F.o.L BRIDE: Fashion and Media Make-up Artist and contributor to Fleetwood of London.
AKA: Mrs Samuel.
THE GROOM: Eddie.
MARRIED: Barnsley House, Cotswolds. An outside ceremony on a very hot July day, surrounded by the beautiful English gardens at Barnsley house. We had lots of candles, along with some gorgeous wafts of Astier de Villatte incense.
THE STORY GOES: Eddie pulled some unforgettable shapes on the dance floor of the local nightclub in Canterbury. He's still pulling the same moves now, 16 years on!!
TEAMBRIDESMAID: I had my three amigos by my side – identical twin sister Amie, BF and honorary sister Jenny and long-standing bestie Braid, who I met on Gumtree of all places, the days before social media!
THE DRESS: I wanted a dress that felt stylish with a modern twist, had meaning and was beautifully made. I struggled to find anything that just felt like me and I didn't want any of the traditional dresses that I was seeing. It meant only one thing...asking my fashion designer sister to design it. It ticked all the non-negotiables for me!
STANDOUT MOMENT: Walking down the aisle and seeing Ed waiting for me, with all our friends and family there to witness our marriage.
RANDOM FACT: We switched it up and had the Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom do the speeches – they were incredible. So much female power, it was inspirational!
SOUNDTRACK TO THE DAY: Our first dance was ‘Lovin' You’ by Minnie Riperton.
Photographer – M&J Photography. Personal friends, the super-talented Jonny and Morgane, who captured the day perfectly.
Florist – BluBelle Creative. With an insane background in visual merchandising, this big-hearted creative, Helen, knows just how to take a concept and make all your dreams come true. She won't stop until it's perfect. She is without a doubt someone you can totally rely on to get your vision.
Events Manager and Wedding Co-ordinator – Rachel Nelson at Barnsley house. She knows how to make you feel so at ease, nothing is a problem and she really does go above and beyond to help create your special day.
We also had a wonderful and talented Potter friend, Sy, make us all our candle holders. They were simple white ceramic with a wax seal rose, which was very meaningful. A single rose in my family has a bit of history – my great-grandad would gift one to my grandma and it was a way of having her present in our day.