When April came to our boutique to choose her wedding dress with her lovely Mum … also a Limelight bride… she had a very clear vision of her wedding day. This vision really excited us, so we asked if we could share that special day when she married Sam:
How did you and Sam meet?
We actually met online! I was 19 at the time and hadn’t really met anybody so I thought I would give online dating a go. I messaged Sam and we got talking and decided to meet up. We met in a pub in Sheffield for a drink and once we sat down and got talking I nipped to the toilet to call my best friend to let her know he was OK and not a weirdo! The rest is history, here we are 8 years later…
What was the first thing you noticed about him?
The first thing I noticed was probably how tall and handsome he was.
Was it love at first sight?
Definitely! I can remember getting butterflies and looking forward to our next date. He was, and still is such a gentleman.
How did Sam propose?
We went on holiday to Newquay for my 24th birthday, we walked up to Little Fistral to the white look out building on top of a hill next to the beach. There was a couple of people up there and once we got to the top and id had a look around I was ready to go back down, not knowing that Sam was waiting for the people to leave so he could propose. He plucked up the courage and got down on one knee, I didn’t expect it at all and there were some happy tears.
What was it about your venue that made you choose it for your wedding day?
We tried to keep to a budget as we wanted to go on a big holiday for our honeymoon so we decided to get married in Sheffield Town Hall which was actually really lovely and had some lovely places for a few photos.
We then made our way to the Leopold Hotel across the road and we decided to go there, (well I decided) because of the afternoon tea! It looked amazing and was. So we had afternoon tea for our wedding breakfast and held our reception there as well.
April, what was the best bit about your hen do?
I didn’t have your average crazy hen do with big banners and props. We went to the Cat Café in Sheffield and then went to paint pots before going out for a few cocktails. I loved every minute of it, my best friend organised it and it was amazing. I didn’t expect it at all, it was all a secret of course until the day.
Your wedding had a unique theme with lots of amazing handmade details – tell us a little bit about how you prepared for your wedding
To be honest I changed my mind quite a few times on the theme, originally I wanted a rustic them then a 50s themed wedding with records for centrepieces and polka dot dresses for the bridesmaids. My husband is a big Marvel fan so I thought of incorporating something Marvel into the 50’s theme for example flowers. Once I got looking on Pinterest for some inspiration, the 50’s themed wedding went out of the window and I decided the comic book wedding was what I wanted. I told Sam my ideas and he kind of just went with it and let me do what I wanted. I didn’t want it all to be cheesy in your face so I combined the theme with a Cadbury purple colour so it still looked traditional… and then, on closer inspection, you saw the comic theme.
So I found on YouTube how to make paper flowers and taught my mum how to make them and off she went. She made all of the bouquets, button holes and centrepieces out of comic books, it took her months.
I made the confetti for the tables and the post box for our cards. A lot of items I purchased from Etsy, which is a handmade website so some of the table decorations, the groomsmen’s ties, my shoes, garter and wedding invites were all handmade and my friend‘s nan made my little handbag.
Which things were the most important to you both?
Probably just having everyone around us on the day looking so happy for us and sharing our big day. We wanted to make sure everyone was comfortable and had a great time.
You looked amazing on your wedding day. What were you looking for when you set out to find your wedding dress? How did you know it was THE ONE?
I was looking at Tea length dresses before I came to Limelight. I did pick out a few different styles with Sue and some were gorgeous but just not me. I think the dress I chose was the second dress I tried on, I carried on trying on and went back to that one. I Just loved the detail on it, the lace and the sparkles. It just made me feel comfortable and beautiful.
If you had to choose three favourite memories of the day which would they be and why?
1) Seeing Sam when I walked down the aisle
2) At the end of the ceremony … walking out to the Avengers theme song and the people outside the room cheering when we came out
3) Travelling in the camper van we hired
Were there any unexpected surprises that made you laugh on your wedding day?
My friend took a photo for us in front of a window and there was a bouncer stood outside in our shot so I told her we would move so you wouldn’t see him, but she wasn’t having it. She banged on the window and he ducked behind a wall while she took our photo. She was also the boss woman when the photographer was organising photos, she made sure everyone knew what they were doing and no one questioned her. She was amazing on the day.
Which song did you choose for your first dance as a married couple?
It was ‘Hey soul sister’ by Train.
How did you chose your honeymoon destination?
We went to Florida a couple of years ago and decided we wanted to go back before we settle down and have a family
What advice would you give new brides to be who are planning their wedding?
Go with things you want, not what everyone else wants … it’s your day … so do something you will remember. You don’t have to stick to traditional … make it personal to you. I found it really stressful leading up to the wedding, but the day its self was lovely and nothing went wrong, just enjoy your day when it comes around because it goes by so quick!
To April and Sam thank you for sharing your inspirational wedding day with us … here’s to very Happy Ever After with lots of love from Limelight xxx
Photography by Nicol Garnon.