Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - June/July 2022 (Issue 89)

A floral fantasy Flowers are important to bride and florist Jess who made sure they played a key role in the big-day styling Images courtesy of Interlace Photography Jess and Jake met aged 13 while undertaking the Ten Tors challenge with their local guide and scout groups. However, being from different schools and indeed, towns, they didn’t keep in touch afterwards and it wasn’t until the age of 17 that they met again at a scout jamboree. This time, they discovered lots in common and spent more time together. In 2007 they started dating and have been together ever since. No doubt Jess assumed there’d be no saving her 30th birthday celebrations, which had to be cancelled when the first lockdown was announced the week prior. Deciding to get some fresh air on the day itself, the couple set out for a walk with the dog. Pausing along the way, Jake pulled a beautiful engagement ring from his pocket and turned to Jess: “This wasn’t really supposed to be for your birthday, but today feels like the right time. Will you marry me?” It was a complete surprise for her and made what was bound to be a much quieter birthday than planned, the best one yet! Jess had long dreamed of saying “I do” at All Saints Church in Long Ashton. Her grandparents, parents and sister were all married there along with a fair few other couples in her family. So, the choice of ceremony spot was an easy one. When it came to the reception, the pair knew they wanted an outdoorsy vibe and remembering Jess’ sister’s wedding in their parents’ garden complete with tipis they opted to do the same. “The setting was just so lovely and it meant a lot to us to make memories there too,” Jess explains. Join us as the bride gives us the lowdown on W-day – 21st August, 2021... REAL WEDDINGS 39