Caroline and Adam met when they were just 17 and 18 respectively. Adam asked Caroline to marry him seven years later on New Year’s Eve, and the couple tied the knot in a gorgeous summer wedding with a bold purple colour scheme and a chocolate theme.
Caroline and Adam’s Chocolate Themed Wedding
After meeting as teenagers at an 18th birthday party, Caroline and Adam dated for seven years, four of which were long distance as the pair went to different universities.
Adam decided to propose to Caroline on New Year’s Eve 2013. As her Christmas present that year, he’d paid to fly Caroline’s sister home from her travels in Asia as he knew that when they got engaged Caroline would want her close family around to share the good news.
A giant box was delivered to her parents’ house, and when Caroline opened the front door, her sister jumped out! With her family in place, the couple went away for New Year’s Eve to a hotel for a three course meal and dancing. Adam asked Caroline to go outside just before midnight but she wasn’t keen – it was cold and drizzling!
He managed to persuade her, luckily. They were outside the hotel as the clock struck midnight and Adam got down on one knee just as lots of fireworks started to go off – it was unplanned but a perfect moment.
The couple started planning right away – they figured out their guest list the night of the proposal!
Caroline’s Bridal Beauty Regime
Caroline booked Polly of Brides by Polly to do her wedding hair and makeup, and had a trial for each.
The bride wanted a fairly natural look, although the makeup artist did make her eyes stand out more than unusual. Caroline describes her wedding hair as ‘a masterpiece’. The elaborate curled up do took two hours to create.
A vintage style headband with pearl detailing finished off the look beautifully.
The Tea-Length Wedding Dress
Caroline opted for a vintage inspired wedding dress, which she bought from David’s Bridal. The tea-length gown featured capped sleeves, lace and delicate pearl detailing. The bride added a twist to her look with a purple petticoat, which just showed as she moved, and a purple sash.
She had six bridesmaids, including her sister, Adam’s sister and friends from school and university. The bridesmaids wore retro style dresses in a rich purple colour, which were also bought from David’s Bridal.
The Custom Made Wedding Suit
The groomsmen at Adam and Caroline’s wedding wore grey three piece suits with purple cravats. To stand out, Adam went for a specially designed wedding suit in purple to make sure he stood out.
The three piece suit was custom made by Suitopia and the groom paired it with an ivory cravat. All of the groomsmen had buttonholes made from chocolate wrappers to go with the Cadbury purple colour scheme.
Purple Wedding Accessories
Adam and Caroline added lots of their personality to their wedding with fun quirky details. Caroline wore wedding shoes she’d designed herself with Shoes of Prey, with purple flowers, and Adam had purple socks with the word ‘groom’ on them.
Even the couple’s wedding rings were personalised – Caroline’s was shaped to fit around her engagement ring and Adam’s was engraved with their wedding date on the outside.
Fanhams Hall Wedding Venue
Caroline and Adam’s wedding took place at Fanhams Hall. The ceremony took place outside at the Japanese tea house, followed by reception drinks by the lake.
There were two readings during the ceremony – Adam did one called ‘I Love You Because’ and Caroline’s aunt read an extract from Winnie the Pooh. The whole ceremony was very light-hearted and fun, which suited the couple perfectly.
The bride and groom chose Fanhams Hall after looking at venues for two days – they loved the modern feel of the pavilion and the fact they could marry outside.
Adam and Caroline decided to style their wedding with a Cadbury theme – they had a purple colour scheme, a chocolate buffet and even chocolate wrappers in their flowers. After the wedding ceremony the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed an Indian buffet, which wasn’t part of the usual catering options but the venue helped to make it a reality.
Chocolate Themed Details
Adam and Caroline had a seriously amazing chocolate themed wedding, where they crammed in as much chocolate as they could.
There were three chocolate fountains (with milk, white and dark chocolate), a chocolate buffet and chocolate themed centrepieces. The couple made the centrepieces themselves – each one featured 18 cake pops and was adorned with chocolate wrappers – someone had to eat a lot of chocolate in the run up to the wedding!
Each table was named after a different kind of chocolate and the favours were little goodie packs that included a chocolate bar and a party popper. To keep the guests entertained, the couple hired a magician and a silhouette cutter, who cut out keepsakes for everyone.
In the evening a band starring the groom took to the stage. Adam’s dad and sister are both in the band and the first song was ‘In the Air’ by Phil Collins – it had to be due to the Cadbury connection!
Homemade Wedding Cake
The newlyweds cut into an amazing four tiered wedding cake which was made by the mothers of the bride and groom. It had a chocolate and salted caramel layer, a lemon curd one, a Victoria sponge tier and a coffee and chocolate one.
The amazing cake was decorated with purple and yellow flowers and a purple cake topper. It was cut up just before the band played and luckily the couple managed to sample a piece from each layer before it all was devoured.
After their perfectly personalised wedding, Caroline and Adam jetted off to South America where they did the Inca trail, stayed in the Amazon and went to Lake Titicaca and the Uros Islands before heading to a spa resort in Menorca to relax.
Adam & Caroline’s supplier list
Photography by: Parkwin Photography
Bridalwear Shop by: David’s Bridal
Wedding Shoes by: Shoes of Prey
Venue by: Fanhams Hall, an Exclusive Venue