Sally Bracey and Oliver Ager had an intimate and relaxed wedding in Bristol
Just like in a Hollywood film, Sally and Oliver met at work when they were only 18 years old, but then went their separate ways. Twelve years later, they bumped into each other on a night out and there was an instant attraction. On 9th October 2015, the couple tied the knot in the beautiful Bristol suburb of Clifton, and enjoyed a beautiful autumn day full of love, celebration and sunshine.
“Olly proposed many times but I told him that he needed to prove himself to me before I said yes, so I made him wait a while and made sure I thought he was ready as well as me!” laughs Sally. “He actually designed the engagement ring himself based on a ring we saw on our first holiday together. He went to a designer and she made it from his drawings.”
Sally wasn’t sure about which venue to pick initially, but absolutely loved No. 4 Clifton when she went to see it with her mother, who had come across details of it online. A small boutique hotel in Clifton Village, and a short walk from the Clifton Suspension Bridge, it suited the couple’s desire for a small, personal wedding. Sally was also keen for a laid back day, without too much fuss. “It was important to me for everyone to feel relaxed and enjoy it as much as us,” she says.
Sally wore a beautiful lace dress with a keyhole back detail from Phase Eight, which was altered by Lisa Keating to a bespoke design, and Anita from Elemts Hair Salon in Clevedon did her hair. As Sally is a make-up artist with over 10 years’ experience, when it came to deciding on the finishing touches it was an easy choice for who was going to beautify the bride. Sally then not only did her own make-up, but all six others’ make-up too! “Doing everyone’s make-up in the morning was definitely one of the most memorable parts of the day for me,” reminisces Sally.
Flowers played an important part in the day, and were created by Bristol florist Emma Petersson. “We tried to create a low key look while still making it look beautiful. The flowers we had were very rustic, as we didn’t want anything that looked too formal,” explains Sally. She carried an elegant bouquet of white flowers with grey tones, and loved it so much that she later had it dried and framed.
It was very much a family affair on the day, as Sally was escorted down the aisle by her twin sons, Max and Luca, with her bridesmaids being her daughter Lily, plus her three close friends. The best man was Oliver’s brother, Nathan, and the wedding was made even more special as Oliver’s 100-year-old granddad and his 96-year-old grandma were able to attend and join in the celebrations.
Helped by Lydia, the wedding planner at No.4, the wedding was exactly the intimate celebration the couple had hoped for. Oliver says his favourite part of the day was when it was announced that the couple were now husband and wife. “The day was emotional but brilliant,” he says. Sally recalls the fun that everyone had in the photobooth, “and putting a pink hat on my Nan, which she forgot she had on and wore for ages!” She is thrilled with how the day went. “It was relaxed, fun and I loved having the people I love most to share it with.”