Stacey White and Myles Lambert met through mutual friends. “We were on the dancefloor during a night out, and Myles had drunk a few too many and kept falling into me,” Stacey laughs. “The second time we met, it was the other way around.” Eventually, the pair did get to start chatting as they were often at the same gatherings. “One night, he asked me whether I wanted to make a go of things – and we've never looked back,” the bride remembers.
Six years later, Stacey was growing a little impatient. “It got to the point that I was thinking I might have to propose myself,” she says. When Myles finally did pop the question, it still came as a surprise. “I'd had a really busy week at work, but he managed to convince me to go for a walk even though it was a horrible, drizzly February day,” Stacey recalls. “After a very soggy walk, we came to a quiet spot where he pulled me in for a hug and told me there was something he wanted to ask me. He then struggled to get down on one knee, sliding around in the mud, before pulling out a ring.” Stacey said “yes!” After several phone calls, they came home and cracked open a bottle of bubbly!
The happy couple soon set the date for the 28th October, 2017, and decided to create a personal day that reflected their love of the great outdoors. Stacey tells us how they did it…
Growing up, I always wanted to wed in the pretty little church at Batcombe. Not only is it a beautiful setting, but it also has great personal meaning to my family. Myles lived in a nearby village as a child, so it was perfect.
We met Amy, the wedding coordinator at Lanes Hotel, at a local wedding show. We loved that you could exclusively hire the whole venue, with its wonderful combination of modern and traditional touches. It was perfect, and we can't thank the staff there enough. I still miss my meetings with Amy!
We themed the day around our love of nature. And being autumn , there was so much to be ins pired b y. We knew we wanted lots of foliage and a gorgeous seasonal colour palette. To set the scene, we sent out carved wooden fridge magnets as save-the-dates.
As well as our brilliant suppliers, we decided to make some items ourselves. For our centrepieces we filled fishbowls with floating candles and sat them on tree stumps covered in greenery. Myles cut blocks of wood and spray-painted the name of each table on them, which were different species of tree.
We homed in on our vision for our nuptials after speaking to From Sally with Love. She provided our wonderful invitations and did such an amazing job that we asked her to create our order of service too.
Twigs and Twine Floral Design brought our vision to life with foliage, autumnal blooms and fabulous styling. They worked brilliantly with Melanie Todd Cake Design, who made our semi-naked cake; it tasted just as good as it looked!
Myles is quite particular with his style and knew exactly what he wanted. He opted for a checked blazer, waistcoat and chinos with a burgundy tie and hanky, all complementing the autumnal colour scheme. The groomsmen wore the same but with green accessories to match my best girls.
Every bride needs to visit the lovely girls at Sassi Holford, Taunton. They helped me find my dream dress, Olmedo by Pronovias, and the whole experience was so special. As with so many brides, I didn' t like the dress I loved online in real life, so I ended up with something totally different. I accessorised my gown with a gorgeous headpiece from local boutique Eleanor Florence.
Myles spent hours adding instrumental songs to a playlist to create a lovely ambience during the day. In the evening, we had a band called The Swing Kings. I couldn't recommend them enough; they really got the party going.
I wasn't even looking for bridesmaid dresses when I stumbled across the gorgeous styles in Phase Eight. My girls weren't with me, so I sent pictures to them and bought the gowns in their sizes. They tried them on the next day, and they looked beautiful – it was as simple as that!
I felt like I was floating all day. It was so surreal! When we got our photos back, we were both grinning from ear to ear in all of them. We felt so blessed to be surrounded b y loved ones, and we wouldn't have changed a thing.
We made so many incredible memories. Standing at the end of the aisle as the organ star ted to play is something I'll never forget. The part of the service when they announce you as husband and wife was the best feeling – I can't even explain it! I'm so glad we had a videographer to capture all those wonderful moments.
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