"My best friend and maid of honour, Emma Burroughs, was good friends with Andy and introduced us both at one of her house parties,” recalls Nikki. After that the pair spent the summer meeting up, initially as part of a group but eventually just the two of them. Nikki tells us that she was attracted to Andy's good looks, charm and fun personality. He was also a real gentleman, holding doors open for her and carrying her bags, which she loved. He says he was first attracted to her beautiful smile and stunning eyes – for him; it was love at first sight.
So it's no real surprise that he proposed, with him waiting until their four year anniversary to sweep Nikki off her feet. The pair had recently been on a family holiday to Tenerife and were flying home on a night flight. When it hit midnight, and was officially their anniversary, Andy handed her an anniversary card, which revealed they'd be flying to Venice later on that morning.
“It told me not to panic as he knew I'd be worried about the tight turnaround but he had everything covered,” explains Nikki. “He'd packed a suitcase, which was waiting for me at home, filled with new dresses, heels and toiletries to take to Venice. He'd also packed the ring in his case and even asked my mum for her permission for my hand in marriage.”
On their first night in Venice, Andy took Nikki to a beautiful restaurant. “After a few bottles of prosecco, Andy got down on one knee and popped the question. I immediately said 'yes' while in floods of tears. I'd always imagined looking very glamorous when being proposed to, but in reality I was a sobbing mess! I didn't even know we were going to Venice until a few hours before, let alone the engagement. It was the best surprise,” explains Nikki.
Here, she tells us more about their dream wedding day…
A church ceremony was really important to us but we were worried about the transport. Fortunately St Margaret's is on the grounds of Buxted and is incredible. It meant we could simply walk from the church to the reception.
As we had a Venetian theme for our wedding to honour our engagement, we decided on Italian Limoncello shots for our favours. These were personalised and we really liked the idea that everyone could take their glass home and have a keepsake from the day.
Each centrepiece had a different gold mask entwined in the roses to fit with our Venetian theme.
Our centrepieces were gorgeous, elaborate cream and peach rose arrangements with gypsophila. We had a mixture of high and low centrepieces, which were draped with ivy and fairylights, just like the garden terrace where we got engaged.
One of my best friends, Alice Chalker, made our cake. She isn't a professional but produced a really grand three tier creation with the first and third tier covered in ivory cake lace and she also included gold glittery ribbon to match our theme.
The fabulous Joanne at Elegant Stationery created the cards for our tableplan and they were designed to match our invitations perfectly. She used cream shimmery card with stunning glittery champagne ribbon, finished with peach pearls.
We named the tables after areas in Venice as a nod to our engagement.
I love white butterflies and my mum, sister Hayleigh and I have always felt that they're my nan's presence as they're often seen in our garden. We used this motif as our place names that sat on the wine glasses on our table.
Pollen, decor specialists, not only produced our flowers but also provided us with lots of lovely decorations for the venue, such as this pretty post box.
I wore the Erin dress by Ronald Joyce that was very kindly bought for me by my mum. I loved every single part of it. It had lots of crystal and pearl embellishments, was fitted down to the knee and also had a train.
Our pretty stationery brought our theme together and gave our guests a taste of what was to come!
At our engagement party we were forced into an awkward two-step so we decided we'd up our game for our wedding. We went to a secret dance workshop where our first routine was choreographed for us. It went really well and our guests' loved it.
Bride's dress and accessories
White Dress and Tiaras
Jimmy Chop Chop
Make-up by Millie
Groom and groomsmen's outfits
Dickies of Crawley
Hayley Rose Photography
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