A gorgeous day in the West Country, filled with pastel hues. We catch up with bride Alice…
How did Matt propose?
“Matt proposed on the 1st December 2013. We’d been to a friend’s wedding the night before, when Matt woke me up the next morning (a little too enthusiastically because I was slightly hung over!) and insisted we go for a walk around Tarr Steps on Exmoor. I was really reluctant to go, trudging around Exmoor on a cold December morning was the last thing I wanted to do, but Matt was weirdly insistent we go. We were walking along the bank of the river, when he stopped and said: “I’ve actually brought you here under false pretences…” And with that he got down on one knee, produced a ring box and asked me to marry him.”
What dress did you wear?
“My dress was Mimi by Sassi Holford, which I bought from the Taunton boutique. I affectionately called it ‘the cloud’ because the huge tulle skirt reminded me of a big fluffy cloud! My evening outfit was a playsuit called Prato from Watters’ Encore range. I bought it from 14 and Sixpence – a bridal shop in Somerset.”
And the accessories?
“I wore a veil from Sassi Holford, hair piece by Warren York, Irregular Choice shoes, Glitzy Secrets bracelet and my great grandmother’s pearl earrings. In the evening I changed into sparkly Converse shoes from Schuh.”
What did Matt wear?
“He wore a bespoke suit by Adrian Barrows at thebespoketailor.co.uk, shoes from Kenneth Cole, a shirt by New & Lingwood and tie from Eton of Sweden.”
How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?
“So happy and excited. I couldn’t wait to get to him and get married. It was just the most blissful, fun and joyful moment. I loved his suit – the cut and the colour choice –and thought he looked so incredibly handsome.”
Who were your bridesmaids and what dresses did they wear?
“My twin sister Sarah and my best friends Holly, Zofia and Fiona. Their dresses were bespoke just for them made by my mum and one of her good friends. We also had our niece and nephew, Megan and Jack, as flowergirl and pageboy. They wore outfits from Next and Monsoon.”
What was your theme?
“Our theme was a country garden, village fete style with lots of bicycle elements because we are both keen cyclists. Florals played a big part and our colours were predominantly pastels with a big focus on pink and lilac. We handmade and crafted the village fete theme creating garden games (hook a duck, splat the rat, coconut shy etc). We had our vintage caravan called Florence on display, she was turned into a photobooth for the day. We also put up lots of bunting, balloons, deck chairs and plenty of beautiful flowers, which were provided by Rachel Husband from the Rose Shed.”
What was the highlight of your day?
“I absolutely loved the speeches. They were the perfect mix of hilarious and touchingly sweet, along with being perfectly delivered. They gave me a really special opportunity to look around the room and see everyone I loved and cared about laughing and just enjoying the day.”
What was your best buy?
“Definitely Studio 1208 for our photography and videography. Sadly, very shortly after our wedding we lost someone very close to us and our wedding pictures and video hold a whole new significance to us both now that he is gone. We can look back and see him, and be reminded of how happy and proud he was on our special day.”
What’s your saving tip?
“When you’ve booked the venue and know the time period you have to plan the wedding (we had 18 months), buy things gradually so you can spread the cost over time rather than forking out lots in one go.”
Date: 20th June 2015
Venue: Huntsham Court, Devon
Photographer: Studio 1208
Alice’s dress and veil: Sassi Holford
Alice’s eveningwear: Watters
Bridesmaid dresses: Bespoke
Flowers: The Rose Shed
Cake: Pam Chilcott
Stationery: Aimee Paints