October 5, 2017

Emma and Marc had their classic, intimate and elegant wedding in Shropshire on a Saturday in September.  A lovely wedding with close family and friends with the addition of their beautiful baby daughter Orla who was just 19 weeks old.


Emma and I first met back in July 2012 at a wedding fayre in the West Midlands.  Such a genuine and lovely person and I was so pleased when she met Marc and they secured me for their wedding with over two year’s notice.  They even got in touch with me before securing the venue to ensure I was available.

How did you both meet?
We met in 2014 after chatting on a dating site.  We had both been in long term relationships prior to meeting each other, and ended up online hoping to meet someone new.  Marc messaged me first, he always says he wasn’t expecting a reply…that was where he was wrong!  Our first few messages were in between football matches as the World Cup was on, and Marc is a big football fan.  We met twice before I went on holiday to Greece, we spoke everyday whilst I was away, the day after I got back we met and have been inseparable since.

How did Marc propose?
Marc had planned to ask me to marry him pretty soon after we met!  He asked my Dad if he could have my hand in marriage on New Year’s Eve 2014.   We were going on a trip to Bourton on the Water, where unbeknown to me Marc walked around with the ring in his pocket the whole day.  The right moment just never arose, so on Burns Night, 25 January 2015 we went for a walk around Trentham Gardens, still Marc had the ring in his pocket.  It was very busy that day, every man and his dog were walking round the gardens, and Marc isn’t one for publicly announcing things.  We were sat in the car waiting to leave the car park, when suddenly Marc said he needed to ask me a question, the answer was of course yes through floods of tears.

Describe your style?
We didn’t have a particular style for our wedding – we just knew we wanted something classy.  Neither myself or Marc are fussy or over the top people so decoration was to be minimal.  Our colour scheme was navy and coral, no particular reason for this we just liked the colours and thought they complimented each other.  I’m pretty obsessive about things being just right, so it was important that everything matched and looked perfect.


Emma required partial planning for her wedding, as well as me assisting with the finer details (including her bespoke wedding stationery) and providing part wedding day management.

Why did you choose Amy as your wedding planner?
We chose Amy as our wedding planner, mainly because Amy had become a good friend of mine.  We met over five years ago and had an instant connection.  Amy has been supportive through some tough times, but since me and Marc have been together we knew she would support us whilst planning our wedding.  We knew we wanted Amy’s help, but we also wanted her as a guest later in the day.  We knew we could rely on her to ensure our day was perfect.

What did you most enjoy about working with Amy?
Amy is good fun and helps keep the stresses of planning a wedding to a minimum.  She was also honest about our thoughts and ideas, if she didn’t think something would work she would say, but then suggest an alternative.  Amy also ensured the hotel was on the same page as her and made sure all of the suppliers were confirmed.  Amy always made sure we knew she was there making our wedding happen.  We also had Amy produce our bespoke wedding stationery which was perfect, just what we asked for.  We couldn’t have got through the day without Amy being there, due to there being another event in our wedding breakfast room on the morning of our wedding.  Nothing could be set up the day before in this room.  Amy set to work after the ceremony and made sure that the room was perfect, just as we discussed.  She certainly took the worry away from us which allowed us to enjoy our reception drinks and photos.  Amy is a lovely, kind and thoughtful lady who is very passionate about her job and her clients.

Being part of Emma and Marc’s wedding journey was such a pleasure.  We were already good friends and became closer during the process.  Wedding stationery is not something I normally do, but due to the concept and style they wanted I was able to do this for them.  Emma’s attention to detail is way up there, so I was so pleased she was over the moon with them and they had so many lovely comments.

I visited their venue on a few occasions prior to their wedding day, including having their day in detail meeting there and a walkthrough of the day.  I also met with Emma when I was visiting another venue in the area to have a catch-up before the big day.

What memories will you always cherish about your wedding planning journey?
We will always remember the exciting times when picking things for our wedding, such as flowers, stationery, etc.  Marc will cherish the memory of going to Makro to buy the sweets for our sweet table.  Although most men will say it’s the Bride that makes the decisions for the wedding, we made all of our decisions together, which has only brought us closer.


On Wedding Eve, I met Emma and Marc at the venue to go through everything that needed setting up and sorting out the day after.  Because the hotel had other events on it meant nothing could be done in the ceremony room until the morning of the wedding and during the drinks reception in the wedding breakfast room.  Emma was also worried about guest changes, so my printer and everything was to hand in the car in case we had to make any last minute changes to place name cards and seating plans – thank goodness these weren’t needed but were to hand just in case.

It was actually lovely on Wedding Eve to spend some time with Emma and her family before having an early night ahead of the big day.  Emma’s family were so generous with food and drink, really lovely kind people.


On the wedding morning itself, I made sure Emma was OK and ensured everything was set in the ceremony room as well as their signage being displayed.  I kept checking on Emma and when the boys arrived, I ensured that their buttonholes were allocated and pinned on.

Emma looked absolutely stunning in her dress.   Her hair and makeup were just beautiful.  Such an understated girl who blew Marc away.  Little Orla looked adorable as well.

A very emotional ceremony, followed by drinks and photos.  During this time, I made sure everything was set in the wedding breakfast room, including making sure the sweetie table was set and the tables as per Emma’s wishes.

We decided to get the cake cut earlier than expected as it was getting quite a lean on!  So once this was done it was disassembled ready for cutting up later on to go with their evening buffet.

I was blown away to receive a gorgeous flower arrangement (and handwritten card) from Emma and Marc as a thank you during the speeches, totally unexpected.

Daytime celebrations went into more photos, clearing tables, saving keepsakes and moving furniture aside ready for their evening celebrations.

Great fun assisting their photographer, Phil Nock with the sparkler shot as well.

What can I say such a lovely, classy, timeless and elegant wedding day with a great couple and group of family and friends.

What part of your wedding day did you enjoy the most?
We can’t really pick a particular part of the day.  From the minute we woke up until the minute we went to bed, the whole day was one of the best days ever, the birth of our daughter being on a par.  It was an incredible emotional day, which resulted in me spending most of it in tears, happy tears I may add.

What advice would you give to a bride (or groom) whilst planning their wedding?
Most importantly remember the day is about you and your future husband.  You will have many people trying to tell you what to do, who to invite, etc, but remember it’s your day.  Don’t be pushed into things, be strong and follow your heart.  Make sure you feel comfortable with your photographer, we couldn’t have asked for a nicer photographer, he made us feel completely relaxed and at ease.  This is so important as you don’t want to look tense in your wedding photos.  Remember apart from the memories in your head your photos are all you have left.  Don’t rush things, take your time when picking suppliers and do your research.  Always remember what is important to the two of you.  Lastly pick an amazing wedding planner to help keep the stress at bay, Amy at Amaranthyne is absolutely perfect.

Words to describe Amy?
Kind | Thoughtful | Attentive | Friendly | Caring | Passionate | Professional | Warm | Smiley | Calming


Wedding Planner – Amy Thorne of Amaranthyne Weddings
Photographer – Phil Nock Photography
Flowers – Nigel Whyles Floral Design
Cake – Marks and Spencer
Bespoke Wedding Stationery – Amy Thorne of Amaranthyne Weddings
Hair – Louise Price
Makeup – Sarah Waters
Wedding Dress – Ella Rose (style BE267) from Kingswinford Bridal
Suits – Torre Suits with Cristo Waistcoats – Nicholas Smith
LOVE Letters – Michelle Cawley

Wedding Venue – Telford Spa and Golf Resort

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