Amber and Nathan were cutting some shapes on the dancefloor of Bristol's Syndicate nightclub when a mutual friend introduced them. “It definitely wasn't our moves that attracted us to each other,” Amber says.
The pair became inseparable, and Nathan was soon planning his proposal – perhaps not quite well enough, though. “It was a bit of a disaster,” Amber laughs. “We were on holiday in Florida when he tried to pop the question on a roller coaster at Universal Studios. You're filmed on the ride, so he held up a sign, but you couldn't read it when we watched it back. He then tried again during a romantic walk, just as a dustbin van came around the corner.” Nathan decided to give up on the Florida idea and instead got down on one knee surrounded by rose petals when they got home. “I didn't even realise he had tried before, so it was a complete shock!” Amber tells us.
The pair opted for a winter wedding and set the date for 10th November, 2018. We caught up with Amber to get all the details…
It was love at first sight with Aldwick Estate. We adored the big airy rooms, which provided a blank canvas for our ideas. The location was so idyllic too.
The centrepieces were hurricane vases holding a pillar candle adorned with florals. My favourite flowers are hydrangeas, so we had these alongside gypsophila for our arrangements. The ivory of the blooms contrasted beautifully against our dark green colour scheme.
We had a fabulous three-tier hanging chandelier cake. Our guests thought it was a decoration and didn't realise what it was until we cut it. We also had a doughnut wall it received rave reviews!
Our table plan was an ornate mirror decorated with hydrangeas. We named each table after a year that's special to us, and we had a framed picture of us from that time in the middle. There were wooden laser-cut place settings, and we gave our guests charity pin badges as favours.
To bring a touch of colour to the tables, there were green ribbons around the napkins, which were made into bows for the ladies and ties for the men. We also had giant balloons with smaller green balloons inside; each had on it the name of a loved one who is no longer with us.
Taste Buds Catering provided a host of mini classics for our canapés, suchas burgers, Yorkshire puddings and scones. In the evening, there was a delicious three-course feast followed by a burger bar complete with a range of burgers, buns, salads and sauces. We didn't want anything too fancy, so we also chose pie and mash!
I wore the Lorraine dress from Ronald Joyce's Victoria Jane collection. I loved the classic style it just felt so me. The detail on the top and the bow around the waist was exactly what I was looking for. I teamed it with a satin-edged veil, which was my something borrowed. At night, I rocked a fabulous feather cape.
The men were super-smart in black two-piece suits with green bow ties. They coordinated brilliantly with the bridesmaids' long-sleeved maxi dresses.
During the drinks reception, a guitarist called Spencer Flay performed. He played all our favourite tunes, and everyone commented on how talented he was. There was a huge queue for the caricaturist all night, and his drawings were so life like! Our band, Felix and the Funk, packed out the dancefloor before a DJ took over.
I was remarkably calm and excited, but it was a different story with Nathan! He got more nervous as he arrived at the venue and was worrying about his speech. He says one of his standout moments was our first dance, as it was at that point he could really relax.
Our pageboy, Parker, was a bit anxious about walking down the aisle in front of so many people, so he planned to come down with me. However, once the doors opened, he ran through them shouting "I'm going to do it on my own!"
We have to give a special shout out to the teams at Aldwick Estate and Taste Buds Catering. Everyone worked so hard to make sure the day ran smoothly. They were absolutely brilliant.
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