Wedding Stories – Teresa and Ugnius
Today, we continue with our wedding stories blog. Our wedding stories blog highlights stunning romantic weddings held at our beautiful venue, That Amazing Place.
Wedding Stories July
Now, it’s the turn of Teresa and Ugnius, to tell us all about what led them to tie the knot and create their perfect wedding day with us in July 2019.
This happy couple initially met at a party in January 2017 and whilst Ugnius can remember every detail of their meeting, it is all a little hazy for Teresa!
Whilst it wasn’t quite love at first sight for this happy couple, romance later blossomed in March 2018 when both were persuaded to go on a road trip by their best friends, who were interested in each other.
After spending five days with Ugnius, Teresa suddenly realised that she had found ‘the one’ and they ended up becoming a couple before their friends did.
Neither Teresa or Ugnius are City people, so they found the countryside location of our venue to be exactly what they were looking for.
Teresa said “We love nature and the outdoors, and we liked the idea of being able to have the ceremony and reception all on the same property.”
What made the venue especially enticing for the couple was the fact that the two families and the wedding party, were all able to spend time together at the venue before the wedding.
As Teresa’s family are based in South Africa and Ugnius is from Lithuania, the wedding was the first time they were all able to spend time together and get to know both sides of the family.
The couple found the support and service that we are able to offer here at That Amazing Place key to enjoying their dream day, Teresa went on to say “Angie and Paul were great, they make you feel like you’re at your own home, in your backyard and just having your friends over. Angie was phenomenal and made sure that the entire day ran smoothly from beginning to end, it never felt like there was lots of waiting around.”
Theme and entertainment
Whilst Teresa and Ugnius didn’t have a strong theme as such, they were determined to keep the day simple, relaxed with a touch of vintage vibe.
Teresa was lucky in having a graphic designer as a close friend, who designed stunning wedding stationary incorporating the national flowers of South Africa and Lithuania with succulents (Teresa’s favourites).
The most important consideration for the happy couple was that everything bought for the wedding could be re-used or re-purposed.
They sourced most of the decorations themselves and then gifted the table decorations to family and Bridesmaids.
HoneyBee Bakes created an amazing bespoke cake which turned out to be “simply striking”.
In order to keep the wedding as relaxed for the guests as possible and stop them becoming bored whilst photos were taken, the couple settled on the novel idea of a vintage games supplied by Rock The Day Styling. Not only did the games keep everyone well entertained, they also provided some fun, candid photo opportunities.
Andy from Herts Events provided the music for the evening entertainment and
Teresa said “Everyone who attended the wedding said it was the most relaxed, happy wedding they had ever attended and two couples have asked us to help plan their weddings now!”
Teresa had a very specific, unique idea for the flowers and was keen to keep arrangements simple to ensure that as much as the bouquets could be re-purposed and replanted to thrive as living plants.
This unusual floral dream was brought to life by Suzanne at Little Tin Shed Flowers with simple small bouquets incorporating stunning proteas, succulents, a few roses, hydrangeas and a sprinkling of wild flowers.
The table centrepieces were lanterns with a candle, dressed with succulents, thus ensuring the conversation could flow freely without being impeded by large table arrangements.
Teresa’s mother was able to replant all the succulents used and they continue to thrive in a specially created a “Bridal Garden” in her backyard.
Teresa knew that a traditional wedding dress was not for her and instead decided to try to source one in her favourite colour of blue. Google came up trumps with David’s Bridal and a stunning Vera Wang dress, which was just perfect!
Our newlyweds opted to go with Premier Crew Hospitality for the catering and said all the guests agreed that the food was impeccable. They opted for some simple starters, and then a BBQ main, followed by fish and chip cones during the evening. The feedback from the guests was a definite thumbs up.
During this stunning wedding there were several special moments, but at the top of the list was the touching first dance that Teresa had planned as a special surprise for her father.
Teresa’s parents both love dancing, teaching others how to dance too and her father was a semi-professional ballroom dancer.
“My fondest childhood memories were when I was about 3 years old, of dad coming home from work and I’d be waiting for him by the front door. I would put on music the minute I saw his car in the driveway and he would walk through the front door and immediately pick me up and start dancing with me. This was our routine until I was about 10 years of age. There is a particular song, which really means a lot to us both, so with my husband’s permission my first dance was with my dad to Paul Simons – Father and Daughter, a symbolic last dance as Miss Hilder. When the song ended my dad spun me round into my Husband’s arms, and we had our first dance as husband and wife. Lots of happy tears!” Teresa
Another moment that will always evoke happy memories of a special day, was when the groom first saw his lovely bride.
“My husband’s face when he saw me is a moment I will never forget. He isn’t the most emotive human, and his family all said they knew I was the one for him as I was the first one to make him laugh in 10 years! But when he turned around and saw me, his face broke into the biggest grin and he didn’t stop smiling the whole day. Neither of us did! Our photographers were wanting some non-smiling photos. Well, that didn’t happen as we both couldn’t stop grinning!”
We are so pleased to have been part of this lovely couple’s special day, which really was a wedding with a difference. We wish them both a long and very happy life together filled with love and laughter. We hope to see them in the future to help celebrate many anniversaries and create many more special memories for them to share.
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