Phil proposed during a surprise trip to Switzerland. “I had no idea where we were going, and all he’d said was to pack winter clothes and walking boots,” shares the bride. “As soon as I found out where we were going, I was over the moon! Phil is half Swiss, and my family used to holiday in Switzerland when I was younger, so it’s a special place for both of us. On the second day of our holiday, we caught the cable car up to the very top of a mountain where we saw beautiful blue skies and the most incredible views of the Matterhorn. I turned around, and Phil was down on one knee in the snow asking me to marry him. I, of course, said ‘yes’. We then skied down the mountain, popped open a bottle of champagne and celebrated in style in our Swiss chalet. It was the perfect proposal.”
"Storrs Hall was the first venue we looked at, and I knew that we wouldn't find anywhere else as beautiful," explains Amanda. "We had friends and family travelling from all over the world to attend our wedding, so we decided to hire the property for the whole weekend. The stunning setting, delicious food and fabulous accommodation were exactly what we wanted, and it looked particularly gorgeous at Christmas."
The couple incorporated their love of National Trust properties into their table names. "Phil and I have visited many historic houses and love making a romantic picnic to enjoy in the beautiful gardens," shares the bride. "This led us to name our tables after our favourite places, including Chartwell, Holkham Hall and Chatsworth. I designed our table plan, along with all the invitations and stationery. I went for an elegant dark blue colour scheme with gold accents running throughout."
"Grange Flower Service created beautiful floral decorations for our centrepieces," says Amanda. "We chose a mixture of tall vases with deep red, white and green blooms and lanterns with floral wreaths."Amanda and Phil purchased their big-day bake from Lucie's Cake Co. "Our cake was an absolute dream," shares the bride. "It was a four-tier design with pillars, delicate frosted detailing and beautiful fresh flowers. It was a real spectacle! We displayed it in the rotunda at Storrs Hall, and all our guests commented on how delicious and gorgeous it was."
"Phil arranged all the transport through Little and Caine," reveals Amanda. "He hired traditional wedding cars for my dad and I and another for my mum and the bridesmaids. We also arranged a coach to take all the guests to the church and back."
Amanda wore a beautiful dress from A Family Affair in Kendal. "I'd tried on so many designs, and it was my mum who ended up finding my gown," says Amanda. "I put it on, and we both knew it was the one. My two gorgeous nieces, Celia and Zoe, thought I was a Disney princess on my wedding day, and I was more than happy to go along with that. I accessorised with a pair of sapphire and diamond earrings that were a wedding present from Phil, my mum's veil and a tiara borrowed from my sister-in-law."
Phil and his groomsmen wore traditional morning suits from Moss Bros with deep red accents to match the flowers. "He chose cufflinks in the shape of an Airbus A320, which is the aeroplane he flys for work," adds the bride. "It was the first Christmas present I ever bought him, and he always wears them on special occasions."
"My bridesmaids and flowergirls chose elegant navy blue dresses and fur shrugs from Ever Pretty," explains Amanda. "I also surprised them with jewellery sets on the morning of the wedding and bottles of champagne to celebrate."
"To keep everyone entertained, we had a piano player during the drinks reception and a DJ for the evening reception," shares Amanda. "For our first dance, we decided two days before the wedding to make up a routine to dance along to LOVE by Nat King Cole. Somehow, we managed to pull it off, and it will forever be one of our favourite moments of the day."
"We were relaxed on the day and just enjoyed every moment," Amanda shares. "It was so special getting married surrounded by our friends and family in a beautiful setting at the most wonderful time of the year."
Their photographer, Ladybirds Photography suggested taking confetti photos under the rotunda. "He organised for all the bridal party to go up onto the balcony and throw confetti down while we danced," says the bride. "It was a magical moment, although I did get rather dizzy! During the drinks reception, he then persuaded us to get some wedding photos outside, even though it was slightly wet from the rain. It was so worth it as the photos of us in the pagoda are magical."
"I had planned for some sparkler photos in the evening, but when the time came, the sparklers had gone missing!" adds Amanda. "I had the whole Storrs Hall team hunting for them but to no avail until one of the staff found some leftover sparklers from a previous wedding and saved the day! I'm so glad they did as I love the pictures so much."
The couple had family joining them from all over the world. "Phil's sister and her family were flying in the day before the wedding from France," shares the bride. "However, French airstrikes meant that all flights were cancelled! That didn't stop them, they all got in the car and drove 22 hours to make it in time for the wedding celebrations! It meant so much to us that they were there and it wouldn't have been the same without them."
“We flew first class to Thailand and enjoyed our honeymoon on a beautiful beach resort,” reveals the bride. “We spent some action-packed days white water rafting and snorkelling. Phil planned it all to perfection, and we were back home just in time to spend Christmas with our families.”
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