Meeting by chance as they sat side by side at a music festival in Newcastle's St James' Park, Frances and Matt's first encounter had all the trappings of a first date, even if it hadn't technically been arranged as such. “The day we met was like a first date, I sat next to Matt while listening to a band playing in the bandstand and we got talking, then spent the day watching different acts together. Matt bought me an ice cream and then walked me to the train station. We swapped numbers and eventually I had to ring him to arrange the 'second' date,” explains Frances.
Matt pulled it out the bag for the proposal, however. As Frances recovered from a tough day, he opened a bottle of wine, lit candles and popped on some music before dropping to one knee as one of their favourite songs played. “I was wearing my onesie and just thought he was being nice,” laughs Frances. “It was very romantic and he told me he'd always be there for me on down days.”
The couple allowed a year and a half to plan the wedding, with Frances taking on the majority of the organisation. “One of the trickiest things to book was the church as we live outside the parish and had to get special permissions,” she notes. “I enjoyed most aspects of the process though; I had a big spreadsheet for the budget and loved looking through magazines for inspiration.”
Here, Frances tells us more about the big day…
My mum made metres and metres of bunting to decorate the hall and we added strings of festoon lights and pom poms too.
My mum and I made the cake. The
bottom tier was fruit, followed by a
lemon layer and carrot cake on top. We
decorated it to look like a birch tree to tie
in with the table names.
As Matt's a gardener, flowers were an important part of our wedding. I looked at lots of bouquets to get a feel for the relaxed, unstructured style I liked. My bouquet contained gypsophila, paper white narcissi, pink roses, white eustoma, purple clematis, lilac freesia and thlaspi.
I decided to wear my hair over one shoulder to complement the dress. I wanted my make-up to be natural, but extra special and Sally French got it spot on – I loved wearing false eyelashes for the day.
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