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Tash and Sam

How did you lovebirds meet?

We were actually set up on a blind date by my best friend and Sam’s brother, who happened to be next door neighbours. They were fed up of us being the third wheel in their relationships so hatched a plan to get rid of us! Our first date was at Hops and Chops in Northampton for a Sunday Roast (who now give us discount because we told them their venue led to our marriage!). I actually thought Sam was too classy for me on our first date but agreed to a second one anyway (slightly forced by my best friend Chloe) and it went much better. A week in, the second lock down happened and we agreed to create a bubble! 18month later, we were well and truly in a serious relationship. I had moved in with Sam, we had our pup Simba and were in the process of looking for a house together.

So tell us about the proposal…

We went on our first abroad holiday to Paris which is somewhere I had always wanted to go. On our first evening there, Wednesday 16th August 2022, after visiting the Eiffel tower and going out for dinner, Sam suggested we opened a bottle of prosecco on the balcony of our Air BnB with a view of the Eiffel. After stumbling over his words for a few minutes, he got down on one knee and proposed! I thought it was a joke at first but after a few moments, and lots of tears, I said yes! Within an hour I’d booked to attend an open evening at the Granary the following week!

Why did you choose The Granary as your venue?

 I had visited the Granary before for a bootcamp and had loved the barn style feel of the venue and the views of the countryside. It was one of the first venues that popped up as dog friendly so I booked an opening evening for the week after our engagement. When we first walked into the barn area and were greeted by Kaci and Charlotte, I knew straight away this was the venue for me. However, I didn’t want to pressure Sam too much into picking the first venue we viewed so tried to hide my excitement. Charlotte and Kaci gave us a tour of the venue and rooms, and talked us through options for the big day. After a while they left us to chat and I looked at Sam waiting for his reaction. He had tears in his eyes (very unheard of for him!) and said that we had to get married there. By the end of that evening we had booked in our date and created a rough plan with Charlotte. Every day after that was a dream and the girls made us feel like we were the most important couple in the world. We would both recommend the Granary to any one looking for a laid back, chilled but fun vibe to their wedding day!

The Bride & her Maids…Tell us about the dress, shoes, accessories….

 As soon as we got engaged I knew I wanted to wear my mum’s wedding dress on our big day. Her and I went to a wedding fair where I tried on a dress in a similar style to hers and I got so many compliments, I knew it was the right decision. We went to a lady called MJ Walters for the alterations and she made the whole experience so personal and special for my mum and I. I think at times my mum worried that I’d missed out on the whole ‘trying on dresses’ experience but in hind sight this was so much more special and an incredible bond that we both now have together. I had the top part of the dress changed to be more modern but the bottom half was exactly the same. I felt so comfortable in it on the big day and received so many compliments. I also loved how much it meant to my mum and although my maternal grandparents passed a long time ago, knowing they’d been with my mum on her wedding day and seen the dress made me feel like they were with me on mine.

My two lovely aunties gifted me my shoes… I had a lovely pair of ivory block heels with a bow from Etsy for my day shoes and then personalized converse for the evening! Sam had bought me a personalised necklace which was a heart pendant engraved with ‘Mrs Foulser’ and also a bracelet with a robin on, as robins are how I remember my grandad who passed before he got to meet Sam. I then wore a pair of pearl earrings which matched the pearls on my dress.

My bride tribe… I had my two best friends, Becky and Chloe, as my maids of honour, and my two closest cousins, India and Lily as my chief bridesmaids. MOH’s were in charge of the hen do and keeping me calm on the build up to the big day (quite a task if you know me!), and the chief bridesmaids organized a lovely bridal shower for me and were my content creators on the big day. I also had the children of my closest friends as my ‘mini tribe’. In total I had two bridesmaids, three flower girls and four page boys. The children did a great job but were quickly swept away after the ceremony so the adults could enjoy themselves. It meant so much to Sam and I to have them there, and even more to their parents to not have them there in the evening! The older girls wore full length, ciffon sage green dresses which I had managed to nab in a sale on Boohoo, and the younger girls wore cute green, flowery dresses from SHEIN. The boys also had grey shorts from SHEIN and grey bow ties from Amazon. I worried initially about going ‘cheap’ on the outfits but actually the quality was great the everyone was so comfortable on the day!

The Groom and his Groomsmen…. What did the groom wear, who was Best Man?

Sam had his best friend and brother as his two best men and my brother as his groomsman. Sam’s nephews were our ring security! They all wore grey suits from Suitors with sage green ties. Sam had a sage green waistcoat to stand out whilst the others all wore grey. We rented all of the suits from Suitors in Northampton and they made the process so easy.

 

 Tell us about the theme for the day…

 Our colour scheme was sage green and ivory and it looked so beautiful in the sunshine. We wanted the day to be ‘chilled and fun’ which it definitely was. Our wedding photos and video show a lot of laughter and we have had lots of comments since the wedding on how chilled it was, and very ‘us’!

 

Flowers, who supplied them and what arrangements did you have?

