‘Our proposal happened in Koh Samui in Thailand completely out of the blue in a restaurant in the trees. Greg had surprised me with the reservation and we enjoyed a six course tasting menu and we had our very own private table up in the trees where we could see for miles. Once our meal was over Greg mentioned that we’d received fortune cookies from the meal the night before but I’d left before noticing and he opened his hand and asked for me to pick one. I opened the fortune cookie and there in front of me were the words ‘Will you marry me?’. At that moment Greg came round and got down on one knee and presented a beautiful heart shaped box with a beautiful ring inside and asked the question again, I burst into tears and instantly said ‘YES!’.
Steph started her wedding planning by creating a Pinterest board to gather ideas on what, where and when. She also used wedding magazines to help give her inspiration.
‘We didn’t initially have any must haves, our day was quite a blank canvas. Once we’d decided we wanted to get married in a church, I knew the church needed to have bells.’
Steph and Greg also wanted a venue that could sleep their wedding party on the night of their wedding to keep everyone together – Making St Audries Park the ideal venue for them.
‘I knew we wanted to get married in the South West but I had no idea where or what, so we took to the Internet and my parents visited venues whilst I was at work and narrowed down the search. Once they’d narrowed it down Greg and I went to visit various venues and it wasn’t until we arrived at St. Audries Park that we knew we had found the one.’
‘Having arrived at many others we didn’t get the same feeling that we had when we arrived in the car. Not only were the grounds immaculate but also indoors was so beautiful. It could sleep everyone and the church was on the grounds and was equally as beautiful.’
‘Our theme was classic elegance. Simple clean lines, neutral colours with a touch of blue. As the venue was so large and already so beautiful we did not need to add too much decoration so we stuck to dressing the church with pew ends and pedestals and the dining room with beautiful table centrepieces and dressing on the mantel piece and that was enough. We chose to have a cheese tower that was decorated with foliage and figs and our favours were fortune cookies to tie in with our proposal.’
Steph wore a simple ivory boat neck dress.
‘Plain, classic and simple suited me the best. It was fitted with a low back and had an additional train that I attached for the big entrance into the church. I felt like a million dollars when I finally put it on and I wish I could experience that moment all over again. I wore simple pearl diamante earrings with a Links of London bracelet that Greg had surprised me with on the morning of our wedding.’
Being a Royal Marine, Greg wore his uniform – Navy blue with gold buttons and a white belt.
‘He looked very smart and incredibly handsome.’
Steph had three adult bridesmaids – Her sister, future sister-in-law and her best friend. Her three nieces were also flower girls.
‘The adult bridesmaids wore a silvery blue/grey two piece. The top was a long sleeved high neck lace top with a ‘v’ back and a chiffon skirt that was slightly higher at the front with matching strappy shoes and the flower girls wore beautiful white dresses with a similar style with lace for the top and chiffon for the length of the dress. The groomsmen wore a navy blue morning suit, with pinstripe trousers, a double-breasted grey waistcoat and a polka dot tie and pocket square.’
‘The ceremony was beautiful and the church looked amazing. My mum did the pew ends and Eden Florist did a great job on the pedestals and the entrance to the church. I walked in with my father to Canon in D played by Minerva, the string quartet. We had two readings, a biblical reading 1 Corinthians 13 – by Greg’s friend and Maybe… read by my two friends. We had the hymns Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer, Jerusalem and I Vow to Thee My Country and walked out to the organist playing The Wedding March along with the rousing church bells.’
‘Our drinks reception was better than I could ever have imagined. The weather on the day was like a beautiful summers day so we moved the drinks reception outside and the string quartet played from The Orangery. I remember walking round the corner to see everyone outside enjoying the sunshine and my nieces and nephews playing croquet on the lawn. It was just perfect! We enjoyed fish cakes, duck and chocolate cups for our wedding breakfast and the wine was flowing throughout the meal. The speeches were great and everyone had a chuckle at all the anecdotes that came from each one.’
Steph and Greg used both a band and St Audries Park’s resident DJ.
‘My brother is in a band and often plays at weddings. He was once in a band that made it to number 32 in the Top 40 and it was the icing on the cake to have him play at our wedding. After 11pm everyone then moved to the Champagne Bar to dance to the resident DJ for extended hours that finished the night off brilliantly.’
Steph and Greg’s only advice to anyone getting married would be –
‘Stress less, enjoy the build up and take in every single second of the day as it honestly flies by and then it’s all over.’
Steph and Greg honeymooned in Mauritius following their very special day here at St Audries Park.
‘We spent ten nights at Heritage Le Telfair in Mauritius straight after the wedding. We went scuba scooting, snorkeling, dined at all their restaurants and just simply relaxed. It was absolutely stunning and I would return in a heartbeat.’
With thanks to:
Photographer: Evolve Photography & Tim Joiner Films
Florist: Eden Wedding Florist
Wedding Cake: West Country Cheese
DJ: St Audries Park Resident DJ – Geoff Ryder
Band: Mandarin Dukes
Quartet: Minerva String Quartet
Transport: Premier Carriage Wedding Transport