An enchanting castle wedding in Dorset

03 Dec 2019

After ten years, Abby Eagles married Chris Taylor at Lulworth Castle following a seaside birthday proposal at sunset

How did you meet?  

We met at secondary school, however we went to the same nursery and worked in the same pub - we have known each other for ten years.  

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Tell us about the proposal. 

It was my birthday and Chris had been away for a few months with work. He arrived back a day before the proposal, little did I know he had already bought the ring a few months before. We went for dinner on Friday 14th July 2017 to celebrate my birthday. We arrived and decided to have a drink to watch the sunset outside before we went for dinner. We then walked down to the seafront.

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Beer, cocktail and birthday card in hand, we trekked down to the front. Trying to distract me, Chris made me look out to sea and whilst he quite cleverly put his beer down, opened the box and looked slightly terrified on one knee proposing with a breathtaking, beautiful, sapphire and diamond ring. My first words were, “get up!” followed by a big fat “yes” and then I burst into tears!

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What was the theme for the day? 

Classic, classy and enchanting with rose gold, lavender grey, white, thistle and greenery flowers detailing.  

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What venue did you choose?

Lulworth Castle, when we moved here five years ago Chris persuaded me with the beauty of Lulworth Cove. In addition, the venue is just beautiful. 

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

I wore a Maggie Sottero gown, Odette, from Chameleon in Pokesdown. I tried on around 30 dresses and went to so many shops. 

Does the dress match the one you originally thought you would choose?

No, I thought I would have an A-line but this was more fitted. 

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What did the bridesmaids wear?

Lavender grey chiffon and net dresses to match the thistle colour in my bouquet.  

What did the mother of the bride wear?

Mum wore a Fely Campo Mother of the Bride cape tail dress in pink.  

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Where did you find your suits?

Chris wore his military No 1’s blues and the other groomsmen wore suits from Next. 

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

We chose classic roses, eucalyptus, greenery and purple thistles. Table decorations were made by myself from willow, eucalyptus and long stemmed roses with globe hanging candles. 

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Tell us about the details of the day.

We had a photobooth made by a friend from copper pipe and with a personalised ‘Mr and Mrs Taylor’ Polaroid frame. I made the table numbers myself with old retro, antique doorknobs. We had a sweet ladder and a 'pimp my prosecco' table made and organised by myself. We decorated the venue with ivy and greenery with 250 candles around the castle walls. Our seating plan was made from an old door with the words 'find the key to your seat' for guests to find their key and tag with their name to see which table they should sit at. 

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

Emotional, happy and truly grateful to know that this was the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.  

How did you make the ceremony personal to you?

Our family members conducted our readings. 

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What was your most memorable moment?

Watching Chris’s reaction as I walked down the aisle, walking into the room together as Mr and Mrs after spending a long time getting it ready and seeing everyone together, spending the last moments before marrying my husband with my dad and, just before we got into the car and while we were waiting, we watched out of the hotel bay window drinking fizz, waving to all the people watching us whilst they were walking down to the cove and feeling the pure buzz, fun, laughter and excitement before the day.  

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

Planning it all and setting up an entire venue with family and friends the night before in just two hours - but totally worth it. 

What was the most important investment for you?

The venue. 

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

When We Were Young by The Killers. They were the first band we had and have ever loved and it's a song all about being young and reminiscing.  

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Did you have any evening entertainment?

Ride The Fire band played three sets and were awesome.

Tell us about your wedding cake.

It was a four-tier raspberry and champagne, carrot and chocolate ombre semi-naked from dark to light with a shimmer of rose gold and desecrated in sprayed roses, thistles and berries.  

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

To do it again and be a guest at our own wedding because it would be something very special and one heck of a party.  

Was there anything you wish you had known before?

People tell you it goes quickly but you don’t quite realise how quickly until you are on the dance floor for your first dance and realise its nearly over! 

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

We went on our honeymoon in August to Thailand and travelled for three weeks around the country to Koh Samui, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin and Bangkok. 

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

To always make it personal and just about you two. You can never please or invite everyone. Always remember that the small touches really do count. I had so many people come up to tell me it was the best wedding that they had ever been to because it was so personal to us and they told me I had thought of everything for thorough out the day, which made it all worth it.

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Steal Their Style  

Venue: Lulworth Castle 
Photography: Nicky Hill Photography
Video: Cupcake Videos 
Cake: Crumbfactory 
Band: Ride The Fire 
Hair: Dannielle Brooke, Danny Hair
Make-up: Olivia Sharp
Catering: Beales Gourmet and Dozzers Smokehouse 
Music: Stringendo String Trio

Read: Our digital edition of Bride Magazine for more Dorset wedding inspiration. 

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