What’s the story behind the two of you (how/where did you meet)?:
We met through one of Lewis's friends (he was his best man at the wedding) at The Old Bank in Old Town.
Can you tell me about the proposal?:
We were staying in Cornwall with my Grandma. We visited Port Isaac, a place I always loved going as a child. We walked up on the hill top and when we were sat on a bench he pulled out the ring and asked if I would marry him. I don't remember the words though as I was in complete shock and it was like slow motion where you can't understand what they're saying! He had to remind me to give my answer!
Where was your wedding ceremony and why there?:
We got married at Friars Court. We didn't want a church wedding as it's us. We really wanted to get married outside among nature and with our friends and family. We went to visit and knew straight away we wanted to marry under the rose arbour. It was also close to where our wedding reception would be held and it was important not to be too far away.
Where was your wedding reception and why there?:
We didn't have a clue where to start looking when we did. We looked at all the local venues but we were shocked at the costs and also the lack of flexibility you have with a typical wedding venue. None of them really felt us, a hotel didn't feel right, or a big stately manor.
My mum suggested the local hall in Shrivenham, the memorial hall. I was brought up in the village so it was very familiar. At first we thought it was a crazy idea but after thinking about it for a couple of hours we got really excited about what we could do with the place to make it reflect us as a couple.
Were you going for a certain theme or style with your wedding?:
This changed quite a lot as the planning went on. At some points it was a vintage affair, then it changed to rustic with hints of glamour with gold bits and pieces. It simply ended up being very me! There was no doubt about who had planned it when you walked into the room as it featured hand crafted fabric birds as centre pieces and flowers in all of my favourite colours. I did textiles at uni so thought this was my time to put it to good use!
Can you tell me about your wedding dress and any advice you have for other brides looking for their perfect gown?:
I tried on lots of wedding dresses before finding the one. But it was about the 4th style that I tried on that I couldn't get out of my head. After feeling that there was something better out there I went on the hunt again, trying on different styles in different shops. I eventually went to proposals and found my Maggie Sottero. The lady picked it out for me after about 3 or 4 gowns being a definite no. She had got an idea of what I liked and didn't like and bought me THE dress. I put it on and walked out. My bridesmaids said ooooo, that's nice. I stood on the podium and it just felt right. I was bigger than I wanted to be at that point but I still felt amazing in it!
My advise for brides looking for a dress would be to try on all different styles but go with what makes you feel amazing. It's hard when they don't fit properly and they generally all need altering but when you know you know.
Where did you find your wedding shoes and do you have any advice for brides looking for their bridal shoes?:
I knew I didn't want traditional ivory satin shoes. I'm not a shoe person really and knew they wouldn't be seen. We were getting married on grass so stiletto's wouldn't have been appropriate so I bought some gorgeous gold and coral sandals to go with our theme. They were flat as my husband isn't much taller than me.
I wore them lots on honeymoon as they are really comfy and it's nice I get to wear them again and again and remember the day.
Where did you find your jewellery and accessories?:
As soon as I had the dress I knew I wanted to wear my Grandma's pearls. When we visited we had it altered and cleaned up. I had some spare pearls as it was shortened so I decided I wanted to do something with them. So I got a few gold lengths added to the back and the pearls were put on the ends. My dress had quite a low back so it worked really well. I had previously wanted a fancy back on the dress but it wasn't meant to be so this was a lovely touch I wanted to add. A modern twist to the necklace and my grandma loved it which meant a lot.
Who did your hair and what led you to the style you chose?:
A lady called Hayley Hewlett did my hair. Again I went along with all these fancy styles I wanted that I had seen on Pinterest but they looked ridiculous on me. In the end I went for something really simple and sophisticated and I think it worked well with my dress.
Who was your makeup artist and what were your instructions when booking – what were you after?:
I had a make up trial at a wedding show I attended but I hated it. After much debate and a trip to Bristol for a MAC makeover I decided to do my make up myself. I know my face better than anyone and I was confident I could do it on the day. I didn't want anything heavy, just neutrals and browns but knew I would need to apply more for it to come out in the photos.
Where did you find the guys suits?
