Sarah and James went on their first date in December, 2002 to see the 1946 Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life. “It went well: so well, in fact, that we've been back to the cinema to watch it every year since,” says Sarah. More than three years later James proposed shortly after returning from a week's holiday in Barcelona, where they celebrated his 30th birthday.
They were watching the film Pot Luck, as it's set in the city, and reminded them of their time there. As soon as it finished, James popped the question. “It wasn't pre-planned at all. We'd talked about getting married in vague terms before, but James says he was simply prompted by the moment,” Sarah tells us. After waiting a few years to finally set the date, they opted for an autumnal theme in a relaxed, rural setting.
Read on for Sarah's account of their big day...
I don't wear make-up and was adamant I didn't want to on the day, otherwise it wouldn't be me. I had my hair done though and it was much nicer than I could ever do.
I tried on more than 70 dresses before choosing the one. Never let it be said that I'm not thorough in the search for what I want!
My bouquet was a mixture of different coloured flowers, seeds, berries and wheat.
Our florist Sam made the buttonholes, each one slightly different, and created the centrepiece for the registrar's table, which we moved to the top table at the reception.
We had board games on the tables, which went down well with the guests, and early in the evening our friend, performance poet Fred Slattern of Colchester, recited poems, including some he'd penned especially for us.
My bridesmaid Julie made the bunting and included tweed fabric with simple flower and moustache motifs, which looked awesome.
La Belle Angèle
The Little Flower Shop
Marks & Spencer
Chadds of Norwich
Luis Holden Photography
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