Bride Samantha tells us how she made sure the small details became the main focus for her real wedding in summer bloom in rural Leicestershire…
How did Samuel propose?
“We were on holiday in Egypt and Sam suggested a sunset walk on the beach. We reached a jetty that Sam had arranged to be lined with candles and a table set for two at the end. I was hoping it was going to be the moment, but nothing could prepare me for his face when he got down on one knee!”
What dress did you wear?
“I’ve always been obsessed with Stella York, so I went to stockist Dress Me Pretty Bridal Room in Hinckley. I always thought I wanted a form-fitting, long-sleeved lace gown. However, when I tried on my dress, a beaded lace A-line, I knew it was the one. It’s the one day you can be a princess, so why not?”
And the accessories?
“Sam had bought me some gorgeous pearl and diamond earrings and a matching necklace for my wedding present from Ernest Jones, and a Thomas Sabo bracelet. I found an incredible brow band from Richard Designs, too. I also wore a matching fingertip length veil with rose gold and blush flowers. My seamstress, Leigh from Pink Confetti, also made me a custom belt out of flowers from my veil.”
What did the groom wear?
“Sam wore a grey slim-fit suit with tails and an ivory waistcoat. The groomsmen wore matching grey (with Paul Smith socks), while they all wore sage cravats to match the bridesmaids. All of the suits were hired from Christopher Scotney in Leicester. We also bought all the groomsmen personalised pocket watches as gifts.”
Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?
“I had seven bridesmaids in total, including my sister, Sam’s sister, and five of my closest friends. They all wore backless chiffon sage green dresses from ASOS, with a bow detail at the back. My sister wore grey slim-fit trousers, a white shirt and grey waistcoat. She also had a sage green bow tie. They all looked amazing.”
What was your theme?
“We didn’t have a theme – more of a colour palette. Both mine and Sam’s tastes are very muted, rural, and we prefer pastel colours. We wanted a lot of extra details – I think it’s those little touches that really make a wedding. Whether it was the personalised M&Ms, the handmade amenities baskets in the toilets, the homemade sloe gin for favours, or the personalised sparklers, we tried to make the small details a main focus.“
What was the highlight of your day?
“Aside from becoming Mrs Carnall? My highlight was probably our Secret Servers from Undercover Artists. They blew us all away with opera during our wedding breakfast, and managed to get me and my bridesmaids up dancing – it was brilliant!”
Date: 26th August 2017
Venue: Hothorpe Hall, Theddingworth hothorpe.co.uk
Photographer: Love Photography 13 lovephotography13weddings.co.uk
Samantha’s dress: Stella York
Samuel’s attire: Christopher Scotney christopherscotney.co.uk
Bridesmaid dresses: ASOS