NATASHA & ALAN | WOTTON HOUSE WEDDING FILM
SURREY WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER
28th August 2021 Natasha & Alan | Wotton House wedding film
Our wedding film love story
How did you guys meet?
We met online eight years ago. Alan messaged Natasha a long email with lots of banter, which immediately piqued her interest. She was especially impressed that he’d taken the time to read her bio!
After a few weeks chatting, we arranged to meet in person at Queensway station in London, where Alan took Natasha to his favourite pub from his uni days. There was an instant connection, and we didn’t stop talking all night. Alan finally kissed Natasha at the end of their second date, by Piccadilly Circus … and our fates were sealed!
Tell me a bit about the two of you, what do you guys do? How do you spend your time?
Alan is a GP and was born in Iraq but moved over to the UK when he was young. He loves the gym and keeping fit.
Natasha is an events/marketing manager at KPMG, and has travelled extensively, including working in the US (followed by many American roundtrips!) and six months travelling around the world after university.
We are foodies, who love going out for dinner as well as perfecting our cooking skills at home. Natasha has been honing her curry-making skills in lockdown, while Alan continues to pull together amazing mac and cheese, and chicken with red rice.
Together we enjoy playing tennis, swimming, and travelling. Our favourite/most special holidays have been Thailand, Venice, and Turkey. We also love making the most of the English countryside with cottage breaks and have been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time in Devon, where Natasha’s family have a home. Alan was a ‘city boy’ when they first met but has since come to love the countryside. He refers to Natasha as his ‘Surrey rose’.
How did the proposal go down? (all the gushy details, I love this bit!)
It didn’t go to plan!
The eve of their six-year anniversary, Alan took the afternoon off work and rushed home to get everything ready for a surprise proposal, to then receive a call from Natasha that she was stuck at Waterloo station due to severe delays because of a power outage. She eventually made it to Guildford but with her car stranded 20 miles away had to be picked up by her dad (not knowing Alan was already home). Hot and stressed (and still not knowing Alan was home as he’d sneakily parked his car down the road so as not to give the game away), she walked in to find roses everywhere, our song playing, and Alan standing in the lounge with a bottle of champagne. Under the guise that this was all related to our anniversary, it wasn’t until Natasha opened the anniversary card that it became clear this was a proposal. Alan had written a lovely poem, which ended with ‘Will you be my wife?’. Natasha then looked up to find him down on one knee with a beautiful ring. After a few seconds of looking stunned and confused, she said ‘yes’!
How did you choose your wedding venue(s)?
We looked at a fair number of venues (we both have quite high expectations!). We wanted a countryside venue that felt ‘classic’ with lovely grounds and water, but also a space that had a modern feel. Wotton House was the only venue where we both felt ‘this is the one’.
What sort of experience do you want your guests to have?
We’d like to convey a ‘sophisticated’ experience, but with lots of love and laughter (and plenty of dancing come the evening!). Our focus has always been the venue, food, and music, so hopefully this comes through.
Can you describe some of the details and stylings, does your wedding have a theme?
Our colour scheme is pink and grey. The stylings will be classic, while also trying to bring the ‘outside in’ with foliage, floral arrangements, draping etc.
Bridesmaids will be in blue-grey dresses, while best man, ushers and dads will be in black suits with blue-grey ties. Alan will wear a black suit with grey waistcoat and black bow tie.
What was the hardest decision during the planning?
Music budget and band! We love our music, but also have some different tastes, so deciding on a brilliant band that could cover all the different genres we like took time.
On the other end of the scale, the easiest decision also related to music. We always knew we wanted an electric violinist to play during the drinks reception after seeing several incredible performances by a Russian violinist when away in Thailand. It’ll bring back a lot of special memories.
What advice would you give to couples planning a wedding?
Avoid a pandemic! And don’t lose sight of the reasons you’re getting married, which can sometimes seem to take a backseat during planning.
Our Dream Wedding supplier team
That Amazing Dress
Beautiful Hair & Makeup
Happy Snappy Photographer
That Delicious Cake
Those Fabulous Flowers
Music licensed through “The Musicbed”
License Owner – Mark Shipperley
Mark Shipperley Films
License Number – 100416