The wedding of Sam Aiston and Hollie Adams
PUBLISHED: 17:04 23 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:47 20 February 2013
Ex Shrewsbury Town midfielder Sam Aiston, now a primary school teacher, and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital ward sister Hollie Adams made the perfect match. Hollie shares her memories of an incredible day
The Bride & Groom: Hollie Catherine Adams, 28, oncology sister caring for patients undergoing cancer treatments at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. Born and raised in Shrewsbury.
Sam James Aiston, 35, born in Newcastle upon Tyne. A former professional footballer who signed for Shrewsbury Town in 2000 from Sunderland, playing for five years before switching to Tranmere Rovers. Now a primary school teacher in Telford.
The couples story: We met on a night out in Shrewsbury, through mutual friends. We have a daughter Madeleine and, when I was five months pregnant with our second child Hugo, Sam proposed during a night out at Drapers Hall, our favourite restaurant in Shrewsbury, said Hollie.
I then set about planning my dream wedding; we both wanted to get married at St Chads, the most beautiful church in Shrewsbury; we spend a lot of time in The Quarry opposite with our children.
After viewing several possible reception venues I went to look at Iscoyd Park near Whitchurch. The minute we stepped into the venue Iknew it was exactly right.
Everything about the day was perfect; it was an unbelievable day. The morning was calm and relaxing but I was so nervous walking down the aisle. As soon as I saw Sam I relaxed.
Our son Hugo was supposed to carry our rings but he had fallen asleep at the back of the church and missed all the fun!
Among the guests was Hollies 85-year-old nan, who had recently been unwell. Itwas extremely important to me for her to be there. Sams aunt and uncle flew in from their home in The Congo, while Sams former teammates and his last manager came from all over the country to support him. One of his former teammates, Paul Howarth,serenaded the couple during the wedding breakfast.
The evening reception was wonderful, added Hollie. The first dance with Sam was one of the best feelings in the world; all my childhood dreams come true.
The service was conducted by Rev Mark Thomas following a traditional format with modern touches. The bride walked down the aisle to the Bridal Chorus, while acoustic singer Joe Seager performed during the signing of the register. Six year old Madeleine performed a perfect reading, with hymns including How Great Thou Art and Praise My Soul the King of Heaven.
The ceremony was toasted in rose champagne with raspberries as the church bells rang out.
Best man: Tom Aiston
Ushers: Alex Adams, 26, brides brother; Andrew Morris, brides stepfather
Bridesmaids: Brides best friends Claire Hopley, 28, and Kate Roberts 28, and sister Olivia Morris, 17.
Witnesses: Hollies best childhood friend Jenna Donnelly and Sams friend Gavin Cowan.
Flowergirl: Madeleine Aiston, six, daughter of bride and groom
Pageboy: Hugo Aiston, one, son of bride and groom
The Food &Wine: Canaps and champagne greeted guests on arrival at Iscoyd Park, with live acoustic music by Joe Seager throughout the day. The Wedding Breakfast included starters of chicken liver parfait with pear chutney, or goat cheese and red onion tartlet; and mains of roast fillet of beef with savoy cabbage and bacon or wild mushroom wellington with sauted savoy cabbage.
In the evening guests enjoyed a hogroast by Maynards Farm
The Gown: Hollie wore a bespoke gown and accessories by Claire Mischervani. The gown was a vintage inspired lace, fishtail shaped gown with pearl detailing and an accentuated lace bust line. The gown was accessorised with a freshwater pearl and crystal belt and a vintage beaded full length veil for the ceremony. For the evening reception the bride removed the lace to reveal a duchess satingown with a sweetheart neckine and a crystal encrusted belt. Said Hollie: Isearched all over Shropshire for the perfect dress without success; then I met Claire. She helped me create my dream gown. Her expertise is second to none and her kind and friendly nature immediately put me at ease from day one.
The Suits: The principal males wore navyblue Brook Tavener two piece from Halon Menswear, Shrewsbury, with mustard doeskin waistcoat, from Halon Menswear, Shrewsbury, with sky blue and white striped tie and sky blue Winchester shirt from Charles Tyrwhitt and tan leather brogues.
Flowers: The bride carried a hand tied soft bouquet of million star gypsophila in ball shape, stems bound with brown string and finished with lace bow and diamante brooch. Bridesmaids carried a white hygrangea head cupped with gypsophila bound with brown string and finished with a lace bow. Madeleine wore a flowerhead garland from wired pieces ofhydrangea head and entwined with gypsophila and carried a miniature bridal bouquet. Flowers were made and supplied by Dilly Daffs flowers.
Hair & Beauty: Hair by hair stylist friend Rebecca Wilson; make-up by Demelza Platt, a friend and professional make-up artist.
Cake: White chocolate extravaganza cake in four tiers of delicious flavours covered with Belgian chocolate frills, by Jos Couture Cakes, Nantwich.
Transport: Classic Jaguar MKVIIM invintage green by firstname.lastname@example.org A vintage Bedford bus was used to transport guests to and from Iscoyd Park, provided by Boultons Buses.
Photography: Andrew Billington www.weddingedge.co.uk /01782 631994