Emma and Chris Young enjoyed a wedding full of spring sunshine beside one of Bristol’s iconic landmarks

Following on from Chris’ proposal, for which the scene was the couple’s newly-bought house, Emma had some serious decisions to make. “I had to choose between decorating or planning a wedding — but since we still need curtains in some rooms, you can see what my priorities were!” The way Chris had organised popping the question was a bit of a surprise to her too. “The proposal was really lovely but I was more surprised that Chris has asked my parents if he could propose to me a few weeks before. They found it very difficult to keep it a secret but I was impressed that all the family seemed to know except me! It was lovely to think he respected my family so much and knew this would make me happy.”

The couple were eager to start planning their spring wedding, especially since this was the first wedding for both sides of their families in 20 years, meaning that both sides were happy to get involved with help and handmade touches. “Mum made all of the papercraft decorations, favours and invites, Dad did the order of service, Chris’ brother made our guest top trump cards and my nan knitted Easter bunnies for the children’s favours,” explains Emma.

The ceremony and the reception took place at the Avon Gorge Hotel, as the couple wanted everything in one place. “The view of the Clifton Suspension Bridges was amazing from the terrace of the hotel, so we thought this would be perfect to show the best of Bristol since families were travelling from all over the UK and Europe. It was lovely waking up in the hotel with my maid of honour and getting ready, as it made everything very stress free and I could really enjoy the whole experience,” says Emma. “The hotel staff made everything easy and nothing was too much trouble for them — they were so well organised and everything was perfect on the day!”

The couple decorated the venue with spring flowers from Lisa Elliott Floral Design, and Martin Dabek Photography documented every happy moment. “We are so pleased with our photographs as they really capture how happy we were with everything on the day and all the little details that made it special. It was such beautiful weather, Emma even got sunburnt on the day!” says Chris.

With a mini moon in a spa in Exeter and a trip to Cancun to look forward to after their perfect day, Emma and Chris couldn’t have been happier. “The best part of the day was seeing all my family together and being able to introduce Emma to everyone. We couldn’t have asked for better weather to complement our venue choice and enjoy the outside space overlooking the Avon Gorge and Clifton Suspension Bridge. We are very grateful for the wonderful photographs by Martin and how captured the day. And, of course, the very best part was marrying Emma!” says Chris. And Emma agrees. “I loved walking in and seeing all my friends and family in one place together, with Chris waiting at the end of the aisle. I only just about held it together to not start crying before the day had even started!”