Remember, Remember the 5th of November. This was certainly a day our Bride and Groom will not be forgetting anytime soon!
Anthony and Robyn really pulled together as a team to plan their 5th of November wedding after Anthony proposed during a romantic meal at home.
After a bottle of bubbly to celebrate, their first step in wedding planning was creating a collaborative Pinterest board.
“We really wanted the wedding to be planned by both of us; so many husbands to be are happy to let their fiancées organise and decide everything but for us the wedding had to be a team effort and have elements of both our personalities throughout the day. The Pinterest board (of course made secret) gave us a great way to do this.”
Both Anthony and Robyn liked the idea of a winter wedding so it was important for them to find a wedding venue that was as beautiful inside as it was outside, making St Audries Park the perfect venue for the happy couple with its wow factor Great Hall, elegant Grand Staircase along with plenty of relaxing lounge areas.
“We wanted a venue we and our guests could enjoy whatever the weather.”
The lovely couple got married in the beautiful church onsite here at St Audries Park where both Robyn’s Father and Step Father walked her down the aisle. “I’m very lucky in that I have two father figures in my life, my Dad and my Step-Dad, so they both walked me down the aisle, one on each arm”
They hired a pianist who played music for their guests arrival into the church, Elbow’s ‘One Day Like This’ whilst Robyn walked down the aisle followed by Queen ‘Somebody To Love’ for the couples exit music.
Anthony and Robyn added lots of personalised touches to their day including lots of handmade items and a Marvel themed wedding cake.
“This ended up being in the form of a ‘hidden’ Marvel themed wedding cake (because marriage is about compromise!), Disney themed centrepieces and London themed favours.”
‘We saved money where ever we could. Being engineers it’s in our nature to want to make and design everything ourselves. Which is what we did for the Disney themed centrepieces’
Even the log slices were cut by a friend before Robyn and Anthony sanded them by hand.
They finished off their theming with grey decorations with touches of gold to bring a little sparkle.
“This all took a lot of effort and time but it meant that we could have the wedding we wanted for our budget.”
Anthony and Robyn relied on spreadsheets and ‘endless’ lists for the planning of their wedding to help them with things such as the wedding budget. “Inevitably, some things cost more and some less, but it was a great way to keep an eye on our spending.”
Here at St Audries Park we offer an ‘all inclusive’ package so our couples are able to focus on the little touches for their wedding day.
“We choose St Audries because it really is a stunning venue. It was just in a different league to other venues we had looked at and knowing it was all exclusively ours for the day made it more special.”
Robyn and Anthony also had lots of guest traveling from afar so it was important to them to be able accommodate all of their guests on site.
Robyn found ‘The One’ (Her dress, that is) completely by accident, It was a beautiful Sassi Holford gown in Champagne with white lace on top
“My Mum said “There’s no way you’re trying that on!” So I did to spite her but once I had it on we both loved it!”
Robyn picked out a beautiful white feather bolero to accompany her dress which gave the whole look a very elegant wintery feel.
Robyn decided to honour the old tradition of ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’ with an old ring that belonged to her grandmother that had been borrowed from her mum, a new headpiece, and she also had a blue ribbon stitched into the inside of her dress.
Robyn picked multiway grey dresses for her bridesmaids and let them choose their own preferred style.
Anthony was originally looking for a grey suit to match the bridesmaids but once they started trying suits on they opted for a Navy Blue with grey ties and pocket squares to co-ordinate with the bridesmaid’s dresses.
In keeping with their theme, Anthony went for Marvel cufflinks to accompany his suit and Marvel socks for himself and the groomsmen.
Robyn and Anthony used one of our recommended photographers – Evolve Photography to capture their big day.
“Now this was an easy choice! One read of Marks bio on his website and having a look through his photographs had us sold. He’s so passionate about his job, he didn’t offer any complicated levels of service or packages you only got his best and his photographs are all stunning.”
Robyn and Anthony’s wedding was held on Bonfire night, so the option of having fireworks was another ‘must have’ for their big day – This was their biggest splurge on the wedding but they feel that it was completely necessary and that the photos they got from this moment were totally worth it.
Robyn and Anthony slow danced to Lifehouse – ‘You and Me’ for their first dance as this is the song that was playing when Anthony proposed. “We didn’t have a routine we just shuffled around and enjoyed the moment, before the real dancing came out from us and our guests!”
The couple also booked the band ‘Bill Ding and the Skyscrapers’ to ensure their guests danced the night away.
If they could give any advice to future couples they would say “Once the day arrives, just enjoy it and make the most of it because it goes so quickly, and if you enjoy it so will all your guests!”
Robyn and Anthony wouldn’t have changed anything about their big day “I honestly don’t think we’d change anything. It went so much better than we could have ever imagined. All our ideas came together and the day ran really smoothly.”
The lovely couple celebrated their marriage with a honeymoon spent exploring Singapore and Cambodia.
With Thanks to:
Photographer: Evolve Photography
Wedding Cake: Bespoke Bakes by Danielle
Band: Bill Ding and the Skyscrapers