30th July 2021
Tell us about the proposal!
It was our first Christmas in our first and new house which we had planned, designed and watched being built together. I had no idea that he was going to propose, we had spoken about it and been together for 8 years so we knew we both wanted to.
Christmas morning 2019 we were opening our stockings and my last gift was in a little white box. I opened it up and inside was a gorgeous glass bauble. William took the bauble from me and got down on one knee and then opened it up. Inside was the perfect engagement ring- white gold with a solitaire diamond.
He asked me if I would marry him and of course I said yes.
Tell us about your wedding dress experience, and why did you choose your wedding dress.
I loved dresses with delicate lace and flower detail, in my head I pictured myself in something quite floaty and fairy like with straps and lots of intricate detail. I really wanted a long train on my dress. The wedding dress shopping experience was amazing! I tried on what I thought I really wanted but realised that although it had all the detail it wasn’t the one! Carrie was super and quickly pinpointed all the things I loved/ wanted/ didn’t want.
I must have tried on about 15 dresses until I found the one.
When I tried it on I just knew it was perfect! All the detail, lace, tulle, long train and A-line fit. I fell in love with my dream dress called Primrose from the Essence of Australia brand.
Describe your wedding day. Where, when, how…
We got married at St Albans church in Frant, East Sussex. My parents had got married there, my brother and I christened and my grandparents buried there.
I had always loved Wadhurst castle as a venue and thankfully my husband, William also fell in love with it (the suit of armour in the hall sealed the deal). We both wanted a smallish, personal wedding and Wadhurst castle was perfect. Intimate but impressive and proper classic country wedding.
Yellow was our colour scheme and the flowers were a mixture of sunflowers, white roses and beautiful green foliage. I wanted a happy, bright and slightly different colour then the normal pinks and sage. My bridesmaids were in long tender yellow dresses, all slightly different to reflect their personalities. The grooms men were in traditional tails and top hats which made the whole wedding very pride and prejudice.
We had croquet and a tug of war rope in the garden and just lived the whole country feel to the day.
Our wedding meal was a delicious afternoon tea made by the wonderful Touchays catering.
The evening was filled with walks around the garden admiring the flowers and looking at the sunsets and rainbow which appeared.
We had learned our first dance as we had been doing ballroom dance lessons for a couple of years before the pandemic. We danced to “Runaway” by the Corr’s and when the dance ended it merged quickly into “I’m a believer” where all our wedding party jumped up and joined in- a little flash mob style.
Looking back on it all it was just the perfect day! I felt and looked like a princess in my dress and was so comfortable for the whole day. It is definitely a day that neither of us will forget and will treasure in our memories forever.
Favourite part of your wedding day?
Walking down the isle and seeing my husband-to-be’s face. Feeling the butterflies in my tummy but knowing that I was making the best and most important decision ever!
Which suppliers did you use for the following:
Wedding Venue: Wadhurst Castle
Wedding Photographer: Alan Harbord