Vikki and Mat were in the same form at school but it wasn't until years later that their paths crossed and their romance blossomed. “I fancied him when we were younger but he didn't have a clue who I was until we were about 20 years old,” says Vikki. It was during a night out with friends that they met again. “I had a boyfriend, so he couldn't make his move, but when that ended, it didn't take him long to sweep me off my feet,” she says. The duo opted for a scary film at the cinema for their first date. “It went really well but I was petrified and hid behind my hands for most of it,” she says.
A couple of years later, Mat surprised Vikki after a romantic meal out. “I knew something was happening but I didn't realise it'd be so romantic,” Vikki recalls. “Mat asked his mum to go to our flat whilst we were out to light candles. The floor was covered in rose petals and there was a huge bunch of flowers waiting for me. I turned to say thank you, and Mat was down on one knee, it was lovely,” she says. Their special day took over two years to plan. “I loved organising our wedding, it was a small affair with just 50 of our closest friends and family, which made it really intimate, it was perfect,” Vikki recalls.
Here, she tells us more about the big day…
Victoria Stallworthy, 26, married Mathew Baxter, 26, at Offley Place Country House Hotel, on 20th June, 2015.
I got my dress from a sale event run by Ian Rennie Hospice. I loved the colour and the lace detail and had the neckline altered into a sweetheart shape.
My vintage hair accessory was made from pearls and diamantes. It was really detailed on one side and then draped over my up do.
Mat's cousin, Jessica, and my close friend Penny wore knee length floral bridesmaid dresses; they were really happy with them.
My bouquet was made from roses, peonies, freesias and forget-me-knots, for my something blue. I had photos of our grandparents, who are sadly no longer with us, tied to the ribbon on the stems, so they could be with us on the day.
I wanted to keep my make-up natural and simple, so I opted for a bit more coverage and wore false lashes.
Mat went with his mum to get his suit. He hates shopping, so it didn't take him long to find one. His brother, Daniel, and his friend Jack, wore the same suit but with a different colour tie.
Everything about my look came together perfectly. My hair and make-up lasted the whole day and night and my lashes were still on the next morning!
I loved the fact that our cat, Bernie, was able to make a small appearance on the day! It was a real talking point and gave everyone a little giggle.
We had a caricaturist who drew our guests on a large canvas. Some of the likenesses were amazing, and everyone saw the humour in it.
For our centrepieces and along the top table, we had a selection of jam jars that contained a mixture of flowers. I wanted everyone to be able to smell the aroma around the venue.
"I organising our day. It was a small affair, which made it really intimate. It was perfect" – Vikki
I wanted to get married in a manor house with a conservatory, and Offley Place felt right straight away. It was warm and bright and suited our theme perfectly.
Confetti Bridelwear of Tring (Headpiece)
Ian Rennie Hospice
Ceremony and reception venue
Offley Place Country House Hotel
Jed Pascoe (Caricaturist)
Groom's and groomsmen outfits
Marks and Spencer
Ellie Sanderson Boutique
Queen of Herts Cakes