Fast forward to Friday 29th March 2019, Dean booked a spa day in Northumberland where the pair went for a walk around Bamburgh Castle – where he proposed to Victoria. She says, “He was insistent on going up steep sand dunes to look at the castle, I refused but eventually sulked up the steep slope. Looking at the castle was breathtaking and I turned to find Dean on one knee – of course I
The wedding was scheduled for April initially, but COVID-19 caused the wedding to be pushed to a later date. Once the government announced weddings of up to 30 could go ahead, the pair managed to get a date for August and had three weeks to reduce and reorganise everything. "The relief we felt from retaking control of the situation was indescribable – we felt so incredibly lucky," shares Victoria.
Venue and catering
When it came to finding the perfect space to exchange vows, the couple went with South Causey Inn as they loved the romantic and relaxing atmosphere. The venue provided home-brewed beers and gin favours for guests, while the couple provided succulents with a note saying 'let love grow' relfecting Dean's love of gardening and Victoria's profession as a florist.
The bride says, "I created the flowers using a colour palette that would pop against the teal bridesmaid dresses. I used pink and coral-coloured roses and dahlias as well as lots of foliage."
Delicious raspberry and passionfruit favours were used for the semi-naked cake and the dessert bar included cupcakes, meringue kisses and shortbread hearts.
Everyone at the wedding was required to wear a mask and the couple created ones saying 'I do crew' which looked great in photos.The lovebirds decided on a VW Campervan for their transport as the bride loves classic cars, this allowed for beautiful moments with her dad before the ceremony and Dean afterwards.
Victoria picked a strapless ballgown from Ronald Joyce called Trudy for the special day. She says, "I tried around seven dresses on, but went with my first pick as I felt truly special wearing it. I added a belt, earrings, tiara and a fingertip-veil to finish off the look." She adds, "I was shaking so much while putting on the dress on the day, I just felt the best version of myself and was in disbelief that the day was finally here."
Dean and the best man looked dashing in a three-piece suit with a teal bowtie and buttonhole while the rest of the groomsmen wore brown braces, a shirt, trouser and bowtie. The couple says, "Our bridal party and groomsmen were so exceptional and understanding when the decision to reduce the numbers happened. Originally we had five people supporting each of us, but this had to be changed to our immediate family. It was a difficult decision to make, but we love you all!"
A local acoustic duo called Pek & Wanley played to keep guests entertained, the supplier provided brilliant covers of a wide variety of songs and created an amazing atmosphere.
Victoria says, "We had to stay at our tables and couldn't have a dancefloor because of social distancing, but we did manage chair dancing including a few Mexican waves. It was a perfect way to end the evening and we would highly recommend the company to anyone."
The couple both felt nervous on their special day, but soon was full of excitement to say 'I do'. Many parts stood out, but a real highlight for the pair was seeing their family making happy memories during 2020.
The bride says, "Every person there made the day extra special, our friends, family, the accommodating suppliers and the venue who were all supportive through a tremendously challenging year."
The couple went to the Lake District for a minimoon, Victoria says, "From a fancy afternoon tea to zip-lining down the Go Ape course, we had an amazing time!"