How they met
Rowena and James met through a mutual friend, when Rowena invited herself along to the pub one evening. “We hit it off straight away, and chatted until the early hours,” she says. “The following weekend, we met at another pub with the intention of having lunch, but after hours of talking, we realised it was 11pm and we hadn’t eaten a bite!”
After window-shopping for engagement rings, Rowena had an inkling that a proposal was on its way, and packed a wardrobe full of suitable outfits for their trip to Devon to housesit at James’ parents’ farm. “Poor James was so nervous that he hadn’t slept for a week, panicked, and asked me over breakfast on our first day – and I was still in my pyjamas!” laugh Rowena.
The bride’s outfit
Having narrowed her dress hunt down to a choice of three, Rowena’s mind was mind up when she found one of her shortlisted gowns on sale at a bargain price. She looked ravishing in her Maggie Sottero dress. “It made me feel like Bridal Barbie – it was so dramatic, yet not over-the-top,” Rowena says.
The groom’s outfit
Used to wearing a suit to work every day, James decided to step up a notch on his wedding day, and hired classy grey tails from Formally Yours.
The couple made their vows in a civil ceremony at Hadleigh Guildhall. “When the registrar pronounced us as husband and wife, I was so happy, I could have popped,” Rowena smiles.
Following the ceremony, the guests enjoyed canapés and cocktails in the garden. “We made just about all of the details for our reception,” says Rowena. “My brother-in-law and I spent hours opening out paper pompoms the day before the ceremony, and the groomsmen had great fun preparing all of the balloons.”
James surprised his Disney-mad wife with a Florida honeymoon, taking in all the theme parks as well as Miami and the Keys.