Amy & Sam's Wedding Story

The Bride & Groom

Amy and Sam Wiggins, 24th March, 2012.

Ceremony: St Margaret’s Church, Addington

Reception: Bradbourne House, East Malling

The proposal

Sam planned to take Amy to Broadstairs where he would treat her to a nice meal and propose whilst the summer firework display was taking place.

However, they were running late, so only had time for fish and chips, which Amy had to pay for because Sam left his wallet in the car.

The wind was blowing in the wrong direction, so the fireworks were cancelled.

Sam ended up proposing in front of a crowd of drunk teenagers on Broadstairs Pier!

Not quite the romantic setting he’d hoped for, but the answer was still yes.

Planning the day

We had 7 months between our engagement and our wedding, so we relied a lot on recommendations by friends.

As a photographer myself, I was quick fussy about who I was going to choose to take our photographs.

Helen was a friend of my mum’s colleague. Whilst we had seen a number of photographers who produced excellent photographs, what made Helen stand out was her friendly approach.

We wanted a brilliant photographer who we felt comfortable with, and that’s what we found!

The hen and stag nights

Amy went to Norwich and enjoyed an extra special treat when she realised that Manchester United were staying at the same hotel!

Sam’s stag do was the same weekend and involved ‘hunt the stag’ paintballing in Milton Keynes.

The wedding

The weather was amazing for March and everything went to plan. It was a very emotional day but it was perfect.

The venue

St Margaret’s Church was important for Amy as she has been attending church there since she was 14.

Bradbourne House was the only venue Amy and Sam looked around, and they instantly knew they wanted their reception there.

The outfits

Amy’s dress was from Yours Truly in Maidstone.

Despite her saying she didn’t want any lace on her dress, the staff convinced her to try a dress that was a mixture of satin and lace, and she loved it.

Sam’s suit was hired from Moss.

Sam always wears odd socks, so as a surprise (much to Amy’s dad’s horror), he bought florescent socks for the men in the bridal party, and of course, everyone had to wear odd ones.

The transport

Sam chose the transport, it was a convertible Beauford. They even managed to get the roof down on the day!

Wedding theme/colour scheme

Purple and yellow.

Favourite wedding purchase

Amy’s favourite purchase was her dress.

The flowers and table decorations

The flowers were a mixture of purple, yellow and cream flowers and were used as centre pieces. The table name holders were from The Range.

The Food

3 course meal, it was very yummy indeed!

The cake

Four tiered cake.  This consisted of two fruit cakes, one sponge and one polystyrene layer (shhh, no one noticed!)

The first dance

The first dance was to Nat King Cole’s L.O.V.E.

Amy’s cousin, Josie Scamell, is a dancer, so they were lucky enough to have dance lessons with Josie and her friend Christopher Connor at his dance studio.

Josie actually chose the song, as Amy and Sam’s suggestions were mainly from Disney films!

The entertainment

DJ, magician and video booth

The memorable moments

There were lots of memorable moments!

For Amy, her favourite memory is standing at the front of the church during the ceremony when the band were playing one of their songs.

The honeymoon

The Maldives for two weeks. It was amazing! The only problem is that it has ruined every beach holiday since, as nothing compares to it!

Advice

Yes, the best advice Amy got was: take slippers!

If you have high heels, take some nice slippers with you too – no one will see them if you have a long dress, and it means you can boogy the night away!

Contacts

Venue – Bradbourne House

Brides dress – Yours Truly

Grooms suit – Moss Bros.

Flowers – Broadview Florist http://www.broadviewflorist.co.uk/

Entertainment – Shortfilm Company - http://www.shortfilmcompany.com/

Transport – Karen’s Cars http://www.karenscars.co.uk/