Were they purchased or hired and why?: My husband was responsible for the suits. He said if your dress is a surprise then I don't want you to see my suit. He found a facebook site which someone else had liked and it had the exact suit that he wanted. He went for a blue suit with a grey tweed waistcoat and the others wore navy with the same waistcoats. They all wore coral cravats. He did really well and I loved that it was a bit different. They were all hired.
Can you tell me about your flowers/bouquets?:
Apart from marrying Lewis and my dress, I was so excited about my flowers. I love beautiful flowers and couldn't wait to design my bouquet.
I had lots of images on Pinterest and chose a family friend, a florist to help me design exactly what I wanted as not one photo included everything I wanted. Again my ideas changed over time but my florist worked with me to pick the exact flowers and feel that I wanted.
Even after picking everything I still didn't really know what it would all look like so I was so excited when they turned up in the morning.
I chose flowers in coral, ivory and peach. I also wanted some small grape hyacinths in there because my mum had them in her bouquet. They looked amazing together. I also had a paperweight made after the wedding by sending off my actual flowers. They are now preserved forever!
What led you to choose the wedding cake you did?:
The cake was something that I wasn't particularly bothered about in all honesty. All I wanted was something pretty and tasty. One of my friends made it for me after I found the perfect image on Pinterest. In fact that was probably the only thing I didn't change my mind on. I wanted simple cream icing with fresh flowers on it. I felt it made a huge impact without being too fancy. It did start to lean in the evening as the sun came round and hit it but we managed to cut it in time! It made for a funny video shot!
The flavours were lemon, red velvet and salted caramel! We still have some leftover in the freezer!
What did you have for your wedding favours?:
The favours is something I wanted to go all out on. If I had had the time I would have had about 6 for each guest as I had so many ideas! In the end we went with little mini succulents wrapped in tulle and tied with ribbon with a little thank you in them. I think it reflected my love of plants and the tulle represented ballet as I used to dance for many years.
Can you tell me about your most memorable moment from the day?:
My most memorable moment of the day was without a doubt walking down the aisle. I felt calm all morning which I didn't expect at all. My Dad, bridesmaids and myself walked around the outside of the venue and then my dad and I walked out after the bridesmaids. I felt so overwhelmed with love as all our family and friends were there to share our commitment to each other. Seeing all of their faces I couldn't take the smile off my face! Then I saw Lewis. I have never seen him cry but his little cheeks were wobbling and his eyes were welling up. I kept it pretty cool but it was simply the most magical moment of my life I will never ever forget. Before the day we both just felt like we just wanted the ceremony over and done with but were so surprised it was the best part of the day!
Can you tell me a little about your honeymoon?:
We looked at all sorts of places for our honeymoon, the Maldives, Hawaii, Mauritius, Sri Lanka.... but in the end we decided to go to Singapore and Bali. We visited Thailand in our first year together and loved exploring that side of the world so we decided we wanted to explore other areas.
As a wedding present Lewis bought me a Bengal kitten. Whilst on honeymoon we decided her name would be Bali so now we have a constant happy reminder!
What is the most important piece of advice you could share with brides to be?: This is so hard because we were given so much advise including to do what you want to do not what others want etc etc. We were lucky as we did do what we wanted really but we always considered what our friends and family would like during the day because after all you want everyone to have a good time and remember your big day for the right reasons!
Never forget that the day is about you getting married to the love of your life so nothing else matters really. If I'm honest I could have gone home after the ceremony and been completely happy! Which is not what I thought would be the case!
If you had the chance to redo the whole thing again, what changes would you make?:
This is so hard, we don't really have many things we would change. If we did it again of course I would choose a completely different theme but that's because I like variety and had so many ideas and I couldn't use them all!
The only thing we had an issue with was our DJ. He played the music so loud and it was awful quality. Everyone ended up in the back room and outside, luckily it was a lovely evening. We had an amazing Jazz band that made up for it but wish we had created our own playlist which we were tempted to do in the first place. That said we went to another wedding a few months later and they had an amazing DJ so just pick wisely!
The only other one thing was that my hair fell out a lot in the evening. I think it was because of my veil, although I took it off after the ceremony. Looking at some of the photos and video in the evening I think I would have been better to put the veil back on. That said my hair being messy was a sign of a good night right?