.

Planning Advice
I would say take it easy, relax, don’t get bogged down in tiny details. Respect that other people want to offer opinions but that doesn’t mean you have to go with them!! Remember that the most important thing about the day is that you’re marrying each other and it’s a celebration of that, everything else is superfluous. Delegate decisions on the day to your bridal party, ours were fantastic, and we couldn’t have done it without them. Also, everyone says it, but the day really does fly by and you have to find some time for just the two of you to sit back and take it all in.

Biggest surprise
That when people say you don’t have time to drink too much because you’re so busy, it’s not true…

Supplier Shout Outs

  • Photography – Cotton Candy Weddings www.cottoncandyweddings.co.uk The girls were brilliant!! 
  • Flowers – Nicola at Nix Flower Studio  www.nixflowerstudio.co.uk She was fantastic and so knowledgeable about flowers! I trusted her judgement completely, so much so that I had no idea what the table flowers would look like as they were different on every table and they were amazing!
  • DJ – A1 Discos www.a1discos.com  great online service, we uploaded a list of songs we wanted and they stuck to the list!


For more information about Cotton Candy Weddings go to:
Philippa & Gemma
[email protected]
P: 07887 523 365
G: 07595 166 159

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