Louise and Sam’s intimate elopement wedding
If you’re planning an intimate elopement wedding, you’ll love Louise and Sam’s beautifully small celebration. Our WED2B Real Weddings feature reveals more…
Louise and Sam met in 2000, when they were just seven years old. “Sam and I went to the same primary school, then the same secondary school, and then the same university,” says Louise.
“We drifted over the years, but then Sam had a dream about me and decided to message me. We messaged for months before I finally agreed to see him, because I was adamant that we were going to be nothing more than friends. I didn’t want to get his hopes up! A few months later, on the 12th October 2016, we made it official.”
A New Year’s Day proposal
Sam proposed after the couple had been together for four years and had just bought their first home together. “It was the 1st January 2021, and we were on a New Year’s Day walk with my dogs,” says Louise. “It was just along the local river where we both grew up, but it meant a lot because it was where we’d go each evening to watch the sun set during lockdown.”
Shopping for the dress
“My experience at Exeter WED2B was so lovely,” says Louise. “The woman who helped me made me feel so at ease and gave me as much time as I needed.”
“I ended up choosing Minnie, which was actually not what I thought I’d go for at all. I went in thinking I’d go for something plain, and came out with a dress full of intricate beading! My favourite thing about the dress was the low-cut back.”
Small but perfectly formed
The couple married at Ever After at Lower Grenofen, in Devon, on the 20th October 2022. “They’re situated along a river, in the woods, and specialise in intimate elopement weddings,” says Louise. “We didn’t want a big wedding, so this suited us well. They also included the photography, flowers and cake in the package, making everything very easy.”
The big day
“I got ready in the cottage onsite with my sister, who was my maid of honour,” says Louise. “My dad walked me down the aisle to Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’. It was a sunny day, which was a miracle in itself because the rest of the week had been pouring down with rain. We wrote our own vows, which made the ceremony that much more special. I even remembered all of mine off the top of my head!”
Celebrating with family
“We had a mini champagne and canapés reception after the ceremony, which our nine guests enjoyed while we had our photos taken in the woods,” says Louise.
A nature theme
“We wanted our wedding to tie in with the surroundings, so had woody and green colours throughout,” says Louise. “The flowers were then a mixture of brighter colours, so they stood out.”
“We had stuffed cookies made by Just Dunne Baking and Macmillan gold leaf pin badges for our favours. Our cake was lemon and raspberry flavour with a white chocolate buttercream.”
The best bits…
My top tips…
“Only invite who you want there, it’s your day, no one else’s,” says Louise.
Louise and Sam’s Dream Team
Photographer: Clare Kinchin
Venue: Ever After
Wedding dresses Exeter: WED2B
Caterers: Taylor’s Tavistock
Cake: Harrie at Boo To A Goose
Flowers: Amanda Randell at Flowers Et Al
Videographer: Baxter & Ted
Hair stylist: Jodie at Tavistock Hair Lounge
Cookies: Just Dunne Baking
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