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Laura & Viktor's Wedding at Upwaltham Barns|West Sussex

The Initial Meeting:

“We first met in the summer of 2009 at Holiday Fun, a children’s playscheme that we both volunteered at at Lancing College. However, we wouldn’t exactly say it was love at first sight! We didn’t spend much time together with Viktor mainly putting on activities such as swimming and ultimate frisbee while I was put on tennis, rounders and anything that involved a bat or a racket. When Vik was put on tennis with me, he decided that bat and ball skills was not his forte and therefore it was much more entertaining to encourage the children to see how far and wide they could hit the tennis balls out of the court, which kept them entertained but did not impress me. He soon saw my bossy side but somehow this didn’t put him off. We then went our separate ways when the playscheme ended ready for the start of the new school year 11. However, a few weeks later Vik decided to message me out of the blue as all his school friends lived over half an hour away by car, so he decided to try to make a local friend and wanted to longboard to the pier to meet me. From that day on, we messaged every day, and the rest is history!”

The Proposal:

“Vik finally decided it was time to pop the question after 9 years when we were on holiday in the Dominican Republic at 7am in the morning! He had attempted to propose earlier in the holiday but unfortunately this didn't go to plan, resulting in him deciding to take me on a beach walk so that we could watch the sunrise. Sadly, for Vik, his attempt was hindered by a huge rainstorm but luckily, he persevered, and the weather cleared up just in time, so that we could get to a perfect spot on the beach. As he got down on one knee, the sun came out and a rainbow appeared.”

The Wedding Day:

West Sussex wedding videographers captured Laura and Viktor commit to each other for the rest of their lives at the stunning Upwaltham Barns. The day started with Laura getting ready in their house in Ferrying with her beautiful bridesmaids and stunning mum. Laura recounted stories of how the pair got together whilst she was being pampered for her big day. Ground Films captured Laura’s hair be crafted into a sophisticated and timeless low bun, embellished with stunning but subtle hair jewels.

Once completing hair and makeup Laura made her way to Upwaltham Barns with her bridesmaids, travelling in two beautifully classic cars both of which you can see throughout the couples wedding film above. Set in the heart of the Sussex countryside, surrounded by rolling fields it was the most glorious place for this couple to celebrate their love. Laura’s soft glam makeup perfectly complimented her stunning dress which had a beautiful sweetheart neckline with a lace overlay that continued across her décolletage and over her shoulders, finishing in a capped sleeve. The lace continued down her back fastened by gorgeous pearl buttons.

Viktor arrived with his groomsmen in another incredible classic car, looking dapper in his light grey suit with soft pink tie and pocket square to match the dusky pink colour theme. Soon the wedding ceremony was underway. Ground Films captured the bridal party including several cute flower boys and girls walk down the aisle, before Laura herself arm in arm with her mum walked towards her soon to be husband with the biggest smile on her face. The ceremony consisted of the couples’ personal vows to one another, ensuring that there wasn’t a single dry eye in the audience. All that was left to do was to exchange their rings and seal their marriage with a kiss. Award Winning Wedding Videographers, Ground Films captured Laura’s best friend, and her sister perform several songs during the signing of the register which captured the hearts of everyone in attendance.

After the ceremony and the group photos the couple enjoyed catching up with their guests, especially as several had travelled from far and wide to celebrate the day. The sun came out as everyone drank bubbles in the beautifully intimate courtyard at Upwaltham Barns. West Sussex wedding videographers, Ground Films captured the couple in these stunning grounds at Upwaltham whilst the guests took to their seats for the speeches and wedding breakfast. The sun was dazzling off of the stunning florals and pristine gardens creating the most perfect backdrop for this loving couple.

Award winning wedding videographers, Ground Films proceeded to capture all three excellent speeches performed by Laura’s uncle, Laura and Viktor themselves and Viktor’s best man and brother. Throughout these speeches we heard how they both have just become an extension of their respective families after all these years and growing into adult life together. The speeches were ended perfectly by a beautiful song of grace performed by one of their Paige boys, who had come all the way from America to celebrate the wedding.

After dinner the couple went for a drive in one of the fabulous classic cars lovingly provided by their friend Scotty, through the Sussex countryside roads. West Sussex Wedding Videographers joined to capture some incredible shots of the couple within the woods just down the road from Upwaltham. The low setting sun was peaking its way through the leaves creating the most fairy-tale picture and video opportunities.

Laura and Viktor made their way back to the wedding reception ready for a game of ‘Mr and Mrs’ followed by the cutting of the cake and enjoying more bubbles, before they wowed everyone with their incredible choreographed first dance, which had everything from spins to lifts in it. The night ended with more games including limbo, musical statues and barn dancing whilst accompanied by an impressive band. They celebrated in style!

Thank you, Laura and Viktor, for an incredible day, and for letting us capture it. It is so clear to us how truly happy you make each other and everyone else who is surrounded by your love.

Thank you to all the amazing suppliers involved:

Venue - @upwalthambarns Photographer - @loveheartphotographyuk Hair - Makeup - @katemitchell_makeupstudio@abbiecole_hmua Dress - @evarosebridal @angelbridalonline Florist - @rococoflorist Rings - Shoes - @jimmychoo Earrings - @ivoryandco Band - @entertainmentnationuk Bridesmaids dresses - @mousetrapbridalboutique Cake - @frizellecakes Drinks/ceremony singers - @thatfreckledgirl Toastmaster - @thecompletetoastmaster

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