Sammy and Ben got married in the beautiful Royal Berkshire Hotel near Ascot. A stunning country house with exquisite walled gardens and an elegant fountain plaza. The day itself was very classic and traditional with the flower bouquets and arrangements created using white roses & lilies alongside beautiful candelabras with white, clean styling; a neutral palette for a classic and elegant day.
Sammy was most certainly a wedding coordinator in a previous life and wanted to make sure that there was never a lull in the day of her wedding so here is what she did: “ I wanted to put on some nice entertaining features to make sure there was always something to do or see, this included a magician (who was amazing and stole the show), there were games in the garden and a string quartet playing modern songs like Britney Spears ‘Toxic’ and Ice Cube which was very entertaining!
Plus a photo booth and sweets table – I just loved the idea of a lot going on to really entertain the guests making it more of a fun vibe rather than just a wedding. The feedback we got back after was amazing, people were so impressed with the events of the day and really enjoyed it.
FINDING THE DRESS
“My wedding dress shopping started quite late, I’m not one of those who picks a dress 2 years before the wedding, so I started looking around a year before and got bored very quickly when I couldn’t find the dress I wanted. I tried on so many different styles going from Pronovias in London to little hidden boutiques in Brighton and I was still struggling to find anything I really liked.
I ended up seeing my dress on an Instagram post and instantly fell in love with it! I then googled where the nearest bridal shop was that had it and it was 100 miles away! I knew that if I didn’t try it on, I would always wonder ‘what if’, so I booked to try it on and fell in love at first sight – I just knew it was the one! I took my mum to most appointments because I valued her opinion so much and when she agreed it was the one it was no contest! On top of that, the moment I knew it was the dress for me was when I was flicking through a bridal magazine in the car while my -now husband- was driving us home, I landed on a page with a dress very similar to the one I had picked, suddenly from next to me I heard my -then fiance- look over and say ‘that’s pretty!’ – it was at that moment I knew I had made the right decision! It was a very fate- like moment.”
A FAVOURITE MOMENT
“My favourite moment of the day is so hard to choose, the whole day was a dream and I smiled from the moment I woke up to the moment I went to bed! If I were to choose one, it would have been walking down the aisle to see the look on my husbands face when he saw me for the first time. He isn’t an emotional guy and very rarely cries, so to see the tears well up in his eyes when he clocked me was the most magical moment and makes me very emotional whenever I think of it.”
ADVICE FROM THE BRIDE
“We had a very scary and stressful situation where our original wedding venue cancelled on us 6 weeks before our wedding due to building work delays – I will never forget that feeling of my world crumbling around me and I was devastated! But after a long cry and a discussion with family and friends we started to make a plan. The next day we were venue hunting at any venue that was available and that STILL ticked all the boxes of what we wanted – we didn’t compromise on anything!
Hitched.com told us all the venues that still had our date available so it wasn’t so hard to pick venues. We ended up with a venue that was 100 times better than our original one at a discounted rate because it was a last minute booking and the most wonderful wedding coordinator that made what was a complete nightmare into the dream wedding that we wanted! So my advice is – if things go wrong or don’t go to plan – take a deep breath, strong drink, allow yourself to have a little cry then get up and move on to the next plan – know that there are other options out there and better ones! After our drama I genuinely believe fate brought us to our amazing wedding venue and all the upset was worth it in the end. “