Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - February/March 2024 (Issue 99)

Chloe and Matt met at a mutual friend’s birthday party when they were 18. There was an initial attraction but they didn’t exchange numbers until the following year after bumping into each other again at a club in Bristol. After some texting back and forth they went on their first date and the rest is history. Matt popped the question in the couple’s favourite restaurant on Chloe’s 26th birthday, much to her surprise. “It was such a wonderful experience and one I’ll never forget,” she says. Matt was so nervous leading up to his proposal that Chloe thought he was coming down with a cold! He’d taken her younger sister to help him pick out a ring a few weeks before, and she knew exactly the type of ring Chloe would like ensuring he chose the perfect fit. Chloe who’d worked in the centre of Bath would pass Tracy Park every day and always said to herself: “One day I’ll get married there.” So, when Matt asked the all-important question, she wasted no time in checking out the website and brochure, immediately booking an appointment to visit. “We met the fabulous Michaela who gave us the most magical tour of the grounds, ceremony room and onsite accommodation,” says Chloe. “We were completely blown away and my mum helped us pick our wedding date.” That date was 30th August, 2023. Here, the bride takes us behind the scenes of the big day and preparations... SETTING THE SCENE The couple’s favourite chocolates are Lindt balls, so they chose these for their favours and popped two in a white box for each of their guests. They must have gone down well as there weren’t any left at the end of the day! Chloe sat down with their fabulous florist, Lara, and covered everything from flowers to venue styling and centrepieces together. “Everything was beautiful and fitted perfectly with my colour palette of sage green with a few white roses and gypsophila. It was everything and more, I can’t thank Lara enough,” Chloe tells us. During another consultation, this time with cake maker Helen, Chloe was able to discuss design ideas. She even had some beautiful cupcakes to taste and take home before deciding on the flavour of the ultimate big-day bake. Helen also contacted Lara to liaise on final touches to the cake, making sure it was in keeping with the couple’s theme. “Everyone loved it and the 25 REAL WEDDINGS