After going to Somersault Festival in 2014 to see their favourite artist Jack Johnson, Vicky and Chris fell head over heels in love with the idyllic seaside town of Croyde in Devon.
A year later, they planned a surfing trip to visit their favourite place yet again. On Friday 26th June 2015, Chris asked Vicky to meet him on the bench overlooking Croyde Bay.
However, when Chris arrived, he realised his plans were not going to go smoothly – there was a man sat on the bench he had chosen for his special moment eating an orange and admiring the scenery!
Chris waited for the man to leave and jumped straight onto the bench once he had walked away… to find he had left all of his orange peel on the floor! Springing into action, Chris quickly picked it all up and took it to the bin so that the spot would be absolutely perfect for when Vicky arrived.
And only just in time, when Vicky arrived at the chosen bench she thought Chris looked really nervous. Once she had sat down, he began to tell her how much she meant to him.
He told her it had been 2366 days since he had asked her to be his girlfriend and passed her an engraved ring box with the message ‘Vicky, it’s been 2366 days since you first said yes and I can’t wait a day longer… will you marry me?’
Vicky burst out crying and said yes, of course!
They celebrated in their favourite pub, The Thatch, as a live band was playing, and they drank lots of fizz whilst ringing family and friends to tell them the news.
Vicky and Chris didn’t start planning their wedding immediately and waited 18 months to look for a venue for their special day. They started going to wedding fayres to find some inspiration for their special day and decided to start looking for a barn style venue.
After viewing several local venues, Vicky and Chris still hadn’t found what they were looking for. But they were in luck as venue number 5 was perfect!
Arriving at Heaton House Farm on 14th February 2017, they were greeted by Mick and Margaret who provided them with the perfect viewing. From the attentive staff and warm welcome they received from the owners to the stunning venue and breath-taking countryside views, Vicky and Chris fell in love with Heaton House Farm.
“As soon as we went to see the venue, we fell in love with it! It was exactly what we were looking for!”
The cherry on top was most certainly the famous Heaton House tree! Vicky and Chris could not believe their luck when they ventured outside to see that it looked just like the tree on Jack Johnson’s ‘In Between Dreams’ album cover!
This made their decision a lot easier and they chose to book a date for their wedding… Valentine’s Day 2019!
With the church and venue secured, Vicky and Chris had two years to get the rest of their planning done! So, they started thinking about the theme for their décor and opted for ‘Rustic Elegance’.
With a beautiful colour palette of deep burgundy, white and dusky pink, they styled their wedding with the help of Qube Events who provided elegant white blossom trees and burgundy napkins for the tables.
Chris made a welcome sign and seating plan using reclaimed wood that encompassed their theme perfectly, and they also designed and printed the table names inspired, of course, by Jack Johnson’s music!
The décor included lots of little personal touches such as the idea to have all of their guests sign a cork and put it in their ‘Vicky & Chris’s Bubbly Memories’ photo frame which made a beautiful keepsake.
Décor decided, Vicky and Chris turned their attention to what they would be wearing on their special day.
Unsure of what kind of style she liked, Vicky took her mum and sisters dress shopping. She tried on a few different ones in various styles, but nothing caught her eye and she began to get frustrated. As someone who is fussy about finding a dress for any occasion, she knew it would be difficult to find the perfect one for her wedding day!
Vicky found a cute little bridal shop called Puure Bride in Lymm, so she decided to take her full entourage with her to find a dress. She was lucky to have the help of Ange and Linda who let her try on lots of different dresses, but again, none of them gave her the ‘wow’ moment she was looking for…
Just as Vicky was losing hope, Linda offered her a wildcard dress. She wasn’t keen on the neckline so felt a bit unsure about the dress, however, when she put it on it really made her smile.
Opening the curtain to reveal the dress to her mum and sisters they all cried ‘Yes!’ at the same time! She knew she had found the dress.
But there was still more to organise! Vicky now had to sort out dresses for her four bridesmaids. She chose stunning, burgundy, floor-length dresses with a high neckline that looked absolutely gorgeous!
Chris chose smart, navy 3-piece suits for himself and his four groomsmen accompanied by burgundy ties and pocket squares. The suits were completed with a brass tie clip and stag pins for their lapels.
With everything sorted, Vicky and Chris just had to wait for their special day to arrive.
On the 14th February 2019, Vicky walked up the aisle of St Michael’s Church to be married to Chris.
After a simply beautiful ceremony, Mr and Mrs Hunter walked out of the church to a huge applause and got into a vintage car for the journey to Heaton House Farm.
They arrived to welcome drinks and canapes which the guests enjoyed whilst the new Mr and Mrs Hunter took the opportunity to have some stunning photographs in the grounds. Recreating the iconic album cover next to the tree of course!
Everyone was invited to take their seats after the reveal of the stunning Steele’s Barn to await the arrival of Vicky and Chris…
They walked in to ‘Higher and Higher’ by Jackie Wilson as the room filled with cheers and applause!
The speeches were all perfect. Vicky’s Dad had everyone laughing at his stories, jokes and replacement of swear words with ‘sugar’! Even though he was incredibly nervous, he did a fantastic job!
The best man, Dan, also made a great speech and Chris had everyone feeling emotional – Vicky couldn’t help but cry the whole way through!
Afterwards, everyone was treated to a delicious three-course meal that consisted of a Tomato and Basil Oil Soup for starter, Roasted Chicken Breast with Roasted Root Vegetables and Smoked Bacon for main and finishing with a fabulous Trio of Desserts.
Soon it was time for the evening reception to begin and the new Mr and Mrs Hunter took to the dancefloor to cut the cake and have their first dance.
They chose a Mumford, folk-style band for their evening entertainment who learnt the song for their first dance. Vicky and Chris loved dancing to a live version of Jack Johnson’s ‘Better Together’.
The band had everyone up on their feet and dancing the night away which ended their special day perfectly.
Vicky’s Memorable Moment:
Vicky loved every minute of their day, but one of her favourite moments was walking down the aisle with her dad and looking at her husband-to-be waiting for her!
She also loved the car journey with her dad to the church, and the journey to Heaton House Farm with Chris:
“These were really special moments as they gave me time to relax, collect my thoughts and chat to the two most important men in my life one-on-one!”
What did Chris think?
“The day goes far too quickly! Take time out in the day/evening to spend a moment with your wife”
Advice to future couples:
“Try not to stress too much towards the end. Enjoy the fun parts (wedding fayres, shopping, food tasting etc), and get as much done as you can earlier on so less to worry about on the weeks/days running up to the big day!”
“Don’t let planning the wedding get in between your, take time out of planning to spend quality time together! And definitely use the Moposa planning tool provided by HHF, it is very helpful!”
Suppliers who made their day:
|Bride’s Dress||Puure Bride, Lymm|
|Bride’s Shoes||Kurt Geiger|
|Groom’s Outfit||Slaters Menswear|
|Bridesmaid’s Dresses||YS Dress Stockport|
|Groomsmen’s Outfits:||Slaters Menswear|
|Caterer||Vanilla in Allseasons|
|Flowers||Zsa Zsa Florist|
|Wedding Cake||Buttercup Cakes|
|Wedding Hair||Shine Bright Like a Diamond, Widnes|