This week’s Bride is Amy from Living the Harmon Life.
Thanks for taking part Amy. First of all, congratulations on your marriage! When was the big day?
We got married on 24th May this year so have only been married 4 and a half months! This date coincided with my Nan and Grandad’s 60th wedding anniversary so was a double celebration and an extra special date for us all.
Tell me a bit about yourself and your partner. When and where did you first meet?
My name’s Amy and my husband is Joe, there is 8 years age difference between us. We first met when I was working in the local co-op and joe was a customer asking me to help him choose a pair of women’s tights! He was roofing at the time and didn’t want to pay out for thermals, or so he says!
How did they propose? Or was it you who popped the question?
Well the story we tell people is that Joe proposed to me at the top of The Shard in London on his 30th birthday. It’s half true! But sounds a lot more romantic than it actually was. I had booked The Shard for his birthday but when the day came I was really poorly but determined to go because I’d already paid for it (and I’m not one to waste money!) I am also not the keenest on heights. So I’m standing at the top of The Shard with legs of jelly, head pounding, wanting to curl into a ball and I turn around to Joe down on one knee holding a ring. It was all just bad timing and my answer was ‘no! Get up!’ In my defence I thought he was joking. I walked off and then started to wonder if he was being serious. We went for lunch in Bella Italia and I got him to re-propose! So officially we got engaged in Bella Italia!
Tell me a bit about your big day. Where did you tie the knot? Did you have a theme or a colour scheme?
We got married in The Barn Brasserie in Great Tey. It was the first venue we had looked around and absolutely loved it. We looked at lots more after but eventually came back to The Barn and we are very pleased with our choice. We wanted…well I wanted, a rustic effortless looking wedding venue and this was exactly that! We didn’t need many decorations because the beautiful barn spoke for itself and looked stunning on our big day. The colour scheme was blush pink and off white with a few bits of gold but really we didn’t stick to much of a theme because the venue was beautiful enough already.
What was your favourite memory from your day?
My favourite memory from my day is when i sat down to sign the register and finally saw all of our guests. Walking in I clearly wasn’t paying much attention and just focusing on getting to the end of the aisle and getting the words out correctly. It was only when I sat down facing them after saying our vows that I realised how many people had made the effort to be there for both of us and support us on our special day.
Was there anything that didn’t go to plan? Or that you would perhaps have done differently?
There was nothing on the big day that didn’t go to plan, the only thing I would change is the fact that the day before the wedding my Grandad went for a checkup with his consultant and they decided he needed an operation and couldn’t leave hospital until it had been done. This meant that he unfortunately wasn’t able to attend the wedding but rang me after the ceremony when his operation had been done and all was well.
Do you have any advice for future brides to be?
Just don’t stress! I was panicking about things not being right and all the things I could have brought to add extra special touches to the day right up until I pulled up outside the venue in my dress. But suddenly nothing mattered! It didn’t matter I hadn’t had the money to buy disposable cameras for every table, and couldn’t afford to fork out for those big light up letters on the dance floor or couldn’t think of table favours for the men. Everything came together and nothing else mattered apart from all our loved ones being there to celebrate with us and having a great time.
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