Yesterday brought yet more heartbreak in the wedding industry, with the announcement that numbers need to be reduced to 15 again. It is such an unsettling time, and makes planning so difficult for all involved, but most importantly for the engaged couple, who a lot of the time are being torn between getting married on their original date and having their friends & families there to witness the occasion. I really send heartfelt sympathies to all of my couple’s and those across the country who this morning are making rearrangements for as soon as this weekend…
Today I have decided to share with you this gorgeous bride and groom, who recently celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary. I adored working on their special day, and have regularly shared their images captured by Will Broadhead Photography, over the years. So I felt it was time to delve deeper in their beautiful love story, it is my absolute pleasure to hand over to Toni…
How long have you been together?
We started dating in February 2016 so 4 years. People always say its not very long considering were already married but we had known each other for 2 or 3 years prior.
How did you meet?
Sam is a Farrier by trade and looked after my 3 horses coming to the yard every 5 weeks to shoe them.
When & how did you get engaged?
We got engaged in Venice on the 10th February 2017, so just under a year later. Sam was really nervous and had been acting strangely all night, but it was perfect. He got down on one knee on a little bridge over part of the venetian canal, it had little twinkly lights over the top too, so that was a lovely touch.
Where did you hold your ceremony & reception?
We got married at All Saints Church in Middle Claydon. We had both always wanted a church wedding, but none of the others in the area (we were very lucky that as Sam had lived in the Claydons his whole life, we could choose between the 3 within the benefice of the Claydons) stood out quite as much. I loved that it was small and cosy, meaning it would look full in photographs and that the hymns would sound better. The grounds surrounding the church were also massively important, as in the summer they are just gorgeous.
Our reception was held at the Tythe Barn in Launton. I don’t think I will ever be able to explain just how amazing the venue was. It was everything I had ever pictured growing up. They had so many options of lights and layouts and they were open to personal ideas. A massive selling point for us was how organised they were down to the tiniest detail. For us personally having to DIY our whole wedding including doing the set up, getting alcohol etc… just wasn’t for us. We were able to bring together our ideas in certain ways and then we could just drop everything off and not worry. The day of the wedding they had followed everything we asked for perfectly.
What did you wear?
My dress was designed by Stella York and was ivory. I purchased my dress at a Designer Trunk Sale, which was very exciting as it was a possible 2019 dress design, so it hadn’t actually been on the market at the time. I fell in love with it and had to have it. I was super picky and had probably tried on in the region of 50 dresses before hand.
It had beautiful diamond strap detail that crossed over at the back, with lovely lace detailing on bodice and down the sides. The skirt was plain ivory, with added lace detail on the train. I wore it with a cathedral length ivory and diamonte veil, which I had put in under the base of my updo. I added diamond earrings, a diamond and rose gold hair-piece and wore rose gold shoes.
My shoes were designed by Sophia Webster and are part of the Chiara range. They were rose gold and had butterfly wings on the back. My guilty pleasure is shoes and so although they wouldn’t be seen by many, I was adamant that I wanted shoes I would love for ever.
What theme/colour scheme did you chose?
Although we were married in August we chose quite wintery colours. The boys wore navy and the girls a deep red. The boys had suits from Moss Bros bar Sam, who had a lovely navy suit with red butterfly lining handmade in London, by a company called Cad & The Dandy. The girls wore the multiway dresses in order to suit their differing styles.
What was your favourite part of the day?
Before our wedding day everyone said make sure you have time as the bride and groom to sit back and really take it in, just you two. I have to say that actually moments like this were my favourite.
We used Sams classic car an MG B Roadster, otherwise known as Sooty, for my dad to take me to the church in and for myself and Sam to leave the church in. That 15 minutes of just us driving away together after being married was so special and slightly surreal. We were also given 10 minutes together before our sit down meal to have a break and again spend time actually together. It’s these that made it super special because the day just flies by.
What was your one Wedding Day ‘Must Have’?
For us our wedding must have was a good live band that would have everyone up and dancing all night long. We spent months searching for the right band and they didn’t disappoint! The dance floor was constantly full and they performed our first dance song “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley, just perfectly. If you need a good band The Zoot’s honestly were amazing!!
Would you change anything or do you have any advice for currently engaged couples?
There is nothing I would change about our big day, I just wish it didn’t go by so quickly or that we got the opportunity to relive it.
My advice would be make sure you work out what is most important! I had so many ideas and people thought some were abit crazy and wouldn’t work or were a waste of time, but once it all came together they were the things a lot of people remembered and it made the wedding so personal.
We were also adamant that we wanted to provide people with good food, good drink and good dancing, so these were top of our list and how we broke up the budget. Everyone went home full, danced out and well probably a little tipsy.
Would you like to mention any particular wedding suppliers who assisted with your day?
All our suppliers were awesome, but for me it wouldn’t have been possible without a few who pushed the boat out. I trusted our suppliers completely and that made our day so much better.
With 7 of us requiring hair and make up, I honestly cant thank Frankie at Hair and Make up for Weddings enough. She’s local too only living in Buckingham, so trial appointments etc were really easy to attend. She brought together a team of 3 who were able to get us all ready by 11 am and kept us all so calm. We never felt like we were being rushed and she was so much fun to have around on the morning. It was just like having another member of the girly family there.
Our Photographer Will Broadhead (Will Broadhead Photography) and his second photographer Mac McMillan (THM Films and Photography) were absolutely fantastic. Myself and Sam struggle with posed shots and neither particularly like having our photos taken, but they made us laugh constantly. At one point Will was wearing my veil (I had taken it out previously). They listened well to photos we had asked for recreating them with hardly any hassle, but some of my favourite photos are ones they caught that really capture the moment. Whenever people look at the photos they always say it shows how much love was about, as it can be seen in every photo.
Flowers where do I even start to explain my love for our flowers! I had seen a photo of flowers on pinterest and knew those were what I had wanted. All my crazy ideas and changes along the way were no hassle; I was blown away at just how fantastic it all looked. Emma brought this all to life!
She is able to take the muddled up 1000 ideas you have going on in your head and create exactly what it was you were thinking, but just couldn’t seem to get out in words.
I have to say my favourites of all and I wish I could have kept them forever were the flowers on Sooty (Sam’s Car). They were just stunning and I think are one of the reasons my favourite photos Will and Mac took, were of myself and Sam driving away from the church.
Did you choose specific flowers for any special reason?
There wasn’t any sentimental reason behind our flowers. I just fell in love with a picture online and no matter how much I looked at different styles, colours, types of flowers, I always came back to that photo. So that just clinched the deal really.
How did you feel when you finally saw all the flowers in the venue for your special day?
I don’t think there is an emotion that explains how you feel when you see it all come together. The flowers, the venue all the little bits you think no one else will notice, its like a dream. It sounds funny but I knew I had nothing to worry about flower wise and that it would look as I had imagined, especially after seeing the flowers at the church, my bouquet etc.
What were your feelings when Emma handed the bouquet to you?
My bouquet was everything I had wished for, it was that moment when everything became very real! I had been quite relaxed the whole way through wedding planning but seeing the bouquet for the first time made everything really sink in, it had been everything I had dreamt about for months. I kept my bouquet and dried it in the airing cupboard and although flowers lost there colour its still in one piece and is proudly on display in my dining room.
Wishing you a wonderful week.