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Ben knew within a couple of months of meeting Sarah, that she was The One: “Sarah had booked me a ticket to see a play with her at the National Theatre; we’d only been dating for a couple of months and I don’t know how or why I knew, but I remember quite clearly cycling home over Waterloo bridge when I said to myself rather loudly- “Blimey, this is the woman I’m going to spend the rest of my life with!” I love that. And I love that we were able to capture a glimpse of their special day.
When it came to planning the wedding, the only vision Ben said he had for the day “was of love, lots of love.” Thankfully this was not hard to achieve, and Ben looks back on this wonderful day and says, “I can honestly say I’ve never felt so much love and happiness in one day and I’d like to think our guests felt the same. I am so lucky for that day and so lucky that Sarah is now my wife.”
As an artist, Ben put his skills to work for the reception, making the table plans, favours and designing the menu…
Ben and Sarah are currently expecting a new addition to their family, and in fact Sarah goes to pregnancy yoga a few doors down from the bar where they first met, “We’re very much in love and looking to the future with a mixture of spine chilling anxiety and absolute faith and excitement to the unknown. At least we have each other and soon one more, and in the last three years, I still haven’t beaten Sarah at a game of Scrabble!”
Laura and Giles met on a night out 5 and a half years ago, and Laura says she pretty much knew the very next evening that he was the man her. “We sat in the pub till closing, talking and getting along amazingly. I even went back to his for more chat and coffee (not that kind!) and this is when I kinda knew I was gonna marry this guy – I had never felt this way before!” For Giles, although he knew Laura was special, it was until he broke his leg and allowed Laura to care for him, that he fully realised how important she had become to him. From that point on they became inseparable, and Laura moved in not long after.
In 2009, after a trip to Australia, they decided to start trying for a baby. “This was something we had chatted about loads, and although marriage was talked about too, babies seemed more important to us at the time.” They also bought their dream home/renovation project, a 1920s detached property in the centre of Chichester, thinking they would have time to work on this before 2 became 3. However Laura fell pregnant nearly immediately, and so the house has taken more of a backseat over the last couple of years.
Laura was nearly 8 months pregnant and about to turn 30, when Giles proposed. “He promised me a night away and took me to a beautiful local hotel. On arrival the room was FULL with flowers and candles, it was gorgeous; but being pregnant, I ran straight to the bathroom, unaware that Giles was waiting for me down on one knee!” Needless to say, she said yes, and “we had our gorgeous boy, Rudi, 2 months later. I feel extremely lucky to have 2 amazing boys in my life and to have found someone who loves me for me and has made my life so bloomin fab!”
After the proposal, Laura and Giles decided to wait until 2012 before putting wedding plans into action, although they’ve always had a clear vision about how they want this special day to unfold. “We’ve always spoken about our day being laid back, outdoors and loads of fun! I hope we are achieving that. We are to marry at my family church which has always been a dream of mine. It’s also where my grandparents are buried, where my parents married and where I was christened, so it’s going to be emotional! Afterwards we’re off to a local pub for a BBQ followed by ice-cream served from a vintage trike and lots of dancing to a cheesy disco!”
Laura found us via Love My Dress and when I saw her tweeting Annabel about a birdcage veil, I knew she was going to be an awesome bride! “My best find has to my birdcage veil/head dress. I was desperate to find something quite big and a bit different (think Carrie Bradshaw) but everything I found online was a small fortune. I ended up randomly finding it at my wedding dress shop in the sale; it’s a bit crazy but I LOVE it!!! I also found tonnes of little white battery powered lanterns in a local shop to hang in the trees, so cute!”
Laura, Giles and Rudi are a adorable family, and the energy in their home is warm and bustling. I know this is a lovely indication of what we can expect for their big day, and roll on June is all I can say!
I didn’t know, but Craigslist have an area in their classified section called “missed connections” where strangers can post a message for someone they have had a brief encounter with, in the hope that they might reconnect. There is something awfully romantic about this, particularly when Sophie brings the stories to life with her whimsical artwork, and it makes me think of the film Sliding Doors and the “what ifs” in life…
Doesn’t it get your imagination going?
Caz and Rick chose to marry at Ca’s Xorc a fabulous venue perched high on the hills with an extraordinary view into the town of Soller. They fell in love with the venue the moment they saw it, and it’s not hard to understand why.
Meanwhile Cam was with the boys down at the Port de Soller, where the groom was getting ready.