This wedding has such a lovely story to it, from start to finish! Bride Victoria tells all…
How did Stephen propose?
“Stephen proposed to me in La Gomera, an island in the Canaries. He took me out for a surprise dinner, in a cave! The cave was part of a restaurant but separate and secluded. Stephen had pre-ordered the food and each course was winched up from below on a mechanism so you weren’t disturbed by any waiters. As soon as we were alone, he got down one knee. It was a complete surprise and one of the best moments of my life.”
What dress did you wear?
“My dress was handmade by a family friend, Angela Gladwin, who has known me all my life. I went to Angela with some initial sketches and my Pinterest board, and a month later she had knocked up a mock of my dream dress.”
And the accessories?
“My Emmy shoes were expensive but so comfortable. My diamond earrings were a wedding present from Stephen, and my necklace was given to me by my grandparents when I was christened.”
What did Stephen wear?
“Stephen and his ushers all wore morning suits from Vow Bridal in Wansford. He wanted a suit different from one he would wear every day and morning suits were the perfect fit with our traditional theme.”
How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?
“Walking down the aisle is such a surreal moment. Standing at the church with my dad I felt so nervous, but as soon as I turned the corner and saw him, I had a huge smile on my face. I thought this is it, we’re getting married!”
Who were your bridesmaids and what dresses did they wear?
“My chief bridesmaid was my sister Alice, then Stephen’s sister Amy and my two university friends, Elizabeth and Ruth. Their dresses were handmade by Angela Gladwin.”
What was the highlight of your day?
“It would have to be the journey to our reception with my new husband in a vintage Rolls Royce. During the drive, Stephen gave me a card. It was so heartfelt and his words made me cry! He had written down exactly why he loved me and why he was marrying me. I still tear up if I look at it now.”
Date: 28th July 2018
Venue: The ceremony at St Kyneburgha church in Castor, Peterborough, followed by the reception at Prebendal Manor, Nassington
Photographer: Ben Davis Photography
Victoria’s dress: Angela Gladwin
Bridesmaid dresses: Angela Gladwin
Accessories: Emmy London