Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - August/September 2022 (Issue 90)

Chris loves VW Campervans, so as a surprise Heather hired one to arrive at the lodges they were staying at to take him and his groomsmen to the venue before returning to pick her up with her bridesmaids and her parents. Hestercombe provided all of the food for the day and the duo opted for a carved buffet as their wedding breakfast. This was followed by a chocolate orange fondant. “Chris loves Terry’s Chocolate Orange, so this was a no brainer!” Heather explains. In the evening everyone enjoyed bacon baps, which the bride is a massive fan of. A further treat came in the shape of the newlyweds’ bigday bake. The single-tier cake was iced in buttercream and was joined by four layers of cupcakes – raspberry and white chocolate, chocolate brownie, salted caramel and chocolate orange. LOOKING THE PART The bride wore Suri, a fit-and-flare gown by Morilee with spaghetti straps and a gorgeous floral lace fabric. When Cherry Blossom Bridal closed down during the pandemic, she decided to return to another of the boutiques she’d visited while shopping for her dress, 14 and Sixpence in Taunton. “The owner was so lovely, I decided it would be amazing to get my veil from her. I chose a fingertip-length single-layer veil with some lace in a similar pattern to my dress,” Heather explains. Chris looked dapper in a blue three-piece suit. He teamed this with a crisp white shirt and an ivory gold tie and pocket square with gold leaf detail to stand out from his groomsmen. His buttonhole had a sprig of Heather in it as a symbol of his bride. The four groomsmen wore the same suit as Chris with similar ties, which were of a more simple design. The beautiful bridesmaids wore gorgeous dusky blue floorlength dresses with floaty cap sleeves. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The couple opted for a DJ for the evening entertainment. “He was great as we were able to submit a full playlist of songs to play that evening,” Heather explains. Chris is a huge music lover and spent the two years leading up to the wedding creating this playlist. On the wedding invitations the couple also invited guests to suggest a song they’d like played. The DJ was also open to any request, which went down well with the assembled nearest and dearest. The gardens too were able to provide their own entertainment as folks could enjoy a stroll around them in the fine weather before the evening revelries kicked off in earnest. MEMORABLE MOMENTS Heather remembers, “The part I enjoyed the most was turning the corner and coming down the steps towards the orangery to see Chris waiting for me at the end of the aisle with a lot of emotion. I was convinced he’d remain straight-faced and not cry, but seeing him so happy and emotional made me love him even more.” The same moment was also a highlight for Chris: “As I saw Heather come down the steps in the orangery, I thought to myself, ‘This is the most beautiful and amazing woman I could ask for to call my wife.’” The newlyweds could not have been more delighted with their photographer, Patrick. They told us, “We’re both terrible at taking photos but Patrick completely put us at ease. We loved his spirit of adventure as he got us to walk over a stream to get us over to the waterfall, and the resulting photos of this are amazing.” Finally, Heather and Chris leave us with their top tip: “Enjoy every minute of the day, and stay sober so you can remember it all!” REAL WEDDINGS 29