July 13, 2012. Written by Agnes Los
Michelle and Simon met at Gatwick Airport on a group holiday to Spain! All it took was a few days… and the rest, as they say, is history. The wedding was a gorgeous classy silver-and-cream affair, expertly filmed by Save the Dog Productions. Enjoy the touching video and gorgeous stills from the wedding!
Bride and Groom: Michelle, learning consultant, and Simon, roofer
Length of engagement: 14 months
Wedding date: 27th August 2011
Wedding ceremony: St Mary the Virgin, Monken Hadley, Hadley Wood
Wedding reception: Dyrham Park Country Club
Wedding videographer: Save the Dog Productions
We met… On a group holiday to Spain. We didn’t know each other, but were ‘ friends of friends’. So we first met at Gatwick airport in the bar!
First impressions of each other… We didn’t hit if off straight away, but after a few days into the holiday we started to get to know each other and the rest is history!
The proposal… Thankfully Simon proposed at home, I would have been so embarrassed at being asked somewhere public. He wasn’t impressed that I laughed at first, but of course I said YES straight away! He hid the ring at the bottom of a glass of champagne so it took a while to realise there was a ring as well.
What were your wedding theme/colours? Silver and cream.
How did Confetti help with your big day… I read lots of articles and bought all my decorative items from Confetti. It was great to have everything on one website to browse through and get some ideas.
Who were your bridesmaids/groomsmen… The Best Man was Simon’s friend Mark and the Groomsmen were Simon’s brothers – Jay, Paul and Jon, and my brothers Stuart and Gary as well as the Dads! My Bridesmaids were my cousin Angie, Sister Jade, and my friends Rowan and Donna.
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We chose our venue because… I was looking for somewhere near to where we live and easy for our guests to get to. I wanted a city wedding but with some nice greenery and atmosphere, and Dyrham Park hit the spot. The venue was elegant without being too stuffy and we had the whole place to ourselves.
What was your dress like? My dress had one shoulder, fitted down to below the waist with mega ruffles on the skirt. I didn’t try on loads and loads of dresses. I think a good place to start is knowing what you don’t want – so I managed to filter out lots of dresses by just focusing ones with the fabric and style I wanted. The dress was beautiful and comfortable!
What was your ceremony like? The ceremony was fun but traditional. We had a female vicar who was great at lifting the mood – and a string quartet to add to the atmosphere in the church and at the reception. The church was beautiful in a lovely village type setting but still in London, I am really glad we went down the traditional route.
What was your favourite part of the wedding? Probably our entrance to the wedding reception – the ceremony was over, we were finally married, the music was blaring and we were looking forward to eating, the speeches and getting the party started!
What was the song for the first dance? Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
What is your advice for other brides? If you can – get a Toastmaster, they will really help on the day with keeping things moving so you don’t have to worry about anything yourself. After spending so long planning the wedding you want to be able to enjoy it on the day and not have to think about any of the boring timekeeping stuff yourself. Also I worried so much about making sure I spoke to my guests, of course you need to do the rounds, but it’s a good idea to set a cut-off time when it’s time for you to start enjoying the party as well!
Save the Dog Productions is an independent video production company, working with great love for both weddings and filming – a perfect combination for any couple looking for a videographer. Headed by Jon Garbett, an experienced director and editor, they focus on delivering not only excellent quality of films, but also personal customer service with an understanding that each couple is different. The end product is a beautifully visual, perfectly edited wedding memory delivered in full HD on DVD or Blu-ray. To see their excellent work, visit their website or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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