Kate and Tom Smith tied the knot on 31st October 2020 at the beautifully traditional setting of St Mary's church in Tamerton Foliot.
The date meant that the couple were restricted by lockdown, but the day was perfect in every way, as Kate explains, "Our reception was at the Horn of Plenty, near Tavistock. We chose the Horn of Plenty for its beautiful views, and the luxurious yet intimate feel. Because of Covid restrictions (just 15 guests!) we were very mindful not to choose anywhere too sprawling. It was absolutely perfect, and the team worked so hard to give us a truly special day."
Kate wore a white strapless mermaid bridal gown with a sweetheart neckline by Ladybird which looked fabulous next to Royal Marine Tom's traditional blues. She absolutely shone in this stunning gown and it fitted her to perfection - it was definitely meant to be as Kate explains, "It was NOTHING like I had originally planned to buy! I remember saying to my Mum when we started shopping that I ‘definitely wanted straps!’ I pulled the dress to try purely because I thought the little belt on it was pretty! As soon as I put it on, I knew it was The One!"
Due to the problems they encountered at the hand of COVID, the couple actually worked their way through three dates, three wedding venues, COUNTLESS difficult decisions regarding guest numbers and so many other stumbling blocks. Kate says, "With each setback we had however, the determination and focus to just get married just got stronger and stronger. At times, with all the frivolity, that sentiment can get lost, so I guess we have COVID to thank for ensuring that the things that really mattered were with us on the day. All the rest is just the cherry on the top!"
Kate and Tom's sense of humour shone through with the cake as Kate explains, "We had a delicious red velvet wedding cake with cream cheese frosting on the outside. We had some novelty cake toppers from Etsy which were a bride & groom wearing face masks." Very apt indeed!
Kate's bouquet was a beautifully simple fragrant arrangement of white roses, eustoma and eucalyptus foliage, created by talented florist Emma Brinsden in Woolwell. Alice did Kate's beautifully subtle wedding day makeup (Visage in Tavistock), and her hair (and that of her bridesmaids) was done by Adele Hack. They chose Matt at Passion4Photos to do their wedding photography and Kate said, “He captured every moment of our perfect day brilliantly, and has an incredible knack of being incredibly organised, yet very calm and relaxed”.
Despite lockdown restrictions, Kate remembers her wedding day so very fondly. She says that she wants to relive the entire day, because it was just the very best day of their lives. She reflects, "One of the most special moments was leaving the church; the sun was out and about 20 of our closest family and friends had gathered, socially distanced, outside the church to see us and wish us well. It was SO special, we really feel so lucky and loved".
The couple's 15th guest was their beloved Cavapoo, George, he even had a bespoke suit made to match the groomsmen!
The couple enjoyed a sunny break in Cornwall in December but don't have any major honeymoon plans yet. They are just delighted to have finally tied the knot and are enjoying married life together.
Kate spoke very highly of us here at Amica and made us blush! She said, "I would honestly recommend Amica to all brides-to-be. Amy was so warm and welcoming, and my Mum and I had a glass of bubbly which really made it feel like a special occasion. The care and kindness extended all the way through to the day before the wedding when I collected my dress, and I even had lovely Amanda come to the Horn of Plenty on the morning of the wedding to fit me into my dress. They’re a fabulous team". Thank you Kate, we loved meeting you and your lovely mum and helping you find 'The One'! We wish you and Tom all the happiness in the world :)