Sarah and Andrew's Disney Fairytale Winter Wedding

Monday, November 9, 2020

Mr + Mrs Fiddes
Friday 15th November 2019 │ Wallsend Hall │ Instagram: @toonwife  
Childhood sweethearts Sarah and Andrew had a gorgeous winter wedding with fairytale elements of Disney in the decor, music and the cake! Bride Sarah tells us about her emotional wedding day full of tears and laughter, her DIYs and their Disneyland honeymoon.
How did you and your fiance meet?
Andrew and I first met in our 6th Form years in High School. We were in the same IT class and I remember telling my friends about this really handsome guy in my class. We started talking on MSN messenger (back in the day!) and our friendship blossomed quite quickly. I realized very early on that he would be a huge part of my life and that we would be best friends. We started dating in November 2008 which was 11 years prior to our wedding.
What was your favourite part of your day?
My favourite part of the day was walking into the ceremony room on my dads arm and seeing everyones emotional faces. Walking further into the room, I saw Andrew crying and I really had to try hard not to cry myself.
Music
Song you walked down the aisle to: The Piano Guys – A Thousand Years (in memory of a dear family friend)
Ceremony songs:
  • Ariana Grande & John Legend – Beauty and the Beast
  • Tangled – I See The Light
  • High School Musical – Start of Something New (High School Musical 3 is what we went to see on our first date so this was super special to play on our wedding day)
Song for walking back up the aisle as a married couple: Leona Lewis – A Moment Like This
First dance: Caleb and Kelsey – From This Moment/You’re Still the One
Father Daughter Dance: Heartland – I Loved Her First
Mother Daughter Dance: Carrie Underwood – Mama’s Song
How did you choose your wedding colour scheme?
We didn’t want a specific theming or specific feature to focus our wedding around really. We did discuss our love of Disney and Harry Potter and how we liked the magical, fairytale elements. In the end, we decided to go for a very classic wedding feel with the traditional ceremony, sit down meal, speeches, dances, cake cutting and then the evening party with elements of fairytale mixed in. Our colour scheme was a mix of Navy, Blush Pink, Silver and White. I was quite specific in making sure the small details matched all of this and pulled everything together.
Who was your bride and groom squad? 
Our squad was quite small. Andrew had his eldest brother as his Best Man and I had 4 of my sisters as my Bridesmaids and Maid of Honour. We couldn’t have asked for anyone else to be by our sides on our wedding day.
Did you make any wedding DIYs?
I created all of our wedding stationery - it started with creating the invitations and then I decided I may as well create the rest of our on the day stationery. I loved making them as I could do them exactly to my specific requirements and not have to worry about upsetting anyone if I didn’t like a sample. We created a lot of the little details and décor too. We had little tissue packets on our guests chairs – which ended up being a good thing given how emotional everyone was during my walk down the aisle! My favourite DIY from the wedding was our confetti. I used an old Harry Potter book and some punches I got quite cheap from Hobbycraft and I made paper confetti in the shapes of hearts and stars. It was beautiful and really added to our photographs.
Where did you get your beautiful dress?
My dress was bought from Brides Dream in Newcastle upon Tyne and it was a Blu by Mori Lee in the style 5315.
Tell us about your wedding cake...
Our wedding cake was possibly one of my most favourite pieces from the whole day! We asked the wonderful Sara from Infinity Cakes in Newcastle to create our cake and she went above and beyond our expectations. We had a traditional three tier cake in the flavours Chocolate and Banana, Chocolate and Strawberry and Vanilla and White Chocolate. We wanted a slight Disney twist on the cake so our cake topper was Beauty and the Beast and written on the cake across all 3 tiers was ‘And They Lived Happily Ever After’. Sara was amazing at communicating with me and letting me help pick which pearl trim to order and had us trial the flavours twice to make sure we were 100% sure with our choices. It was perfect and our guests thought it was amazing too.
What was your best wedding splurge?
The best thing we splurged on was our wedding flowers. We had fresh flowers which was something I was particular on from the very beginning. At first we played around with whether or not we wanted fresh flowers in our candelabra centrepieces but after we had to find a new florist we decided to go for it and get the fresh arrangements. It made such a difference and they scented the room so perfectly. Our florist recommended with our top table arrangement using two of the three pieces in our ceremony and then have them re-added to the top table which worked amazingly. We used the floral bouquets as décor on the evening on our tables too. 
After the wedding, we took our top table and centrepiece arrangements to the cemetery and placed them on my mums grave. For us, this was a perfect way to let her have a piece of the day with her. I had placed in my bouquet and my mum's and nana’s wrist corsages freesia which is a flower my biological mum had in her bouquet and my older sister was planning on having this in her bouquet on her wedding day too so I wanted to make it special and have it linking us altogether on my wedding day.
What was the most emotional moment of the day?
During the speeches, my dad made sure he included a mention to my biological mum. My mum and dad have raised me from the age of 8 weeks old as my biological mum passed away. My biological mum is my mum’s sister. I can’t imagine how hard it would have been to be grieving the loss of your sister and then take in her child to raise. Their strength is incredible and when my dad mentioned her during his speech there was not a dry eye in the room. She is a huge part of my life and was a huge part of our wedding day.
What would you say was the funniest moment of the day?
During Andrew’s speech he slipped up his words and said that ‘I know it won’t have been easy raising the girls on your own’ much to my mums horror. Everyone saw the funny side of the slip up and it made the whole room burst into laughter. It made for a hilarious photograph as the photographer caught the exact moment Andrew realized he had made a slip up and put his hand up to his head.
What was your First Dance Song?
Caleb and Kelsey – From This Moment/You’re Still the One. Finding this was completely by chance. I was scrolling through Facebook one day and this video clip came up and it said something like ‘this song needs to be played at every wedding’. I played it and it was absolutely perfect. It sums up our relationship perfectly and we just fell in love with the composition of both songs.
Tell us about your magical Honeymoon...
Two days after our wedding we flew to Disneyland Paris and spent five incredible days soaking in the Disney magic! I am a huge Disney fan and Andrew had not been to Disneyland before so when I suggested Disneyland as a destination we grabbed the opportunity. It was incredibly magical and everyone we encountered was super sweet and helped us make our honeymoon special.
Watch Mr and Mrs Fiddes' wedding video below.
Venue: Wallsend Hall
Videographer: Flash Photography
Stationery: DIY
Wedding Rings: H Samuel
Bridesmaids Dresses: Coast
Suits: Slaters

From Brides, With Love xo 

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