Amie + Steve
How did you meet?
Steve and I met at the nursing home where we both worked. I was 16, working after school, and left to fend for myself in my first week there. Seeing that it was just me (and not really having much idea of what to do) Steve, who was working in the recreations department at the time, came to my rescue and helped out. After that night Steve sent me a cheeky text, and from there we started a friendship, as we were both in relationships at the time. Being quite young, we had a lot of our lives left to explore. But we always kept in touch, as there was something that drew us to one another. We knew that through all the years apart, everything we wanted came back to the other person. Once we decided that it was meant to be, there was no looking back.
Tell us about your wedding…
Our wedding day was very intimate. We wanted it to essentially be a party with our closest family and friends. Steve and I love the coast, and it has become the thing that we always do together. When we came across The Old Church at Milton, we knew it was the perfect venue for us. It has several beautiful gardens and also an old church, which they have made into accommodation for bridal parties. It is simply stunning inside.
Two thing we were sure about for the wedding, was having the ceremony and reception at the same venue, and keeping the wedding small and intimate so that we could spend quality time with all our beloved guests. The ceremony took place in the most beautiful garden, and was followed by the cutting of our cheese wheel cake. Guests then helped themselves to cheese, canapés, and champagne, whilst we had some photos. The main reception then took place in a marquee in another beautiful garden on the grounds.
We were lucky enough to have a wedding planner, which meant there was nothing for us to worry about. Dinner and speeches were done by 8:30pm, which suited us perfectly. We had our first dance, and then were able to enjoy the rest of the night with our friends and family on the dance floor. Even better was we didn’t have to travel anywhere after the reception. Steve and I stayed on site in the old church accomodation, which was really special.
What made your wedding unique?
We made our wedding unique by having the ceremony and reception at the same venue. We were already making our guests travel to the coast, and wanted to make sure that once they were there they could enjoy themselves.
It was also extra special being able to stay at the wedding venue the night before, and get ready with my bridesmaids in the morning. We weren’t rushed, and it was a very relaxed lead up to the ceremony. Also waking up the morning after our wedding, and being able to look out onto the beautiful gardens where we had just said our vows, was the cherry on top of the most perfect day.
We also broke tradition and had a cheese wheel cake instead of a normal cake. It went perfectly with the canapés, and our guests are still raving about how delicious the cheeses were.
What was the most memorable moment of the night?
There were so many amazing moments, but two that we will never forget. The first was having my Nanny at my wedding, which I have always dreamed about. To get there she made a 2 hour flight and then a 2 hour drive with my cousin, who was also a bridesmaid. Having my Nanny there to see me walk down the stairs in my wedding dress is a moment I will never forget.
The second was a speech by one of Steve’s groomsmen, Ben. The poor guy was so nervous that he barely ate the week leading up to the wedding day. Never the less, Ben absolutely nailed it, and had everyone laughing and crying. To this day we’re still talking about how good it was.