It has been a year since Mr & Mrs Woods tied the knot at St Andrew’s Church in Aylestone and in this post the bride, Sarah, tells us about how they met and talks candidly about the wedding…
How we met
Christopher and I met on a night out,with mutual friends. We instantly got talking even though the attraction was quite one sided! Christopher asked me out on numerous dates which i turned down, thankfully in the end I gave into his charm. I fell for how lovely he is, and he really does have the best sense of humour, so much so we moved in together after 8 happy months. We had been together 6 years, and on holiday in Ibiza, when Christopher finally proposed. He had told me to get dressed up for a night out, as i approached him in the reception area, all dressed up, he dropped to one knee. I don’t remember hearing the question, I think I just looked at him with a silly expression on my face and that’s when the tears came! I remember Chris grabbing my hand, and repeating the question a few more times. Finally, I said yes and out popped the staff with a dozen red roses and champagne that Christopher had organised. It was a lovely surprise that really did shock me. We all went for a celebratory meal in the hotel restaurant, where the family had decorated the room with banners and balloons. We even had an engagement cake. It really couldn’t have been any more perfect.
Our wedding at St Andrew’s Church
The wedding planning was so exciting for us, so we both got fully involved with all the organising. We both had our hearts set on a traditional wedding, so we got married in St Andrews Church in Aylestone, Leicester. It was the most perfect little church, which is really special to Chris and I, as most of his family have got married there past and present. The ceremony at the church was really intimate and was an emotional part of the day. My foster dad gave me away and my foster mum and mother in law all contributed with heartfelt readings.
I chose to have 5 bridesmaids, by my side on the big day, sadly my good friend, Hannah L couldn’t make it back from Australia. I chose, Kelly, Laura and Lauren, as my bridesmaids, and Hannah C as my maid of honour, they wore long royal blue dresses ordered from eBay which were stunning. Megan and Hannah B were my beautiful flower girls and their ivory dresses were from BHS. We asked Kelly’s son Alfie to be our page boy, who looked so adorable in his little suit! We hired all the suits from Males suit hire, in Blaby Leicester, for Christopher, his best men Jamie and Stuart, and for his ushers Matthew, Dean, Sabi and Thomas. They offered us a fantastic service and perfect suits, consisting of light grey trousers, matching blazer, white shirts, complimented with a royal blue and white patterned waist coat and royal blue cravat. I found my dress in the Wedding Dress Outlet in Burbage, Leicestershire, they have such a wide selection but i quickly found the one for me, after trying on only one other dress. I chose an A line, full length, white gown adorned with pearls and diamantes across the top, i also wore a tiara and mid length veil. As i am quite tall, and also wanted the comfortable option, I wore flat ballet style shoes with a pearl detail. I also wore a handmade garter with a Leicester City badge stitched on.
We wanted to travel in style on our big day and decided to hire MRM cars who provided a beautiful white Beauford Tourer. Mark was so friendly and professional, and kindly provided us with drinks of our choice. We booked a white 16 seat hummer, filled with champagne, from limo hire Leicester to get the groomsmen and bridal party to the church. We also used a local bus company to transport all our guests from the church to the reception.Unfortunately the bus was 40 minutes late and not what we asked for but it didn’t dampen the spirits on the day one bit! On the bus, our guests drank plenty of alcohol, which we provided for the journey, so they were all a merry party by the time they arrived. Christopher and I arrived to the venue by horse and carriage, which was dressed in royal blue sashes and ribbon. Pulled by a lovely white horse called Rocky.
We decided that our mutual love of Leicester City, would be the ideal theme for our wedding day. As it represents us both together as well the joining of our families. A family friend helped to design and create our centre pieces which consisted of large martini glasses filled with blue and white roses, ivy and white rose balls with blue LED lights. She also created the bridesmaids bouquets which had white and blue roses, ivy, dressed with diamantes. We found a lady on Facebook who created my teardrop bouquet and button holes to match. To continue with our theme, we chose Leicester city styled name cards and table plan. Along with our entire venue being dressed with Leicester city colours, we had our cake beautifully created by ‘pat a cakes’ which was layered with different flavours, and amazingly topped with an edible Christopher and I with our Leicester City shirts on!
Our wedding reception was held at whetstone Gorse Barn, which is surrounded by beautiful green gardens, lakes and stables, absolutely perfect surroundings for our photos, and film. The venue has plenty of open spaces, which was great for the bouncy castle that we hired for all the children and big kids to play on. As the venue is a barn they used outside caterers who cooked the food on open stoves in a tent, so we were not entirely sure on what to expect. We chose a 3 course meal with roast beef being the main, and it didn’t disappoint, as it was all cooked to perfection. The Staff and waiters were fast and professional. We provided 6 bottles of wine on each table and a candy cart, especially handmade by Christopher’s Dad, it was beautifully dressed with blue and white flowers and bunting, and was full with all kind of goodies enjoyed by all. We also hired ‘the bread basket’ for our evening buffet, so there were lots of happy guests.
As well as the disco provided by the venue we decided we wanted to book something unique for our night time entertainment so we chose a duo called ‘All Stars’ who performed a wide variety of cover songs from Queen to lady gaga and they got everyone dancing. They were absolutely brilliant and we would highly recommend them to anyone. They were extremely friendly and so talented they made the night, so much so we still have people talking about them now. Our first dance was ‘Angels’ by Robbie Williams, performed by a family member Dave. I also managed to get a father and daughter dance.
To capture the day, we booked an amazing videographer and photographer. We used Forget Me Knot Wedding Films, and Matthew Hughes photography. They were extremely professional, friendly, hard working and couldn’t do enough for us. They made sure they took all the photos that we asked for and after seeing all the photos and film we really couldn’t be happier.
Words of wisdom
Make sure the day is how you want it. You won’t be able to please everyone. Just remember the day is about you two and enjoy every moment as the day flies by and just enjoy your happily ever after.”
Finally, we worked with Forget Me Knot on this wedding and they created this beautiful wedding film.
If you would like to see more photographs from this wedding, check out the full album on SmugMug.
Matt and the Hazel Skye team