tell us your wedding story so far… Liana and Chris
How did you get engaged?
We got engaged in Devon which is where Chris (my future husband) lives. His dog died a few years ago but before she died we always used to take her on this really lovely walk whenever we were in Devon. It’s got beautiful views and a few years ago, when we were walking his dog, I mentioned that it would be the most amazing place to be proposed to as it would be very picturesque. Anyhow, we went to Devon for the weekend last May and he suggested on the Sunday morning that we went for a walk. We ended up driving to Yennadon Down (which is the picturesque place I mentioned above). At this stage I really, really didn’t suspect anything, we were just nattering away about random stuff, as per usual, and then suddenly, while my back was turned and I was harping on about how beautiful the view was, he got down on one knee. I then turned around and my immediate reaction was that he was making fun of me but then he pulled out a little box, said the loveliest things a girl could ever want to hear and asked me to marry him. Needless to say, there were a lot of happy tears shed and lots of yes, yes, yessing.
Is there a theme/style for your wedding? Why did you choose it?
There’s no real theme to our wedding per se, but as we’re getting married in the country I want to try and keep things looking low key. All the flowers are going to look like we’ve gathered them from the garden and our colour scheme is whites and fresh bright greens with little flashes of purple. I also wanted to make sure our wedding felt warm, cosy and romantic so there will be a lot of candlelight.
What are your key gift list items?
Chris and I don’t really have a lot of our own homeware as we’re currently renting a furnished flat, so we’ve put a lot of things on our list that are gorgeous, unique homeware pieces that you wouldn’t find anywhere else – things like Nkuku’s Ebbu candle holders and Roost Living’s wobbly porcelain bowls. Also, as the first flat we lived in together is in Clapham Junction we’re really hoping that some lovely person will give us Barbara Coupe’s very cool London Destinations cushion.
Is your wedding turning out as you dreamt it would?
All I can say at the moment is so far so good. We haven’t had any major hiccoughs yet and everything, dare I say it, seems to be running very smoothly. I haven’t had any bridezilla moments… yet.
What is your one wedding tip?
It’s probably an obvious one but my one tip would be to just try and stay calm. At the end of the day your wedding is about you and your partner, and is about celebrating with the people you love the most and who love you the most. Those people are not going to be bothered if your lipstick’s not the right colour or if it’s pouring with rain.
Liana is Media Planning Manager at notonthehighstreet.com