Lyndsey Debonnaire and Matt Harris' love story began when Lyndsey graduated from Leeds university and took up a job offer at the Solent Hotel & Spa in Whiteley, where Matt was the assistant manager. After weeks of working together on a daily basis, romance blossomed. “We arranged to go on our first date to a local pub and from then on the rest is history,” says Lyndsey.
After just seven months, Matt was relocated to Manchester and they were apart for 18 months until Lyndsey moved to be with him. “It's definitely true, absence does make the heart grow fonder,” she adds.
By the end of 2013 they returned to live with Matt's parents while they saved to buy their own home, which they did, shortly followed by a new addition to the family; their much-loved sprocker spaniel Jasper. They were together for more than six years before Matt finally got down on one knee and asked her to marry him on 28th December, 2016. They set the date for 28th April, 2018 and chose a romantic woodland theme with a vibrant teal green colour scheme. Read on for Lyndsey's account of their big day...
Matt's friend Jonny Moody played a selection of acoustic songs to set the tone for the ceremony, including A Thousand Years by Christina Perri as the bridal party walked down the aisle. There wasn't a dry eye in the house!
I chose a stunning lace fit-and-flare Stella York gown with a beautiful detailed back and train from Anya Bridal in Droxford.
I wore a sparkly hair vine and a veil embellished with scatter crystals and pearls.
The groom and groomsmen all wore matching morning suits, even Matt's five-year-old nephew who was our pageboy. Matt wore a slightly different waistcoat to stand out from the rest.
We decided on the venue because it holds such happy and important memories for us.
I went for a romantic up do with soft curls shaping my face complemented by a natural make-up look.
Our centrepieces were beautiful sand-blasted trees with green hydrangeas created by Owen Lavin of Little Lillies. They inspired our woodland theme which we carried throughout the venue décor and bridal look.
I had a country-style bouquet which included thistles, sandstone roses and waxflowers.
I chose a vibrant teal shade, a colour I've always loved, for the bridesmaids' dresses. They teamed them with silver sparkly shoes, a soft plait, curly up do and real flowers in their hair.
The top table was decorated with a long, low log centrepiece and there were twinkling fairylights everywhere.
Owen did the wedding flowers, including the bouquets, buttonholes and the woodland plant pots for the pageboy and flowergirl.
We had a large manzanita tree provided by Little Lillies which was candlelit for the ceremony as guests arrived, we also used it for the table plan and afterwards as a message tree for the evening reception.
VIP Venues, who did our chair covers, also draped the entire reception suite with fairylights and romantic backdrops.
Our cake complemented the theme and was decorated with purple silk orchids and sandstone roses.
For the evening do, family friend Alan Murray was our DJ and our first dance was to Perfect by Ed Sheeran
Bride's dress and accessories
Anya Bridal Couture
The Dessy Group
Groom and groomsmen's suits
Hair and make-up
Elegance Bridal Coiffure
Les Hart Entertainment Agency
Lily Anna Rose
Solent Hotel & Spa, Fareham