Amy and Gordon’s March Wedding
It is always a pleasure to hear from our wedding couples following their wedding day at Layer Marney Tower. For this blog, we had a chat with newly-wed couple Amy and Gordon Raines about their wedding planning experiences and the wedding day itself.
I hope you enjoy reading about their special day here in March 2019. (Karen Brand – Wedding Coordinator)
When did the proposal take place and how did it happen?
Gordon proposed on Valentine’s Day 2018. His parents had also previously got engaged on Valentine’s Day too, so he wanted to keep the tradition going. As I’m a big softie and romantic and love Valentine’s Day, he wanted it always to be associated with happy memories.
We went to one of our favourite restaurants, Crofters in Witham. Gordon had a gift bag with him and was going to propose during the meal but unfortunately for him, the evening did not go to plan… It was raining heavily, we were both tired, I was freezing in my dress – and the moment never quite happened. Later at home, Gordon presented me with a bag that contained a teddy bear wearing a t-shirt saying “Will you marry me?”. When I looked up he was on one knee and proposed!
Did you have an ideal venue in mind before you began your search? How did you research your ideal venue?
I knew that I wanted to get married at St Luke’s Church in Tiptree, due to the family ties. We first viewed Houchins Wedding Fair; it was beautiful however not in our price range. So we decided to look around at different venues to see the difference in packages and prices.
We knew of Layer Marney Tower as my best friend and bridesmaid Victoria had held her wedding there 5 years ago. We were shocked at the prices – we thought there must have been a mistake as they were less than we expected. We booked a visit when there was heavy snow and on arrival, the only staff at the venue was the owner himself. He showed us around and we fell in love; we knew it would go perfectly with our church and was the ideal location in between both family homes. We had previously discussed a March wedding as that is when we had our first date and the price was lower. Neither of us wanted a wedding in the heat of the summer either, so it was perfect timing. We were booked for 22nd March of the following year, exactly 3 years from when we first met. It was fate.
Did you have a theme?
We didn’t have an obvious theme however subconsciously, I guess we did end up having a traditional yet current fairy tale. I didn’t want anything too modern because we wanted to look back and still love what we had chosen, rather than it just be fashionable at the time. Our favourite colour is red however we didn’t like the idea of red for a wedding. After some research, we decided on blush with a hint of red.
I felt that I had waited a long time to finally get my happy ending, (after kissing a few frogs as my Dad put in his speech!) and wanted to look like a princess. I chose an A-line dress with a heart shaped neckline, with long delicate lace sleeves as that is how a typical princess looked when I was little.
(Wedding dress supplied by Amara Bridal.)