A neutral and navy wedding in Hampshire: Aimee and Matt

18 Apr 2016

Pops of pale pink set against an all-white backdrop and offset by navy suits offered a suitable springtime colour theme at this intimate wedding in Penton Park, Hampshire

How did you meet?

We met through a mutual friend who I went to secondary school with and who Matt played cricket with. We both grew up in Andover, which was also where our families lived but our first few years together were spent apart whilst we were both studying at university.

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Tell us about the proposal.

Matt and I had been together for almost nine years when he proposed! It was very low key and at our home in Plymouth at the time, which strangely made it more of a surprise. We went out for dinner afterwards and he had arranged for our family to be there which was lovely so we could celebrate our engagement with them.

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

We loved the classic, elegant and romantic feel of the venue which was the inspiration for our wedding theme. Our wedding colours were dusky pink, navy and silver.

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

I tried on a lot of dresses! The dress I actually fell in love was one of the first that I tried on and I kept going back to it. It was a design by Pronovias called Orel.

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Where did you find your suits?

The groomsmen all sourced their own navy suits from various different shops. They were all different shapes and sizes but they all looked great in their own suits that fitted them perfectly on the day.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

We had collections of tealights and glass bud vases on the tables which were filled with flowers including ranunculus, anemones and eucalyptus. The beautiful fireplaces at the venue had trailing floral displays on the mantelpieces and mine and the bridesmaid bouquets were beautiful. Vicky at
Purple Door Flowers did an amazing job and with very little help, completely understood what I wanted and completely exceeded my expectations.

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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.

We had a very small wedding ceremony (approximately 20 close family and friends) which felt lovely, intimate and personal. My sister wrote and read a poem about us and Matt’s brother/ best man read ‘The Meaning’ by Kellie Spehn. We had a pianist who played the beginning of ‘Chasing Cars’ by Snow Patrol as I walked down the aisle and also played songs during the signing of the register and as we left the ceremony room. The rest of our guests arrived as the ceremony was finishing, which was lovely to be greeted with them after the ceremony had finished.

I spent quite a long time deciding on favours as I wanted something that our guests could and would keep. I had seen the idea of having tea towels as wedding invites so I decided to design our own for our favours and to say thank you to our guests for being there to celebrate with us on our special day. We also had a tea towel for our guests to sign instead of a guest book which we have had framed. It is a lovely keepsake of our day, which we can see every day.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

I thought I would be quite nervous and emotional (as whenever I thought about that moment I welled up with tears), but I was bursting with happiness the whole day! It was a bit of a blur but was just perfect.

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What was your most memorable moment?

We had Take That ‘Never Forget’ for our last dance, which is a song that I have always loved and it was the perfect end to our amazing day. Everyone was on the dancefloor and it was so lovely and overwhelming seeing all our family and friends with lots of smiling faces having such a good time.

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

We fell in love with the venue straight away as it was exactly want we wanted. Penton Park is a family home so has a lovely relaxed feel but is also such a beautiful building. I had a personal connection with it as well as I had been to nursery school there (in its previous life). When we met Danielle they were about to apply for planning permission so that they could hold wedding ceremonies at the venue so we provisionally arranged our wedding date for March 2015. Unfortunately due to various obstacles we waited over two years (and a few rearranged wedding dates later) for the venue to get the ceremony license. We knew there wasn’t anywhere else that we would love as much so we patiently waited and were so glad that we did. We ended up getting married on our 11 year anniversary which also became a theme for the table numbers.

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What was the most important investment for you? Food, drink, honeymoon?

For us, it was all about what we would have to keep to remember the day so the photographers were the most important aspect for us. Pen and Cam were the photographers at Matt’s twins wedding a few years before and we loved their wedding photos. I found myself crying watching the slideshows that they had of other people’s weddings on their website so I knew we had to have them! They completely put us both at ease from the moment we met them and it is not difficult to keep smiling when they are around. There was so much to take in on the day so it’s lovely to have such wonderful photos to remember it all.

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

We didn’t really have a ‘song’ but we both loved the acoustic version of the song ‘Wings’ by Birdy. I thought it was a beautiful song and I just loved the lyrics for our first dance.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

Matt’s brother’s fiancé Liz has always made the most amazing cakes so we were so happy when she said she would make our wedding cake. I wanted it to be very simple and elegant in its decoration so it was beautifully iced with buttercream and decorated with natural flowers. We both love chocolate so it was white chocolate and raspberry, double chocolate and also vanilla flavoured.

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

I hadn’t actually thought about this until now, but honestly there was nothing we would change, it was absolutely perfect and the best day ever.

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Was there anything you wish you’d known before?

How much time it would take to plan a wedding! It probably didn’t help that I am a perfectionist and as a result I found the planning quite stressful at times, especially a few months before. It was definitely worth it though.

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

We went to Thailand and spent a few days each in Phuket, Phi Phi and then Krabi. It was beautiful, sunny and so relaxing after such a busy few months.

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

The whole wedding planning process can be very daunting and we didn’t really know what kind of wedding we wanted at first. This gradually became clear once we started looking at venues, meeting suppliers and getting ideas from Pinterest! I’d say don’t panic if you don’t know, once you start looking and planning it will all become clear.

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Get their look:

Venue: Penton Park, www.pentonpark.co.uk
Catering services: Choices Hire Services, www.choiceshire.com
Catering: Andover Buffets, www.andoverbuffets.co.uk
Catering: Fat Hog and Big Pan Catering, www.thefathog.co.uk
Photography; Mckinley Rodgers, www.mckinley-rodgers.com
Florist: Purple Door Flowers, www.purpledoorflowers.com
Music: DG Music - Kate Threlfall, www.dgmusic.co.uk
DJ: Gigz Management - DJ Paul (Kavanagh), www.gigzmanagement.com
Make-Up: Pamper Me - Michelle Moore, www.pampermebeauty.vpweb.co.uk

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