Mel & Paul

Mel and Paul Randall filled their wedding day with beautiful spring flowers.

Following on from an overseas proposal on the beach in Thailand, Mel and Paul enjoyed a quintessentially English spring wedding day. “We had our ceremony at St Mary’s Church in Lower Almondsbury, making Paul the fourth generation to get married at this church,” explains Mel. “His parents live in the village and have done his whole life, so it was a very special venue for us.”

The couple then followed their ceremony with a reception in Gloucestershire’s Eastington Park, a pretty country house venue set in beautiful grounds. “Eastington Park had character, lovely grounds and accommodation. We felt that it ticked all of the boxes and that it tied in with our springtime theme well,” says Mel.

As it was spring, the couple opted for a wedding that was decorated with masses of flowers, which were created by Maria at Sorori. “After explaining the colour scheme and theme to Maria, she made a number of recommendations which were perfect,” says Mel. “The venue looked beautiful with flowers throughout and all of the bouquets and buttonholes were exactly how we wanted.” This included the beautiful staircase at Eastington Park being decked with delicate clouds of gypsophila and eucalyptus, and Mel carrying a bouquet that featured white roses and anemones.

Mel’s strapless lace Mori Lee dress with crystal detailing was bought from The Bridal Room in Westbury-on-Trym, while Paul was resplendent in a navy blue three piece suit with cream tie. “The staff at The Bridal Room were extremely helpful and made the whole experience exciting and enjoyable,” enthuses Mel. She accessorised her dress with a ‘something borrowed’ bracelet from her mum, plus earrings that were a surprise gift from Paul.

Paul had one more surprise up his sleeve for his bride – a firework display in the evening, marking a magnificent finish to a wonderful day. “Seeing Mel’s face when I told her about the display was great!” says Paul.

Martin Dabek was on hand to photographically capture all the details of the day, and the couple are thrilled with their visual memories. “Martin showed us his style of photography and after being recommended him by friends, we felt that he was the right photographer for us. On the day he was great – he arranged the photographs well and took both the natural and group photos that we’d asked for. We love the photos and will continue to enjoy looking at them.”

Mel’s tip for other couples is “spreadsheets and highlighters – plan early to spread costs.” This organised approach means that the couple had the wedding they’d dreamed of. “Our day was perfect and we wouldn’t change a thing about it, from the ceremony to the reception! We wanted a day to remember that was spent with all of our loved ones, and that’s exactly what we had. We loved celebrating with all of our family and friends and have great memories to look back on… we just wish we could do it all again!”

Details

Ceremony venue St Mary’s Church, 3 Sundays Hill, Lower Almondsbury, Bristol BS32 4DS
W: www.almondsburychurch.co.uk
Reception venue Eastington Park, Eastington, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire GL10 3RY
T: 01453 827926 W: www.eastingtonpark.co.uk
Photographer Martin Dabek Photography
T: 0117 350 1032 W: www.martindabek.com
Bride’s dress The Bridal Room, 40 High St, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3DZ
T: 0117 908 9010 W: www.thebridesroom.co.uk
Groom’s outfit Men’s Hire, 39 Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6 6JZ
T: 0118 973 7461 W: www.menshire.co.uk
Flowers Sorori, Lowgoods Farm, Shepperdine Road, Oldbury-on-Severn, Bristol BS35 1RL
T: 07775 437348 W: www.sororidesign.co.uk
Catering Berry Blue
T: 01453 790669 W: www.berry-blue.co.uk
Videographer Iconic Image
T: 07761 051768 W: www.iconic-image.com