Aren't girlfriends the best when it comes to matchmaking? For Natalie her bestie did her proud when she introduced her to her future husband! “Matthew and my friend went to University together in Leeds and he was throwing a New Year's Eve party so I went along too,” says Natalie. “We got on well and added each other on Facebook. At the time I was living and working in London but I was in Leeds a couple of times a month seeing a client so I messaged Matthew to see if he fancied meeting up and the rest is history,” she says. Matthew got in touch with Natalie and took her out for drinks for their first date. “We went to a few bars and ended up getting pretty drunk! It went really well, we hopped from bar to bar and literally didn't stop talking,” says Natalie. Eventually she moved to Leeds and the duo had planned a trip to London. It was there that Matthew gave her the surprise of her life. “We were at the top of The Shard when Matthew proposed. He knew how much I was missing London so to ask me to marry him there was really thoughtful. It was a huge surprise and he'd also booked for us to stay at the Shangri-la in the Shard for the night, which was amazing,” she says.
As if planning your big day isn't enough to keep you busy, they moved house the same year so Natalie took the lead on the wedding organising and Matthew managed the house move – perfect!
Here Natalie tells us more about it…
I knew what colour I wanted for our bridesmaids but finding a style was difficult. The dress I chose suited everyone's figures though, they looked gorgeous.
My eye make-up was amazing. Jey, my make-up artist, used warm brown tones and blended the shadow so well. My look was finished with lashes, dark eyeliner and nude lips.
I had no idea that I wanted a big dress until I tried it on! I always thought I wanted a mermaid gown but I just loved it straight away!
Matthew, his best men and ushers all wore Hugo Boss tuxedos. He loved his suit and Boss really looked after them by providing them with Peroni's while they tried their outfits on.
I wanted romantic, classy flowers so opted for beautiful bouquets of white avalanche roses and gypsophila. My florist is a real talent.
Our centrepieces were huge balls of green and white flowers with a mixture of foliage which included ivy, rosemary and eucalyptus.
How can you not be blown away by Hatfield House It's steeped in history and has a medieval romantic feel about it – just beautiful.
We had pots of herbs on each table filled with basil, rosemary and thyme. We wanted it to look and smell like Italy.
We were so proud of the attention to
detail and the fact that every element
was related to the Italian theme. Even
our large letters spelt ‘Amore.’
The journey with my dad was surreal. It was a nice moment to reflect on everything and have some father and daughter time.
My florist tied in my bouquet with the church arrangements, which stood either side of the alter.
We loved the raw authenticity of the room and its beautiful tapestries and exposed brickwork. We added fairylights and then lots of flowers.
Our niece Macie was our flowergirl. She's such a big part of our lives and so cute!
Place names were pieces of card slotted into corks with 'Bearalies wedding' – Matthew's known as Bear – printed on them and the date.
Our traditional Italian cake was finished with crushed hazelnuts and fruit. Italian bakes need to be made fresh on the morning of the wedding so our pastry chef started ours at 2am on the day!
The venue's chefs worked really closely with us to create the perfect authentic Italian menu and our friends are still talking about how good the sauce was with the ravioli course!
We loved the fact that we had such an amazing group of friends and family there to make the day what it was.
Bridal party and guest accomodation
Tel: 07999 973314
Tel: 07904 014883
The Bridal Boutique
House of Fraser
St Mary's Church, North Mymms
Lanshire Floral Design
Groom and groomsen outfits
Mother of the bride
Ian Scott Photography
Ruff Wood Pizza
The Old Palace at Hatfield House
Tipple and Toast (Homemade limoncello bottles)