Blaise and Andrew had an unusual last minute wedding hitch. Two weeks before their wedding day the Church they had planned to marry in, The Church of Saint Thomas More, in Hartley Wintney caught fire! (ironic for a bride named Blaise?) After a minor panic, and some help from their Priest, they found an alternative venue just in time.
Blaise told me a little more about their wedding story…
How did he propose?
It was an absolutely amazing proposal. A treasure hunt that took me to the first place we kissed, then shopping (money provided!) after that we went to my Dad’s flat and then my Mum’s house where a limo took me and my family to the beach where Andrew was waiting for me. It was especially meaningful as I have many happy memories growing up at that particular beach. When I arrived Andrew said I have something to ask you and pointed at the rocks where his friends were holding a banner that said ‘Will You Marry Me?’ When I turned back to him, he was on one knee. I burst into tears, but I did remember to say yes first!
What’s one piece of advice you would give to other couples for their photos on their big day?
Our favourite pics are the natural ones and the funny ones. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and had pictures of us pretending to push each other in the pond and one of me taking Andrew’s money and credit cards. Definitely try and get some pictures that reflect your personalities (clearly we enjoy pushing each other into ponds!)
Any tips on what to bring?
I had some clear umbrellas just in case (you never know with this British weather!) Luckily I didn’t have to use them. We also had a basket of flip flops for the guests with achy feet who wanted to carry on dancing the night away. These were a hit and every single pair went! I didn’t even get a pair myself! (Note from Cathy – what a brilliant idea, I could have used a pair of these myself after a long, fun day of taking the photographs ?)
What were you most anxious, nervous or fearful about regarding your wedding day and what was the outcome?
I was absolutely terrified that my dress wouldn’t fit me. I kept trying it on and making sure it still fitted. On the day, it did up fine, so I was definitely panicking over nothing. I was also worried it would rain, at the reception venue, there was so much to do outside, I was praying for good weather. That was another thing that I worried needlessly about! Everything went smoothly until we got home (we were lucky enough to live on the same road as the reception venue!) and realised one of the bridesmaids had put the chain across the back door. Andrew’s front door keys were in the best man’s car and I only had my back door keys with me! We had to break into our own house on our wedding night!
What’s one piece of advice you would give to other couples for planning their wedding day?
I would say just relax and enjoy it, don’t get stressed over the small details. People told me the day would go so quickly and be a bit of a blur and that is definitely true! I am so glad I had a photographer and a videographer as they captured so many things I missed and now I have those amazing memories to look back on.