Sammy and Steven didn’t let the fact they wanted a nontraditional wedding theme put them off going for it. Camouflage waistcoats, wooden fish carvings and stunning images down by the lake – this fishing themed wedding was unique and personal – perfect.
We had been together for three years when we got engaged, our engagement was 10 years long and we got married the day before our 13th anniversary.
We wanted our wedding day to represent us and who we were, so we decided on a fishing theme to make it personal to us. Hubby is very much into fishing. The most important thing from our wedding day was having those who loved and cared for us being there. We had close family and friends to celebrate with us, around 60 day guests and 80 evening guests. Most of our family travelled down from afar to be there.
If I was to describe the day in three words it would be fun, different and amazing.
Venue & Ceremony
We got married in my husband’s family church, which is the church our 2 children have also been christened at. After the church, Steve and I went to the fishing lake that he fishes, for photos and then onto the Hilton for our reception.
We had my brother in law drive me and my dad to the church and then my mum surprised us with a Jaguar – Steve’s favourite car. This was also the car my mum had used for her wedding 10 years ago so it was very special.
I got my wedding dress from a small local bridal shop that sells new and preloved dresses. My mum and best friend (maid of honour) actually chose my dress – they made me try it on haha. Once I had the dress on all I could hear was my best friend say she is smiling, so because of that, I knew that must have been the dress.
I had small heeled wedding shoes and my hair piece was my something borrowed that my friend lent me from me her wedding.
Hair & Makeup
My friend, who is a hairdresser did my hair and all my bridal parties. My makeup was by a lady I found on Facebook. She did me and all my bridal party and she was brilliant – so professional and friendly. we all went with the natural look.
Groom & His Men
Steve decided from the beginning of our planning he wanted to tie his outfit in with the theme – he wanted camouflage waistcoats. This proved really difficult to find but thanks to an amazing seamstress who located the right material in America we had them made them for us.
We had Steve, the best man, father of the bride, stepfather of the bride, father of the groom and our son in the waistcoats. It worked really well and was the talk of all the guests!
I chose my bridesmaids’ dresses as I had found one for my daughter I liked and It was a difficult colour – mink. However, six weeks before my wedding I changed my mind and wanted my daughter to be in the same dress as the bridesmaids but unfortunately, they were out of stock in the UK. Luckily her friends’ mum had the same dress so let her have it and we had it made into a child’s dress. I had done my whole colour scheme around my daughter’s first dress haha!
I purchased my flowers from a lady I found on a Facebook wedding site. She wasn’t local so everything was done via message but she was so helpful and came up with great ideas along the way for my flowers.
I had a teardrop bouquet and I wanted my daughter to have a slightly different lighter bouquet from the adults, to help her feel special and important. We chose white and mink (browns) artificial flowers.
We had a 3 tier white cake with 2 carp fish as our cake toppers to go with our theme. This was a very important part of my wedding as my friend made us this, it was her first time making fish and thankfully she likes me giving her challenges lol. She did an amazing job! The cake was put out on the evening reception and the rest we took home the next day. We took our top tier on honeymoon with us.
We had a 2-course meal and went for one of Steve’s favourite dishes – sausage and mash.
We chose the stationary we did as again was very personal to us. We had 3 wooden fish, 2 of which we travelled 3 hours to get and 1 my children’s childminder’s brother carved for us. These we have kept.
My partner did the centrepieces. We chose fish name place cards and had a fish drop box.In keeping with the theme – we also had a fishing net with fish and worm sweets hanging out on the sweet table.
We had a sign from our children welcoming guests to the wedding of mummy and daddy and the same supplier also made photo frame gifts for the parents and sisters.
I made up little activity boxes for the children during the meal to keep them entertained I felt this worked really well.
We had a large S and S sign – we found this a great statement.
We had a caricaturist during the day. He was there whilst guests arrived from the church. As soon as everyone arrived he already a queue – he was really popular with the guests. He gave my son some paper and he drew mummy on which he was so proud of, going around showing everyone.
For the evening we had a magician and he was just out this world – he was amazing. Looking back at the photos and people’s reactions are brilliant! A work colleague said to me that night wherever you found him and whatever you paid that trick was well worth the money. My guests are still talking about him now, he made my wedding reception.
Well, what can I say about Barry – he is just wow! He was such a lovely man, professional but so funny he got the children and adults laughing and smiling. I booked him as loved his work and really liked him as a person. The main photographs I wanted were sunset pictures and lake photos and he got them and so much more.
My little boy carried the rings down the aisle and my daughter wrote her own poem about us that she read at the church. She read this out in front of everyone and this was really special to us.
My lovely sister’s mother in law wrote out all my table plan names and name places.
So many things made it memorable, mainly the fact everything was so personal to us. From the theme, down to all the people that were involved i.e my friends who did my hair and made my cake.
Before my Nan passed away she said I could have her wedding ring. I kept that wedding ring safe for 13 years and her wedding ring is now my wedding ring.
Bride To Bride
I was worried what people would think of me with having such a different theme but I didn’t need to worry as it was just amazing. So if you’re thinking of having a theme but worried, I would go with it as it is just so personal to you and fun doing. Having made our wedding so personal to us, I found it so much more special. From the witnesses straight through to the waistcoats and the fish cake.
You won’t worry about any of the little things on the day so don’t stress about anything. Have fun – it goes so fast. Try and take the time to go off on your own as a couple. Going off to have pictures just the two of you works really well as it gives you time alone to take it all in. Our photographer was great for giving us time alone for photos.
Ceremony: St Michael’s Church ♥ Reception: Hilton Avisford Park Hotel
Wedding Dress: Bijou Bridal Boutique
Hair: Stephanie’s Hair & Makeup ♥ Makeup: Little Pretty Co
Bridesmaid Dresses: Krisp ♥ Groomsmen Waistcoats: Emma Guard Design
Flowers: Flowers by Tall Tess Occasions ♥ Wedding Signage: The Green Dovecote
Wooden Dropbox: Wooden Crafting Supplies ♥ Entertainment: Matt Wainwright Magic
Photography: Barry Page Photography