Wedding of the Week: Elizabeth Gillis and Brett Woodgate

02 Oct 2017

If you're a tea lover, take a look at Bride's tea-inspired Wedding of the Week - featuring teapot table centrepieces and a teacup cake topper

How did you meet?

Tinder

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Tell us about the proposal.

We were on holiday, in Sri Lanka, at a tea plantation. It was Christmas Day and we were just going to bed when my mum text to say I had one last Christmas present and I was to get a box out of Brett’s suitcase. I found the box, and I asked if I needed to put some clothes on as I was naked and he said that I should. Then he got down on one knee and asked.

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Where did you get married?

Rockbeare Manor near Exeter in Devon. 

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

Tea theme, as we got engaged at a tea plantation. We had a vague blue and silver theme, with a bit of bright pink.

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

I tried lots of different dresses as I didn’t know what I wanted. Once I tried this one on I knew I loved it; I tried a few on after but went back to the one I loved.

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Where did you find your suits?

Next.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

Each table had three teacups and a teapot filled with wildflower, which matched the bouquets and a gerbera buttonhole.

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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 ice cream instead of canapés which I thought was a bit different. We strung photos around the venue of all of our friends and family which made it personal to us and everyone there.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

I was really nervous, but as soon as I saw Brett I relaxed and couldn’t stop smiling.

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What was your most memorable moment?

One of the last songs the band played was Fix You by Coldplay, and Brett and I stood with everyone around us, all singing together. It was a really lovely moment with everyone there at the end of the night.

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

We are pretty indecisive as a couple so it was hard to make decisions on basically everything.

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What was the most important investment for you?

I think the band was one of the most important as we both love music and wanted to make sure we had a really good band that suited our tastes.

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

We had Foo Fighters, Times Like These. We found it really difficult to pick, but in the end we had an acoustic version of this song, which is Brett’s favourite. Halfway through it really kicks in, which is when we got everyone else involved.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

I made the cake, as I have a little cake business. It was a bit stressful as I had to make it the day before and put it together on the morning at the venue, but I was really proud of myself being able to do it. It was a three tier cake with an ivory, silver and blue theme with a teacup on the top.

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

Nothing really, except for it not to rain all day, but we still managed to squeeze in confetti and some outside photos in the half an hour that it was dry.

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Was there anything you wish you’d known before?

I don’t think so; it was a perfect day.

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

Singapore and an island off Java, in Indonesia.

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

Make a list and as you get things sorted, make a note of contact details and payment information so you have it all to hand.

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Get the look:

Flowers: Peamore Flora, www.peamoreflora.co.uk
Band: The Sound, www.thesoundplymouth.co.uk/theband.html
Photography: Josh Gooding, www.joshgooding.co.uk
Cake: Bizzie Baking, www.facebook.com/BizzieBaking
Venue: Rockbeare Manor, www.rockbearemanor.co.uk
Hair: Amore Hair and Beauty, www.facebook.com/Amore-Hair-And-Beauty-Cowick-Street
Make-up: Changing Faces, www.changingfaces.net

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