Stacey was introduced to Matthew by a work colleague who thought the duo would hit it off over their shared love of pizza – which they did! After three wonderful years together, and welcoming their daughter Emily that spring, the couple got engaged on Christmas Day, 2013. “Matt made me open up the first present, which was a photo book of all the holidays, trips and days out we'd had over the years, the birth of Emily and the last page was a picture of Matt holding a sign saying 'Will you marry me?' – it was so sweet and unexpected, the perfect end to the year,” recalls Stacey.
The happy pair set the big day for 16th September, 2017, at Chessington World of Adventures.
Here, Stacey fills us in on all the finer details...
We love the theme park and having stayed at the hotel before we thought it would be a fab setting, especially with the zoo to keep guests entertained during the day.
My gown was perfect and exactly what I wanted – I didn't want to take it off!
Additional décor included wooden, laser-cut place name holders in the colour scheme shades, as well as a lightup LED 'love' sign, candy cart and fairy-lit backdrop behind the top table.
The table centrepieces were alternate hurricane lamps and birdcages, while the floral displays comprised gypsophila and white roses.
Matt chose his own suit, which matched the rest of the groomsmen. It was a dark grey, tailcoat-style accessorised with a mint-green tie and pocket square.
In the evening we had a DJ, who kept everyone entertained with party music.
The day flew by, looking back we wouldn't change a thing – all of our guests said they had a wonderful time, and some even said it was the best wedding they've attended!
All three bridesmaids wore a one-shouldered mint-green chiffon dress reflecting the theme of the day.
Luckily for us, we had the most amazing venue and backdrop – we had all of our photos outside in front of the zoo with giraffes and zebras roaming around. Family and friends were very excited, and we have some fantastic photos to cherish.
Our photographer Simon made our day; the images he's captured have blown our minds, they're honestly better than we ever expected.
Hair and make-up
Photographer and photo booth