Real wedding Feature
Fiona and Chris
We wanted to get to know Fiona and Chris a little better and why they chose certain aspects of their wedding day, it was such a joy and a pleasure to help this wonderful couple make their dream wedding a reality.
Where did you meet?
At a gig when we were teenagers and have been together ever since!
What did you do for your first date?
We never had an official first date (we were too young for all that) but Chris did treat me to a romantic cruise in his clapped out Fiesta! I’m one lucky girl!!
How long have you been together?
Errrrrm, let me think....too long! It’ll be just over 17 years now...yikes!!!
How and where did you get engaged?
Chris treated us to our first overnight stay in a suite at The Grand hotel when we were 19 and got down on one knee. It was all very romantic until he reminded me he still had a gig to play that night! We were then engaged a whole decade before getting married!!
What made you decide to go with the venue you chose for your wedding day?
We always knew we wanted a marquee wedding and when we saw Samares Manor, we fell in love with it straight away. We liked that they only host a certain amount of weddings each year which made ours feel special and the grounds are just so picturesque.
Did you have a small or large wedding?
We were lucky enough to have 120 guests who could be with us on our special day.
Do you have a favourite photo from your wedding day? If so, why is it your fave and which one?
That’s a tough question as we love so many. Matt Porteous and Max Burnett are so talented! I think our favourite photo is of us during our first dance when the gold confetti cannons went off as it was such a magical moment, but I also love the photo of me and my bridesmaids under the lit up tree in their gorgeous gold sequin dresses.
What was your first dance song and is there a story behind why you chose this song?
Our first dance song was an acoustic version of ‘I Won’t Let You Go’ by James Morrison as we both loved the lyrics to the song and the acoustic arrangement.
What made your wedding day unique?
We spent a couple of years planning every last detail of our wedding to try and create a unique theme which had not been done before. Badgley Mischka gold sequin bridesmaid dresses, a live piano performance during dinner and a surprise pipe band performance in the evening were some of the larger highlights, but throughout the wedding we had lots of small detailed personalisations which didn’t go unnoticed judging by our guests’ reactions!
What was your favourite part of your day?
Seeing how all of our hard work come together throughout the day was a highlight for us, along with being able to let loose at the party in the evening once all the formalities had finished. However, saying our vows together in church was probably the biggest highlight of the day for us - it was a magical experience that we’ll never forget!
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We spent 5 days in Hong Kong to start, then moving on to a relaxing 2 weeks on a small island in Fiji. We spent a further 3 days in The Peninsula in Hong Kong on the return trip.
Did you have anything homemade at your wedding?
We created our own motif which featured heavily throughout the day, and we created our own artwork on mirrors and signage too. We also designed our own favours, which were mini bottles of gold leaf vodka featuring our own artwork. Our ‘save the date’ was a boxed home-made cookie with the details written on! That was a very full on day of baking!
What was your something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue?
My ‘something old’ was my great grandma’s wedding ring which my mum now wears, which I had stitched to my garter. My ‘something new’ was a diamond bracelet Chris had left for me on the morning of the wedding. My ‘something borrowed’ was a garter from my best friend. My ‘something blue’ was a blue crystal set into the bottom of my shoe!
Is there anything you would have changed and what would be your top tips for anyone planning their wedding?
There was genuinely not a single thing we would change about the day. Everything went according to plan barring a few minor hiccups (which add charm)! I would say plan and book things well in advance and don’t leave things to the last minute. Make spreadsheets of everything - costs, deposits, confirmations etc... you can never have too much information! Run through the day in your heads multiple times - it’s really easy to miss small details and potentially regret it later! Finally, take time throughout the day to step back and absorb everything that’s going on. It’s true what they say - the day really does go quicker than you would believe!
Wedding ceremony venue- St Lawrence Parish Church
Wedding reception venue - Samares Manor
Caterers - Harper’s catering
Cake - Pat-a-cakes
Florist - Eden by Claire
Photographers - Matt Porteous & Max Burnett
Videographer - Anna Somma
Vicar - Phil Warren - Rector of St Lawrence
Wedding dress - Anna Trigg
Bridesmaids dresses - Badgley Mischka, Beverly Hills
Grooms suit - Moss Bros
Groomsmen - Moss Bros
Wedding rings - Hettich
Stationary - Quints of Jersey
Wedding cars - Style Hire
Music - Luke Brown coordinated our music on the day
Band - Little Black Dress
Choir - Holmechase
Vocalist - Hayley Smith
Violinist - Terri O’Donoghue
Pianist - Malcolm Whittell
Reception arrival music - Bossa Basseline
Piano - Rex Moss
Acoustic set - Chris Day & Jamie Dyer
Pipe band - Jersey Pipe Band
Hair and Make Up - The Parlour
Other than your lovely selves, Delta, Lovely Days Studio, Style to Cherish, Jersey Party booth.