VINTAGE INSPIRED THEME | DIY DECOR | SAGE GREEN + SILVER DETAILS
FAIRY LIGHT WALL | BLOOMS + BERRIES NAKED CAKE
Sarah and Chris first met when working together at a supermarket. Their first encounter was full of humour and attraction, Sarah remembers, “Chris bumped into me and asked, ‘do I have mud on my face?’ – he was a rugby player and had just finished a training session. I blushed and replied no, but I knew from them that I really liked this guy!”
Their first date took place in April 2008 when Chris took Sarah out for a drink. After talking until closing time, the couple sat on Chris’s car bonnet watching the stars and shared their first kiss. “It was just absolutely perfect and so romantic,” gushes Sarah.
Dreaming of being married by 25, Sarah’s approaching birthday came with mixed feelings. Little did she expect to be whisked away to Stratford-upon-Avon for a candlelit three-course meal in an exquisite suite. With the dessert course came Chris’s proposal. He’d had the plate iced with the words ‘will you marry me’ and had a pair of Sarah’s favourite trainers customized to say ‘marry me’ on the sides. “Chris then got down on one knee and asked me the question; I burst into tears and replied yes!” smiles Sarah. “I had no idea that it was going to happen. He even managed to sneak to Birmingham Jewellery Quarter to buy my ring without me knowing!”
Sarah found her dream gown at a local vintage shop in a fairytale scene. “I tried my dress on and showed my mum. She cried, I cried, the shop owner cried. From then I knew that this was the dress for me.” Pairing the gown with her mum’s veil, a hair accessory from Debenhams, a pearl bracelet purchased from TH Bakers in Telford, and the Ruby Shoe from TReds, Sarah made a stunning bride.
Chris and his groomsmen hired tailcoats from Dapper Dan’s, Wednesfield in charcoal. The groom wore an ivory waistcoat and cravat to match the bride, while his groomsmen wore silver to subtly contrast.
Sarah had four bridesmaids and two flower girls. The bridesmaids’ dresses came from Coast while the flower girls’ dresses were sourced from Mothercare. Sarah’s dress fitter expertly added embellishments to the bottom of the flower girls’ dresses and sage green bows at the back to match them with the bridesmaids. Their hair and make up was done by Gemma Russell who had previously looked after the bride’s beauty for her 21st birthday.”I knew that I wanted her to make me look beautiful on my special day,” says Sarah.
Sarah’s mum walked her down the aisle before she and Chris tied the knot in a Church of England ceremony at the Holy Trinity Coalbrookdale Church, Ironbridge, Telford. For both Chris and Sarah, this was a magical moment. “Seeing Sarah walk down the aisle and thinking how beautiful she looked, I couldn’t wait to marry her,” says Chris. In perfect harmony, Sarah says “I can still remember what his face looked like as he turned and saw me for the first time.”
Their Ironbridge location influenced the reception too, with the couple choosing Coalbrookdale Museum and the site of the first iron bridge for their evening celebrations and photos. “While we were having photographs taken in Ironbridge the guests were able to access Ingenuity museum.”
The wedding was DIY and vintage 1940’s themed, with the bride making the majority of the decorations and the wedding stationery by hand. “I bought many copies of Wedding Ideas magazine,” says Sarah, “I used the hints and tips from other brides which helped to plan our wedding.” Nigel Whyles provided the flowers, also decorating the couple’s naked cake with blooms and berries.
Their honeymoon took the new Mr & Mrs Glover across the pond as they explored the East coast of America. “We had the best time,” they gush, “it was lovely to explore all of those places.”
For the big day, Chris and Sarah suggest couples “bring tissues for the bride and just enjoy the day. Don’t worry about trying to get around to everyone because there is never enough time and people understand.”
Words by Lauren Fraser
CEREMONY | Holy Trinity Coalbrookdale Church, Ironbridge, Telford
RECEPTION | Coalbrookdale Museum
THEME | DIY and vintage 1940’s themed
DRESS | Sarah’s local vintage shop
BRIDESMAIDS | Coast
GROOM/GROOMSMEN | Dapper Dan
FLOWER GIRLS | Mothercare
BRIDES ACCESSORIES + SHOES | Hair accessory, Debenhams | Pearl Bracelet TH Bakers Shoes, The Ruby shoe, treds
FLOWERS | Nigel Whyles
HAIR & MAKE-UP | Gemma Russell
HONEYMOON | The couple explored the East Coast of America
PHOTOGRAPHER | Charlotte Giddings