The wedding of Verity Akester and Matthew Trigg
PUBLISHED: 13:49 17 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:53 20 February 2013
The new Mrs Trigg explains why her day was amazing
The bride and groom
I am a staff nurse at the day surgery unit at Salisbury Hospital and Matthew is a Sergeant in the Royal Artillery. Although we live in Salisbury, Wiltshire, we were both born and bought up in the Forest of Dean, me in Lydbrook, Matthew in Bream.
My parents are Tim and Julie Akester. Matthews dad is Graham Trigg.
Glen Pearson, Matthews work colleague.
My bridesmaids were my sister Heather Akester and Charlotte Develin. My page boy was Brodie Akester, aged 15 months, Heathers son.
Where and how did you meet?
We met at a party in Coleford, through mutual friends, back in March 2005.
The wedding was held at the Forest Church, Drybrook, as this is our familys local church and both of us were christened there. For the reception we chose Pengethley Manor Hotel near Ross-on-Wye, as we went to a
wedding fair there and fell in love with the beautiful surroundings. We had
also eaten there many times before and knew the food was very good. The
staff were so helpful every step of the way, particularly Loran Price the events co-ordinator.
My dress was a Marylise design, a beautiful ivory halter neck with lovely diamante and pearl dcor along the neck line and front.
Matthew, the best man, the two ushers and both dads hired their suits from Moss Bros Suit hire. They wore classic grey morning suits with matching trousers, green, patterned waistcoats and matching cravats.
Bought off the rack from Coast, theywere lovely, light red, knee-length dresses that flattered the bridesmaids figures and looked nice against the sage green the men were wearing. They were worn with matching black shoes and pashminas to keep the bridesmaids warm.
The florist Sue Pilllans always does the beautiful flowers for the Forest Church so she seemed the perfect person to do ours for the day. The hand-tied bridal bouquet included hypericum berries, cream calla lilies and gerbera. The bridesmaids bouquets were an aspidistra leaf cone inserted with calla lilies and berries with a thin ribbon at the stem. Matthews buttonhole was an aspidistra leaf cone with a calla lily and the ushers had buttonholes of gerbera with foliage.
Many close family members and friends were a great support towards the day. The beautiful veil was lent to me by one of my parents close friends. She wore it at her wedding 40 years ago. The wedding car and chauffeur were also kindly lent by friends.
The service was conducted by The Reverend Nick Bromfield. One of the highlights was the fantastic singing by the Drybrook Ladies Choir, particularly Amazing Grace.
At the reception, Matthew and I had a red carpet greeting. There was a lovely mulled wine on arrival and the wedding breakfast was served at 3pm, starting with the speeches. There was a great choice of starters and puddings, however the main course was the big event with a traditional English carvery with the favourite being Herefordshire beef. The evening began at 7.30pm with the arrival of the evening guests and the cutting of the cake. The live band was fantastic and was arranged by a close musician friend, Sarah, who did an acoustic version of our song for the first dance, Queens Youre My Best Friend.
Due to Matthews work commitments, we were only able to have a short break, so we decided to have a mini moon in London for four nights, sightseeing, having dinner at Gordon Ramsays restaurant and watching a brilliant show, We Will Rock You. Later in 2011 we are going to take a longer break to Australia and New Zealand.
The service was by far the most important and memorable part of the day for both of us. The moment we saw each other from either end of the aisle was fantastic. We just beamed with happiness. The vicar did a fantastic service and all the guests commented on his lovely words. A wonderful part for us was signing the register, becoming man and wife officially, while looking out over our guests looking so happy for us, with the choir singing Amazing Grace. It just made this special moment perfect.
Bob and Fran Lawrence, Abbey House Studios, 01291 680089. www.abbeyhousestudios.co.uk