"We were both working backstage at the Chichester Festival Theatre in the summer of 2012,” recalls Grace. “I was working in the wardrobe department as a dresser and Dave was part of the crew.” He came in to be fitted for a costume and had to strip down to his pants in front of her! They ended up talking (shyly!) in between cues during the shows, before they eventually went to an open mike night together where Dave performed.
The pair seemed to click fairly instantly, and just over a year later, Dave proposed. They'd planned a trip to Venice after another busy summer working at the theatre. He'd snuck the ring in his luggage inside a pair of socks; planning to pop the question at the end of the trip but he just couldn't wait. By the end of the first day he'd taken Grace out for dinner followed by a romantic walk over a sweet little bridge. It was here that he asked her to be his wife. “I was in total shock and kept asking him if it was for real!”
Here, Grace shares more about their dream wedding day…
We tied individually wrapped teabags from the East India Company with twine and ribbons in the gold, navy and dusky rose colour scheme. We both love tea and Dave's great grandmother was Indian so that was a nice nod to her.
We wrote our tableplan on a lovely ornate mirror with chalk pen.
I had a satin A-line dress with a sweetheart beaded bodice. This was completed with a lace bolero by Worthingbased Lucy Bennet – I was even able to help her design it!
We used Poleroid-style photographs of theatres we've worked in as table names.
My mum did the flowers and we chose pink roses, cream rannculus, blue winter berries, pussy willow and gold sprayed seed heads.
We had a beautiful red velvet and rose water tiered sponge cake with coloured ribbons around it that matched our theatre theme. The bakery also dusted the top with gold, edible glitter and our 'Best Day Ever' cake topper.
My favourite accessory was my earrings as they were made by my sister. They were gold with Swarovski crystals and pearls. She makes them for a living and they're called Earwings because they resemble tiny wings.
All the buttonholes had tiny pine cones in them instead of a large flower.
We tried to tie our stationery into our theatre theme where possible.
We made sure there was always music playing throughout the day, we also had sparklers in the evening and table games for the children.
Groom and groomsmen's suit
Hairpiece and garter
Light up letters
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