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Sam and Phil’s real wedding by best wedding away

Written by    Last updated: February 14, 2014

Sam and Phil drove to Lake Garda in Italy where they said “I Do” in front of their close family and friends, in one of the most beautiful places in the world. The gorgeous couple’s love for one another is just adorable and an inspiration to us all.
sam and phil

Bride and Groom… Sam and Phil

Wedding date… Tuesday 20th August 2013

We met… On a Caravan Club holiday rally in France in 2002. We spent lots of weekends away together with our friends before finally becoming a couple on bonfire night in 2005, aged just 16.

The proposal… We decided to get engaged in 2010 and chose the ring together to Phil’s relief. I hoped the ring would be ready for our fifth anniversary but Phil assured me it wouldn’t. He lied so he could surprise me with the ring on our anniversary at a large fireworks display. Unfortunately, we missed it due to traffic so decide to have our own fireworks display in Phil’s parents garden. As he set the rocket off he got down on one knee.

We knew it was ‘the one’… Sam: “Having been friends for a few years it didn’t take long, things were just perfect.”

Phil: “I fancied Sam for a while, so it was quite soon into the relationship”

Length of engagement… 2 years and 9 months

How did help in your big day? Inspiration! We used the website for most of our ideas.


Bride getting ready

Bride getting ready 2

Wedding shoes by Perfect Court Shoes

I love you message on shoes

Justin Alexander wedding dress

Lace detail on Justin Alexander dress

bride ready for her day

Bride with her mum and mother in law

My dress was… By Justin Alexander. I went shopping with my Mum, my aunty Karen and Phil’s Mum; we went to the Wedding Show at the NEC in Birmingham. I promised I wouldn’t try on any dresses as it was too soon, but when I got there I decided one wouldn’t hurt. I tried on a fishtail dress but I felt like a ‘frump’. I spotted ‘my dress’ hanging shorter than all the others. My Mum wasn’t too sure about the length as I think she imagined a BIG white wedding dress. I had to try it on just to see, as soon as I came out of the changing room everyone turned and “aww’d”. Just to make sure it was the one, Mum suggested I try it on in the full length version, but no one was impressed. I found Fairytale Brides in Manchester who sold Justin Alexander dresses and booked an appointment.

Bride in her Justin Alexander dress

Bride with her bridesmaids

Justin Alexander dress

Personalised wedding cufflinks

Bride giving her father a gift

Bride with her father

This article was written by

Sahdia Qayyum
Sahdia Qayyum has over six years experience in the wedding industry as a planner and designer; she has a clear vision of what brides are looking for.
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