The pair’s first date took place at Attenborough Nature Reserve in July, 2019. This made it the perfect location to ask Siân to marry him. She says, “The exact moment was a surprise, but we’d had a lot of conversations before the engagement.” At a beautiful spot next to the lake, Simon pulled out a scrapbook full of memories of the couple’s relationship so far. This included theatre tickets, photos, and souvenirs collected. After flicking through the last pages, Simon mentioned there was something on the back. Siân says, “I found the words ‘Will You Marry Me?’ and turned around to find Simon there on his knee. After plenty of crying, I said ‘yes!’ – it was perfect!”
The couple are passionate about eco-friendly and sustainable living and wanted this to reflect in the wedding. Sourcing local and independent business became vital for the nearlyweds as well as crafted or upcycled items to create an affordable but beautiful day.
The couple's friend is a florist and created the stunning blooms for the day. Siân says, "She did a phenomenal job, people are still commenting to this day about how beautiful the flowers were! She pulled it off by making flower crowns for all 11 bridesmaids and flowergirls as well as decorating our signs and the archway." This tied in with the sage colour theme and featured a pop of raspberry.
As the bride doesn't like cake, they opted for a stacked pavlova with cream, berries and edible flowers – perfect for the rustic theme.
The table plan was presented on a wooden board with string and pegs to hold the table card. Blocks of wood were used as the table names; each one was named after a board game. Siân comments, "We're proper nerds and also hideously competitive, which is one of the reasons we're a perfect match." White lanterns made up the centrepieces that featured different shaped logs with little wildflower posies placed around them.
Other décor items included macramé hanging off the arch, numerous signs with Beyoncê references on and lots of doughnut puns to accompany the 'treat yourself' doughnut wall. Another treat for guests in the evening was a cheese cart, tubs of popcorn and ice cream.
The bride says, "Just-ice is a charity which donates its profits to child soldier rehabilitation and human traffic prevention. Social justice is something we're passionate about, and it was awesome to be able to support this charity on our big day."
The bride-to-be wore an Anna Kara gown called Gail. She says, "It was beautifully whimsical and made me feel like a woodland princess on the day I added a little train for extra drama."
The groom and groomsmen all wore different navy blue suits and sage linen ties with brown shoes. Simon stood out with his raspberry buttonhole while the rest had a white and green one.
There were four older bridesmaids who each wore sage chiffon dresses and the three older flowergirls had a white top and sage skirt. The three younger flowergirls had sage tops and white tutus while the littlest one wore an all-white tutu dress.
Siân and Simon had a few of their friends play in the day to keep loved ones entertained and DJ in the evening. She says, "Our biggest hit was the photo booth upstairs, which was so fun, and I loved the Mr & Mrs quiz where we went back-to-back to answer a series of questions. Every time we answered the same, we got to move our chairs closer together and ended with a kiss in the middle!"
Many moments stood out to the couple and made their day memorable. Siân comments, "We were humbled to see so many people who had travelled to celebrate with us. There's nothing more beautiful than that!"
A moment that went down well with guests was the first dance, which the couple had practised a couple of times. They picked May I Have This Dance by Francis and the Lights featuring Chance the Rapper and had the best time doing the salsa to hip hop music.
Many suppliers worked hard to give the nearlyweds the perfect day, but some stood out. Siân says, "Our photographers and videographers made us feel relaxed and were also happy to follow my direction! It was wonderful to have time away from the noise and the party just to breath and take a few moments to be together as a newly married couple."
Unfortunately, the bride's mother passed away a few months before the wedding, followed by her nan a month later. Siân says, "I could see everything that Mum and I dreamt of and planned together over cups of tea while watching Say Yes to the Dress for years. It was amazing to feel so much peace and happiness, knowing that mum was in heaven celebrating."