Poppy and Martin’s engagement was written in the stars – or rather, inside their fortune cookies! “The week before, we’d had a Chinese meal, and my fortune said, ‘A nice surprise is coming your way,’ while Martin’s read, ‘You’ll do something for the first time this week’,” Poppy explains. “The following weekend, we were walking on the heath in Norfolk, when Martin got down on one knee. Knowing he was going to propose, he said our fortunes had seemed eerily true.”
The bride’s outfit
Poppy’s bridesmaid Sarah led her to the perfect dress after seeing a picture of it online. The Louise Selby gown featured an elegant puddle train and delicate lace detailing. “I felt wonderful in my dress, and very relaxed,” Poppy says. She finished her look with vintage diamond and pearl earrings borrowed from her aunt, a diamanté hair clip, and shoes from Karen Millen. “They looked like the Jimmy Choos that I wanted, but were a quarter of the price!” Poppy adds.
The groom’s outfit
Martin put together a sophisticated ensemble of a slim-fit bespoke suit and shirt from A Suit That Fits, an aqua blue knit tie by Nordstrom and blue suede shoes from Hugo Boss.
The four adult bridesmaids chose their own dresses. “We agreed that they would wear long dresses, and would choose a soft colour that toned in with the blue-green paintwork seen on a lot of the houses in the Norfolk area,” explains Poppy. The two little flowergirls looked divine in ivory tutus and dusty rose tops from Angel’s Face.
The couple’s church ceremony was a family affair, with readings delivered by Poppy’s brother and uncle, and Martin’s sister, while the bride’s other brother, Tom, performed a song he had written for the occasion. “I loved every minute, but Tom’s song was awesome and gave me a lump in my throat,” Poppy smiles.
The newlyweds held their reception in a tipi in a neighbour’s garden. “Each table had a joint of roast pork with a big bowl of new potatoes and seasonal veg, and we nominated one person on each table to carve, with their own personalised apron and chef’s hat,” says Poppy. The reception theme was a mishmash of country wedding with London glam and a Sierra Leonean twist. Details included bunting made from African fabric bought by Martin on a work trip, buckets of flowers as table centres, hay bale seating and candles lighting up the field.
The couple spent 18 nights soaking up the culture and beach life in Sri Lanka.