Light, airy marquees are perfect for a sunny August wedding, and Ami and Thomas were lucky enough to get the feel of both a marquee and country house wedding on their big day at Hutton Hall. Special touches – like a cake made by Thomas’ mum and a cake topper tribute to their cat Sidney – combined with elegant florals and styling for an effortlessly relaxed, romantic and personal day.
Ami and Thomas met in a bar in central London, but it wasn’t exactly love at first sight. “I thought Thomas was rude, but he persevered and won me around with his dad jokes!”
The jokes must have worked way better than Thomas expected, because what followed was three years together and a very romantic proposal.
“Thomas planned a romantic weekend in London just before Christmas 2017. We stayed at The Kensington Hotel and spent the Friday night at Winter Wonderland. We then spent Saturday afternoon at Kensington Roof Gardens where we had lunch, saw the flamingos and drank quite a lot of prosecco. I had no idea at this point Thomas was planning to propose!
“Thomas had booked tickets to see Matilda in the West End, but the drinks had been flowing, we’d lost track of time and now had a mad rush to get to the theatre on time. Predictably, we were late for the start of the show by almost an hour, too embarrassed to go in late so instead went for more drinks in a nearby bar!
“I was surprised at how remarkably calm Thomas was despite having wasted his money and efforts on the show, but he simply said, ‘Don’t worry, I have something else planned’ with a huge smirk on his face.
“After drinks we retired to the hotel where I had no idea there was champagne and rose petals waiting, along with an engagement ring in the safe! Thomas led me into the room, with his hands over my eyes, grabbed the ring, removed his hands from my eyes and it was at this point I realised there was something different about this weekend.
“Thomas got down on one knee and asked, ‘Will you be my flamingo?’ and I said ‘YES!’ Thomas then started to open to bottle of champagne which he dropped half way through opening and redecorated the room in the process! Luckily the staff were lovely and just very happy for us.”
Thomas had spent months trying to find out what kind of engagement ring Ami would like, so it’s no surprise that he nailed it. “Thomas got this absolutely spot on; it is an emerald cut diamond on a platinum setting.”
Ami and Thomas spent 18 months planning their big day, which gave them plenty of time to put their own DIY inspiration on some of the décor. Don’t miss their gorgeous gold frames filled with rose petals for their table plan and table numbers!
Photographer: Gemma Giorgio Photograhy