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Jade and Dan have their friends to thank for their introduction. “We got chatting at a small gathering and contacted each other as soon as we got home,” Jade recalls. “We both instantly knew we liked each other, and it was something we wanted to pursue.”

A few days later the duo arranged to have a round of mini golf followed by lunch, which then extended to dinner that night. “We just didn't want the date to end. We met up almost every day after that. It was instant for us,” she says. “The mini golf was the only time he's ever let me win. We still have the score card and you can see the total scores are added up wrong at the end by him to give me the win!” As a nod to their first date, Jade played mini golf with her best friends during her hen party. “I did actually win that time,” she says.

Dan proposed on Christmas Eve, insisting that Jade opened a couple of presents before family arrived the next day. “I opened a small box; it was a ring – not just any ring, a ring he had given me on our first Christmas together when we first met,” says Jade. “He said this was a perfect placeholder until we could go shopping together and choose a ring we both loved. The next week we went ring shopping and found 'the one'.”

Their big day took place on 21st August 2022, at Barnett Hill House. Here Jade tells us more about their day...

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Lydia and Mike met while at work, Mike was the general manager of a gastro pub and Lydia worked there while at Uni. “We got talking and he eventually asked me out on a date,” shares Lydia. Although, their first date was a disaster where they ended up driving round the M25 for a few hours! “We spent that time getting to know each other and realised we had a lot in common and a similar sense of humour,” adds Lydia. “I was attracted to his beautiful smile, humour and the ability to always put a smile on my face, no matter what! “We've now been together for 13 years and wouldn't change it for the world, we are best friends and soul mates rolled into one.”

Mike proposed on 7th April 2021, on the day the couple picked up their puppy, Norman. “We'd got home and I'd gone upstairs to work (I was working from home during lockdown). Twenty minutes later Mike was calling me to come downstairs and he'd filled the lounge with flowers, candles and my favourite champagne and was on one knee with Norman next to him, asking me to be his wife! We spent the day celebrating and drinking then our family joined us in the evening. I was shocked and didn't expect him to propose when he did but it will forever be one of my favourite days.”

The big day was set 2nd September 2022, with Bingham Riverhouse, Richmond setting the scene. Here, we find out more about their day...

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Abi and Ben's big day was on 2nd July, 2022, with Fiesta Field's Spirit Lake, Dorking, setting the scene. Spirit Lake is a beautiful 30-acre space that includes manicured gardens, two lakes, a walled garden and surrounding woodland. “Our wedding day at Spirit Lake was absolutely perfect. The first decision we made while planning was to have an outdoor venue, so that we had total flexibility with vendors and other elements of the day,” shares Abi. “We loved that we were able to customise every aspect of the day and we are so grateful to all our vendors and family/friends who worked to make it happen! It was also important to us to provide a range of easy accommodation options for our guests, so Spirit Lake was perfect with nearby hotels, on-site glamping and free camping!”

The wedding styling was both classic and modern, with white florals paired with accents of gold, pink and neon. Abi adds, “The 'to the moon and back' phrase set the theme for the day, as we often say it to each other, and have written it in many celebration cards over the years.” Here, we find out more about their day.

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Fiesta Fields is an outdoor wedding and events company, representing a variety of beautiful outdoor venues dotted across Surrey and Sussex. Phoenice Fields are set within the beautiful Trust Reserve of Norbury Park, which lies within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Located just outside Leatherhead, it offers the benefit of nearby accommodation and great transport links. The space combines idyllic, expansive views, with a feeling of total seclusion. It's exceptionally peaceful and offers plenty of space for camping, guest parking, an outdoor blessing and tipi or marquee.

Access is via a rural track that quickly transports guests from town to countryside, and couples can take advantage of the long grasses and wildflowers in the field and the pretty woods just outside the tree-lined field for their photos.

Celebrant-led ceremonies can take place in whichever part of the field couples choose with a flower arch, ceremony tipi or similar providing a focal point, and guests can be seated on bales or chairs, depending on preference.

