Wembdon Church, Bridgewater, Somerset- Amy & Joe
Joe and Amy met at University, attending dance class where Joe had been dancing for a year already and it was Amy's first time trying the style of swing. She went through the lesson and, because you change partners, practiced moves with Joe once or twice before the end of the class. At the end of the class there was music playing so Joe took her to the dance floor, explained that he thought she did well and wanted to see what else she could do. What came next was a feeling like she was floating on air. Joe danced with her and Amy followed as if she knew what she was doing! It was a beautiful moment but sadly Amy's the only one who remembers this night!
They later found out that their permanent homes away from University were in the same county so Joe began driving them both to and from holidays in Somerset. They had a good 4 hours each way to really get to know each other and when at Uni, they were inseparable; studying, drinking and, most importantly, dancing together all the time. That is how Amy met her best friend and soul mate.
They wanted their wedding to be traditional and elegant, with a romantic feel, but wanted to have a more relaxed and rural evening reception. They chose ivory and pink to express the romance and the tail suit for tradition and vintage style. Vintage style has been an important part of them ever since they started dancing, adopting the glamour of the 1930s with the rustic and home-made charm of the 1940s.
Amy's dress was one of the first things to be decided upon, and everything else fitted around it. She designed it herself and had it custom made so that she could have exactly what she wanted, including a retro train style and pleats in the skirt which she hadn't seen on another dress. The vintage but home-made feel ran throughout with their flowers, including bouquets, all being arranged by Amy, the organist and members of the church. The favours were designed and created by Amy too, trying to customise each canvas for each guest, and sweet old teacup sets were filled and decorated on tables as the focal point.
The swing dance influence played a major role in their evening when they hired a rock 'n' roll band, chose vinyl records as their placemats, named each table after a famous jazz/rock 'n' roll singer/band leader, and had two swing first dances. One in Amy's day dress and one in a shorter evening dress and pumps which allowed them to dance until they dropped!