<< WHEN ROSIE MET SAM >>
Sam + Rosie booked us to film their wedding in early 2018 – we met up and had a good chat about their wedding plans, it sounded so much fun and with Sam being a DJ, I just knew that they would throw a fab celebration.
Keep reading to hear their full story. *beware: you might laugh a lot!*
< THE PROPOSAL >
Sam surprised Rosie on Friday 19th May 2017 by going down on one knee in a meticulously choreographed proposal in the grounds of Rochester Castle. The preparation for which involved dress rehearsals with his best mate, subterfuge and an apprentice with a Go Pro, after swearing at him three times Rosie said yes in a pitch only dogs could hear. The whole proposal was filmed but due to my potty mouth we have only been able to show a select few people!
It was totally unexpected as they had been in Rome the week before and Rosie was sure he would do it there! But as Sam said at dinner after the proposal in Rochester, he couldn’t have rehearsed in Rome.
< THE PLANS >
Sam + Rosie knew that they wanted something outdoors and very relaxed, they had been to quite a few weddings the year before so they wanted it to feel different from all of those. Rosie also admitted to developing an unhealthy obsession with Pinterest – I’m sure this will sound familiar to a few people! Anyway, not long after, Sam + Rosie set their date for 7th July 2018 at the quirky Oak Grove in Upchurch, Kent.
The catering for the day was inspired by their first date where they ate pork pies, drank Stella (classy!!) and then had fish and chips out of the wrapper, it was a perfect first date and seemed like a crowd pleaser.
< THE WEDDING VIDEO>
Sam + Rosie knew that their wedding day was going to whizz by in a fantastic blur. They had already booked the super talented Chris Deller Photography but they were not immediately sure about a videographer the wedding films Rosie remembers seeing were fuzzy VHS tapes from the 80’s with an out of tune organ and awful scene transitions – we have have all seen one of those before!
Sam had spoken to some friends who said that they’d watched their wedding film back far more often than they looked at their album and Rosie’s best friend had a highlights film made of her day which changed their perception of what wedding films could be.
< THE DETAILS >
Rosie’s wedding dress was from Katya Katya London, she found it in The Wild Heart Bridal, Rochester which boutique specialises in less traditional dresses. Rosie knew she would find her dress as soon as she stepped into the shop!
Sam + Rosie didn’t really have a theme or inspiration, they just looked at lots of venues and took elements from each. They had a meadow of silk flowers suspended from the ceiling of the tent, grew their own centre pieces in crates and planted a butchers bike basket for their seating plan.
The bouquets, corsages and buttonholes were made by Charlotte at Smart flowers, Rosie sent her some photos and asked for quite a rustic arrangement and was thrilled with how they turned out.
Sam + Rosie had used Mary’s Kitchen to cater a few family events and do the cake for a golden wedding anniversary so it seemed natural to ask Mary to do their ‘naked’ cake too – three tiers, carrot cake, chocolate fudge and Victoria sponge all topped off with roses from Rosie’s aunt and uncles garden.
The quirky couple based the menu on their first date but couldn’t find a traditional wedding caterer to do fish and chips so they hired Absolutely Ravenous to provide the canapes and desserts. Fly’s Fryer provided the fish and chip van for the main wedding breakfast.
Sam + Rosie’s first dance was ‘Yellow’ by Coldplay which was followed by the band Beer Pressure who continued the party until late.
< MEMORIES >
Sam got very emotional when he saw Rosie walking down the aisle who loves watching this part on the wedding video of him trying to remain composed, however she does feel a bit mean that it took her so long to hold his hand!
The confetti cannons going off as we walked back down the aisle as husband and wife were just incredible, Sam really had to talk Rosie into it but they were perfect and made for some excellent shots.
< TOP TIPS FROM ROSIE >
“Good suppliers will book up quickly so give yourself enough time to plan!
Guest lists will be far harder than you ever imagined, try and remember it’s your day and do what makes you happy.
Try and get all prep done way in advance of the wedding.
If the stress gets to you, it’s really important to have ‘wedding free’ dates/meals/days where you talk about anything other than the wedding, we promise that this keeps you sane!
It’s ok to have different passions/focuses on different elements of the wedding. I focused on the design where as Sam was all about the technical elements and timings. It’s fine to not see eye to eye but always hear the other person out!”
Fantastic tips from Rosie! I hope you enjoyed reading and let us know what you think of their highlights below