How They Met and He Proposed
Photography by Jonathan Ryan, www.peoplebyryan.com
Victoria and Ashley’s romance began in a Maidstone club in 2006. Two years later, Ashley was preparing for a lads’ holiday (and Victoria was worrying about said excursion) when Ashley proved his seriousness to her by popping the question! The couple were married in a stunning summer wedding ceremony on 7 August, 2010.
The Wedding Dress
Victoria’s beautiful, cascading ivory and gold Maggie Sottero wedding dress was from bridal boutique Jodi in Maidstone. She teamed it with an ivory veil, pearl and Swarovski-crystal tiara, Debenhams shoes, a pearl and diamond necklace from Ernest Jones, and the Thomas Sabo charm bracelet, with wedding charm, that Ashley bought her as a wedding present.
The Groom and Bridesmaids
Groom Ashley wore a brown, Cameron Ross Prince Edward suit, while the kiwi-green and ivory bridesmaids dresses were by Dessy; all further fabulous finds from Jodi. The couple thanked their maids with pearl bracelets decorated with their names, and treated their flower girls to dolls made to look like them, wearing miniature versions of their dresses, which they ordered from the USA.
The Ceremony and Reception Venues
Ashley and Victoria were married in a Church of England wedding ceremony at St. Mary the Blessed Virgin Church, Brabourne, in front of 102 guests.
Their reception (which an extra 50 guests joined in the evening) was at pretty, period venue Westenhanger Castle. “Tor used to walk to the reception venue with friends as a child,” says Ashley. “It was the one and only venue we looked at and we knew straight away that it was perfect.”
The couple went for a sage green and ivory colour scheme, picked out with pink flowers, for their traditional English wedding; but there was just a hint of Italian romance too: “Each table was named after an Italian city because Ash is half Italian,” explains Victoria. “We included Tarcento, where his mum is from, and the top table was Venice, city of love. Each one had a picture of a famous landmark from that city on it; apart from Florence, which had the family dog of the same name!”
The tables were also decorated with martini glasses filled with flowers, and plenty of fabulous favours: “Women had two ‘peas in a pod’ salt and pepper shakers we bought online,” remembers Victoria, “and the men got pear cider with handmade labels saying ‘Ashley and Victoria, the perfect pair, 7th Aug 2010’. We gave the children a jar of jelly beans with the same label, and babies had white rabbits with green ribbons.”
Victoria and Ashley’s flowers were arranged by The Flower Barn, Sellindge. The bride’s bouquet was ivory and pink roses, plus a single yellow rose from her nan’s garden, picked in her memory.
Musical entertainment was provided by a friend of the couple, plus an Allied Entertainment DJ and band Cornucopia; all after the self-confessed Disney-loving bride and groom’s first dance to Beauty and the Beast.
The Best Bits
“Walking down the aisle and seeing Ash with a tear in his eye,” says Victoria of her favourite moments. “Plus hearing the string quartet play Pachelbel’s Canon as I walked down. And running around the grounds with the kids.”