The happy couple, who live in Sheffield with their sausage dog Alfie, got married at the prestigious Ringwood Hall Hotel on 3rd July.
Amanda and Jonny had originally been friends but were in relationships with other people. They had joked that if they both were single at the same time, they would go travelling together as it’s a shared pastime. The pair have now been together for 11 years.
A trip to Disneyworld Orlando was where it all happened back in April 2018. Amanda and Jonny went to see the castle and Jonny asked her to take a picture of him. ‘I turned around and he was down on one knee. He’d snook everything and had even been shopping with my best friend for the engagement ring and hid it in his suitcase. We actually got split up at security but thankfully went into two separate queues, so I didn’t see it.’
Jonny managed to keep the ring a secret until it was the right time for the proposal, and of course Amanda said yes straight away!
The couple waited a bit after they got back before planning the big day. Then went on a roadtrip one bank holiday weekend and drove round 34 different venues to get a feel for each place. Now that’s commitment! ‘Some looked so lovely but then you’d get there and they weren’t what we expected’, Amanda said.
For Ringwood Hall Hotel, the atmosphere clinched it and with such wonderful grounds, how could the couple not fall in love with this venue. For their wedding theme, Amanda & Jonny didn’t go for a full theme, but rather kept it quite light. There was a nod to rustic and they had lanterns with candles, vintage jars and all the guests’ place names carved in wood. As the pair travel a lot, every table name was a place they’ve been to. So the top table was Orlando and New York was another table name.
Amanda went to four different wedding dress shops before finally finding Celebrating Curves. ‘I was really nervous about going for a wedding dress. I thought I wanted something in my head and looked online. I was worried as I am a curvy girl and actually met Jane from Celebrating Curves at an I Do Wedding Show. I booked her appointment last, almost as though I was keeping her as a safeguard.’
When Amanda got to Jane’s, she tried on a few dresses and decided she loved the bottom half of one dress and the top half of another. As it happened to be the same designer, White Rose Bridal, Jane got on the phone and it was confirmed that they could merge both together.
‘Nothing was too much for her, you walk in and are self-conscious and then you walk out and feel great, especially as I left it so long as I was so nervous about it.’, Amanda said.
In the end, Amanda went for an ivory princess style gown with a sweetheart neckline with tulle shoulders and a skirt that flared out from the waist.
Despite restrictions, the planning was going well. However, a small issue for the couple was that the harpist they had booked, decided to retire but this didn’t phase Amanda & Jonny. They had to cut their guest list to 60 for the day due to restrictions but it was still perfect.
‘We woke up that morning and it was torrential rain, and it did not let up, however, as soon as the ceremony started, it was pure sunshine, so all the guests could stay outside.
Jonny arrived with his best man, brother and dad in a car hired from Fairytale Wedding Cars, and the girls had all stopped over the night before.
The couple got married at 3pm and had their reception in the Ringwood Suite. This featured wooden chairs with blush pink sashes and white roses with lanterns up the aisle.
For the evening entertainment, Amanda & Jonny had an acoustic guitarist and singer, which was booked very last minute due to the harpist cancelling. They played through the ceremony, drinks reception and evening meal.
Guests enjoyed bruschetta to start, slow braised beef with gratin potatoes and a berry cheesecake for dessert. They also had a four-tier wedding cake featuring Victoria sponge, lemon and elderflower, and white chocolate raspberry flavours. The cake was also blush pink and was topped with a Minnie and Mickey wedding topper from Disneyworld.
For their favours, Amanda & Jonny had little travel suitcases to fit with their love of travel, and these were personalised with the happy couple’s names and wedding date.
When asked about their favourite part of the day, Amanda said she likes to people watch, ‘It was lovely being able to see everyone you love in the room together after a difficult 18 months’. She also loves some of the nice photos with just her and Jonny on the swing at Ringwood.
Cake: Joy to Eat Cakes – now retired
Décor: Strides Wedding Specialists, Chesterfield
Hair: Monroe’s, Sheffield Lane top
Makeup: Sarah Gray MUA
Stationery: Etsy and self-made
Flowers: JJ’s Flowers
Transport: Fairytale Wedding Cars