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The Stylist team share their wedding memories

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We asked Team Stylist to share their wedding day memories with us. Find out how they celebrated their big day

  • Debbie McQuoid, celebrity editor, Stylist

    "I’m from Belfast and my husband is from Wales but we went with Lissanoure Castle in Co Antrim (about 60 miles north of Belfast). The fact that the church - All Saints Church of Ireland - was on site was a real plus point. We situated our guests on the Antrim Coast and it meant a short coach journey. The venue manager, Sheryl, was brilliant. They were relaxed, fun, helpful, but gave us space. And she scurried me away for a brandy mid-afternoon when I hadn’t had a chance to breathe by pretending she had something important to discuss with me. A life-saver."

  • Debbie McQuoid, celebrity editor, Stylist

    "My dress was where I went a bit mental and spent a fortune. But I figured it’s my own money and it was separate from our budget so I could really go for it. It’s called Kristene from Claire Pettibone. I loved the vintage lace on it and it suited my figure in a subtle way. I nearly cried when I first started looking and every bridal shop took one look at my bust and tried to get me into a strapless, Jordan-esque gown. ‘Make the most of your assets, dear’. Arghhhhh!!!!"

  • Holly Bolt, head of digital project management, Shortlist Media

    "I have always lived in London, so am used to the busy hustle and bustle of city life, which is why for my wedding I wanted to go for the complete opposite and go for a country look and feel. I found a website that specialised in country wedding venues and I selected my favourite 10. I then researched them in more detail and decided on the three I'd like to view. Gaynes Park Barns in Epping, Essex, was the second venue we visited and I knew from the long drive up to the venue, with fields of sheep either side, and pheasants and bunny rabbits hopping around, that we had found something special."

  • Holly Bolt, head of digital project management. Shortlist Media

    "To continue with the country theme we opted for a cheese tower cake, instead of the traditional sponge/fruit cake. We served it during our evening buffet with crackers, bread and chutney."

  • Lucy Foster, features editor, Stylist

    "We got married in Yorkshire and held the reception at a family home. Everyone tells you to try to take stock during the day but I don’t think you can. It’s a blur of family and friends and photos and dancing which just disappears. The church service lasted no more than five minutes in my mind, but rationally, I can see that’s probably not legal. Just throw yourself into the day and piece it all together later when the photographs come in."

  • Lucy Foster, features editor, Stylist

    "I recommend having a ceilidh because making people dance in an organised fashion breaks the ice at parties. And I’ve never seen a group of cynical Londoners be quite so carefree and happy while galloping around a marquee."

  • Lucy Foster, features editor, Stylist

    "We had a shire horse decked in flowers waiting for us after the church. No big deal."

  • Lucy Foster, features editor, Stylist

    "Our incredible wedding cake was made by Jonny's mum."

  • Mollie McGuigan, deputy editor, Emerald Street

    "We held our wedding ceremony at Hackney Town Hall in east London and had the reception at The Londesborough pub in Stoke Newington. The town hall was covered in scaffolding and the ceremony room was in the middle of being renovated but we decided it was worth scrimping on that, if it meant we could have a proper fun party afterwards. Which we did..." Images: Kat Hill

  • Mollie McGuigan, deputy editor, Emerald Street

    "There are lots of wonderful things I remember about our wedding day – getting ready with my bridesmaids, wobbling down the aisle to Frank Wilson’s Do I Love You (Indeed I do), the eloquent speeches and raucous quiz. But the episode that best sums up the day took place about 9pm, when our DJ put on R Kelly’s Vibe and all the young ones mobbed the dancefloor screeching Every. Single. Word. I can vividly see me, flip-flops on, dress hoiked up around my knees, barking “I MUST CONFESS THE TIGHT MINISKIRT YOU WEAR/ I JUST CAN’T HELP IT BABY/ I CAN’T HELP BUT STAAARRRRE.” And then replacing all the names in the end rap with names of our friends. “TONY’S GOT IT! TOZZY’S GOT IT! ESTHER’S GOT IT!...” And so on." Images: Kat Hill

  • Mollie McGuigan, deputy editor, Emerald Street

    "My headpiece was made by my friend, Jane Taylor, and my dress was from Phase Eight. I had the belt made by a tailor, and the shoes came from Rachel Simpson." Images: Kat Hill

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