Sam and Kyle tied the knot in a ceremony filled with pastel colours and pearls
Samantha Dallas, 24, a marketing campaigns manager, and Kyle Grant, 25, a train driver, tied the knot at Fawsley Hall Hotel, Northamptonshire.
We got engaged on our fourth anniversary. Kyle asked me to book the afternoon off work, and when I got home I found him and our dog missing! However, there was a treasure hunt for me to do around Northampton. The final clue led me to Kyle and pooch, waiting at the pub where we had our first date, which is next to a lovely canal. He got down on one knee as we were walking up the canal.
We went for a rustic and vintage feel to match the venue, with pastel colours, pearls and a relaxed vibe. Fawsley Hall was perfect as it is a stately home venue with character and gorgeous grounds, and not too far for loved ones to travel to. I always knew that I wanted to get married there, I just had to get Kyle to agree!
My dress was by Charlie Brear, and I chose my one in particular as I really loved the high neckline and the material. We also had a seamstress lower the back of the dress as low as possible to give it even more of a wow factor.
Apart from knowing I wanted my bridesmaids to have gypsophila, we didn’t have any specification for exact flowers apart from all pastel colours with foliage.
Our florist was a family friend and she knew exactly what I wanted, so we left the specifics up to her and she got it spot on. Flowers were definitely an important aspect of our day and one of my favourite parts.
My bouquet was absolutely stunning and not like anything I had seen before. Each table had a different set up for our centrepieces.
We had slices of wood with bottles, tea cups and candles surrounded by gypsophila and pastel flowers pouring out of them. They were beautiful and I am so glad we had them all different.
Entertainment-wise, we had violinists in our ceremony who played all of our favourite songs, a magician for the afternoon drinks reception, and then a DJ and photobooth for the evening do.
For favours we bought everyone a £1 scratchcard. We tried to include as many personal touches as possible, such as fun props, a sweet table, cupcakes, a little quiz about us to fill out, a wishing tree and a canvas for our guests to sign.
My favourite moment was our first dance – we had Sam Smith’s version of Whitney Houston’s How Will I Know, but had planned with our DJ to shut off the sound... before playing Fuse ODG’s Dangerous Love. We had learnt the dance moves from the video and did the whole routine in front of our guests!
Kyle’s speech really made me laugh. I have a habit of saying stupid things which Kyle and my parents call ‘Sam-isms’. He thought it would be utterly hilarious to read out some of the best ones from over the years. Everyone was in hysterics.
The dancefloor was packed all night – I had worried it would get empty, so was pleased to see it so busy. We didn’t get to sleep until 3am, as we stayed up and opened all of our cards.
My advice for brides-to-be: Try to not get stressed over the little things. Even though I was told this, I still did, and I do regret it. When the day arrives you forget everything and just have an amazing time.
Steal their style!
Photography: Binky Nixon Florist: Emma Remington Flowers Venue: Fawsley Hall Hotel Dress: Charlie Brear at Lola Bridal Bridesmaids’ dresses: Chi Chi London Accessories: Jules Bridal () Groomswear: John Lewis, Mrs Bow Tie, Next