How they met
Tim and Faye first met way back in 1994 when they were in nursery school together, and they crossed paths once again at sixth form. “I invited Tim to a house party I was throwing while my parents were out of the country and the rest, as they say, is history,” laughs Faye.
Tim chose to propose at the couple’s favourite place – Lyme Regis. “We had always holidayed there and it’s a place we hold close to our hearts,” says Faye. The day he proposed, Tim took Faye to the gardens where they watched the sun set over Lyme harbour. “I was so surprised at how nervous he was!” says Faye.
The bride’s outfit
Faye found her dream dress at Karen Forte bridal boutique in Bassingbourn. “I fell in love with the eighth dress that I tried,” remembers Faye. “Even with the dress around my waist, I knew it was going to be ‘the one’.” The Pronovias dress featured a corset top, Chantilly lace detailing and a satin lace back with a full princess skirt.
Faye customised the dress by altering the straight neckline as well as adding her ‘something old’ inside her dress – a little bow made of ribbon that her mum had worn on her wedding day. She finished her look with a tiara from Aurora Designs.
The groom’s outfit
Traditional Tim hired tails from HRH Holmes with an ivory cravat.
Faye was attended by four bridesmaids who all wore the same dress in different colours.
“I gave the girls options and let them choose,” says Faye. “We eventually selected a style we saw on an online boutique.”
The religious ceremony took place at St Peter’s Church in Hertfordshire and included a beautiful reading from Tim’s grandad.
The wedding continued at Faye’s family home in a marquee in the garden. “As Tim comes from an agricultural background, we decided to have a farm-themed wedding,” says Faye. They included wooden tractor and sheep place names, a bucking Shaun the Sheep bronco, wellington boots filled with flowers and wheat grown in their own fields, as well as a woven willow tractor hung on the top table.
A harpist played throughout the wedding breakfast before guitarist and singer Ben Smith set the party tone and the couple’s friend and Young Farmers’ DJ got everyone on the dancefloor until the early hours. Tim and Faye chose not to have a typical slow first dance, so instead chose The Overtones’ Good Ol’ Fashioned Love. “We often go and see the band in concert and actually had the opportunity to meet them before one of their gigs so this was a pretty special song for us,” explains Faye.
The newlyweds toured California for three weeks visiting Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. “We did everything a tourist is meant to do in California and spent some quality time together,” smiles Faye.