Simon and I met through a mutual friend, Ben who I had gone to primary school with and Simon to high school with. Ben ended up being the Best Man at the wedding!
Simon popped the question while on holiday in Paris. Everyone said before we left that he would propose. I didn’t think it would happen while we were away, as Simon makes it a point not to do something if someone has said he will do it!
One of the places I desperately wanted to see while in Paris was the famous Pont des Arts Bridge (the love lock bridge). When visiting the bridge (like thousands of people do), we bought a lock and wrote our initials on it and found a spot to lock it on. Simon filmed me on the Go-Pro making a stupid speech about how this lock was such a huge commitment. Simon then threw the key away, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
Our wedding and reception were held on Simon’s parent’s dairy farm at Quamby Brook. We thought it would be nice to have it on the family farm as this is where Simon grew up and now works.
It was truly a fairy tale. The weather was perfect for a garden ceremony. Our ceremony was so laid back and relaxed, which was exactly how we wanted it. We had a lady playing the harp and rose petals to be thrown after we walked down the aisle as husband and wife. Our celebrant Mavis Bailey did an amazing job; she made our ceremony so special and personalised by telling our “love story” and reading a beautiful poem.
While our bridal party were getting photos taken our guests got to enjoy canapés and champagne in the garden. Our wedding photos were taken on the farm and also at Culzean in Westbury. Our reception was in a marquee on the farm with a black and white theme, Coast to Coast Golden Roast catered our reception and did an amazing job.
Highlights and hitches
There were so many highlights in my eyes; it was by far the best day of my life. The biggest highlight was locking eyes with Simon as I walked down the aisle, as soon as I saw him, my emotions got the better of me and I started crying.
From that moment on we were locked in our own little bubble together until our celebrant passed Simon the book to read his vowels. The only hitch for the day was not turning our Go-Pro on. We had one attached to our arch to record the whole ceremony.
We spent 10 relaxing days in Thailand.
Advice for other couples
After your wedding is over you really only have your memories and the photos that were taken to look back and reminisce on your special day. My advice is to get a great photographer; someone that understand what you want. Take them through the running of your wedding day and where you are want photos taken, and have a list of who you want photos with (family/ guest/ groups of friends) so you don’t have to think of it on your wedding day.
We used Chris Young Photography and we cannot speak highly enough of the job Chris and Alex did. They understood our needs and wants, and delivered. They were both so laidback and relaxed, our bridal party and guests has such a good time with them.
Simon and I wanted more relaxed photos taken together on the farm so we organised a day after our wedding to do a “trash the dress” shoot with Chris and Alex. It was so enjoyable to have the day with Simon and get photos taken together doing what we would normally do, but with our wedding attire on.