Hayley and Andy Gore met through mutual friend Steve. “It was seven years before he decided to introduce us,” Hayley says. “Once we met, we were inseparable.” A few years later, Steve would be best man at the couple's big day.
Andy proposed to Hayley at the end of 2015. He surprised her one morning with breakfast and a bunch of flowers before announcing that he would be taking her to Berlin that day. “We went to Charlottenburg Palace, which was lit by the beautiful lights of the German Christmas market,” the bride remembers. “There was snow on the ground as Andy got down on one knee. I was so overcome with emotion that I forgot to look at the ring! When I finally did, I fell in love with the timeless solitaire style he had chosen.”
After returning home, the couple soon set the date for 16th December, 2017, with a ceremony at Holy Trinity Church in Westbury-on-Trym, followed by a reception at Kings Weston House. To reflect the time of year, they created a warm and cosy Christmas atmosphere. Hayley tells us how they did it…
We created a fabulously festive feel – think soft candlelight , logs burning in fireplaces and the Christmassy smell of pine cones and mulled wine. We opted for a red palette highlighted with gold accents. This was reflected in our deep-red roses, winter berries and gypsophila layered in gorgeous greenery.
Our table plan was a large multi-aperture photo frame. We chose the theme of The 12 Days of Christmas for our table names. It's now hung in our home with our wedding photographs in it.
Our place name holders were small wooden reindeers. Lots of our guests took them home and sent us photos a week later of their Christmas dinner tables with the place names on display.
Anna Cake Couture made a gorgeous four-tier cake with delicate gold detailing. We added lace-embellished hessian around the base of each tier and wintr y florals to complement my bouquet.
As the venue is quite large, we made a map to guide our guests to where things were happening and at what time. We also hid gold envelopes around the building, containing prizes such as lottery tickets, drinks from the bar and even a dance with the bes t man! The last one went down particularly well with one of Andy's cousins!
My strapless Sincerity Bridal dress had intricate lace detailing on the bodice and romantic button fastenings. I teamed this with a pearl-embroidered veil and a delicate tiara by Jon Richards. I also wore the earrings my mum wore on her wedding day and my nan's engagement ring.
I've always admired brides who speak during the toa sts, so I wrote a poem the week before our wedding. Even on the day, I wasn't sure whether I would read it, but I'm incredibly glad that I decided to.
After the service, we served mulled wine and macaroons. We were incredibly lucky to have beautiful blue skies and bright sunshine, but it was icy cold, so the drinks did the trick and warmed everyone up.
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