Cerys and Adam had the most beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony overlooking stunning countryside, followed by the ultimate elegant barn reception. Take a look at their amazing day!
How He Asked…
“On a visit to London. We spent the gorgeous spring day strolling along the South Bank, going up to the Sky Garden and finally, finished off the day with a scrumptious meal at our favourite restaurant in London Bridge. I ordered a cherry crumble with ice cream for dessert… the crumble came out with a box on the side… I said: ‘That’s so cute, they’ve put the ice cream in the box’, then the waiter brought a bowl of ice cream out separately… Shocked, I repeated: ‘What is that?’ and ‘Are you joking?!’ before Adam could finally say what he wanted and then the tears and champagne began to flow! I genuinely thought the engagement ring was a box of ice cream!
I also thought Adam was being the biggest girl, insisting on taking a bag with him for his hair gel and brush for throughout the day… Little did I know, this was his cunning way of hiding the engagement ring all along! Being such an organised person and not a fan of surprises, I couldn’t believe he’d managed to keep it a secret from me, but it was the greatest surprise in the world…I had no clue at all.”
The Ceremony Details…
“Together me, my dad and bridesmaids travelled to our venue by tractor!”
“Our ceremony was outside, under a gazebo, in the stunning Kent countryside, overlooking the Thames Estuary. The whole day took place at The Ferry House Inn.”
“We had 70 guests attend during the day, my sister travelling the furthest from Australia and other friends from across Europe for the day and evening. There was a special tribute to my husband’s mum, who we sadly lost in 2015, but we know she was there with us in spirit from the beautiful weather on the day.
I’m from Wales originally and the location we chose made me feel right at home, as soon as we visited the venue we knew it was the one.”
The Reception Details…
“The reception followed on at the same venue as our ceremony. We married in the stunning sunshine and then we then had our wedding breakfast in a beautiful barn.
We had a ‘marryoke’ video created which captures the joy of the wedding perfectly! We also had Singing Waiters in the day too and a Photo Booth in the evening.”
“We gave our guests menu options – To start: Fan of Melon with Raspberry Coulis, Crushed Pea and Cod Fishcake with Chilli and Lime Mayonnaise or Heart Estate Duck Live Pate with Crusty Bread Pomegranate sauce and shallot dressing. For Mains: Mushroom Wellington with Madeira Sauce new potatoes and seasonal vegetables, Lamb Shank with mashed potatoes rosemary jus and seasonal vegetables or Sea Bream with roasted new potatoes grilled vine tomatoes and balsamic reduction. For Something Sweet: Zesty Lemon tart, Millionaires Cheesecake or Sticky Ginger pudding. Plus we had mini burger canapés during the day as well as cones of chips in the evening.”
In the evening we also has a fire pit with the venue owner roasting marshmallows over, it was a lovely area for guests to relax in the summer sun.”
The Wedding Party…
“Adam had his friend from primary school as his Best Man, and his Brother and other long standing friends as Groomsmen.”
“I had my Sister and Sister in-law, two primary school friends, two high school friends and two university friends for bridesmaids, as well as our niece as Flower Girl. It was amazing to have them stand by our sides as we said ‘I do’.”
The Bride and Groom’s Outfits…
“Adam wore a navy Ted Baker suit which matched his Groomsmen.”
“I wore a Sophia Tolli dress and belt, Chanel earrings, Jimmy Choo’s and a Keli Thompson garter. With scents of ‘D&G The One’ for him and ‘J’adore Dior’, for me.”
The Finer Details…
“We wanted simply classic and beautiful flowers so went for hydrangeas and roses. My bouquet had lilac roses in to match with the colours of the bridesmaid dresses. We chose dusky lilac as a theme in memory of Adam’s mum, adding as many purple accents to the day as we could.”
“For my Bridesmaids, I bought Biba bags, a bottle of prosecco, earrings and dressing gowns as gifts. Our Best Man got a spud gun, ‘a man kit’, bottle of JD and boxers/socks.
We boxed chocolates for all of our guests as favours – simple and tasty!
Our cake table had a family tree of photos on, in special memory of the family members who couldn’t be with us and in celebration of our nearest and dearest.
We decided on princess and superhero table names… I told my husband I had ordered a naked cake and surprised him on the day with a ‘half and half cake’, which was a half wedding dress/ half stylish superhero cake!”
What Stands Out Most About Your Big Day?
“Of course, marrying Adam – when he said ‘I do’ at the wrong time, which caused a lot of laugher!
But in general, having The Singing Waiters! Only me and my husband knew we had booked them… the two waiters had been at the venue serving drinks and food all day – just before the dessert was served one of them asked if anyone was allergic to nuts, before bursting into song.”
“Everyone just thought he was having fun, then together the two waiters continued into 7 other songs and it was then that the party really began! Candle sticks and chairs in the air, dancing on chairs – the barn came bursting to life… It was an incredible moment seeing the joy and surprise on all our guests faces – it was just wonderful to give them something incredible and unique back as a thank you for sharing our special day.”
What advice would you give to other Brides/Grooms to be?
“Remember, the day is all about you and your husband/partner, it’s about expressing your love in your own way so don’t let others dictate your day and have fun!
Relaxing is key – me and the girls had the greatest morning getting ready… there was zero stress involved and just cherished everyone – don’t let a second go by without loving it!”
Is there anything that you wish you knew before you tied the knot?
“How much I’d miss the wedding planning after the big day… can we renew our vows yet?!”
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