Georgina and Chris both met at college and fast became really good friends. “We've known each other a total of 13 years,” says the bride. “We both share the same likes including outdoor adventures, a good laugh and a boogie. Our first date was to the Chill Factore snowdome. I've been a keen skier since I was six and Chris loves snowboarding and taught me – there were a few falls!”
Three years later Chris proposed on a trip to Iceland at New Years. “It all started on Christmas Day – Chris did a treasure hunt around the house and the last present was an envelope in the tree. I opened it to find out I was going to Ireland for New Year. Upon check in at the airport I noticed people in snow boots and fur hats. At this point I realised that we were in fact traveling to Iceland,” adds Georgina. “We went on a husky ride, walked in ice caves and swam in the blue lagoon. He'd planned to propose by the northern lights but they didn't show and I fell asleep in the car on the way home! Chris had the ring in his pocket the whole time. In the end it happened one night when we went for a walk around Reykjavik – it was beautiful. The small square was quiet and the trees and paths were full of fairylights. It was really slippery so I turned round to grab Chris' hand and he was down on one knee – it was the 30th December, 2013 – we celebrated by going to some nice bars. I think I managed to get my engagement ring in every picture from there onwards!”
Here, Georgina tells us about their special day...
Georgina Sargent married Christopher Hughes, both 30, at St Ann's Church, Cheadle Hulme, followed by a reception at Styal Lodge on 8th August, 2015.
I chose my sisters as my bridesmaids as we get on so well. We're all pretty chilled out and I explained that they could have an input into their big-day look. They're all so important to me and it was a special moment going with them and my mum to sort their dresses out.
Our favours were small pots of homemade jam preserved to reflect afternoon tea with a label saying 'jam packed with love.'
I had a loose hand-tied bouquet with lace ribbon and small pearls. The bridesmaids had a smaller version of mine with a few different blooms added in.
The guys all wore dark grey suits that Chris chose himself with a little help from me. The groomsmen had sage green cravats and a slightly different waistcoat. The groom stood out with an ivory cravat and a tie pin which I gifted to him – they all looked great together.
On the way to the church my dad and I took a little trip down memory lane going past our old family home
We opted for a simple three-tiered cake. It was placed on a wooden log and decorated with flowers and bunting.
My gown was the design Greta by Watters. I wanted to feel elegant, which this dress achieved, and it also flattered my figure. I did put my own stamp on the design by changing the neckline, adding a keyhole back, belt and sparkle and beading round the bottom – I also added extra length to my train.
We were both so relaxed and literally didn't stop smiling all day. I wanted to be as stress free as possible as moments like this are to treasure.” – Georgina
Wooden blocks painted with small butterflies were our centrepieces. They were surrounded by smaller logs holding tea lights. We tried to place loved ones from different sides of the family on a table so they could chat and get to know one another better. We wanted everyone to just dance and have a good time. The tableplan was hung off a small tree with glass orbs containing tea lights and flowers.
We loved the feel of Styal Lodge. As soon as you walk inside you're impressed with the big dancefloor and chandeliers. Chris and I love dancing so we wanted a large space to show of some moves, which is why we also had large light-up letters spelling out DANCE. I also liked the venue's interior as you could put your own stamp on it and the outdoors was perfect for a summer wedding
We had dance lessons and learnt a routine to Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud – it was amazing . Nobody knew we had lessons and my dad was saying how much he loved the song a few weeks before the wedding , not knowing that we'd already picked it.
Bride's dress and accessories
Agape Bridal Boutique
Maids to Measure
Pink Pepper Catering
Gillan Edgar Music
St Ann's R.C Church, Cheadle Hulme
Groom and groomsmen's suits
Hair and make-up
Bridal Hair and Make up by Katie
Emma Boileau Photography
Capture Your Moments
Wedding night and guest accommodation