Ana and Stephen met at university in York. “We started talking online and then went on our first date which was a walk around the castle walls in the city centre," Stephen tells us. "We met up again the following day so it went well! Even my pasty addiction wasn't enough to put Ana off!"
The couple became engaged during a trip to Cornwall. “We both love this part of the world and had enjoyed holidays there since we were children so this was the natural choice of location for me to propose in,” Stephen tells us. “We had spent the morning at Dairyland Farm Park with our nephew (Ana had also secretly wanted to go!) and I had organised a surprise for her when we got back to the cottage where we were staying. It had a hot tub overlooking St Michael's Mount so I had asked mum and dad to leave out a bottle of champagne, chocolates and strawberries for us. After countless guesses as to when it was going to happen, she was completely surprised when it did!”
“Because Ana was around 20 minutes late, I did begin to question whether or not she had changed her mind!”
The couple chose the Harbour St Ives hotel and spa as their venue because St Ives is their favourite place to visit in Cornwall. "The hotel overlooks the bay and the view is so beautiful, even when the weather isn't great!" Stephen says. "We hadn't planned on having a large wedding before the Government restrictions were imposed, we were originally inviting 50 loved ones, so the property was perfect for us because the rooms were the ideal size to fit our 15 guests and we liked the layout."
The couple's beach theme meant that Stephen could wear shorts, even in October! All of their details followed this theme. "We had white cotton bunting, hearts made from driftwood placed on the tables, glass lanterns lining the aisle and a fantastic cake topped with edible sand and Cornish crabs!" Stephen describes. "To transport us both to the chapel for our blessing after the ceremony, my parents had booked us a VW Campervan because we both love them."
"The biggest thing that stood out for us both was that, despite all the setbacks, our friends and family still made the day feel very special and almost like it had been planned this way from the start. It was perfect and, looking back, we wouldn't change a thing about it." — Stephen
Ana chose an ivory satin A-line gown with a full skirt teamed with a sparkly overskirt and a belt which she wore with a pair of Jenny Packham shoes. "I kept my hair simple and added a few sprigs of gypsophila to match both my bouquet and the bridesmaids' posies," Ana tells us. "Our bridesmaids wore matching blue multi-way dresses teamed with sparkly sandals and matching clutch bags."
Stephen wore a pair of pale blue shorts teamed with a white cotton shirt and grey jacket and his groomsmen had matching outfits finished with white leather Converse trainers. "Even our pageboys wore a little pair of shorts and trainers to match!" Ana describes.
"Hannah and Melody who did Ana's make-up and hair both made her feel so special on the morning of our wedding." — Stephen
"Because of the restrictions, our day was a little different to what we had originally planned!" Stephen tells us. "We were unable to have a typical reception after the blessing, due to the restrictions, so instead we paid for our guests to enjoy a meal at the hotel in the evening. We did manage to sneak some glasses of bubbly down to Porthgwidden beach along with some chips where the children were kept entertained with building sandcastles and paddling in the water!"
"Our photographer, Grant, made us feel so comfortable and at ease for the entire day and his photographs have made our celebration look amazing! He was very calm and understanding when Ana had a minor meltdown and even when I still had shirts to iron about an hour before the ceremony was due to start! All our suppliers made our day feel extra-special." — Stephen