A shared love of travel helped cement Adrianne and Mark's relationship. After meeting as students at Portsmouth University in 2005, the following year they jetted off on holiday to Florida. On a return trip five years later, Mark popped the question on their favourite white-sand beach in Sarasota, as the sun was setting. “We had visited the beach on our first holiday together and we both fell in love with the place. The setting couldn't have been more perfect,” Adrianne recalls.
The big day took 10 months to plan, with the venue hunt centred on Dorset. “I grew up in the county, so it seemed like the natural choice as we love the area so much,” Adrianne explains.
The couple opted for The Kings Arms, Christchurch, for the ceremony and reception because of its location, friendly staff and great food. “We fell in love with the riverside setting and the castle ruins nearby. The room for the ceremony was the perfect size for our 60 guests and had lots of natural light with views from from the main window of the ruins and and bowling green opposite,” adds Adrianne.
Their celebrations featured a travel theme and striking hot pink and turquoise colour scheme. Read on for Adrianne's account of the big day...
We loved the idea of having unusual invitations and thought the wedding tea towels were a great idea. It meant even friends and family from abroad, who couldn't attend the wedding, had a memento from the day.
I loved the simple style of my dress and the decorated belt gave it an extra special detail.
The bridesmaids' bouquets were a combination of roses, cockscombs and pink bouvardia. I loved that the hot pink flowers really contrasted against their turquoise dresses.
My sister, Alex and close school friends, Hannah Davidson, Caroline Thorley and Lesley Billen were bridesmaids. The colour choice for their dresses was easy as they all love turquoise as much as I do, and we decided on two different styles by the same designer – strapless and asymmetric one-shoulder designs.
My something blue was on the soles of my shoes – 'I Do' spelt out in rhinestone stickers.
My hand-tied bouquet was made up of two-tone dolce vita, cream and pink roses and bouvardia.
It was a gorgeous sunny day and we enjoyed champagne and canapés beside the bowling green opposite our venue.
We chose husband and wife team Lisa Dawn Photography because we liked their style and the fact that they were local and knew the area. They made us feel very relaxed when we had our engagement shoot at Hengistbury Head.
We used a large silver-framed mirror on an easel for our table plan.
I made mini jars of pineapple and chilli jams as favours, tied with named luggage tags to double up as place cards.
The tables were named after places we'd visited on holiday and I put framed cards on each one so guests could find their seats easily.
I put British-themed quiz cards on each table to help break the ice and get people talking, with some disposable cameras to capture any moments we may have missed.
For centrepieces, we filled large hurricane lamps with shells, sand and a pillar candle, with a garland of flowers around the base.
One of my best friends, Kev Sargent made the cake. We decorated each tier with the same ribbon we used for the bridesmaids' bouquets and topped it with a matching flower arrangement.
We had our couple shots taken near the venue which meant we didn't have to leave our guests for too long.
Toni and Guy, Christchurch
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The Original Wedding Tea Towel
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Date Posted: Thursday, 21 March 2013
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