Bride Amy tells us how she successfully planned a ‘big’ wedding with a relaxed vibe…
How did Dan propose?
“Dan booked a break away on the Isle of Wight. He’d tried a couple of times during the week without my knowledge, but he got interrupted by various things (metal detectors on the beach being one)! He found a quiet spot on a gorgeous beach at sunset and popped the question.”
Tell us about your dress
“My lovely dress was something I never thought I’d end up wearing for my wedding – it was off-the-shoulder with a lace bodice and small lace sleeves. From the waist down, it was plain satin with buttons running all down the train, which was very long. I felt amazing in it.”
And the accessories?
“I wore flat shoes – Dan is the same height as me! Myself and my bridesmaids all wore Converse trainers. Best decision ever… No sore feet! I also bought some pearl earrings with tiny diamantés around them from Warren James, and my mum bought me a delicate silver bracelet.”
What did Dan wear?
“Dan wanted a country look for the wedding. He found some gorgeous blue tweed suits on a website called Mark Darcy. He also found blue tweed flat caps, which looked great.”
Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?
“I had five bridesmaids – my two sisters, one of Dan’s sisters, my best friend who I’ve known since I was three and another friend who I’ve known since college. I found their gowns online, which was a bit of a gamble – two needed slight alterations, but I was pleased with them.”
What was your theme?
“Rustic/country. We bought material to drape across the village hall ceiling and walls to give it the look of a marquee. We had hessian chair bows and table runners. Dan is a tree surgeon so all of our table names were trees, fitting in nicely with our theme. The centrepieces were thin log stumps with a butterfly table name holder, hessian, and ivy-decorated jam-jar vases with wild flowers. Dan and the groomsmen also drove to the venue on quad bikes that were all borrowed from friends!”
What was the highlight of your day?
“The whole day from start to finish was a dream come true. We both have massive families, so we wanted a ‘big’ wedding. We aimed to have a relaxed day with a huge evening party and it all went according to plan.”
What’s your saving tip?
“We had a hog roast with salads and pasta for our meal at about 5pm, so it meant that we only needed to do very light nibbles in the evening, which ended up saving us a fortune!”
Date: 10th September 2016
Venue: Ceremony at St Peter’s Church, Langford Budville; Reception at Langford Budville Village Hall, near Taunton, Somerset
Photographer: Michelle Ley Photography
Dan’s attire: Mark Darcy
Accessories: Converse, Warren James