Our flowers were supplied by Beaulicious who we met at the open evening at The Granary. My bouquet was made of white roses and greenery, whilst my bridesmaid has gypsophilia bouquets wrapped in hessian. Beau also provided our linen and chair bows which were ivory with a sprig of ivy, which looked so beautiful, and created a greenery decoration in the ceiling. They laid our greenery on our tressal tables and also provided an arch decorated with greenery for our ceremony. Sarah and Lisa were excellent and so detailed with all of our meetings and conversations. They also provided corsages for our mums and button holes for the men, and everything complimented each other so well. The ladies set everything up themselves which made the whole process stress free for me, I would definitely recommend!

Photography – who did you choose and why?

We had Sophie and Kyle from SophieAnn Photography who are a dog friendly couple! When I was looking for photographers, Sophie’s website and portfolio really stood out to me as being chilled and fun, which was exactly what we wanted! The fact it was a couple was great too because it meant we could get photos from the same moment, but from two different angles. We first them for our engagement shoot and they were both so lovely. They made us feel very at ease and the photos were so natural and did not feel forced or staged at all. They also made Simba the star of the show which is exactly how we feel about him! On the day, Sophie spent the morning with me and made me feel so relaxed. There are some really lovely photos of getting ready that I didn’t even realise she was in the room for, she just got on with it and didn’t push me for anything. Kyle got some great shots of guests arriving too. We were quite adamant from the beginning that we didn’t want to stand around for ages posing for pictures and wanted more natural shots, which Sophie and Kyle captured beautifully. We had 6 key shots with immediate family, a session just us and the rest were ‘in the moment’. They also did our videography which was a highlight video. It is only 4 minutes long but it captures all of our favourite moments and we watch it so much! They were perfect for us and we know that since posting our photos on social media, other couples have picked them too!

 

The ceremony – tell us about it.

I am very lucky that one of my lovely friends, Emma, is a certified celebrant, so we knew straight away that having her marry us would be so special and make the whole event feel more intimate and personal. Emma knew that we didn’t want a long ceremony and we wanted to get straight to mingling and having fun, so she planned the ceremony based on our shared interests and the story of how we met. We wrote our own vows which was so emotional and again made everything feel so much more personal. Half way through the ceremony we had our friend Danny to a short reading. The whole ceremony was about 20 minutes long which was just long enough for our guests to sit through in the heat! As celebrants are actually legal in the eyes of the law, we still had to get through the legal bit, and although we had the option of doing this on a separate day, we really wanted to ‘get officially married’ on the same day. We had Jill from Northampton council be our registrar and she came whilst our guests were enjoying the entertainment outside. We went into the upstairs room with just our parents and brothers and had the legal ceremony. This was lovely as because we had already had our ceremony with guests, we had already seen each other so could be together for the interview, and it was really special to do the legal bit with just our immediate families.

The Food – what did you eat?!

Going with our chilled vibe, we decided on a salty table for the drinks reception and then a BBQ for our main meal. We picked cheeseburgers, sausages and chicken kebabs for the meat eaters, and grilled haloumi, veggie sausages and vegetable kebabs for the veggies. As I love haloumi, the Granary girls sneaked in an extra plate for just Sam and I, which went town a treat! We had an ice cream truck as our dessert and this was great because it meant guests could get up and help themselves and this added to the chilled element we were going for. In the evening we had a ‘beige buffet’ which sums up our favourite thing to do… snacking! We also had bacon butties at 10pm to soak up the alcohol and a sweet table which everyone loved.

Our wedding cake was from ElsBakes who I have purchased cakes from for years. She is so lovely and she puts so much love and care into her bakes I just knew we had to have her for our big day. She did us a two tier semi naked cake in our favourite flavour – Biscoff! She also did 100 bronuts of varied flavours which our guests very much appreciated.

 

Entertainment….disco, band, fire-eater, singing waiters? Tell us all about it!

We had ACE entertainment do our disco in the evening which was part of the package we booked with the Granary. The music selection was fab and the dancefloor was full all night long. I had also organized Partee Events to provide a mini golf set up for in between the ceremony and meal, as a surprise for my golf obsessed husband, which was definitely a highlight!

What was the highlight of your day?

It sounds very cliché but I genuinely loved every single part of the day. The morning spent getting ready with my favourite girls, seeing Sam and Simba stood at the end of the aisle, having a first dance with my dad. I think we both agree that having our dogs there meant the absolute world to us and will be such a special memory for years to come. Having the mini gold definitely made the day super fun and I guess the biggest highlight for us both was Charlotte and Kaci. It honestly felt like they were friends and they made sure the whole day was absolutely perfect. I think the only negative of getting married is that we don’t get to see them regularly anymore! We are so grateful to them and everyone at The Granary for giving us our perfect day.

 

What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to anyone planning a wedding?

Stay together as much as you can. Sam and I didn’t really leave each other’s sides so all of our memories are as a team which is so special.  We made sure we took moments throughout the day to just sit and watch and take it all in, which is something I would also recommend.

 

Another piece of advice I would give is, do what you want, for you. In the early stages of our planning, we had a lot of ‘advice’ given to us by family and friends and we made the decision together that we wouldn’t consider ‘family politics’ and made sure that every decision we made was for us and not for anyone else. There isn’t a single thing we would change from our day and that is because we did everything we wanted and didn’t give in to pressure to follow tradition, and on the day everyone had the best time!