Amelia and Dom met on a typical guys and gals holiday when they were young, free and single. And who says holiday romances don't last? Some eight years later, Dom got down on one knee whilst on holiday in Portofino, the picturesque fishing village on the Italian Riviera coastline.
The pair soon got stuck into organising their dream day and chose Wharfedale Grange as their venue of choice. On 16th April, 2022 they became husband and wife.
SETTING THE SCENE - Amelia admits she was blown away by the venue's beauty especially the floor to ceiling fairylights which gave the pair goosebumps the first time they walked in. Unbelievably, 'their song' was playing when they took a welcome tour around the venue for the first time. It was certainly meant to be.
Amelia and Dom opted for a romantic themed day with lots of white and natural colours. Amelia describes, "We decorated Wharfedale Grange's iconic long tables with foliage runners, made up of eucalyptus and sprinkled with white roses and then had vases with floating candles finishing off the table decorations. Our favours were sage green biscuits, which doubled up as name places and were then wrapped in cellophane and tied with a white bow. The bouquets complemented the theme with lots of mixed green foliage as well as white hydrangeas and spray roses."
Food choices included canapés followed by a three-course meal, including everyone's favourite trio of desserts! Their stunning semi-naked cake from Hannah's Kitchen, was a beautiful focal point. To wash it all down, the couple sourced Manchester-based company, Come Wine With Me. "We had a gorgeous, converted horsebox as a mobile bar, which sat in the courtyard during our drinks reception, serving our guests prosecco and beers." Amelia remembers, "The Come Wine With Me team were great and have created a stunning, classy bar that received so many compliments."
LOOKING THE PART - Amelia tells us how she always imagined having a fitted dress with a long train and low back. "I wore a Madi Lane dress called Ivaine with the white underlay, styled with a floor length veil that was dotted with sparkles. When I tried on 'the one' at Dotty Bridal, I instantly fell in love. Dom wore a three-piece black dinner suit, with a bow tie and silver chain. His groomsmen wore two-piece dinner suits, so whilst matching, Dom still stood out." On theme, the bridesmaids looked beautiful in mix and match sage green dresses from David's Bridal.
TIME TO CELEBRATE - Not wanting anything too cheesy on the dancefloor, Amelia and Dom chose the band 'Something for the Weekend' who specialised in '00s pop and R&B and the guests loved them! Amelia adds,
"We wanted to add an extra sparkle to our night, so opted for Wharfedale's confetti cannon. Gold confetti showered over us during our first dance and it was just magical."
MEMORABLE MOMENTS - "On the day I felt strangely calm." Amelia recalls. "Of course, I was a bit nervous but I felt so ready and excited to see Dom. It was the moment I'd dreamed of for such a long time so I couldn't wait. Dom was excited but was very nervous while he waited for me to walk down the aisle. Dom was super-emotional on the day. I didn't expect it at all, so seeing him cry when he saw me was a special moment. That – and the party. Wow, our DJ knew what he was doing. Once the music started, we didn't stop dancing all night long."
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