The Bride & Groom
Amy and Sam Wiggins, 24th March, 2012.
Ceremony: St Margaret’s Church, Addington
Reception: Bradbourne House, East Malling
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 weather was amazing for March and everything went to plan. It was a very emotional day but it was perfect.
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.
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.
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.
3 course meal, it was very yummy indeed!
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!
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 Maldives for two weeks. It was amazing! The only problem is that it has ruined every beach holiday since, as nothing compares to it!
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!
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/