Sam & Matthew
TRAVEL THEMED DECOR + CAKE | SUNFLOWER CENTREPIECES AND BUTTONHOLES | RUSTIC CORNISH COUNTRYSIDE | HANDMADE ILLUSTRATIVE SERVICE FANS | SUNSHINE + SORBET YELLOW ACCENTS + BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES
How did you both meet?
We were tent neighbours at Bristol Deaf Festival where one of Sam’s friends introduced us.
When and where was your first date?
Sam lived in London and I lived in Cornwall, so we met up in Weymouth because it is the halfway point between us. I remember feeling so nervous on the way to Weymouth and really hoping that it would work out!
How did the proposal happen?
The proposal was not an easy job for me! On my birthday before summer 2014, Matthew surprised me by booking a helicopter ride over the Niagara Falls for when we visited the following summer. Luckily Matthew was happy for me to organise it, so I planned a second ride just for the two of us! As the helicopter hovered above the Niagara Falls I plucked up the courage and proposed to my best friend! It was such a magical moment for the two of us – happy memories!
We had quite a specific theme in mind – rustic, yellow and vintage – so we had to go to many different shops for different parts of our outfits. We chose Jack Willis cotton yellow shirts from House of Fraser, Matthew’s brown trousers came from Next and my cream trousers came from Banana Republic. Our yellow woollen bowties came from Beau Bow Ties on Etsy and we found my waistcoat in Topman.
We both loved our outfits and couldn’t wait to show them off on our wedding day! We decided to see each other’s outfits before the big day so that we didn’t match too much or clash. When Matthew first saw me wearing my suit, he shed a tear! When I saw him, I thought he looked wonderful and it made me even more excited about our big day. He still took my breath away when he walked down the aisle!
The wedding party
Matthew had two groomsmaids as well as our niece and nephew as flower girl and pageboy. Matthew searched for months and months before we finally found our ideal dresses made from daffodil yellow chiffon with lace details to match our bowties and wedding flowers.
I also asked my best friend, Camilla to be my best woman. She wore the same dress but in champagne to match my trousers.
What was your favourite part of the ceremony?
Walking down the aisle with my mum was the best part for me, following my dad and our niece, nephew and groomsmaids. The sun shone on us which made the moment even more wonderful and very emotional. For Sam, it was the moment the registrar said, ‘everyone please rise for the groom’. He started crying!
What did you have for your wedding breakfast?
The amazing The Round Kitchen catered for us on the big day. Guests chose from several options on a menu when they returned their RSVP. We wanted to add a Cornish flavour to our food as well as ensuring that there were poultry, seafood and vegetarian choices to suit everyone. Our desserts included lemon and white chocolate cheesecake, Cornish cider and mixed berry jellies and apple pie topped with clotted cream.
We had a travel theme with a mix of rustic and vintage touches. I bought Wedding Ideas every month until the big day – if it wasn’t for Wedding Ideas, our wedding would not have been the same!
Pinterest was really useful for ideas and inspiration. For our guest tables, we used round hessian in the middle with jamjars with flowers on top, confetti and Polaroid style photographs of us from our travels. We named each table after a country we had visited together, matching the pictures to the trip. Sam’s mum created 50 metres of bunting, some of it made from a world map.
Maria from Roswartha Farm did a brilliant job with our flowers. Our main bloom was sunflowers, but we also had mini sunflower buttonholes, baby’s breath and sunflowers for our mothers, best woman, Matthew’s sisters and Remi who gave a reading. The two groomsmaids carried sunflower bouquets and we also used sunflowers along with other flowers on the guest tables.
Sam’s mum introduced us to a lady in the village who would bake us a wedding cake in exchange to a donation for a charity she was fundraising for. This was perfect for us as we had a very specific cake design in mind with a limited budget. It consisted of three stacked vintage suitcases with a cake topper of Sam and I in shorts, vests and straw hats to tie in with our travel theme. Sam’s mum baked a fruit cake for the base and the other two tiers were lemon and Victoria sponge.
We made our own stationery to keep costs down, making save-the-date travel postcards, passport-style invitations, guest name tags and country signs for the tables and the world map table plan – perfect for our travel theme!
DJ Si Super Discos was our wedding DJ. They were very helpful and flexible, allowing guests to send their favourite songs in advance and taking requests on the night. Because some of our guests were deaf, the DJ sourced music videos with subtitles and played them on screens – a very good solution! We also had a photo booth.
The first dance
Being deaf, music isn’t our thing! Thanks to help from Sam’s friends and our parents, we chose ‘I Only Want to Be With You’ by Dusty Springfield. We could feel the beats quite well which helped us to dance.
After the wedding we enjoyed a four day minimoon to North Cornwall for us to chill out after the wedding craze! We knew we would have so much on before the wedding that it would be hard to chill out completely, so we waited until October to visit the beautiful Maldives – we would highly recommend it to everyone who is considering a visit!
Visiting Mullion Cove in an old campervan after the wedding for our post-ceremony photo shoot!
I’m particularly proud of the order of service fans we made. Knowing it was likely to be hot at our outdoor Cornwall wedding, we thought having a fan would come in handy. On one side we had our order of service and names of the wedding party. On the other side, Sam drew a cartoon map of our day to make a timeline. I remember walking down the aisle and seeing a wave of fans being used in the hot weather!
Take a step back and look at your guests who have made the effort to be there for your big day. For us this moment was just a few seconds during the wedding breakfast, but it’s one that we really appreciate.
VENUE | Cornish Camels, Rosuick Organic Farm, Cornwall GROOMS | House of Fraser, Banana Republic, Next ACCESSORIES | Beau Bow Ties on Etsy SHOES | River Island
FOOD | The Round Kitchen FLOWERS | Maria at Roswartha Farm, Cornwall PHOTOGRAPHER | Ashton Jean-Pierre VIDEOGRAPHER | Cupcake Videos