'I loved the whole day but my favourite moment was walking down the aisle and seeing Jake waiting for me. I was so happy to see him and so excited for the ceremony to begin,' says Abi of her personal highlight, which Jake agrees was also one of his standout memories: 'The ceremony was my favourite part, which isn't what I was expecting!' he comments.
'The day was perfect and everything went as planned,' she reflects. 'Before the first dance, Jake and I went to a nearby cornfield for photos. When we returned, two of our close friends performed our first dance song, 'Stand by Me'. The rest of the night involved dancing, getting merry and toasting marshmallows!'
Combining two forms of entertainment with one standout performer, their DJ doubled up as a magician. 'After he'd set up his equipment, he mingled with the guests and performed magic; it was amazing!' says Abi.
Keen to caution other couples of the potential planning pitfalls, she says: 'Remember why you are getting married. It's easy to get caught up in the small details and lose sight of what you're planning ' a day to celebrate your love. Don't underestimate how much time the small things require and call on friends and family ' in our experience they were more than happy to help,' she adds as another word of advice. 'And don't skimp on the big suppliers. If you can afford it, using suppliers with lots of experience will help your day run smoothly and ensure you have nothing to worry about.'
Photography Nova Photography novaweddingphotography.co.uk
Venue Upton Barn & Walled Garden uptonbarn.com
Dress Lazaro from Ellie Rose Bridal ellierosebridal.co.uk
Bridesmaids' dresses Thedaintyard thedaintyard.com
Groom's & groomsmen's outfits Marc Darcy marcdarcy.co.uk
Hair The Updo Girl theupdogirl.com
Flowers The Flowermonger theflowermonger.co.uk
Transport Exec Cars Exeter execcarsexeter.com
DJ & Magician Gary Dadds garythemagicdj.co.uk