It was back in 2008 when Chris and Mandy first met while both studying for a catering qualification. “I was drawn to his fun-loving attitude,” says Mandy. Chris can't put his finger on what first attracted him to Mandy; he just knew he wanted to get to know her. He never dreamed he'd get to spend the rest of his life with her.
Chris proposed to Mandy at home on 7th February, 2018 – their nine-year anniversary – with a Haribo jelly ring! Later that day, they went out and bought a new rock for her finger. “How many girls can say they got two rings in one day?” laughs Mandy. They set the date for the following year, as it would be their tenth anniversary. “It meant Chris didn't need to remember another date!” Mandy says. We caught up with the bride to get the lowdown…
We chose The Old Barn at Esholt for our special day. We wanted a small, intimate wedding and its open fires, rustic vibe and homely feel was ideal. The converted barns set the scene perfectly and the staff were so welcoming.
The venue was so pretty we didn't need lots of styling. We chose a lilac palette with a butterfly motif to run throughout. This was reflected in our centrepieces, which were white lanterns decorated with little butterflies.
The mother-of-the-groom was brilliant, creating lots of little touches like the table plan, place names and napkin rings. On the tables there were lilac and silver chocolates alongside small lilac hearts with our names and wedding date on.
Our cake was embellished with handmade sugar flowers and butterflies to match the theme. It was three delicious tiers of lemon and blackcurrant, chocolate fudge and liquorice.
The room was beautifully lit by chandeliers and fairylights, while the open fire downstairs kept it warm and cosy all day.
I fell in love with my princess-style tulle and lace dress. I had it altered from a button-back fastening to a corset style. I teamed it with pearl earrings, a necklace and a gorgeous tiara with silver butterflies. In theevening, I rocked a white cocktail dress with personalised Converse.
The men teamed three-piece blue tweed suits with lilac accessories. My bridesmaids looked fabulous in coordinating chiffon sweetheart numbers.
Chris shocked me during his speech with a surprise honeymoon to New York. It was the icing on the cake of a perfect day and I can't believe he'd managed to keep it a secret!
We wanted a chilled-out day so we kept the entertainment quite relaxed with a DJ.
I was nervous in the morning, but this was quickly replaced with excitement when I got to the altar. Chris was cool and calm. He said that as long as he was married to me by the end of the day nothing else mattered.
We had some amazing suppliers involved. The staff at The Old Barn were fantastic; nothing was too much trouble. Our photographer, Nisha Keaton from Your Choice Photography, was a pleasure to work with and made us feel so at ease. She captured our day wonderfully.
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