Right, let’s take you back to where it all began…. Quite a few years ago.
I’ll start with the proposal…
It was the 16th February 2014…
It was our 4 year anniversary so decided to go away for a weekend away to celebrate to Suffolk, we headed off in the morning and had a wonder around the area, walked along the prom, went in the arcades and at this point it was getting late and we were thinking about getting food.
Tom asked if we could walk along the beach before we headed back and I agreed, then that’s where I turned around and saw him get down on one knee and ask me the question. It was perfect. On the beach over looking the sea with the sun setting in the background. I cried and immediately said YES!
I rang my family, a few friends and they were all so happy for us.
We had talked about getting married but we had agreed to wait too as we were still both living at home and wanted to get a place of our own first.
Our Engagement Party 13th April 2013 – Tidbury Green Golf Club
There was no rush for a party but we set a date for a few months later after our engagement. We looked around at some local venues with the help of my dad, we didn’t want anything too fancy just something we could decorate ourselves and celebrate with our close family and friends.
Then, eventually a few years later we started planning our big day…
Our Wedding Day – Henley Golf & Country Club
We I, chose the year of 2017 to get married, it was a big year, as I turned 30, my dad was turning 70 and it was my parents ruby wedding anniversary so wanted to make it a year to remember for everyone.
All I knew was that I wanted a summer wedding. We started by looking at venues and eventually after months of looking at various places we decided on Henley Golf & Country Club.
It was a beautiful setting for our big day, I just fell in love with it.
We set our date for Saturday 22nd July 2017, booked the venue, registrar and a few other essentials back in 2016 and sent the save the dates out. Then in November I went to the doctors and found out I was pregnant, 9 weeks pregnant and due 2 weeks before the wedding. I didn’t want to cancel the wedding so we then had to re think the whole wedding day and we decided to change the date to October 28th 2017, just a few months after the original date so we could settle into parenthood before our big day.
We had a lot to do between then and our baby been born and then after baby was born before the big day, but with the help of my parents it was all achieved.
I choose to go for the colour scheme of turquoise as it was bright and pretty and went well with the original summer planned wedding.
I decided to designed and make my own wedding invitations. They took me approximately 4 months from start to finish which I think was excellent. I got so many amazing comments on them.
Me & my bridesmaids
Starting from left to right: I chose my cousin Natalie, sister in law Rachel, my best friend Zoe (Maid Of Honour) and school friend Alexandra. The dresses were from a shop called R&Z Dress World where you could mix and match any style with any colour.
The Groom, Best Men & Usher
Tom had his Brother Simon (Left) as best man and his brother in law Graham (Right) for his usher. We hired the suits from a shop called David Aitchison in Knowle.
I didn’t have a clue about the sort of dress I wanted, I had looked online at design and styles but nothing jumped out at me. I went and visited several dress shops and tried on so many different styles, designs and colours of dresses. The dress I finally chose was perfect, the detail on it was incredible. There was diamontes all around the top of the dress to add a bit of sparkle and zip and buttons all up the back. I bought my dress from Platinum Brides and my experience was perfect from start to finish, the attention to detail was amazing and nothing was too much trouble, the did all the alterations on site.
I knew and pictured the exact wedding ring I wanted in my head, nothing big something simple that would fit with my engagement ring and which had a bit of sparkle. It took us a few weeks after looking around and trying on to decide which we preferred. We didn’t choose the most expensive or the cheapest but found something we like and took advice from the shops on recommendations and we came away with these.
We never had a honeymoon as we had a 3 month old baby at the time so we have saved the money for a holiday of a lifetime in a few years time when Freddie is a little older as we would both love to travel to Australia or California.
Our day was amazing and everything I could of wished for and more, I just wished we could do it all over again as it just went far too quickly.
We will have been married for 2 years this year in October.
Would love to hear your wedding journeys