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I thee Wed – Sarah and Mark


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I thee Wed – Sarah and Mark

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Sarah and Mark

Saturday 10th July 2010

Firstly, where and when did you get married?

A year and a half ago my now husband proposed on a beach in Malaysia, whilst on holiday.

After months of solid preparation, we got married on Saturday 10th July in Newark, Nottingham. We got married in a quaint Norman church in a small village, called Sibthorpe, in the middle of the countryside. It was a gorgeous sunny day. After getting married in the church we had our wedding reception in a marquee across the road from my parents.

What made you decide on your venue?

I was brought up in Sibthorpe and my parents still live there. It’s a quaint church in a small village and within walking distance from my parents. It’s just such an amazing setting and means so much to me as I was born and brought up in the village. The church, my parent’s house and the marquee were all walking distance. After the marriage service we walked back altogether through the village to my parents house for photographs in their garden and then for the reception in a marquee opposite.

What was it like choosing your dress and had you always had your heart set on that style?

I was very excited about wedding dress shopping. I’d planned to try on a variety of styles and designs but had something in mind before I went. I took my mum, sister and best friend with me. We all fell in love with one of the dresses in the second shop and loved it immediately. I still went to the other shops just in case but nothing compared. It wasn’t the style I had in my mind but I just loved it when I tried it on. It was elegant and beautifully cut, I’m not one for gems or glitz.

My bridesmaids had beautiful aqua blue dresses from Coast with pearl bracelets and necklaces.

Talk us through the theme and decor of the wedding

Our marquee was beautifully decorated with our aqua blue theme running through the tables. We had a champagne reception with canapés after the photographs and then a three course wedding breakfast and a hog roast in the evening for the extra evening guests. We had an amazing four tier wedding cake which was a joint family effort. The cake was fruit cake made by my grandma; it was designed by my father and decorated by my husband’s mother. It looked beautiful!

All the flowers for the day were made by my husband’smother and her friend. We had 5 beautiful arrangements in the church and in the marquee we had glass bowls in the centre of each table with calla lilies oranthurium in them. My bouquet was a gorgeous arrangement of orchids and the bridesmaids had calla lilies.

Anything quirky and creative we should know about your wedding?

The weather was lovely and sunny so I walked down to the church with my parents and bridesmaids. As it’s a small village, ours was the first wedding in that church for a couple for years, and as I was born in that village we had a lot of villagers and friends sitting in their front gardens watching us walking through the village. It was amazing! We took advantage of the lovely weather and had outdoor games outside the marquee in the field as well as hay bales for our guests to sit on outside. We also were able to have some amazing photographs taken outside; around my parent’s garden, up and down the road and in the corn field.

Champagne whilst sat on a hay bale in the English sunshine, well Sarah, it really doesn’t get much better than that …
Huge thank you to Oehlers Photography for their fantastic shots and to Sarah and Mark for sharing their special day with us.


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