A stunning setting was the main inspiration for this wedding in the woods. Sammi and Scott chose a rustic wedding theme with a vibrant yellow and grey colour scheme.

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The proposal

Sammi and Scott first met during Fresher’s week at university, but it was during a wet and windy walk nine years later when he finally decided to propose. “There’s a pier near where we live in Swanage and it’s covered in small brass plaques for people to buy and leave messages,” explains Sammi. “After a lot of moaning that I was cold he convinced me to go onto the pier and take a look at them.” Sammi finally found the plaque meant for her which said ‘Sammi Chapman will you marry me?’. The beautiful bride of course said yes and burst into tears!

The bride’s outfit

Sammi found her stunning fishtail Enzoani gown from local bridal store, Special Occasions. “We had only popped into the store to look at bridesmaids dresses but I ended up trying on dresses,” smiles Sammi. “My sister picked it out and I was unsure at first, but I looked in the mirror and completely fell in love with it!” The bride kept her accessories simple with pearl earrings and shoes from Rainbow Club. “My bridesmaid Amanda works in fashion so arranged for my belt to be made for me using beads from my mum’s wedding dress, which made it extra special!” Sammi remembers.

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The groom’s outfit

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Scott wore a simple grey three- piece suit from Austin Reed with a crisp white shirt and yellow tie.

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The bridesmaids

Sammi was attended by five bridesmaids and her maid of honour Rachel, who is one of
her oldest friends. The bright yellow chiffon gowns suited all her bridesmaids perfectly, and the only thing each outfit needed was a stunning simple bracelet Sammi made herself for them.

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The ceremony

The couple had a civil ceremony in the gorgeous Carpenter’s Barn at their venue. “The registrar said some lovely things and made it really personal,” Sammi says. “My younger brother then read a poem he had written for us about being the ‘perfect couple’.”

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The reception

A colour scheme of yellow and grey, with added wooden details throughout made this wedding a rustic delight! Sammi and Scott made the majority of their decorations including metres of bunting, decorated jam jars and tin cans for flowers. The bride even roped in family to help. “My very clever sister did all of the flowers including the bouquets,” explains Sammi. “My mum makes amazing cakes so there was no doubt she would be in charge of making ours – she even did all the buffet food for us!” The bride and her hen party added some entertainment to the night by performing a dance to (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life from Dirty Dancing. “We learnt the routine at my hen party,” laughs Sammi. “Everyone was shocked and impressed that somehow we had managed to remember the whole thing!”

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The honeymoon

The couple spent three amazing weeks in Thailand, where they stayed at an elephant sanctuary and kayaked through the jungle.

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