Fate took over when Emily and Josh got together. Emily's sister Joanne had known Josh from school and when she bumped into him the day before her own wedding, she invited him along. The rest, as they say, is history and just two years later, during a picnic at Soar Mill Cove, Salcombe, Josh asked Emily to marry him. “We'd gone there for our first holiday together and Emily had spent a lot of family time there,” he recalls. “She was totally surprised and finally said yes after asking me about five times if I was joking.”
It took them a year to organise the wedding but choosing the church was easy as it was located within the grounds of Pennard House, their reception venue. Emily recalls, “It was small and beautiful. It meant there wasn't any travelling for the guests, and Pennard House offered us a blank canvas for our country- vintage theme so it was perfect.”
Music played a big part in their day as Josh is a musician in the Royal Air Force. A brass quintet played in the church, and the guests made requests on their RSVPs for the live band to play in the evening. Read on as Emily shares details of their big day.
We had friends and colleagues playing all the music during the ceremony. As Josh is a musician, I had a musician's badge sewn onto my garter for the day.
I knew the exact colour of rose I wanted and had ivy and roses around the archway of the alter. The same colours were also used in the table centrepieces and matched the men's cravats.
We carried the rustic theme through to the reception with bunting, vintage apple crates, old trunks and cider jugs.
I saw an old school friend's wedding photographs on Facebook and really liked the relaxed, natural candid shots that captured the magic and story of our day.
We're big cheese fans! Our caterer, Caroline Gent, made us a cake tower of locally sourced cheese.
There were lawn games for the children and a Pimm's trike to entertain the adults.
I had an idea of the style of dress that suited my figure but I loved the whole experience of trying on dresses, especially the big Disney Princess style ones, which were amazing. I think I knew the moment I saw my dress in a magazine that it was the one. I loved the lace and the detailing and it instantly made me feel special. It was also lightweight, which meant I could dance the night away.
Emily's top tip: Try and enjoy the planning process but don't try to please everyone because that's an impossible task.
“We had Sambuca shots for our first toast, which were the favours. We drank it on the night we met and the night we got engaged, so there was only one way to start the toasts.” – Emily
We can recommend our photographer, Jodie 100 per cent and have already done so many times.
Makeup by Gemma Avent
Catering and cake
Caroline Gent Catering
Church of All Saints
Café Bon Bon
Julie May Flowers
Groom's and groomsmen's suits
Dressini of Market Bosworth
Rochelle Designs Stationery