This personal and unique country wedding for Amy and Joel in Devon was full of traditions from the groom’s homeland, Sweden!
Love bloomed from a long friendship for Amy and Joel. “We became a couple after a skiing holiday – I remember looking at Joel and thinking, ‘How can I not be with this man?'” Amy recalls. The couple got engaged in Uganda, where Amy was doing a physiotherapy placement. “We took a safari together, and at the top of the Murchison Falls, Joel asked me to be his wife,” says Amy. “It was unforgettable.”
The bride’s outfit
Amy had her heart set on a custom-made dress. “I always dreamed of a dress that nobody else had,” she explains. She chose a 1940s-style gown in sanded silk with a lace bodice, made by Joel’s mum. “It was so exciting to be involved with the process of making the dress and to see it take shape,” Amy smiles. “It was beautiful and luxurious, and fit like a second skin.” The bride wore her hair loose and curled with a simple, flowing veil and fresh roses.
The groom’s outfit
Joel looked dashing in a classic black tuxedo with bow tie and crisp white shirt, hired from Moss Bros. “It was the most amazing moment when I turned the corner into the church and saw Joel waiting for me,” Amy says. “He looked absolutely gorgeous – so handsome.”
Amy was attended by her two sisters and two best friends, who wore chic sky blue silk dresses from Reiss. “They had the same style and silhouette as my gown, and complemented it really well,” Amy explains. “I wanted them to feel individual, so I bought them different jewellery and shoes.”
The couple tied the knot in their village church. “We involved lots of family and friends with the prayers and readings, and we actually had a family friend marry us,” says Amy. “It made it very special and put us at ease, and the whole ceremony felt more intimate and unique.”
The couple chose a natural, summery theme for their reception, incorporating traditions and details from the groom’s native Sweden. “The village hall was a blank canvas, so we draped it with white material to look almost like a marquee, with lots of flowers and greenery,” Amy says. “We included the Swedish tradition of asking all our guests if they’d like to make a speech, so we ended up with special words from our family and friends as well as the bridal party, which were so memorable and emotional.”
The newlyweds visited the stunning island of Sicily for their honeymoon. “We both love culture and good food, and knew Italy wouldn’t fail to deliver,” Amy says.