Wedding of the Week: Amy Greenwood and Chris Downham
27 Sep 2016
It was 'ski, snow and sparkles' for this couple on their wedding day in North Yorkshire
How did you meet?
We knew of each other from the area. I asked to follow him on Instagram, Chris asked to be friends on Facebook and the rest is history. A first date was arranged at the highest pub in Britain – Tan Hill.
Tell us about the proposal.
We were skiing in Austria and there was a horrendous run which led back into the town which was very steep and tricky. I struggled to get down it on two of the previous days, with me refusing to go down and taking my skis off at the top of the slope. I was determined not to be beaten by it, so early one morning I decided that we were going to do the run when the snow was fresh. I battled down it with Chris in the lead. I was feeling very proud of myself and glad not to have fallen. When reaching the bottom I could see Chris was down in the snow – I thought he had fallen over, but in actual fact he was on one knee. He proposed and with it being on the morning of April Fool’s day, my initial words were: "Are you joking?". He said he wasn’t and I said 'yes’ and he produced a ring from his pocket. It was perfect. We then put our gloves back on and headed back up the mountain to celebrate in a mountain restaurant. It was very memorable.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
Due to our proposal, our theme was ‘ski, snow and sparkles’. The colour scheme was therefore white and silver with the bridesmaids being in a silver/grey colour. It had a vintage ski theme as the venue is very oldy worldy, so we wanted to tie it altogether. We had six bridesmaids, two best men, four ushers and two pageboys.
When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?
I wanted to have it sparkly and snowy white and a description I also used was that I wanted to look like Glinda, the good witch from the Wizard of Oz. I joked when I saw one in the shop, as it had a top full of sparkles but tried it on for a joke and as I came out in it, it just flowed so beautifully and had just enough sparkle without it being to tacky. I knew it was the one when I swished around and my mum and aunty started to cry.
Where did you find your suits?
Chris knew what he wanted and was going to wear a navy blue suit. He went to the suit shop with his friends and they picked out the ties and cut themselves. They chose slim fit suits and all decided to wear brown shoes.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
I wanted white roses from the beginning with some gypsophila, as that would make it quite snowy looking. I then chose a little greenery to break up the white and added some white freesias (my mum’s favourite flowers) and some sparkly diamantes for the bouquets. We had similar for the tables at the reception with rings of white flowers and greenery around silver candelabras. We had a few white flowered arrangements in church on the ends of the aisles and with some candles. The church was full of candles.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.
All of our little extras we linked to the ski theme as much as possible.
- Favours – For the women – mini ski Christmas decorations to hang up and for the men – little bottles of Jägermeister.
- Confetti cones of fake snow – the cones were made of ski piste maps.
- Cake – A ski slope with Chris at the bottom and me at the top of the slope, surrounded by mini reindeer, sleigh and pretend snow and real photos of us skiing.
- Table names – ski resorts; we had vintage ski postcards on the table and these corresponded to our table plan which was a snowy tree with hanging postcards with the guests names on.
- Cards – We had an old vintage suitcase which was lined with ski maps. This then had the light-up letters, SKI, in front and we had some vintage skis and an old sledge and tools as artefacts.
- Sparklers – In the evening we had a sparkler session outside with many of our wedding party joining in.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
So unbelievably giddy and excited. I was just so happy to see everyone at the church and Chris, of course, and didn’t feel in any way nervous as it was everyone who loved us sharing our special day. I had been very emotional at our rehearsal and during the previous day, but this meant it was all out of my system and I could just relax and enjoy our special day.
What was your most memorable moment?
It was when it was just the two of us driving from the church to the our reception venue. We were in our wedding car which was Chris’s Dad’s E-Type Jaguar, so Chris was driving and I was passenger. It was pouring down with rain and we just giggled to ourselves, feeling so excited. The windscreen wipers kept getting stuck on the car ribbon, so we had to keep turning the wipers off and we couldn’t see where we were going as it was raining so hard. It all felt a bit surreal that it was our big day. When we arrived at the Falcon, the children from the class I teach and their parents greeted us and they had made a guard of honour using metre ruler sticks. It was so lovely to see them all and such a lovely surprise. It was certainly memorable as Chris followed me, chatting to the children and carrying my bouquet.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
It was all quite straightforward as we planned it all very quickly due to getting engaged in April and marrying in December. The moment that did just get a little stressful was when the material at the top of my dress started to make me go red around my arms due to the coarse material and the beading, so I was rather worried about this. It only happened when I went for my actual fittings and didn’t do it when I was trying it on. The dress shop added some ribbon which made such a difference, but there was a point where I considered changing the dress as I was so worried about being in pain on the day. Luckily it all worked out in the end and I absolutely loved my dress.
What was the most important investment for you?
The videographer without a doubt. It just captured the day in a way that photos can’t and means that every time we watch it we feel like we are back there.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
Disclosure - You and Me (Flume Remix). This was a remixed version of our song. It isn’t a traditional wedding song, but it meant so much to us and no other song we tried would do the job. If you’ve got a song then it means you’ve got to have it at the wedding, as it brings back the emotions it’s meant to. If you just choose a song at random because it’s what you think you should have as a wedding song, then there is just no point in it in my opinion. Our song was quite hard to dance to but our wedding party came on the dancefloor and bounced around to it with us, making it a very special moment for us.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
My mum made the cake as everyone always raves about her fruit cake. It had three massive tiers. A friend of the family iced it for us with a ski theme of a slope with pine trees and then me, as a bride, at the top and Chris fallen over at the bottom. It was to represent our engagement proposal too. It was fun and stuck with the theme.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
I would change only one thing – the weather – as it was rainy and windy. The fact that it was a December wedding meant we were prepared for bad weather and really it added to the magic of the church being candle lit. It just meant we had limited photos outside, but this didn’t matter too much.
Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
Just how relieved you feel once you have actually had your day. There is such a pressure on to look your best, that everyone else has a good time and that the food is tasty. I loved being the centre of attention for the day and was just so relieved when everything went perfectly.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We finished with a honeymoon skiing to St Anton in Austria for New Year.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Make it all about you and make all the details of the day reflect your personalities and interests. It makes it so much fun when organising everything and it is great when it all comes together.
Steal their style:
Photography: Michael Woof, http://michaelwoofphotography.com/
Videographer: Moviart, www.lancashireweddingvideo.co.uk
Wedding Singer: Steven Heath, www.stevenheath.co.uk
DJ and Host: Pat from Dancefloor Couture, www.dancefloorcouture.co.uk
Catering: Falcon Manor, www.falconmanor.co.uk
Flowers: Catkins Florist, Settle
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