Samantha and John’s Real Life Wedding

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Samantha and John's Real Life Wedding

When was your wedding?

1st August 2007

How and when did you meet?

We met through a mutual friend in our local club.

How old are you both?

Im 23 and John is 34

Where, when and how did he (or you!) propose?

John proposed to me On the 29th Feb 2004 in London opposite the Tower Bridge. It was a beautiful night and it was snowing! He got down on one knee and produced a beautiful ring!!

How did your groom help with the wedding planning?

Yes! He chose our colour scheme and put a lot of other ideas in which we used.

Did you use confetti to plan your wedding? If so, how did the website help you?

The girls on Confetti Forums are fantastic and are extremely helpful!

Tell us about your outfit, and where you bought it

My dress was custom made just for me. I had a particular style in mind which wasn’t available in the shops. It was an Elven/Medieval style ivory gown. It had a boned brocade bodice with a sweetheart neckline. The skirt was silk georgette and had a cathedral train. I had sleeves made to match which were floor length as was my veil.

Did you have bridesmaids? If so, who did you choose and what did they wear?

I had 2 Bridesmaids, both my sisters. They wore gorgeous Sage Green chiffon dresses with a ruched bodice from Forever Yours. Absolutely stunning!

Who did your groom choose for his best man and ushers, and what did they wear?

John chose his younger brother to be his best man – despite reservations! Christopher is the most organised guy in the world! The ushers were his 2 closest friends Lee and Dave. John wore an Ivory Edward style Jacket, with and ivory and gold waistcoat with antique gold cravat and hankie – the groomsmen wore the same but with black jackets.

Did you have a civil or religious ceremony?

Religious

Where did you hold your ceremony?

Our ceremony was held in our beautiful 700 hundred year old church. St Chad’s

Where did you hold your reception?

We had our reception at Peckforton Castle, Cheshire. Its a Grade 1 listed building and architecturally recognised as the UK’s truest representation of a medieval castle.

Did you have any special wedding transport?

we hired a soft top Beauford Tourer

How many guests did you invite to your wedding, and did you have a separate evening guest list?

We had approximately 70 guests for the event

Did your reception have a particular theme in terms of colour or style?

Our theme was Elven aka Lord of the Rings! This went down well and looked amazing for the wedding!! Our colour scheme was Green and Gold

How did you incorporate this in to your table settings?

The theme was incorporated throughout the wedding. My dress, jewellery, and circlet were all part of the theme, as was the sword, well elven knife, and the guest book – even the pen was a Lord of the Rings collectable! For the tables, i used a design throughout the day which was also used on my order of service’s, this was used on my seating plan and menus etc.

Did you give your guests favours?

Yes. They had silver bottle-stoppers, key rings and bottle-openers. They were very popular and they were all taken home!

Describe your flowers (bouquets and table decorations). Who was your florist?

My bouquet was ivory and green in colour. I had Calla Lillies and Roses with some foliage. Our Table decorations were tall standing vases with Calla Lillies and Green up-lighters.

What did you choose to have on your menu? Did you have an outside caterer or did your venue handle the catering?

Peckforton Castle dealt with the catering. We had Salmon, followed by a traditional roast with chocolate marquise for dessert. It was delicious,

What did you choose for your wedding cake, and who made it?

we had a simple 3 tier stacked cake for the day. It had sugar calla lilies and green ribbon as decoration. It was made by the father of the groom and his sister.

Did you have any entertainment during the day or evening?

Yes. During the meal we had a harpist playing which created a wonderful atmosphere! The evening we had a DJ

Where did you spend your first night and honeymoon? Who did you book your honeymoon with?

Our first night was spent in the bridal suite at the castle. We honeymooned in Fiscardo, Greece and booked with Sovereign.

What was your most memorable moment of the day?

Looking into my husbands eyes as i promised “to love and to cherish” him forever.

Did you experience any “nightmare” moments in the run up to your wedding or on the day?

Yes! My “best friend” let me down completely and didn’t bother turning up on the day and we also had a large family fall out!

Is there anything you would do differently, or any advice you would give to other brides?

I would do it all the same again!! As for tips? well there are so many to list! The most important of which I’ll say. Take some time out for you and your hubby. Step back, take it all in and cherish the day!

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