Maria and Callum can't help falling in love

Maria and Callum met in a local pub in Abingdon after a mutual friend introduced them. "We began texting one another and then dating, and the rest is history! Maria tells us.

The couple became engaged during a surprise proposal on New Year’s Eve. “After almost three years together, we went on holiday to Gran Canaria for a festive trip,” Maria says. “On New Year’s Eve, we visited the beach during the evening to watch the fireworks and as the clock struck midnight, Callum got down on one knee and presented me with a stunning ring. I said ‘yes’ instantly – it was the best surprise ever!”

Outdoor ceremony The couple had originally planned their wedding to take place during August 2020 in Las Vegas where they had visited on holiday a few years before and loved it. "Unfortunately, our date was cancelled due to the pandemic so we started to look for local venues," Maria explains. "I had visited The Crazy Bear hotel for a wedding fair and loved it, it's a beautiful venue and I hadn't seen anything quite like it before so I knew that it was the one. Our outdoor ceremony was simply stunning - we were so lucky with the weather because the sun shone all day."

Bride arriving "I had butterflies in my stomach but was extremely excited to make Maria my wife. Just before she arrived, I was so overwhelmed with emotion that I started to cry. As she walked down the aisle, I just remember how beautiful she looked, absolute perfection. I couldn't stop the tears!" Callum

Bridesmaids
Rings

Bride's dress The couple decided on a glitzy theme inspired by their original plans to marry in Las Vegas. "Our mirrored acrylic gold and white table plan and welcome sign suited the venue and our theme perfectly," Maria describes. "We also had gold and white table numbers, and name cards decorated with gold metallic watercolour paints." The couple chose gold Moroccan lanterns as their table centrepieces after being inspired by The Glasshouse, the room in which they hosted their wedding breakfast. "As our favours, we treated our guests to ivory heart-shaped scented wax melts topped with glitter from my friend Lucy's company, Wax Whiff," Maria explains. "My friends and I are always buying them for our homes so I knew that they would make great favours. We hand-picked the scent called pink fizz and pomelo and they suited our theme perfectly. Whenever I melt them, I always think of our special day." The couple also gave scratch cards to their male guests placed in personalised envelopes which read 'we've tied the knot, now hit the jackpot' which was a reference to Las Vegas.

Groomsmen

Maria and Callum chose ivory roses mixed with plenty of foliage for their big-day blooms. "I carried a teardrop bouquet featuring these varieties and some of the roses had pearls placed in the centre," Maria tells us.

Bridesmaids pose

"Our groomsmen had matching buttonholes and one of my bridesmaids, Brittany, handmade all of the bouquets for the bridesmaids and flowergirls using artificial blooms and accessories that everyone could keep as a memory of our day."

Top table arch The couple also hired a flower arch that matched those used in their top table display. "The team at the venue were so impressed with the arch that they asked the company to be a regular supplier for future weddings and events," Maria says.

Cake table

The couple chose a four-tier cake that was handmade by a family friend, Caroline Doran. "Two tiers were ivory in colour and filled with vanilla sponge and raspberry jam," Maria describes. "The other two were gold chocolate-flavoured layers (our favourite!) finished with a sequin effect and flowers, plus a handmade Mr and Mrs Hastings cake topper."

Flower girls

Maria and Callum also treated their guests to a pick-and-mix station filled with retro sweets. "I have lots of nieces and nephews so this proved to be very popular, even with the adults, and everyone took home a bag of candy," Maria says. "We also had a heart-shaped doughnut wall placed next to the dancefloor – perfect for an energy boost!"

Newlyweds Maria wore a fishtail dress with long sleeves. "It was the opposite of what I thought I would choose but my bridesmaids insisted that I tried on every style of dress and I loved this one the moment I put it on," she tells us. "I adored the fitted shape that flared out at the bottom which was so flattering. I teamed it with a pair of my sister's Chanel earrings (which both my sisters had worn on their wedding days and which became my something borrowed). Callum had bought me a stunning Tiffany & Co. bracelet which he gave to me the night before our wedding that I also wore and I finished my look with a short veil that I planned on removing after the ceremony but loved it so much I wore it all night!"

