19th Aug 2014

Georgina & Sam


A Big Question

Sam and I had a long distance relationship from the word go. I met Sam when I was 18 when I got offered a job working in a shearing gang in Norway for the season. Sam was also working in the group. We obviously had a connection but I was young and wanted to experience more of the world. On New Years Eve 2008, I flew with my best friend Georgia to New Zealand and Australia for 3 months travelling. Sam and I stayed in contact and finally met up at his house warming party (including  a Speed Shear) in July, where i suppose we rekindled our relationship. 

Sam and I continued to travel the 4hr journey from Devon to Leicestershire to see each other. In 2010, I started University in Bristol which shortened the travel time. i joined the rowing club and had training every weekend so I was only able to see Sam once or twice a month. It was quite difficult not being able to have a more regular relationship.

Then, on a holiday in Croatia on 27th August 2012, he popped the question on Spilt Habour after a day on a Catamaran. I was completely in shock as I thought he would do it once I graduated (a year away). He had even stitched the ring into his hand luggage. I had no clue. I remember saying, "Are you really doing this now?"  And then I said, "Yes!" as he prompted me again.

Shop Till You Drop

I knew I liked the lace look best but wasn't sure until I started trying dresses on. I also wanted to expose my back with a modest front. I tried on everything from strapless to asymmetrical to high neck, satin, white, blush, glitzy, ruched everything. I was recommended by a  friend of mine to a little boutique, Kate Walker, in Honiton, Devon near to my parents farm, where I was getting married.  Kate is fantastic. She's not all about selling the dress, but making sure her bride is comfortable and happy. If you like a dress, but don't love it, she will do anything to make you love it. If you love parts of the dress but love other bits on different dresses, she can do anything to make it your dream dress. It's all about the service with Kate. I would only recommend her. 

I went to have a look in August 2013. I tried on 7 dresses and liked a couple. On my second appointment, I tried all the previous dresses again but I saw a new dress Kate had in. I think I secretly knew that was the one before trying it on. It was lace, opened backed and in blush. As soon as I put the dress on, I had a feeling I hadn't had before that I had been desperately waiting for. Isabella by Augusta Jones in blush, it was. 

A Perfect Day

A lot of our guests said to us it's the most personal wedding they had ever been to. It never crossed my mind it was just how Sam and I had always wanted to do things. The day was about us so it made sense to include things about us. There was no decision to be made on where we were going to get married. We planned to get married in my home town of Dawlish at St Gregory's church which i attended with my primary school; with the reception at my parents farm in the lambing shed. It was a big task in transforming the barn, as sheep were lambing in there during March, and we were getting married in July!

As I've been a keen horse rider from a young age, I wanted to go to church in a horse drawn carriage. Dad and I went down in the carriage from the farm through the Dawlish high street and up to the church. Then Sam and I did the same route in reverse back to the farm. We both said it was the most relaxing part of the day. Everyone in the town was clapping and cheering and sending their best wishes. We also surprised our little bridesmaids at the church as they rode back with us. They loved it and the horses were absolutely beautiful and so well behaved. We had a drinks reception outside in the garden and farm yard under glorious sunshine. Sam and I cut the ribbon on the entrance to the barn and we did a line up which was really good as everyone was so keen to have a chat. 

For dinner we served rolls of roast beef from the farm. We had secretly nominated carvers for each table. The MC made an announcement for everyone to look underneath their chairs. The chosen carvers would find an apron and chefs hat. It certainly got everyone talking. Our top table was on the stage. Sam had built it from old pallets. It was amazing as we had a brilliant raised view of the shed so we could see everyone smiling and enjoying themselves. 

After dinner we had a speed shearing competition as Sam is a shearing contractor and he had a lot of shearers to the wedding. It's standard to have a competition apparently. What was brilliant is that a lot of my uni friends had never seen anything like this before and they loved it. It really created a fabulous atmosphere with all the guests cheering and clapping. Afterwards we had our first dance to "Hey Ho" by the Lumineers then our live band, The Breaks, played a favorite song of ours "Gold on the Ceiling" by The Black Keys. The Breaks continued to keep the dance floor full all night with a sing off to "Sex on Fire" between the girls and boys. Obviously the girls won. Also our best man spontaneously got up on stage and asked the band if he could sing "Take it Easy" by the Eagles. They improvised and it was just an amazing moment.

The next day we had invited guests to come up for a BBQ. Just thinking 50 or so, but about all 150 guests came back to finish of the drink and reminisce about the day. The last guest didn't leave until 9pm. Another guest slept in the snug for another night and left at 5:30 am Monday morning!

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Words of Wisdom

  • Plan, plan, plan. You can never over plan.
  • Make an effort.
  • Get the Venue, catering, photographer, entertainment, brides dress all sorted well in advance if you really have your eye on something specific.
  • Pinterest.
  • Treat your bridesmaids, ushers, parents. It'll make them feel really special.
  • Make it personal. Really think about who you both are as a couple and tailor your day around that.

Photographer: Jennie Hill Photography. Absolutely brilliant pictures and a lovely person. She never bugs people for pictures. She takes lots of natural shots and helps and makes everyone feel relaxed throughout the day highly recommended

Flowers: Alisons Flower Shop Dawlish , Devon

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