How did you guys meet?

We met at work but not a classic office romance! Ryan was sent on a 6-month secondment from Sydney to London and, after only a few short months was begging work for an extension so we could stay together in London. Thankfully we got the extension and the rest is history đŸ™‚

Tell me a bit about the two of you, what do you guys do? How do you spend your time?

Neither of us can sit still for long. We never waste a minute! In all our years together, there has been about 5 “lazy sundays” had! And that’s the way we like it! đŸ™‚

How did the proposal go down? (all the gushy details, I love this bit!)

We had our office Christmas party the night before we were set to fly to Barcelona for a four-day weekend. Ryan picked up the ring before heading to the Christmas party and had it in his pocket the whole night (dance floor included!). On the first night in Barcelona Ryan casually (attempted) to suggest a rooftop bar. Unbeknownst to Amy, the rooftop was closed and Ryan had booked it for the evening. He popped the question looking out over the city. We then hit the town and tried every cocktail and tapas dish on offer in Barcelona!

How did you choose Shustoke Barn as your wedding venue?

Amy is from Birmingham so we were looking to have the wedding in that area. Shustoke was an easy decision. Beautiful venue with a great outdoor area and top quality food. Think we deliberated for about 6 minutes before booking it as we left the viewing.

What sort of experience did you want your guests to have?

Fun and memorable. Having good food and drinks was also key for us. As was a serious dance floor!

What was the best decision you made in your planning?

The venue. It’s really the biggest part of the day. And with a good venue you need good staff, which Shustoke Barn certainly has.

What was the hardest decision during the planning?

Guest list. We didn’t have the budget (or the room!) To have an enormous wedding so lots of thought had to go into invites. Another was food, it’s difficult to cater for varied tastes so you have to in a way take a middle road option but an option that you ultimately love.

What are your favourite memories of the day?

Everyone having a load of fun! The dance floor was full the entire evening.

What advice would you give to couples planning a wedding?

Get on to it early. Make a list and knock things out as soon as possible. It’s a lot easier (and less stressful) to cruise to the finish line rather than have a rush at the end. Plus, things can book/sell out a long way in advance.

During the wedding, make sure you take a few minutes out for just the two of you. It’s a big day and you’re both running around speaking to people, it’s good to just spend a few minutes together to relax and decompress/laugh.