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Sharika and Leslie had a Sicily-themed celebration at Warren House. Sharika and Leslie met through work. "Leslie was designing books, and I was the project manager," says Sharika. "We always had a great time talking to each other, and the time would fly by. When one of our mutual friends didn't turn up for an evening get-together, and it was too late for either of us to cancel, we met up and gradually became closer. It surprised us both when we are realised we might be becoming something more. During one of our meetings, we kissed, and things went from there."Leslie popped the question during a holiday to Sicily in 2017. "We had talked about getting married and had even spent one afternoon looking at rings, but I still didn't expect the proposal," shares the bride. "We were visiting Punta Secca where Inspector Montalbano was filmed when he asked me. The ring came in a giant box, so Leslie had wrapped it in foam and lots of sellotape. He was struggling to get the tape off and had to use his teeth. I still didn't believe he was being serious until I saw the ring gleam in the sun. He'd designed it himself and had it made by a man called Vincent Loveland. Now every time we watch Inspector Montalbano, we point to the place where he proposed."
Hannah and Todd combined classic elegance with a Halloween theme, check out this spooktacular celebration. Hannah Connor met Todd Davies while both working as New Look managers. "Having gone across to help her at a shop she was covering I attempted to worm my way in but to no avail," shares Todd. "My attempts to start up some kind of conversation via text message were met with silence. A few months later we were at an area meeting whereby I made sure I was sat by her.
Lucy and James enjoyed a private celebration with their nearest and dearest at the luxury wedding venue The Slaughters Manor House in Cheltenham
Jill and Adam spent their big day surrounded by loved ones. Jill and Adam's story started back in 2013 at a teacher training course at Nottingham Trent University. Jill says, "We first started talking in a science lecture where we argued about who had created the better poster on volcanoes – this debate is still ongoing." The couple bonded over multiple hobbies including music, with Adam introducing Jill to King Blues, a British punk rock band who at the time had split but later on reformed. It was during the performance of Jill's favourite song I Want You that Adam proposed. Jill says, "Adam had worn the ring around his neck all day at work, checking every couple of minutes that it hadn't fallen off the string. As that song began, he placed it around my neck. He didn't say anything or get down on one knee, we just kept dancing!"
Sail away with me: Rebecca and Andrew had a beautiful wedding at St John's Church and Wyresdale Park. Rebecca and Andrew met at their local church. "We were friends for four years before we started dating," says Rebecca. "He invited himself round for coffee a few times, and we hit it off. One night we went out for some food, and he told me that he liked me and we got together soon after. We enjoyed lots of time together eating cake, drinking prosecco, travelling and watching box sets."
Jasmine and Robert met at a festival, with their friendship soon developing into a fairytale romance. Jasmine and Robert first met in 2014 at a Derbyshire festival through mutual friends where they created amazing memories as a group, spending their time laughing and having fun. After the trip, the pair got talking on social media. Jasmine says, "We talked for a few days then he asked me if I fancied going out some time, to be honest, I wasn't overly interested but my mum persuaded me to give it a chance."For their first date, the pair set off to the cinema and afterwards grabbed some drinks, where they spoke for hours about shared interests such as music, history and travel.Four years later on a family holiday in Benalmadena, Rob decided to surprise Jasmine during a walk when he got down on one knee. Jasmine recalls this moment saying, "I couldn't speak or breathe! I was going to say 'no' as a joke but realised it was not the time. He asked me if it was a 'yes', which I nodded my head to as I couldn't find the words!"
Dog lovers Charlotte and Rhys incorporated pooch-themed accessories into their big day. Charlotte and Rhys met at his work Christmas drinks where they were introduced through mutual friends. They became engaged in a surprise proposal during a romantic trip to Venice. "When Rhys got down on one knee to propose, it was such a surprise that I thought he was joking and walked away at first!" Charlotte tells us.
Aimee and James' rustic wedding featured beautiful blooms and a nod to his Scottish roots. Working together turned out to be a presciption for love for Aimee and James. They met at the pharmacy where James was training to be a pharmacist and Aimee was a dispenser. They were colleagues for a year and kept in touch as friends afterwards until romance blossomed a couple of years later.When it came to popping the question, James organised a trip to New York for the two of them and planned to pick the time and place while they were there.
Georgie and Matt planned a perfectly personal celebration. After meeting at university, Georgie and Matt were friends for a year before sparks started to fly. Georgie tells us, "The more time we spent together, the more we realised we had the same values, morals and sense of humour." It was when her best friend told Matt on a night out that Georgie had feelings for him that their relationship turned into something more.
