Lizzie and Tim met at primary school and remained good friends throughout their teenage years. "We finally started dating in our early twenties," Lizzie tells us, "and after 22 years of knowing one another, we decided to tie the knot."
The couple became engaged on holiday in Lombok, Indonesia. "It was a lovely surprise when Tim asked me to marry him after watching a beautiful sunset together," Lizzie explains, "although I did have a slight inclination that he might because he was carrying a bag around with him on the holiday that clearly showed what appeared to be a square-shaped box inside!"
"We had both dreamt of a white wedding and pictured the driveway of The Kingscote Barn covered in snow as we arrived to look around the venue," Lizzie tells us. "We loved the simplicity ofthe barn and the fact that the entire day for up to 60 loved ones could be held in one location. Our guests travelling from as far as New York and Vietnam could stay in the cottages available in the grounds which was another deciding factor."
The couple share a joint love of skiing so themed some of their seasonal wedding around this. "Each table was named after a ski resort that we had visited," Lizzie tells us. "Our top table was named after our favourite destination, Les Arcs in France, and we had a large image of a ski map mounted on to reclaimed wood that we attached the names to in order to look like ski runs,"Lizzie explains. The place names were hand-written by Lizzie and tied to the napkins with twine, topped with a piece of fresh rosemary in memory of those who were unable to be there on the day.
The couple loved the canopy of fairylights that was draped from the ceiling of the barn. "It was a real showstopper and looked so magical," Lizzie tells us. "We had white petals lining the aisle and hurricane lanterns placed at the front of it. We wanted to bring the outdoors in so gathered logs and had piles of them placed throughout the reception area with candles decorating them. It gave a festive, rustic look and was a low-cost way to create maximum impact. We were also lucky to have snow on our special day, just like we had hoped for!"
The couple chose elegant candelabras holding lit candlesas their centrepieces. "We wanted lavish table decorations so chose wreaths made from white avalanche roses and foliage,"Lizzie describes. "Our other flowers complemented these, with hydrangea and eucalyptus styled in our bridesmaids' bouquets and a selection of meaningful blooms placed in my bouquet. My florist, Emily, helped me pick these and together we decided on twister spray roses and ranunculus, among others, mixed with hydrangeas and eucalyptus. The trailing ribbons finished it perfectly and the cluster buttonholes that we designed also featured spray roses and eucalyptus tied with twine."
"I made our wedding cake," Lizzie tells us. It was a wonderful three-tier design featuring carrot cake, a lemon-flavoured sponge with a lemon curd filling, and a coffee and walnut layer. It was decorated with fresh flowers and topped with a wooden cake topper.
The couple fed their guests mini fish cakes to start followed by Orchard beef with buttered mash and honey-glazed root vegetables. "I'm a vegetarian," Lizzie tells us, "so this option was an important choice. We opted for butternut squash risotto with pea tendrils followed by a classic sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and Chantilly cream."
Lizzie's dress ended up being totally different to what she had envisioned. "I always thought that I would pick a simple, straight wedding dress but these styles didn't suit my height. I tried on a dress by Mori Lee that featured a full skirt and a sequin back and fell in love with it. I teamed it with a simple veil, a pair of drop earrings which were a gift from Tim, and some sentimental family jewellery." Lizzie added a faux fur wrap and blue wellies to wear outside inthe snow. "Tim gave me a pair of pink and grey Nike trainers featuring our wedding date as a gift, so I changed into these for our evening reception."
"Tim chose a blue Harris Tweed wool suit,"Lizzie tells us. "His groomsmen wore the same along with white shirts, contrasting tweed waistcoats and brown brogues." The couple chose one-shoulder pleated maxi dresses in slate grey for their bridesmaids. "They all looked so beautiful," Lizzie says.
"Our band were called the Dance Floor Fillers and they did just that!" Lizzie tells us. "The lead guitarist performed an incredible solo and our photographer, Mark, commented on how he had never seen so many people get up and dance so quickly!
We also had a firepit for our guests to toast their marshmellows over, and a ski-themed photo booth. The pictures of our guests dressed in woolly hats holding ski poles and wearing goggles make great memories, especially those of my 96-year-old gran!"