Such a Special Day by Danielle and Martyn
We met on a dating site and by our second date we were a couple
Martyn proposed to me on Xmas day around the dinner table. He had hidden the ring at my mom's and after dinner she said 'here's a present you forgot to open', I opened it and it was a ring then Martyn got down on one knee and proposed.
We both knew we didn't want a church wedding and wanted something different. Manor hill was the second place we visited, we went along on an open day and as we left we both got in the car and said 'That's the place for us'. We liked that it was private and exclusive and it would just be our guests there as well as the different rooms to suit each of our guests whether they wanted to dance or sit and relax.
Our theme was spring we picked the flowers we wanted and used Tanya at Bluebells who was amazing. The bouquets were beautiful, three sunflowers for the brides maids and sunflowers with daisies for me. We wanted to keep it really simple so we had some signs and love hearts dotted about but the main things were the sunflower centre pieces and little favour box's that we got off eBay.
Everyone commented on the food. We had a selection of canapes including little ice cream cones filled with passionfruit, cream and fruit which were a popular choice. We did a pretty simple menu. Martyn wanted potato and leek soup as he is part Welsh and wanted a bit of a link there which the chef was happy to help with. We wanted food that would please everyone and we saw a lot of empty plates during the wedding breakfast which we were really pleased about.
And everyone loved the evening food with the mini fish and chips and burgers being the biggest hit.
Our cake maker was recommended by other people and had done a cake for my mom's birthday. We had three different flavours for each layer - lemon, Victoria sponge and chocolate fudge to suit everyone's tastes.
It's really weird but I found my dress in the first shop I went to and it was the first dress I tried on. It was just the one and I knew straight away. I tried on some others and even went to another shop but I came back as nothing matched up.
We dressed the bridesmaids and groomsmen in matching navy dresses and suits and had the guys wearing yellow ties and pocket swatches to match the sunflowers and yellow theme. Martyn wore his uniform and looked so handsome.
Our advice for other couples on their wedding day is to give yourself 5 minutes to take everything in. Before we knew it our evening guests were arriving and we were still trying to get round to talk to everyone.
It's such a special day but it flies by. Treasure the little moments.