Amy's first memory of Matt was when he was questioning her taste in music at a jukebox! "Over time, we seemed to come in and out of each other's lives," Amy says. "We would always gravitate towards each other." In 2013, they met at a music festival, but this time things seemed different. It was only when their mutual friend got involved that they realised they were right for each other.
Their friendship was clearly an excellent grounding, as Matt was soon planning the perfect proposal. "We went to Disneyland Paris for our third anniversary as I'm obsessed with all things Disney," Amy tells us. "Matt suggested we have a photo by Sleeping Beauty Castle." Next thing she knew, he was on one knee asking "Veuxtu m'épouser?" Like the rest us, Amy wasn't quite sure what he meant until she looked down and saw the beautiful aquamarine engagement ring she'd had her eye on for ages.
Back home, the pair started planning their big day for June, 2019, with a ceremony at St John the Baptist, North Cheriton church followed by a reception at The Old Milking Parlour at Cavokay House. We chatted to Amy to find out how it all came together…
Amy heard about The Old Milking Parlour from one of Matt's friends and decided to go to one of its open days. "Within ten minutes I knew we had to book it," she says. "I had fallen for the location, the exposed brickwork and just how lovely the owners were." The pair had decided not to have evening guests on their wedding day, but instead hold a party on the following Saturday night at the same venue. "The Saturday was all about our guests enjoying themselves, playing our favourite music and having a delicious relaxed meal."
They chose a copper and teal palette with a rustic feel. "I wanted the flowers to be unfussy and wild," the bride tells us. "Matt's sister is a trained florist so I knew she would arrange the most beautiful florals." They kept the centrepieces simple with recycled gin, vodka and wine bottles holding single stems and sitting on a log slice.
"We didn't want a top table," Amy explains. "We had long tables so everyone was in full view of us." Matt made the place settings by decorating cards with copper and teal paint, flowers and a wire leaf. They decided to write everyone's nicknames on them to fit with the informal vibe. Guests were treated to gin shots with edible dust in that they shook up before drinking.The couple added lots of little details to make the space their own. "I bought flowers to decorate the ceiling – they really made it pop," Amy says. "My friend also made us bunting in navy, grey, teal and peach."
With Matt being a chef they had to get the food right, so they opted for Tickled Pig. "We wanted something sociable rather than a formal sit-down meal," Amy explains. "We had a barbecue-style feast with people passing plates around to each other. Watching our loved ones mingling over the food was exactly what we wanted."
Amy wore Esperance by Willowby, a stunning ivory gown with warm almond-coloured lining. "I knew I wanted a designer dress – something girly and unexpected," she says. "Matt loves my back so I wanted to show that off." The groom rocked a casual look with no tie or socks. The groomsmen all donned teal suits, and Matt's groomswoman had a coordinating one-shoulder dress."I had in my mind what I wanted my bridesmaids to wear before I found my own dress!" Amy tells us. "I love the crop top and tulle skirt look and luckily all my girls looked amazing in it. I bought the skirts and found the tops a year later!" They matched brilliantly and really complemented the colour of Amy's dress.
The pair threw an engagement party a few months earlier. The idea of this was for everyone to meet in advance so there wouldn't be any awkwardness come the wedding– the plan worked perfectly! "Music is a huge part of our relationship," Amy says. "Over the course of two years we had created a playlist for eating, dancing and the party. Each list was categorised into genres and we made sure the DJ only played from the list."
As with a lot of brides, Amy was a bag of nerves in the morning. "I started drinking at 6am but nothing would hit the spot," she laughs. "I was dreading walking down the aisle as everyone would be looking at me, but a friend advised me to just look straight at Matt. We've never made such intense eye contact!" Matt remembers the feeling of pride as they left the church, after dreaming of tying the knot there most of his life. The newlyweds decided to make a joint speech. "Matt was anxious about it, but I was really excited," Amy says."We took it in turns to thank everyone, then I made a special speech at the end all about my new husband. He was blown away."The couple want to give a big shout out to venue owners Colin and Lou. "They just made it for us," Amy says. "I got a little stressed three months before the big day and Lou went out of her way to reassure me. We're very good friends now."
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