During a trip to Oslo on a cruise, Joe plucked up the courage to ask Angela to marry him, which was a huge surprise, and she said yes without hesitation. The date was set for 12th September 2020, and the nearlyweds worked hard to plan their dream wedding. Angela says, “We aimed to create a day we could share with our friends and family; this was ironic needless to say as we ultimately had to restrict our numbers to 30 due to COVID-19.” Nevertheless, the day was still filled with countless memories, plenty of happiness and celebration.
The couple had already chosen a venue with large spaces and stunning gardens for their wedding, which ended up not working out due to complications. Angela says, "We contacted Robyn at The Rancliffe Arms who was amazing at helping us to resurrect our reception and make it the wonderful event that it was. We will always be thankful to both Robyn and Rachel and their team for the kindness and positivity – they helped us at our lowest point!"
When it came to finding the perfect wedding dress, the bride-to-be fell in love with the first dress she tried on. She says, "It was everything that I thought I didn't want with no straps and a long train, but I loved it!" Blush by Jena Louise did the alterations on the gown and added straps. She adds, "I'd had the dress for a year with lots of fittings and then all the worry about restrictions. I was just so happy to be wearing it for the actual day."
The groom looked dashing in a Moss Bros suit which matched the groomsmen. Joseph wore a top hat and gold tie to stand out compared to the blue ties everyone else had on.
"I had my sister as one of my bridesmaids and her dress came from David's Bridal in Birmingham; it was the first dress she had seen and fallen in love with it. The other bridesmaids' dresses were quite stressful to sort out due to lockdown and not being allowed to try anything on, but they looked beautiful in the end," says Angela.
To keep guests entertained, a talented musician called Richie Muir performed and created a perfect atmosphere for the day. With more than 20 years' experience, Richie Muir Acoustics sure know how to capture a crowd. A massive hit with guests was a glitter artist from Wish Upon a Sparkle who added a bit of sparkle to everyone's day.
The wedding was full of happiness and relief as the day could finally go ahead after many changes to restrictions the previous weeks. Angela says, "We're so thankful to have got to the day without any further issues, we were so worried the government might stop weddings and receptions."
A beautiful moment from the day was when the bride-to-be left her mum's house, "All her neighbours came out to watch and started clapping which was so special – even a delivery driver shouted congratulations out of his window," says Angela.
She adds, "The absolute best bit of the day was walking into the church, a fond part of my childhood, with my dad and seeing Joe smiling down the aisle at me – I feel emotional now thinking about it! It was a perfect day and sharing it with our friends and family was an honour."
With an incredible amount of support from loved ones who lived the tumultuous months of planning with the couple, even though the wedding changed completely, the love from everyone and the couple's desire to be husband and wife ensured the day would be perfect no matter what happened.
After such an incredible day, the couple jetted off to Italy after their original plans had changed due to COVID-19 – the first destination was Milan. The pair travelled to Santa Margarita Ligure, Venice, Rome, Pisa and back to Milan to fly home. The weather was perfect and the lovebirds got to create more memories and reminisce about the wedding day.
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