Getting married was a family affair for newlyweds Amy & Sean, and these childhood sweethearts created a gorgeous homemade, shabby chic wedding theme…

header-149-amy-sean-149-amy-sean-katherineashdown.co.uk Sean and Amy Wedding-790The proposal

Amy and Sean first met when she was 16, and he was 19. “I tried setting him up with my friend, but it turned out he was only interested in me!” laughs Amy. Having been together for 10 years and with two beautiful daughters, Amy broke tradition and proposed to Sean on leap year. “I made a DVD of photos from our time together, arranged to the Bruno Mars song Marry You,” explains Amy. “The last slide asked Sean to marry me – he was so overwhelmed that we both cried.”

The bride’s outfit

Amy looked every bit the bride in a strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline and full pleated skirt. “I wanted one dress but two different looks, so I wore a lace bolero during the day, then took it off and added a sparkly belt in the evening – everyone thought I’d changed my whole dress!” Amy says. “My little girls kept saying, ‘You’re going to be a princess, Mummy,’ and that was exactly how I felt.”

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The groom’s outfit

Sean looked dashing in a light grey three-piece skinny fit suit from Next, teamed with a white shirt, dusky pink tie and floral handkerchief made by Amy’s mum. “He looked so gorgeous, as always,” smiles the proud bride.

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The bridesmaids

Amy was attended by four adult bridesmaids and four little flowergirls, including her daughters, Elsie and Evelyn. The adults wore pale pink floral print swing dresses with ivory petticoats, while the little ones were adorable in pale pink ballerina style gowns. “They were all made by my mum, who spent hour after hour making sure they all fitted perfectly,” says Amy.

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The ceremony

Amy and Sean tied the knot in a church ceremony. “The best moment was when we knelt down for the blessing,” Amy remembers. “Elsie and Evelyn were dancing around behind us, being cheeky and everyone was giggling at them.”

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The reception

The newlyweds celebrated at Spixworth Hall Cottages. “They are beautiful holiday cottages in the middle of nowhere, and their empty barn was the perfect blank canvas,” Amy explains. “We had a homemade, shabby chic theme and I spent months collecting vintage crockery and crystal vases. Our wedding logo was a picture of us as bride and groom, drawn by our four-year-old daughter.” The guests were entertained with lawn games, an acappella band and a local DJ, while a fish and chip van kept hunger at bay as the evening celebrations progressed.

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The honeymoon

Amy’s brothers and sisters treated the couple to a surprise minimoon, which included a spa visit, luxury dining and even a game of crazy golf!

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