How they met
Sarah met John at the age of 16, when they worked at the same restaurant. “It was such an exciting time, and I still get butterflies thinking about it,” smiles Sarah. “Our first date was to the cinema and John did a good job of swotting up beforehand to impress me.”
John arrange a trip to London for Sarah’s 23rd birthday, including tickets to her favourite musical, Les Miserables. “He told me he’d booked a budget hotel, but surprised me by renting a private apartment and cooking me a delicious three-course meal,” Sarah recalls. “I kept thinking he’d made a lot of effort, then he got down on one knee, and it all made sense!”
The bride’s outfit
Sarah’s silky satin gown by Marylise was chosen for her by the ladies at Georgina Scott Bridal. “I didn’t know exactly what I wanted, but the ladies led me to the perfect style,” she explains. “I loved the cowl neck and the way the skirt moved. I felt just like Grace Kelly.”
The groom’s outfit
John hired a dapper three-piece lounge suit from Peter Posh, with a deep blue cravat. “I love the way he looks in a suit, but this took it to another level,” says loved-up bride Sarah. “When I saw him at the altar, my heart skipped several beats.”
Sarah and John tied the knot at the bride’s local church. “The whole ceremony flew by, and the realisation that we were actually married felt incredible,” Sarah says happily.
The couple chose Madeley Court Hotel to host their reception. “The venue was stunning and wonderfully rustic,” says Sarah. “We didn’t have a specific theme, so went with what we liked, and ended up with a mixture of chic glamour and English country garden, with bunting, Kilner jars of wild flowers and lots of candles.
The newlyweds treated themselves to 10 days of all-inclusive luxury at a five-star hotel in Cape Verde.