Samantha and Iain’s Real Wedding by Douglas Fry

Written by    Last updated: April 25, 2014

This week’s real wedding comes from Samantha and Iain our globetrotting bride and groom! Their travelled themed wedding reception is perfect for this season and Douglas Fry, as always captured the heart warming moments between the newlyweds and their guests beautifully; confirming why Douglas Fry is one of the photographers chosen for our Win your Wedding competition.

Samantha & Iain's real wedding

Bride and Groom… Samantha & Iain

Wedding date… Sunday 25th August 2013

We met… At a mutual friends dinner, then a few days later we were at the same London club, a happy coincidence! We have been together ever since

The proposal… Iain proposed on my birthday, we were surrounded by all our belongings in boxes as we were moving houses but it couldn’t have been more perfect.

I knew he was ‘the one’… The moment I saw his dance moves!

Length of engagement… Seven months. We had already been together for six years and when we found out our venue had a summer date available we thought why not?!

How did help in your big day? My friend gave me the ‘Planning your Wedding’ book by Confetti, which was a great help. We also used the website to get inspiration.

Blue and white hydrangeas wedding bouquets

White rose button holes

Nude peep toe Kurt Geiger shoes

Bridal diamante hairpiece

Bride getting ready for her big day

Our wedding ceremony was… At Glenmore House, Surbiton, Surrey. We had a civil ceremony with 80 of our closest family and friends. We had two readings, Union by Robert Fulghum and an extract from a Death Cab for Cutie song ‘Just our Love’. The music and vows we chose were meaningful to us both.

Civil ceremony at Glenmore House, Surbiton, Surrey

Welcome sign for Samantha and Iain's wedding

Civil ceremony at Glenmore House, Surbiton, Surrey

Personalised ring cushion

The groom waiting for his bride to arrive

The bride in a silver vintage wedding car

The bride in a silver vintage wedding car

The bride arriving at the venue

The bride with her father and her bridesmaids

My dress was… By Amanda Wyatt ‘Italy’. I first went with my mum to Boa Boutique in Richmond because I’d seen a Sassi Holford dress. I tried ten different dresses. I knew I’d found the one when I got to the Amanda Wyatt ‘Italy’ dress, and my mum’s face confirmed my feelings, I felt like a princess. I tried on more dresses with my bridesmaid Gemma and went back to Boa Boutique with her and she agreed that I’d found the perfect one for me!

The bride with her father

The bride on her way to the ceremony

The bride and groom at the ceremony

Bride and groom exchanging vows

The first kiss as husband and wife

The newlyweds

Our bridesmaids and groomsmen were… Gemma, Becky and Fiona, and Joni as our flower girl. Our best man was Nick.

The newlyweds with their bridesmaids and groomsmen

The happy couple

Ivory confetti in confetti cones

Guests throwing confetti on the newlyweds


Wedding Dress: Amanda Wyatt | Wedding Shoes: Kurt Geiger | Wedding Suits: Moss Bros | Bridesmaid Dresses: Coast | Wedding Flowers: Jo Butler  Flowers| Wedding Entertainment: Euterpe Brass | Wedding Photographer: Douglas Fry | Wedding Videographer: Mirador Films | Wedding Hair and Make-up: Natalie Guest | Wedding Gift list: Trailfinders | Wedding Transport: Alpha Class Wedding Cars

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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