With two best men and two dresses, Sam and Gary Booth didn’t do things by half for their winter wedding!
After meeting at an ‘all you can drink’ night at a club, it’s not surprising that when Sam and Gary went on their first date, the bride ended up repeating a lot of the things she’d already said! “Due to the fact that Sam had taken full advantage of the offer, she asked me a lot of questions that she had previously asked at the club, including what my job was. I initially thought that she was either quite simple or had a bizarre sense of humour!” says Gary. Luckily he soon realised that neither was the case, and Sam was, in fact, the girl for him. After doing a lot of ring research into the 4Cs of diamonds, he presented Sam with a round cut brilliant diamond and platinum ring on a surprise picnic in the countryside.
The date for the wedding was 20th December and the couple said their vows in St James the Great church in Winscombe, the village where Sam grew up. “We were blessed with a remarkably sunny day for December, and the main thing was that it didn’t rain!” says Gary. The wedding then moved to Coombe Lodge in Blagdon for the reception. “We’ve been to a lot of weddings in the local area and the minute we stepped into Coombe Lodge for a friend’s reception, we knew that we wanted our reception to be there too,” says Sam. “It’s simply stunning, inside and outside, and also fitted a winter wedding there perfectly.”
The groom took equal responsibility with the bride for organising the day. “I know that I’m very lucky to have a husband who was also extremely into planning the wedding,” says Sam. “I couldn’t have done it without him. Gary came up with so many lovely ideas including having quotes of the guests’ responses to our engagement on the back of their place settings. I was very much in charge of the finances – I am an accountant after all!” Sounds like a great division of labour to us!
When it came to her dress, Sam didn’t just find The One – she had two! These reflected her desire for a classic English wedding with more of a party in the evening. The first was a beautiful lace gown with a boat neck, sweeping train and bow detail on the waist, which she wore for the ceremony and wedding breakfast. For the evening festivities, in Kate Middleton style, Sam swapped into a cowl necked, open back dress with a sleek silhouette and delicate beaded detail. “Both were from Rookery Bridal – the customer service is first class. I made a very last-minute decision to get the second dress and they sorted this out for me just a few weeks before the wedding. The shop is beautiful and the choice of dresses is incredible.” Gary was equally dapper in a bespoke three-piece suit from Territo Tailoring in Bristol.
Eden Flowers in Winscombe were in charge of the flowers, which were so beautiful that they made the bride well up! “We knew the look we wanted as well as the colours, but didn’t know much about flowers, so left this in Gail’s capable hands. The flowers were absolutely beautiful; we were both so pleased with them. I remember nearly crying on the morning of the wedding when Gail brought the bouquets and button holes into my parent’s house. It started to feel so real at that point,” explains Sam.
Since Eleanor from Interlace Photography has known Sam since they were little, there was no doubt who would be recording the day. “Our wedding photos speak for themselves – they’re absolutely stunning, and a great combination of traditional wedding photos and more modern arty photos, too,” enthuses Sam. “We couldn’t believe how many photos Eleanor took and loved how she got loads of natural photos of our guests, too. She also surprised us on Christmas Day by giving our wedding photo CDs to my parents to open in the evening.” In fact, Sam and Gary’s wedding photos were so lovely, they were voted as the Interlace Photography Couple of the Year.
The day went without a hitch, and both Sam and Gary would love to relive it. “We both got a little bit drunk towards the end,” laughs Gary, “but we were having a great time with family and friends, and we did meet at an ‘all you can drink’ night, so I suppose that was to be expected!”