Wedding of the Week: Sharon Strong and Ross Somerville

13 Mar 2017

Take a seaside location, a metallic colour scheme and a sprinkle of Scottish charm and you have the key ingredients for Bride's Wedding of the Week

How did you meet?

Online dating.

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Tell us about the proposal.

On the night of Ross’ birthday he got down on one knee in the bar we first met - Westport Bar in St Andrews.

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

Metallics – specifically champagne.

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

I found an expensive looking one online, then asked a dressmaker to replicate it.

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Where did you find your suits?

Slaters

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

We chose pink and peach for our wedding flowers.

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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 our ceremony in the hotel's Swilcan Ballroom in front of a live string quartet who played an amazing version of Sia's Chandelier as I walked down the aisle. We then walked out to Shut Up & Dance, then headed to the beach for a photoshoot.

Our enchanted fairy princess dining room had gorgeous lights and candelabras draped with pearls. We had a candy bar with a guest book, selfie station and bubbles. Rob Thomson, award-winning photographer of Lifetime Photography, shot our day, which would just not have happened nor come together if it wasn't for my fairy godmother of a mum to whom we are eternally grateful.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

Like a modelling job.

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What was your most memorable moment?

For Ross, seeing me in my dress for the first time. For me, when we nailed the beach shots in three seconds.

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

Getting the suppliers you want, as so often people book them so far in advance.

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What was the most important investment for you?

A top photographer.

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

You Do Something To Me by Paul Weller, because Ross wouldn’t let me have Fetty Wap or K-Ci and JoJo.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

It was an elegant four tier cake with cascading flowers and a silhouette of a couple high fiving on the top.

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

Maybe practise our first dance a bit more.

Was there anything you wish you’d known before?

That the door to the ballroom had a glass panel in it. So much for hiding.

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

Tenerife

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

Book your photographer and band way in advance.

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Steal their style:

Photography: Rob Thomson, Lifetime Photography, www.lifetimephotography.co.uk
Entertainment: Andy Lucas, www.lucaspiano.co.uk, and Route 88 aka The Loung Machine, www.lucaspiano.co.uk/band-
String quartet: Kingdom String Quartet, www.kingdomstringquartet.com
Venue styling: Enchanted Events, www.yourenchantedevent.co.uk/
Venue decor: Add a Little Sparkle, www.addalittlesparkle.com
Hair: Sophie Butler, www.sophiebutler.com/
Make-up: The Vintage Beauty Box, www.thevintagebeautybox.co.uk
Umbrella hire: Brolly Bucket, www.brollybucket.co.uk
Props: Prepare 2 Party Events, http://prepare2party.com/

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