Monday, 9 December 2013
Stephanie & Michael's English Countryside Wedding
Michael & Stephanie 9th of February 2013.
Before the planning comes the proposal and Michael’s romantic proposal in the Cornish countryside was a surprise to Stephanie, a shock discovery of a bottle of Dom Perignon was quickly followed by a proposal!
“I told her she could only drink the champagne if she agreed to marry me” Michael said.
Fortunately Stephanie was thirsty and agreed. Once there is a proposal there is a lot of hard work to be done. And Michael was definitely involved in the planning!
“ I was definitely involved as much as I wanted to be, Stephanie knew the things I wanted a say in and the things that I didn’t have much of an opinion about. We planned those things together and Stephanie was happy to arrange the other things and checked with me before the final decision was made. It worked perfectly for me.”
Not all grooms feel the way Michael does about the wedding planning, but ultimately it is a rewarding experience.
“I really enjoyed seeing it all coming together and being able to get a picture of how it all might pan out.”
Michael was very involved in the planning and also had strong opinions on what he wanted to wear for the wedding day.
“I didn’t want anything fashionable or too fancy that’s not my style, so it’s quite a simple suit made of English wool. I’m very keen on using British produce so it was great that English wool was an option.”
Michael decided that we should make his suit Made-to-Measure and we should hire suits for the rest of the party. Michael enjoyed the experience of visiting Jack Bunneys very much.
“It was fantastic we travelled a few hours to get to the shop so it was always a bit of a day out. The shop was full of character and the guys at Jack Bunneys were so knowledgeable. I very rarely wear a suit so their advice was gratefully received.”
A countryside wedding surely requires a country Stag-do! So that means 4x4’s & Sheep dye no?
“We went down to the West Country and did some 4x4ing then headed into a small market town for a meal and too much to drink. On the Friday night my brother and a few others managed to paint me in sheep dye. That was a little hard to explain when I went into work on Monday morning. I’ll get him back.”
To the day itself! And there were tractors with shoot trailers, apricot liquor to keep the cold out and best man bingo! It sounds and looks incredible. Some of the touches so unique and personal, this wedding could only have been planned by Michael & Stephanie.
“I felt surprisingly calm on the morning and all the way up to when I first saw Stephanie. Throughout the day we had lots going on so it was always nice when we spoke to people to hear they were enjoying all the little things we’d done for them.”
“I was really pleased with how the tractors and shoot trailers got everyone from the church to Rushton Hall and the apricot liquor helped keep the cold away.”
I don’t know about you but I have never heard of best-man bingo before! It sounds like an incredible idea, I have no doubt we will all be playing this at a wedding very soon!
“Without the best man’s knowledge we set up a bingo game for during his speech. Each table had a grid of words and the winning team won a bottle of champagne. One table cottoned on pretty quickly and started leading him to say the words on their sheet. Not surprisingly they won the champagne.”
After such an incredible day, Michael had a few words of reflection.
“It couldn’t have turned out better. Everyone had a good time and appear to have enjoyed themselves. I wouldn’t change a thing!”
Now that Michael has been there and done that, what words of wisdom would he offer to the next Groom-to-be.
“If you want something to happen or be included in your wedding, fight the cause, it should be personal for both of you”
Obviously after such an incredible wedding, life must seem quite dull and boring?
“We went to the Maldives for the week straight after the wedding.
Stephanie planned it, she has amazing patience and read hundreds of reviews of different islands and picked the perfect one.
I’m sat in the maternity wing of the local hospital writing this so it was obviously pretty special. Boy or Girl?”
Ha Ha!! CONGRUTALATIONS!!! To Michael & Stephanie!
Thank you for taking time out to take part in our Bunney Blog. Thank you for being amazing customers and we are so pleased that your adventure together is just getting started!
Michael & Stephanie would like to thank the following suppliers:
Photographer: Aaron Collett.
Venue: Rushton Hall
Shoes: Kate Spence
.Caterer: Rushton Hall
Tractors: Sharmans agricultural Engineers/ my dad.
Horse and trap: