Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - October/November 2022 (Issue 91)

John says, “I was gutted that one of my groomsmen and another important friend were unable to make it having to caught Covid, but I settled into the day with the help of my best man. By the time Stephanie rounded the corner and I saw her for the first time, I knew it would be the most amazing day. I smiled and laughed more than I ever had before, I couldn’t have asked for a more magical day.” One of my bridesmaids was so emotional she forgot her duty of sorting out my train and sobbed through the whole ceremony. My uncle even reached forward three rows to give her a packet of tissues in an attempt to spare the make-up! What caught me by surprise though was seeing each groomsmen well up or shed a tear, which neither of us expected! We made our wedding bands ourselves. We took a weekend trip to Worthing in Sussex and visited Orla James to make our own wedding rings. I made John’s and John made mi ne, which gave them a really personal feel. These are fantastic memories and really got us excited for the big day. When the time came to walk down the aisle, all the emotions started overflowing and I couldn’t wait to get to John as quickly as possible! After the ceremony, nothing could bother me, nothing could make me sad or frustrated, and I just wished we could have done it all over again. I chose a fit-and-flare dress in ivory, which helped to show off the beautiful lace detail. I adored the lace-up back and sparkle. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. I also wore Ruby Shoos, Willow. They were white with blue soles – my something blue. The groom wore a grey tweed slimfit suit with a double-breasted waistcoat and pocket watch. All the men had personalised cufflinks. John’s featured a D20 dice as he loves D&D, the best man had a bass clef as he plays cello in an orchestra, and the groomsmen had te nnis rackets or Aston Villa logos. They all wore tie pins with their init ials inscribed on them as well as pocket squares to match the bridesmaids’ dresses. 40