Receptions are held in the desired structure ie tipis/marquee, this is 'blank canvas' wedding in its purest sense! Fiesta Fields offers full flexibility for choice of suppliers so couples can piece together every element of their reception. A tipi or marquee is generally supplied with matting, lighting, tables, chairs, dancefloor, with other finishing touches available, ready for couples to add flowers and décor. The team bring a wealth of event and project management experience, along with creativity, attention to detail and a knowledge of local suppliers; offering full or partial coordination or an essentials package that includes land hire, power, loos, security and on-the-day coordination. Cream canvas tipis are offered through Feista Field's sister company Canvas & Light (canvasandlight.co.uk).

Contact: nikki@fiestafields.co.uk | fiestafields.co.uk/our-venues/phoenice-fields
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The concept behind this La Luna style shoot was conceived by coordinators Laura and Jon, of VLA Wedding Photography, and Rosie of Rosie Hart Hair & Make Up. Set in the tranquil, romantic garden of one of Surrey's most loved wedding venues, Gate Street Barn, this editorial showcases an intimate, relaxed, bohemian wedding with a focus on portraying feelings in photos. The colour palette comprised warm oranges and an opulent gold for added luxury, with the ambition of creating an effect of a sunset glow reminiscent of holidays and summer sun.

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Megan and Sam met at a wedding; Sam's brother Oli happened to be marrying Megan's best friend Steph – he was the best man she the bridesmaid – and the rest is history! “When Sam proposed, it was a complete surprise,” shares Megan. “Our relationship had progressed quickly, we took my family dog Henry on a walk to The Haycutter pub, in Broadham Green, Surrey. Walking across the field I was walking slightly ahead and turned round to find Sam down on one knee! Rachel Thornhill, who was to be our wedding photographer, was hiding in the bushes and captured the whole thing! “Needless to say, we never made it to the pub. Sam insisted we went back to the farm, as we call it, to tell my parents. Upon arrival all our best friends and family were there as a surprise to congratulate us – it was a good job I said yes!”

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Bruna and Dylan met on dating app Hinge, after the usual cheesy chat up lines and a few weeks of conversation they decided to meet up at Four Thieves in Clapham. “After that night, we have spent every day together,” shares Bruna. “After six months of dating the dreaded Covid lockdown started and we made the decision to move in together, which was a leap of faith! Luckily, we survived the trial very early in the relationship and have been going strong since then.” Bruna was attracted to Dylan's kindness and how easy it was to talk to him. “From the moment I met him it was like we had known each other our whole lives. I know its cheesy when they say when you meet the one you know, but that is it, I just knew after a few hours of meeting him.” Dylan adds, “I was attracted to Bruna's Latina flair and personality that made me both excited and nervous – a good combination on a first date! She was very easy to talk to – the wine definitely helped – and we just connected instantly, it felt like we had known each other our whole lives too.”

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Meeting on a night out in Bath during their University days, Hannah and Ben's first date was a few weeks later where they chatted for hours about every topic under the sun. “Ben said his dance moves must have attracted me to him,” laughs Hannah. “I think it was his sense of humour and kind nature that I saw, once I got to know him better on our subsequent dates. Talking to him was easy and we quickly became best friends!”

Ben says that he loved Hannah's confidence and how fun she was. “He liked my caring nature, but also my more adventurous side, which he quickly discovered on our dates,” adds Hannah. “He says that he was so keen, he
started telling everyone we were together before he'd even asked me properly. Luckily, I felt the same and found it quite funny!”

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Fiesta Fields is an outdoor wedding and events company, representing a variety of beautiful outdoor venues dotted across Surrey offering idyllic, blank canvas, outdoor spaces.

Spirit Lake in Dorking, a beautiful 30-acre site, enables couples to decide on their preferred structure, tipis, sailcloth tent or traditional pole tent for a reception of up to 300 guests. Boasting two pristine lakes, natural woodland, open spaces and a novel walled garden, access can be via a pretty fairy-lit woodland walk or take the more direct route from the parking area. This venue offers great flexibility and distinct areas to use for the reception, outdoor games, blessings and overnight camping or glamping.

07539 880 031 | fiestafields.co.uk

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Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa
Perched upon Nutfield Ridge, discover the stunning British countryside surrounding this luxury four-star country house hotel and spa, which is regarded as one of the best venues in the area. Inspired by the Neo-Gothic splendour of the Palace of Westminster, this is a unique Victorian mansion house, dating back to 1872 its full of character and charm. It also boasts panoramic views and a castle turret, ideal for a fairytale wedding!

01737 824 400 | www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/nutfieldpriory

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