Real Wedding: A festive Christmas celebration at Wyck Hill House
An engagement on a secluded Cambodian island followed by a Christmas wedding… childhood sweethearts Leonie and Richard tied the knot at Wyck Hill House Hotel, with their big day captured by Nikki Kirk Photography.
The happy couple: Leonie Bloxam, 28, a courier, and Richard Bloxam, 32, a corporate Fintech consultant, from Quenington in the Cotswolds
Wedding date: Sunday 17 December 2017
Ceremony and reception venue: Wyck Hill House Hotel
Wedding theme: Christmas!
Photographer: Nikki Kirk Photography
Flowers: Vikki at Floral Passion
Dress: Anna Sorrano
Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom’s outfit: Young’s Hire
Catering: Wyck Hill House Hotel
Entertainment: Two acoustic guitarists
Hair and beauty: Abi Andrews Hair & Makeup
Favours: Homemade candy canes plus a Christmas cracker containing an engraved tree decoration and a Ferrero Rocher
Rings including engagement ring: H.Samuel
When and how did you first meet?
We were childhood sweethearts, we lived and grew up in the same street.
Who popped the big question and how did they propose?
Richard proposed to Leonie while backpacking together for five months around South East Asia. One evening whilst staying on a deserted Cambodian island in the Thai Gulf, Richard had secretly arranged a candle lit dinner at the end of a jetty.
Richard led Leonie blindfolded from their beach shack down the shoreline and to the foot of the jetty at sun set. The jetty was lined with tea lights and at the head was a table for two, with a white table cloth, silver cutlery, a bottle of bubbly on ice and Michael Bubble playing on a portable speaker.
Once Leonie was seated Richard proceeded to get down on one knee, presented the ring and popped the question.
How long did it take you to plan your wedding?
It took 14 months.
Why did you choose your venue?
It was very sentimental to us both and Leonie’s family; the last 40 years of special occasions have been held here. And Richard has been present at these for the last 12 years.
Was there an inspiration or theme for your wedding?
We both love Christmas!
What made you choose your photographer?
Her track record.
Did you hire a wedding planner or was it a DIY affair?
It was DIY, everything homemade.
Did you make, design or create anything yourself?
Tell us about the wedding dress…
It was a satin, fishtail dress.
What did the groom wear?
A long tail navy suit.
Did you incorporate any special family details or heirlooms, for example?
We had photos of parents and grandparents on their wedding days.
What song did you walk down the aisle to?
‘A Thousands Years’ by Christina Perri.
What did you have for your wedding breakfast?
The starter was pâté, the main was roast chicken and seasonal veg, and the dessert was sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice-cream.
What kind of cake did you go for?
A three-tiered cake; one fruit cake, one chocolate, one Victoria sponge.
What was your first dance song?
‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran.
What was your favourite part of your wedding day?
All of it!
Did everything go to plan?
What advice would you give anyone planning their big day?
Plan it over 24 months, not 14 months.
And finally, where did you spend your honeymoon together?
For more information about Nikki Kirk Photography visit nikkikirkphotography.com directly.
Wednesday 04 April 2018
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