Confetti The couple's bridesmaids looked glamorous in their gold-sequinned gowns that suited the glitzy theme and Callum and his groomsmen chose navy suits teamed with champagne-coloured ties and pocket squares. "I surprised Callum with a navy Armani watch and matching cufflinks for our big day," Maria tells us.

Elvis tribute

Maria and Callum wanted to create a Vegas feel to their reception as a reminder of their original wedding plans. "My mum and I secretly hired an Elvis impersonator who joined us for our first dance and sung Can't Help Falling In Love," Maria describes. "The DJ started playing the song as we started dancing and then Elvis appeared! Callum and our guests were gobsmacked but they loved it. He sang the song for a second time followed by a few Elvis classics."

Just married

As if this wasn't enough excitement, everyone was asked to gather outside towards the end of the evening. "My parents surprised us all with an incredible firework display," Maria tells us. "It was magnificent - I've never seen fireworks like it, they lit up the entire sky. It was so romantic to watch it with my new husband and it provided the perfect grande finale."

First dance "Our videographer, David, was fantastic. He captured the day beautifully and it was fantastic to watch it back and relive the happy memories all over again." Maria and Callum

Fireworks Maria and Callum wanted to create a Vegas feel to their reception as a reminder of their original wedding plans. "My mum and I secretly hired an Elvis impersonator who joined us for our first dance and sung Can't Help Falling In Love," Maria describes. "The DJ started playing the song as we started dancing and then Elvis appeared! Callum and our guests were gobsmacked but they loved it. He sang the song for a second time followed by a few Elvis classics."

As if this wasn't enough excitement, everyone was asked to gather outside towards the end of the evening. "My parents surprised us all with an incredible firework display," Maria tells us. "It was magnificent - I've never seen fireworks like it, they lit up the entire sky. It was so romantic to watch it with my new husband and it provided the perfect grande finale."

"The day was the first time that we had been able to see our close friends and family together without any restrictions and it was a big celebration! The fizz was flowing and everyone was having a wonderful time."

Couple pose in lit up  garden "Our photographer, Vicky, captured our day perfectly. She was there from the start until the end and made us both feel so relaxed – we couldn't be happier with our photographs." Maria and Callum

Maria and Callum's contact book

Bridesmaids' dresses

Adrianna Papell
www.adriannapapell.com

DJ

Utopia Mobile Disco Didcot
Tel: 07846 725 863
utopiadisco.co.uk

Entertainment (Elvis impersonator)

Gary Roman as Elvis, Lemonrock Live Music
Tel: 07973 283 063
www.lemonrock.com/garyromanaselvis

Favours

Wax Whiff
Tel: 07884 024 237
www.waxwhiff.co.uk

Fireworks

Illusion Fireworks
Tel: 01491 825 809
www.illusionfireworks.com

Flower arch and top table flowers

Blossom Belle
Tel: 07746 906 522
www.blossom-belle.co.uk

Flowers

Perfect Petals
Tel: 07856 389 155
www.facebook.com/perfectpetalsbyemmyleigh

Hair

Abi and Gabriella at Oxfordshire Wedding Hair
Tel: 07909 928 990
oxfordshireweddinghair.co.uk

Make-up (for the bride, mother-of-the-bride and maid-of-honour)

Makeup by Jade
www.makeupbyjade.co.uk

Make-up (for the bridesmaids)

Name cards

Personalised envelopes and scratch card holders

Pocketfold Invites Paper Goods
Tel: 01803 698 496
www.pocketfoldinvites.co.uk

Photographer

Vicky Lewis Photography
Tel: 07748 520 838
www.vickyphotography.co.uk

Suit

Skopes
Tel: 0330 134 0292
www.skopes.co.uk

Venue

The Crazy Bear Stadhampton
Tel: 01865 893 967
crazybeargroup.co.uk/stadhampton

Videographer DNAWE Media

07563 923 315
www.dnawemedia.com

Wedding sign, table plan and cake topper

Alice Jade Designs
www.alicejadedesigns.co.uk
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