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

We’ve not had our main honeymoon yet as we wanted to go to Japan to see the cherry blossoms, but with Covid still caus ing entry issues, we’ve postponed. Instead, we had a minimoon to the L ake District on Lake Windermere. We kept the location secret and on ly text our mothers to tell them we’d arrived safely, then turned our phone s off. It was fantastic to decompress and reflect on what had just happen ed. You can never over-prepare. Pack everything the day before, have an assembly line for getting ready, and get someone in the wedding party who is detail orientated to double check everything on the day. We had a firework display that lasted around 10 minutes. It was colour coordinated to match our theme, which was incredible. Our first dance was to I Love You Because by Jim Reeves. It was a song that my nan and grandad used to dance to a lot. Sadly, my grandad passed away last year, so we wanted to honour him and make sure he was still part of the day. We performed a short routine that our dance teacher helped us to choreograph and learn. We dotted framed photos of ourselves around the venue showing various points throughout our relationship. We also made our own signage to explain the unplugged ceremony and direct everyone to the guest book table. The weather was beautiful so during the day we served food, had some music playing and let people chat and mingle. In the evening, we had a DJ to keep the dancefloor busy and a photo booth for everyone to enjoy and take pictures home, while taking the second copi es for ourselves. STEPHANIE AND JOHN’S SUPPLIERS Venue and catering, Coombe Lodge, | Photographer, Daniella Marinos Photography, | Videographer, James Moore Photography and Videography, | Bride’s dress, Belle of the Ball Bridal, | Hair and make-up, Hayley Heron Hair, | Eyelashes, Katie Hobbs Beauty, Bridesmaids’ dresses, Babaroni | Groom’s suit, Dyfed, | Cake, Bodkin Bakes, Flowers, The Wilde Bunch, | Entertainment, Kieran Clarke Entertainment, Fireworks, Sky Rascal, | Wedding rings, Orla James, | Dance lessons, Dance Factory Bristol, 42