Nobody minds staying somewhere ‘practical’ when they’re flying out to Marrakech the following day for a romantic holiday with the man of their dreams, but when that man surprises you with a stay at one of London’s most luxurious hotels, you might just have an inkling that he’s got something else up his sleeve...
“I was happy with a stay at one of the budget hotels close to the airport so when I realised that Rob was taking me to The Grove I couldn’t believe it,” says Leah. “We went cycling around the grounds in the morning next to the canal and reached a pretty spot with a bridge and several willow trees. Rob suggested that we have a photo together in the middle of the bridge. After we’d taken it, he asked me to take a few steps back to take his photo and when I turned around again he was down on one knee,” she remembers.
The pair had met five years earlier while working together at Pizza Express during their studies-and here, Leah tells us more about creating the perfect day...
I saw my dress and instantly fell in love with it. It accentuated my figure and I loved the lace back and sleeves.
The florist was great. I went with a really rough idea of what I wanted and they really understood my vision. My bouquet was tied with apron strings, which is a really personal touch as it's the song that my dad used to sing to me when I was little.
Our friend Mike created an amazing table plan to go with our travel theme
The bucking bronco experience was dampened a little by the rain but plenty of folks were still willing to give it a go
We spent hours making individual suitcases for each of our guests. Only when they opened them did they find out where they were sitting. They looked incredible.
We had three cakes! A naked cake and a cheesecake made by Rob's mum, as well as a three-tier pork pie cake made by Leah's Godfather, Paul.
We hired a magician to entertain our friends during the drinks reception and dinner. He was absolutely fantastic and our guests loved him!
Travel is very important to both of us so we named each table after places we'd been together and had favours to match that place. For example, olives for Italy and four leaf clover for Ireland
The music in the church didn't work as we'd have liked it to so we recreated the moment I walked up the aisle before the first dance - it was a brilliant surprise for everyone
It all felt really magical, and so many of our guests said this too. Every seemingly small detail brought it all together.
Bespoke Bartender Company
Bride's and Bridesmaids Dresses
The White Room Southwell
Bride's hair and make-up
St Luke's Church
Tel: 01949 811 183
Flowers by Susan
Groom and ushers' suits
Georgi Mabee Photography
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