Across the pond

A rustic theme with navy and burgundy touches set the tone for Aimee and Andy's nuptials.

Aimee and Andy both met while working at Wizarding World
of Harry Potter, Universal Studios, Florida during the summer of
2011. “We became friends and then kept talking after my program had
ended. We then decided to start dating,” says the bride. “I did another
summer work program at Universal then worked at Walt Disney
World in Epcot for 13 months, so we had more time to be together.”

Andy proposed in January, 2015, while he was visiting Aimee in
England. He surprised her at home after telling her he was arriving at a
later date. “I came home from shopping with my Mum, and my Dad
had picked Andy up from the airport. He was waiting at home when I
got in and asked me to marry him. I had no idea he was going to be
there,” adds Aimee.

“Since Andy didn’t live in England we tried to go to as many venues
as we could while he was here,” says the bride. “We popped in to
Rameside Hall for Sunday lunch and just chatted with someone on the
front desk – we were impressed by the service there and everyone was
so friendly and professional.”

Here, Aimee tells us more...

Across the pond: Image 1
The older bridesmaids' gowns were from Biba, House of Fraser, and the little girls' dresses were from BHS – I love burgundy anyway and as we were having a Christmas wedding it felt like a good fit.

 

Across the pond: Image 2aWhen visiting WED2B at the Metrocentre my Nanna pulled a dress from the very back corner – I loved the light, flowing style of the skirt and it felt so comfortable and effortless. I kept accessories to a minimum as I wanted to keep it simple. I wore Kate Spade earrings, a Swarovski bracelet from Andy's mam and my flower headband, which my Mam wore on her wedding day.

Across the pond: Image 2 I'm not a big flower person so we decided to have burgundy and blush pink fake flowers instead. I also made paper blooms using a Harry Potter book to add to my bouquet.

 

Across the pond: Image 3
Andy actually had to get a new suit the day before the wedding, as the suit he'd bought in January didn't fit anymore!

 

Across the pond: Image 4aWhat made our day extra special was the service from the venue. They were very professional and got things done quickly.

Across the pond: Image 4 I decided I wanted the main focus of the tables to be a stack of books, so added a few little candles in decorative jars.

 

Across the pond: Image 5
Since we had people attending from all over the world it would have been hard to coordinate suit fittings, so we just told the groomsmen to opt for navy suits. As I wanted a rustic vibe to the day I didn't mind if the colours were a little off – I think it added to the casual look.

 

Across the pond: Image 6aThe place settings were little chalkboard easels with names written in chalk pen.

Across the pond: Image 6 Our mandmade tableplan was borrowed from a family friend – it looked amazing and we displayed a few pictures of us in the spare frames.

 

Across the pond: Image 7
Our photographers from Chocolate Chip Photography captured some very some very creative, fun shots which we loved!

 
 

Aimee and Andrew's contact book


Bride's accessories
Kate Spade
www.katespade.com

Bride's accessories
Swarovski
www.swarovski.com

Bride's dress & veil
WED2B, Metrocentre
www.wed2be.co.uk

Bridesmaids' dresses
House of Fraser
www.houseoffraser.co.uk

Flowers
Dainty Supplies
www.daintysupplies.com

Flowers
The Range
www.therange.co.uk

Groom's accommodation
Highfield Hotel
www.highfieldhoteldurham.co.uk

Groom's suit
Jeff Banks
www.jeffbanks.co.uk

Mother-of-the-bride outfit
Debenhams
www.debenhams.co.uk

Photography and videography
Chocolate Chip Photography
www.chocolate-chip.co.uk

Rehearsal dinner
The Cellar Door
www.thecellardoordurham.co.uk

Venue
Ramside Hall Hotel
www.ramsidehallhotel.co.uk

 
 

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