Michelle and Chris met through mutual friends in June 2006. "We attended a group meal at Pizza Express in Salisbury where we couldn't stop looking at each other," Michelle tells us.

"Chris proposed in August 2011 over dinner in Pizza Hut. He wanted to ask me in the same pizza restaurant where we had met but it was fully booked so he had to improvise! It was a complete surprise and I cried happy tears," Michelle says.

Bride & Groom The couple chose Bowood hotel, spa and golf resort in Calne, Wiltshire, as their wedding venue. "I started researching venues online and the first one I came across was Bowood and it was love at first sight," Michelle explains.

"When we visited, the gardens, lake and grounds are what attracted us and we decided it was worth waiting the couple of months it took for the outdoor ceremony area to be licenced because we wanted an al fresco wedding."

Al fresco

The couple chose a pretty-in-pink and soft-blue colour theme to style their day.

Their bouquets and table arrangement created for their sweetheart top table contained fresh flowers that set the theme.


"We had a welcome message, table plan and an order of the day board all presented on wooden easel stands," Michelle tells us. "The entrance to the reception room featured ceiling draping and star lights which look so romantic and our table centrepieces were decorative bird cages and vases brimming with faux flowers presented on log slices surrounded by tea lights. Our place name cards finished the look printed with a fabulous floral design."

Table plan
Cake topper

Michelle and Chris chose a five-tier cupcake featuring different flavours. "The top tier was a small semi-naked cake that we kept for ourselves," Michelle explains. "It held a custom-made 'Mr & Mrs Mitchener' cake topper."


The catering options included canapés served with drinks after the ceremony. "A delicious three-course wedding breakfast was enjoyed by all followed by a pizza station and pasta and salad stand during the evening," Michelle says. "The sweetie cart went down a treat and almost all of the food went."

Dress & Suits Michelle chose an ivory and sand-coloured dress (style MB4037) by the designer Marys Bridal at Belle of the Ball Bridals in Melksham. "I had tried on a few different dresses of what I thought I wanted but this was the complete opposite!" Michelle says. "As soon as I put it on, I walked towards the mirror and burst into tears! I teamed it with a matching lace finger-tip veil."

Chris wore a navy Ted Baker suit with an ivory silk patterned waistcoat, white shirt, dusky pink cravat, brown shoes and odd socks! "One sock was printed with a picture of my face," Michelle tells us. "Our groomsmen all wore matching navy suits teamed with blue waistcoats and dusky pink cravats. They looked great alongside our beautiful bridesmaids in their blush-pink dresses."


Michelle and Chris hired Wiltshire-based harpist Katie Salomon to perform during the ceremony and drinks reception. "The background music played while we said our vows and our first dance song was played by my late stepdad who had recorded a few albums over the years," Michelle tells us.

Bouncy castle

"We had the magician Stephen Charrett entertaining our guests during our wedding breakfast who was a big hit with both the adults and children with his incredible sense of humour and the little ones also enjoyed the bouncy castle and inflatables.

Fireworks During our evening reception, we had a DJ, a sparkler isle, a photo booth by Jay at Eventimate which was busy all night and a seven-minute fireworks display as the grand finale which was the most talked-about entertainment!

After our guests had all gone, our DJ played one last song and we enjoyed a private last dance to end our perfect day."

Michelle and Chris’s contact book

Bride's reception dress

CG boutique
Tel: 01980 677 325


Tel: 07881 581 434

Ceremony music

Katie Salomon Wiltshire Harpist
Tel: 07855 466 978

DJ, bouncy castle and sweetie cart

Amroadshow & infl atables
Tel: 07568 364 850

Draping and ceiling star lighting

Tel: 01225 571 787


Belle Of The Ball Bridals
Tel: 01225 920 747

Fireworks and sparkle isle

Cotswold Fireworks Ltd
Tel: 01285 898 363


Hedge Rose
Tel: 01672 514718

Jewellery and accessories


Stephen Charrett Magician & Mind Reader
Tel: 07768 716 458

Make-up and hair

Charlotte Tillyer Hair & Make up Artist
Tel: 07967 346 958

Photo booth

Eventimate Weddings & Events
Tel: 07513 595 895

Photographer and video content

Simon Ward Photography
Tel: 01722 324 267


Ali Greenwood, Weddings & Events Planner
Tel: 07770 697 106


Moss Bros
Tel: 01722 320 244

Venue and catering

Tel: 01249 822 228
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