Kayleigh and Nick Fewtrell Smith’s wedding celebrated the best of the season
Since Kayleigh is a huge Disney fan and her favourite day of the year is Halloween, it was fitting that Nick proposed to her outside the magic castle at Disneyland Paris on 31st October!
“Somehow, I’d managed to convince Nick to spend the first part of our first holiday together at Disneyland Paris,” says Kayleigh. “We booked a special pass for a Halloween party that evening, and had the park pretty much to ourselves for an hour once everyone else had gone home. It was then that Nick took me to the drawbridge in front of the castle and got down on one knee and proposed. I couldn’t have planned a better proposal if I had tried!”
Nick knew he was going to propose to Kayleigh after only a week together, but wasn’t sure of where or when until they got to Disneyland. “That day I just had a feeling that it was the right time to ask her to be my wife. We walked up to the castle and I took her to one side of the bridge and dropped to one knee, while shaking with nerves, and she agreed to make me the happiest man alive!”
A year of planning led to an unforgettable October wedding at Tortworth Court in South Gloucestershire. “We chose that venue as we both would have liked to get married outside, but as there are restrictions in the UK about marrying outdoors, Tortworth Court’s Orangery was the closest we could get. All sides of the Orangery are glass so the light would fill the room whatever the weather, and it’s set against an arboretum,” explains Kayleigh.
As neither of their family members lived close, the onsite hotel was very helpful, and aided Kayleigh’s wish to have as many of the family there as possible. “Everyone lives so far from each other and we rarely all meet up together so it meant a lot to have everyone there for our day.”
With Kayleigh’s favourite season being autumn, Nick wanted to give his bride a beautiful autumn-themed day and to bring the outdoors in. This was achieved with a host of decorative touches, including spray painted pumpkins, pine cone place settings and ivy centrepieces. The flowers were in a palette of reds and oranges with roses, calla lilies, ferns, ivy and Chinese lanterns, all created by Lucy Butler Flowers. “She knew exactly what we wanted and the bouquets turned out even better than we expected!” Kayleigh adds.
In memory of the engagement, the wedding also had a number of Disney touches, with Kayleigh walking up the aisle to the song ‘Tale as Old’ as Time from Beauty and the Beast and the candlebra on the tables painted to look like Lumiere from the film. Some lovely personal touches about the couple were incorporated into the details, too, such as their pet rabbits being on the cake and the tables being named after places that they’d visited together.
Kayleigh and Nick’s wedding rings also had a personal touch, as they were handmade by them after a workshop at Dovecote Jewellery, where they cut, moulded and shined each others’ rings from the same piece of white gold.
The weather was one of those perfect autumn days. “It was misty in the morning, like something out of a fairytale. It then brightened up during the ceremony, which meant that we could have our drinks reception out on the lawn with the views of the valley in the background,” Kayleigh says. The time of year also meant that the grounds of Tortworth Court were a riot of glorious hues, so the couple took advantage of this and the gorgeously sunny day to have some photos taken under the trees.
“My favourite part as reading the vows we wrote to each other,” enthuses Kayleigh. “Nick said the most beautiful things to me and I realised that there was never going to be a moment better than this.” Nick relished seeing Kayleigh walking up the aisle in her wedding dress “and looking absolutely stunning.”
Jodie from JD Photography captured all the moments from the day, with the couple praising her talent for framing a shot. “Other than her obvious talent for taking amazing photographs, she was incredibly friendly, got along with all our guests and was very unobtrusive.”
With both Kayleigh and Nick being travel agents, this couple’s honeymoon was sure to be a very special one! “We spent months trying to decide where to go but we’ve both always wanted to do a self-drive around the US. We spent a week in Mexico along the Riviera Maya enjoying our time diving and relaxing on the beach, and then headed up to San Francisco to drive to Yosemite, Las Vegas and Los Angeles in a bright red Ford Mustang, mainly with the roof down and blowing my hair everywhere! It was the most romantic and fun holiday,” says Kayleigh. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful day where Kayleigh and Nick became their own little family, and one that Kayleigh describes as “truly magical.”