Anne and Sarah-Jane’s Relaxed, Fun and Elegant Outdoor Dorset Wedding by Stuart Dudleston Photography
Happy Monday everyone and welcome to another wonderful wedding filled week on the blog. How...
It all started off as a work trip in Portugal, finding a new mutual love of gin and as they say the rest is history, well 7 years of history.
Jon joined the company I was working for and we hit it off straight away, finding that our time was spent more and more together and less apart. We’d talk for hours on the phone and Jon would play endless music that I’d never heard before, I’m a bit of a pop queen at heart, although, Jon has shown me that music goes above and beyond the top 40. Hours on the phone quickly turned into living together and we’ve been pretty much inseparable since.
I find myself writing this whilst listening to a compilation or “mix” of tracks whilst Jon dances around the kitchen cooking dinner. Yes, he’s an amazing cook, however, I’m a better cleaner.I guess that’s what makes us work well as a couple, we both have strengths and weaknesses, however, always helping the other through.
As any 20 something will know, heading to your 30th is a tad daunting. To be honest, I had a melt down many times, where had the last 10 years gone? Thankfully, Jon was very sympathetic and reassured me that age is nothing but a number and that life is about what you make of it. As you can guess, Jon is the laid back one out of the two of us.
So my 30th was fast approaching and I wasn’t allowed to make any arrangements, which is unusual. Jon is very good at surprises and this one certainly was not expected… He whisked me away on the morning of my birthday and headed towards Chester, at this point I didn’t have a clue where we were heading. It wasn’t until we arrived outside the hotel in Chester that something clicked. I’d always wanted to stay at the Chester Grosvenor and this is exactly where he was taking me… excited much!
Jon had booked a Spa day and stay for us with dinner, I’m a huge fan of spas and we’re both even bigger fans of gorgeous food. After checking in, we were shown to the spa and spent the entire day being pampered. I don’t know about you, but after a spa day I feel pretty tired and was looking forward to heading to our room to refresh.
Upon opening our room door, we were greeted by an ice cold bottle of champagne. For some reason unknown to me, Jon didn’t pour it straight away, instead he was fiddling about in his bag in the bathroom, of all places. He then appeared with a box, which was your average size jewellery shaped box. My head was going in circles arguing with its self, what could this be. Necklace, bracelet, watch… it was that kind of size box. So I asked “What’s is it?” and he asked me to open it. Nervous and shaking a little, I opened it and within the box was the most stunning ring I have ever seen. I asked Jon “Is this what I think it is” and he grinned with the words “Yes, will you marry me?” Of course, I said yes!
Turning 30 was one of the best days of my life.
I will marry my best friend is on the 22nd August 2015 at St Oswalds Church Malpas, Cheshire. We decided not to rush into getting married, as we’re both busy managing our business and wanted to ensure that we enjoy planning our day. From the start we knew that we wanted a relaxed day that feels like a big party with all our loved ones in the same place.
Our home is our sanctuary and we love the little village we live in, so we decided that our local village church was perfect. It’s stunningly gorgeous inside and set on the highest point in Malpas, it’s one of the first things we see when driving home from work – it reminds me of home and the comfort that home brings. We’re very lucky to live in such a quaint little village with access to miles of fields, where we spend family walks with our pooch Harry.
We’ve chosen the Cock O’Barton to celebrate after the ceremony, as it’s cosy and intimate. They have been so flexible, that we’ll be able to have exactly what we have dreamt.
Following the idea of a big party and relaxed feel, we’ve decided against a sit down meal, instead we’ve decided on drinks & canapés on arrival with a live jazz set and a late afternoon BBQ with a selection of our favourite foods. I love the idea of hay bales and blankets on the lawn, although the unpredictable weather may dictate this. We have grand plans for a a yummy desert/cake table of our favourite cheesecakes, tarts, a macaroon tower and homemade cakes from family and friends!
In the evening we’re having a live band, they are just awesome and can’t wait for everyone to have a good ol’ boogie. We’re planning on serving fish & chips in a newspaper style cone as an evening snack to keep everyone going.
The colour scheme is something we’re still not absolutely set on, we’re thinking pastel vintage colours…. to be decided. To describe our theme, I’d say we’re aiming to include things we loved and remember as a child… BBQ’s, garden games, puddings, chips in newspaper crossed with my love of pretty flowers, vintage accessories, DIY candles & jars and our joint love of music.
We started researching and booking a while ago, as I’ve noticed you tend to have to book way in advance to ensure you don’t miss out. Photography was way at the top of our list, after the big day, you have memories left and in our opinion pictures keep these alive.
After searching high and low for a vintage style photographer, we came across Claire Penn, whose pictures captivated me and still do. Every time I see her amazing work, I scream with excitement inside. Claire is the loveliest person and immediately made us feel like she was a long lost friend. I truly cannot wait to see the magic she’ll work on our day and trust her implicitly.
With the key people booked, we’re onto preparing to send out save the dates; first we need to agree on the style of these and most importantly our guests.
We cannot wait to spend our wedding day with everyone we love and look forward to all the adventures the future holds.
Jon is my absolute rock and I can’t wait to marry him.
Photo Source: Bouquet (Photo by Lane Dittoe Photography) / Navy Suit / Burgers / Bridesmade Dress / Cards Suitcase / Flowers in jam jars (Photo by Taran’s Wilkhu Photography) / Photobooth props /Garden games (photo by Mark Tattersall )