Amy and Ben's story is a modern fairytale, as they met on a dating app. "My mum advised me to sign up following a break up – she thought it'd be a laugh at least," Amy tells us. "After a few days, I got a message from Ben. We chatted on and off for a while but whenever he asked for a date I made excuses. One Friday evening, he messaged saying he was taking me out and he wasn't going to take no for an answer." Amy borrowed a tenner from her mum and met him, and that was that!
Ben proposed to Amy under the Rockefeller Center's Christmas tree in New York. "We'd planned to see the Christmas light switch-on," Amy remembers. "But it was pouring with rain and heaving with people. Instead, we decided to get up at 5am the next morning to see the tree with no one else around." Busy taking photos, Amy hadn't noticed that Ben was pulling a ring from his pocket. "I turned around and he was down on one knee," she says. "I thought he was joking at first – it was a total surprise."
Back home, the pair got to work planning their perfect day at Dunedin Country House for 26th May, 2019. We caught up with Amy to find out how they did it…
I was scrolling online for venues in Hull and I fell in love with Dunedin Country House as soon as I saw it. When we visited, the staff were so welcoming; it knocked spots off any other venue we looked at.
Belle Bijoux provided beautiful stationery and everything complemented the theme perfectly. The table plan was mounted on a big silver frame and our place settings were made from wood with a silver finish. We struggled to decide what to give as favours, in the end we opted for scratch cards in coordinating envelopes.
We decided on a vintage theme with a blush and grey palette. Our floral arrangements included astrantia, dill, astilbe and amnesia rose alongside eucalyptus and foliage. They were all classic, muted shades, which were also used in posy arrangements on top of a log slice for the table centrepieces.
There's a gorgeous fireplace in the entrance of the venue,which was dressed with candles and foliage. Our florist also made arrangements for the venue's five-foot candle holders. We had a basket of flip flops for our guests to help themselves to in the evening.
Ben's mum treated him to an Aston Martin Rapide for his wedding transport so he, his dad and the best man could all arrive in style!
I was on cloud nine all day. There's nothing I would change; we both felt like royalty. Seeing Ben's face as I walked down the aisle with my dad is a moment I'll never forget.
The catering from the venue was delicious.We had a local Hull pattie to start, followed by chicken with all the trimmings finished off with lemon cheesecake.Later on, we all had our own individual basket containing a bacon or sausage butty with chips.
The cake was a simple three-tier creation dusted with shimmer and wrapped in a ribbon, which went with with our stationery. It was topped with iced flowers and each layer was a different flavour: vanilla, chocolate and lemon. We surrounded the cake with cute cupcakes in tea cups.
I originally wanted a fit-and-flare dress, but I soon fell in love with an ivory lace A-linegown instead. It was the first dress I saw in the boutique. I teamed it with Charlotte Millsshoes, a Swarovski bracelet and timeless pearl drop earrings.
All the men looked dashing in traditional charcoal-grey tailcoats. Ben also wore a pocket watch, which was my wedding gift to him. My bridesmaids wowed in muted full-length embellished dresses – they all looked gorgeous.
Our photographer provided a photo booth with all sorts of funny props such as blow-up animals, wigs, hats etc. As you can imagine,after a few drinks the pictures were hilarious! I also booked a caricaturist as a surprise for Ben – he was a big hit and managed to draw just about everyone.
Everyone went above and beyond for us and made the whole wedding go without hitch.The venue even made my favourite cocktail, a French martini, although they called it a French Martin, after my new surname. We have to give a huge thank you to who ever cleared our bar tab too - we still don't know who it was!