Hannah and Mike Harper celebrated their wedding on a beautifully warm autumn afternoon
Hannah and Mike first met at school in year 7, and at the age of 11 went out for one week. Fast forward 11 years, and Mike proposed to Hannah at the top of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai over afternoon tea. “Once we sat down and it started to sink in, Mike then said that we were being picked up and chauffeur-driven around Dubai for a tour, to then be dropped off at the Mall where I picked my own engagement ring,” Hannah says. “I tried on lots but saw ‘the one’ and just knew! It was sent away to be resized and delivered to our hotel that evening. The whole proposal was so much better than I ever expected!”
The couple got married just over a year later on 20th September at St Leonard’s Church, Tortworth on a warm and sunny day. “It was the perfect church for us,” explains Hannah. A reception followed at the stunning Old Down Manor, whose grounds made for some lovely photos. “We headed over to see the donkeys as the couple both love animals. Unfortunately the donkey was a little shy, but with the use of Hannah’s beautiful bouquet as bribery we lured the donkey over for a few photos!” says Jodie from JD Photography, who expertly captured all the memories of the wedding day.
Mike’s dream for the day was “to see Hannah smile”, and she certainly did! “I had a vision in my head that we discussed and worked towards,” says Hannah. There was a rustic autumnal theme for the day which was achieved with lots of attention to detail – and even some hay bales outside for guests to sit on! The flowers, by Greenfields Florists, featured bouquets with soft pink and purple roses, daisies and beautiful autumnal berries, plus mini floral posies in the bridesmaids’ hair. “Our suppliers made our day a reality and we couldn’t have asked for more,” says Hannah.
The bride was resplendent in a lace fishtail dress by Maggie Sottero from Rookery Manor Bridal, while Mike looked dapper in a grey suit with a bow tie. The couple had a large bridal party, with four adult bridesmaids who wore beautiful full length pale mauve dresses, plus three mini bridesmaids and four page boys, most of whom were family members.
“It was perfect; the day I married my soulmate and best friend,” declares Mike. “I loved seeing Hannah walk down the aisle and it was great to have so many of our loved ones spending the day with us. We will forever be thankful to all of those who contributed to the best day of our lives, which we will treasure forever.” Hannah agrees. “It was amazing, emotional, exciting and truly perfect.”