How did you guys meet?
In the bar at RAF Cranwell!
Tell me a bit about the two of you, what do you guys do? How do you spend your time?
Sam is a civilian flying instructor who works for the military to help train military pilots who are completely new to flying – through their initial flying training course at RAF Cranwell. He has been a flying instructor for 11 years and has worked in the civilian industry previously, training commercial airline pilots.
Louisa is an RAF Officer and doctor – months away from qualifying as a GP – after 11 years of training! She met Sam from being on a course at the same unit as he worked and lived…the rest is history.
We have been together just over 3 years, and have very similar interests. We both enjoy flying, have a keen interest for classic cars, motorbikes, skiing, diving and cycling. We’ve holidayed skiing and walking/cycling. Louisa is a diving instructor and travels around the world teaching injured service personnel how to dive.
How did the proposal go down? (all the gushy details, I love this bit!)
During a skiing holiday with our friends. Although not at the top of a mountain – in our room whilst getting ready for dinner – although very personal and lovely!!!
How did you choose your wedding venue(s)?
Louisa had always wanted a Halton House wedding since first visiting in 2004 as an RAF cadet and returning for courses since, you’ll understand when you see the surroundings!
What sort of experience do you want your guests to have?
A fabulous time, laughing and enjoying themselves in a wonderful location with fizz and glamour.
Can you describe some of the details and stylings, does your wedding have a theme?
Traditional- Downton Abbey – style wedding
Beautiful church for our ceremony followed by Country Mansion surroundings for the reception. Big and Bold, and certainly not understated!
What was the hardest decision during the planning?
Keeping the cost down!
What advice would you give to couples planning a wedding?
Expect the unexpected and don’t worry about the small stuff, remember what’s important about the occasion.
The Dress: Phillipa Lepley: https://phillipalepley.com/
Photography: Keoma Zec: http://keomazecweddings.com/home
Florist: Eileen of Wendover: http://www.eileensofwendover.co.uk/
Catering: Halton House: https://countryhousereader.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/halton-house-aylesbury-buckinghamshire/
Music: Northern String Quartet and Solstice: https://www.northernstringquartet.com/
Hair & Makeup: hair – Styled by Sophie, make up – Juliet
Car Rentals: Rolls Royce Silver Wraith – Allerston Taylor Carriages: https://www.regencycarriages.co.uk/home/ The Vintage Red Bus Company: https://thevintageredbuscompany.co.uk/
Venue: Halton House
Cinematic wedding video: Mark Shipperley Films
Music licenced through The Musicbed: https://www.musicbed.com/