Rustic romance: Kate and Gary tied the knot at Lillibrooke Manor. Kate and Gary met at a New Year's Eve party at a friend's house in 2014. "It was like a school disco at first where the girls were on one side and the boys were on the other!" laughs Kate. "But then we got talking, realised we had a lot in common and just clicked. We started messaging the next day and then had our first date at an Italian restaurant two weeks later."
Laura and Dan had the perfect Christmas wedding at the King's Chapel, Old Amersham. Laura and Dan met through work, and had known each other for about three years before they started seeing each other. "Once we got talking properly, I realised how kind, funny and confident she was," says Dan. "She is always so relaxed and great to be around. We became very close very quickly, going on a holiday to Mexico within a few months of being together, and that holiday really proved what we already suspected, that we were a perfect match".
Amy and Michael's big day was certainly styled to perfection. Amy and Michael's history dates back to school where they first met through a mutual friend. Fast-forward four years, and the duo bumped into each other on a night out. "We shared our first kiss that night outside Primark (classy) and the rest is history!" shares Amy.
Danielle and Oliver shared their glamourous big day with all their loved ones. Oliver first crossed paths with Daniella at a friend's house when the pair were younger. They spoke for a while about their interests but the timing wasn't right, as the pair were both in relationships at the time. Fast forward the years and they occasionally crossing paths but didn't realise they both liked each other until they sat down and discussed how they felt. Turns out, they were both ready to give a relationship a go and the rest is history!
Joanna and Liam's wedding theme was a natural choice given they'd travelled the globe to visit hot air balloon festivals, including the capital of ballooning – Albuquerque, U.S.A
Julia and Sam styled their big day with a rustic vibe at Gildredge Manor on a sunny day in July.
Robbie and Joanne said "I do" at Offley Place Country House Hotel. Robbie and Joanne were both ready to start a new chapter in their lives and decided it was the perfect time to find love. The pair found each other on Tinder back in 2015 and found they instantly had a beautiful connection and bonded over their interests. Joanne says: "Our conversation flowed so easily, it was like we already knew each other. Robbie was attracted to my eyes while I was attracted to his height and arms. He's the most incredible man I've ever met – kind, caring, selfless and absolutely hilarious."
Sail away with me: Ally and Benjamin had a beautiful wedding at Holm House Hotel
An engagement in Thailand led to a dream wedding for Durham couple Jessica and Dan. Jessica and Dan met on a night out in Newcastle back in 2011. "For our first date Dan took me out for Nando's," remembers the bride. "Chicken's not the daintiest thing to eat when you don't really know someone, but it must have gone well, as we each left with a smile on our faces – and the realisation we'd met someone special."
Carl and Jack surprised their guests with a nontraditional wedding that broke all convention. We have to confess to stifling a giggle as Carl tells us how he and Jack met for the first time. "It was a night like no other… actually it was just like every other," he laughs. "We met in the student union during Jack's first week of university; I was a second year and helping to run an LGBTQ+ evening with my best friend. Needless to say, I didn't take the stewarding role very seriously. Tom introduced me to an old school friend and her new quiet flatmate. I think I fell in love instantly… but to tell the truth, I can't remember."
Cassie and Neil kept their day small and intimate with the most romantic atmosphere. It was a mutual friend who introduced Cassie and Neil on a night out in Colchester. "It was all so easy," Cassie says. "We just fitted together from the beginning." After a four-year relationship, Cassie was starting to give up hope of a proposal. But one day, Neil took her to Trafalgar Square – the scene of one of their first dates – and popped the question there. "I loved that he chose somewhere that had meaning to us," she says.
Claire and George's special day mixed English and Greek traditions styled with a copper and forest green colour theme. Claire and George met at university and got chatting on the dancefloor during a night out with friends. "We started seeing each other after that evening," Claire tells us, "and then moved to London together after university before relocating to Torquay where I'm originally from."
Alisha and Gavin's rustic-inspired day followed a seasonal burgundy, gold and blush pink colour theme. Alisha and Gavin met while they were both training to become karate instructors. "I was attracted to Gavin's kind nature and loved every moment that I spent in his company," Alisha tells us. "I liked how Alisha was so gentle," Gavin says, "and as I got to know her, I thought she was one of the kindest people that I had ever met."
Rustic romance: Shades of dusky pink and lavender set the tone for Tracey and Aaron's English country wedding theme
Holli and Richard planned a relaxed wedding that was brimming with personal touches. As with so many couples, it was a shared sense of humour that attracted Holli to Richard when they worked together at Ted Baker. It was obviously a good basis for the relationship as Richard was soon planning the perfect proposal while the couple were on holiday in Costa Rica.