Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - February/March 2023 (Issue 93)

ON TOP OF the world From a nod to their first date at an Imagine Dragons concert to the bride’s love of crochet, Sammy and Liam included plenty of special personal touches in their wedding day Images courtesy of Victoria Welton Photography Sammy met Liam through work. “He called ‘dibs’ when he first saw me,” she says. “But we didn’t actually have our first date until six months later.” The couple were like two peas in a pod even during those early days and they shared plenty of laughs together. Sammy was standing in her pyjamas trying to sort out last-minute laundry and packing for their holiday when Liam proposed. “We both knew we wanted to be together, so getting engaged felt like a natural progression, but I hadn’t expected it to happen at that moment,” Sammy shares. Neither had Liam in fact! He’d asked his dad to pick up the engagement ring from the jewellers before making the excuse to Sammy that he was going to play football so that he could slip out and collect it from him. He even went to all the effort of putting his sports kit on. This was all so that she wouldn’t suspect his intention to propose while they were away. “But when he saw the ring, he got so nervous he ended up asking that night before we left,” she says. The pair had just one requirement for the venue: it had to be possible to host the whole day there, including rooms for guests to stay overnight. The moment they met the team at The Shrubbery Hotel it felt like the place for them. “Instead of explaining how they ran weddings there, the first thing they asked us was how we wanted our day to go. So, it felt much more like we could have our wedding, not just a wedding,” Sammy tells us. Read on as the bride shares her account of their autumnal big day, 15th October, 2022... 35 REAL WEDDINGS