Amy and Paul met at work where she thought he was a bit of a charmer and he chased her to go out with him. Within a year, Paul had popped the question! He planned a surprise proposal at the Coombe Cellars restaurant in Devon. “We were staying with Paul's brother in Exeter for a week on holiday and had stopped at a jewellers to browse the rings,” explains Amy. “Little did I know that he was planning to propose. He sneaked out to buy the ring the next day and then took me for dinner that evening. The restaurant was really romantic and Paul was so nervous. When he proposed to me, the entire restaurant saw and cheered in celebration when I said 'yes' – the two ladies who were sat next to us actually cried!” recalls Amy.
The couple chose the elegant Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Birmingham in which to wed thanks to its ability to allow them to hold the ceremony and reception in one place. “We loved the long winding driveway, which was covered with flowers, and the stunning courtyard that was picture-perfect for our wedding photos,” explains Amy. “The hotel reception was also very special with an atrium balcony leading up to the top floor of the property.”
Here, Amy tells us more about their special day
Both Paul's mum and my dad had a cancer diagnosis just weeks before the wedding so we made a donation to Cancer Research and placed cards at each table setting with a Suzanne Neville heart-shaped diamante pin for all of our guests to wear and take away with them.
Our tableplan was one of my favourite details of the day. Our stationer created a simple design in our chosen colour scheme complete with our P&A monogram that featured on our invitations. Our florist (my cousins) then created a fresh flower border using the same blooms as featured in the bouquets, centrepieces and buttonholes to fit around the plan that was displayed on an easel.
I went dress shopping with both my mum and Paul's mum and decided on a Lillian West gown because I always knew I wanted to wear a mermaid-style fishtail gown.
Our table names each had a significant number relevant to our engagement and wedding planning, with an explanation as to why the date is special.
We had two cakes because we wanted to do something different. We chose a Krispy Kreme donut tower made with 216 assorted donuts placed on a tiered stand.
We also had a two-tier cake with the bottom tier made from plain sponge and the top one being a red velvet cake.
I couldn't resist my glitter-encrusted Jimmy Choo court shoes!
We had a harpist play a variety of music throughout the ceremony, arrival drinks and wedding breakfast.
Sixth Sense Salon
Andrea Deakin MUA
Wedding Cakes by Jayne
Katie Ingram Photography
Verity Iris Print
Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club
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