A foliage-filled Cotswold wedding

12 Sep 2019

Lisa Wright and Sam Millar planned their wedding in five months, opting for a relaxed day with more than 100 guests 

How did you meet?

Through mutual friends. Sam’s best man is married to one of my bridesmaids.

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Tell us about the proposal.

We arrived for a long weekend in Abersoch (our regular holiday destination in North Wales) and Sam insisted on going straight up to our favourite spot on the coastal path to look for dolphins. We walked up and had a beer looking out to sea. We didn’t spot any dolphins but I got a much better surprise!

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What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

We wanted quite a neutral theme of green foliage which appeared on our invites and stationery. The venue was so beautiful we didn’t need much.

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What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?

We chose The Frogmill in Cheltenham as it is a stunning venue and ticked all our boxes. We were the first couple to get married there since it reopened which felt very special. And the room we got married in was called The Mill Room – I was becoming a Millar…it just seemed right.

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When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?

I tried on about 15 dresses in three different shops in Bristol. I was on a tight budget so only tried sample sale dresses. The dress I chose was Lillian West. It originally had long sleeves which I wasn’t sure about. I went back to the shop and the wonderful shop owner surprised me as she had removed the sleeves which changed the dress completely. My dress was beautiful, I loved it.

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What did the bridesmaids wear?

Navy blue chiffon dresses in midi and maxi length from ASOS.

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Where did you find your suits?

Marks and Spencer

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

Our flowers came from a lovely local florist - Acacia Floristry. The team did a beautiful arrangement of different white flowers with lots of green foliage. The bouquets were tied up with white silk binding. We reused the bridesmaids’ bouquets as decoration on our top table.

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Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.

My favourite detail was our table numbers; we numbered them 1-9 but presented them in a frame with ‘When we were…[age]’ with a photo of the us at one-year-old through to nine-years-old. They were very funny to make.

Lots of things were handmade to save money. For favours we attached scratch cards to the inside of the place cards. I did a treasure hunt in the morning for my bridesmaids which ended at a wardrobe filled with dressing gowns on personalised hangers with bracelets for each of the bridesmaids.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

Happy, excited, overwhelmed. It is an incredible feeling to have everyone looking and smiling at you.

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What was your most memorable moment?

We went for a sunset photoshoot which was a lot of fun. We got some beautiful and very funny photos. The day was so busy, it was really nice to get some alone time with Sam (and the photographer and videographer).

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

The guest list and table planning.

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What was the most important investment for you?

Honeymoon…but it was absolute paradise and worth every penny. We waited six weeks before jetting off to Mauritius. It was really nice to have something to look forward to as it is a bit of an anti-climax after the wedding is all finished. Mauritius was beautiful – we stayed in a wonderful hotel and had two weeks of relaxing and reflecting on our lovely wedding.

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What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?

Sure Thing by Miguel. We both love his music and the lyrics on this track fit for us.

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Did you have any evening entertainment?

We had a DJ (Will Harwood), who was brilliant.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

We had a beautiful naked cake made by Sweet Dees Bakery: one tier was red velvet and the other tier was lemon drizzle, decorated with fresh flowers. 

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If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

I wouldn’t change anything, I’d just like to do it all again!

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Did anything go wrong on the day?

Sam wanted to get a photo of all of his groomsmen throwing him up in the air. It didn’t quite go to plan as they dropped him on his head (see photo)!

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Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

Enjoy it! It is easy to get stressed but remember to focus on what you are doing it all for. It goes very fast and I would love to plan it all again.

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Steal their style:

Photography: Rob Tarren
Venue: The Frogmill
Videography: Ryan Yapp at Rolling Film
Floristry: Acacia
Cake: Sweet Dees Bakery
Hair: Jenna George at Kapille Hair Salon Bristol
Make-up: Natasha Louise
DJ: Will Harwood

For more Cotswold wedding inspiration, browse the latest edition of Cotswold Bride magazine

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