Joshua and Elizabeth first met on a Christian dating app where they hit it off almost immediately. Elizabeth says, "I knew Josh was the one when all ideas of what the perfect relationship should look like didn't matter anymore – I'm so happy by his side and wouldn't change anything about him." For Josh, he knew she was perfect early on in the relationship as they shared a similar sense-of-humour and interests.
In April 2020, Josh plucked up the courage to propose on the canal bank near his home. Elizabeth says, “I moved in with Josh’s family during the lockdown and we were debating who loved the other the most when he asked; it wasn’t the proposal he’d planned due to the pandemic, but it was just right for us.”
The couple set the wedding date for 15th April 2021, with the aim to create the perfect day to celebrate their love. The bride-to-be says, “We wanted the wedding to be all about us; hence why we walked out to The Avengers theme song – a film series we both love.”
As the pair are both Christians, getting married in a church was an easy option. Traditionally, it would be the bride's parents' church that holds the ceremony, but the couple decided it was more important to be married somewhere that was home to them both. The couple chose Yew Lodge Hotel for their reception and the team worked hard to ensure the day was special.
Around 120 Lego mini-figures were purchased for wedding favours before COVID-19 restrictions changed. These will now be given to guests next year as the couple are throwing a party to celebrate with all their loved ones. Carrying on the Lego theme, the delicious cake had a Lego cake topper which looked great.
The bride's flowers on the day matched her grandmother's wedding bouquet from when she got married. Elizabeth says, "It's a family trend to have a specific colour rose on the wedding day, which is why we had cream roses in my bouquet. Other florals included lilac roses, lilac freesias and eucalyptus."
The bride's mother made the centrepieces usingsucculents and purple violas with pipettes sticking out as apersonal touch because Elizabeth is a microbiology PhDstudent and the groom is a scientific manufacturer.
Elizabeth always knew she didn't want a huge dress and fell in love with a fish-tail-shaped design. She says, "I opted for an Anna Sorrano gown called Francesca and surprisingly liked the slight sparkle and glass buttons, even though I originallywanted covered buttons." A beautiful drop necklace and earrings finished off her look and matched the colour scheme perfectly.
The groom looked dashing in a grey three-piece suit, ivory-coloured waistcoat and purple tie. The groomsmen wore the same except for grey waistcoats, which allowed the groom to stand out. Each bridesmaid looked beautiful in grey halterneck dresses with pleated skirts.
The day was full of so many beautiful moments and the pair managed to create the perfect wedding day despite the worldwide pandemic. Due to Government restrictions, only 15 guests could attend the day, but the couple decided to stream the ceremony over Zoom for those who couldn't attend. Elizabeth comments, "It was amazing to see more than 80 screens join us virtually, it was amazing to have more people involved in the day and some friends had recorded themselves doing the readings and one of our songs."
After a day full of celebrations and memories, the couples set off to South Wales for a week to reflect on their special day and enjoy their first moments as newlyweds.
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