Where did you meet?
Back in 2006, we worked together at the same company in Birmingham. I’d been there a year or so, and Ed joined for six-month placement. We had a real giggle and I was sorry to see him leave to start a trekking expedition in November. Thankfully that wasnt the end of the story, as he turned up on the doorstep a month later to wish me a Merry Christmas! We hit it off straight away, and looking back on the last ten years always makes me smile.
At sunset, at the end of an incredible wild camping trip in Yosemite! Beautiful clear skies, and the sky was sparkling with stars. We’d managed to cook up an amazing meal on a campfire, and finished the daily ritual of packing our supplies safely into bear canisters (luckily no bears appeared, although we tended to keep a hefty looking stick nearby just in case!?). It felt like our own little oasis, with a stunning mountain backdrop. Suddenly Ed was down on one knee, and the next few minutes were a bit of a blur. We celebrated with a few swigs from the hip flask!
Woodthorpe Hall is near where I grew up, with lots of happy memories. We always knew we wanted somewhere relaxed, with an outdoor vibe. My dad suggested it in the first place, as he remembered it from a weekend walk. The house is stunning, with a beautiful garden and views out over the peaks. Once we’d met Dick and Sue, it was always going to be our top choice. They were so amazingly supportive throughout the whole planning process, and we couldnt have done it without them. Watch out for the home brewed cider though!?
What was the most memorable part of your day?
So many brilliant memories, we could never pick just one. Having all of your favourite people in one place at the same time is something very special, and we feel very lucky indeed! Looking back, I think of the hustle and bustle of getting ready with lots of things happening around us. Matt on a last minute shopping trip having forgotten trousers! Watching and waiting whilst people arrived, smiling faces in the ceremony and beautiful readings by Em and James. Lots of champagne and giggles on the lawn, and the sun was shining (that sun dance must have worked)! All the speeches were brilliant. After dinner, toasting marshmallows on our shopping trolley fire in the evening, with our amazing band rocking out, and hilarious dancing in the marquee (probably fuelled mainly by that cider!). A few more drinks back home, and then watching Mo win gold at the Rio Olympics!
Your suppliers, anyone you would like to big up and recommend?
Thanks to Dick and Sue Shepley at Woodthorpe Hall for whom nothing was too much trouble; you made our day! Huge thank you to Chloe for incredible makeup and hair.
Jo for the stunning flowers . And of course thank you to all our amazing family and friends, you made it a very special day (and weekend!) and we love you all very much.