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Bradley proposed at midnight on New Year’s Day, with fireworks bursting into the sky, twinkling like stars around them.

Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding: Sam & Bradley Had a Beautiful Wedding Surrounded By Loved Ones

Bradley proposed


These lovebirds met at Antonio’s Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar in Fareham and instantly hit it off!

Bradley proposed at midnight on New Year’s Day, with fireworks bursting into the sky, twinkling like stars around them. The pair had chosen a ring together, but Sam had no idea when he would ‘pop the question’.

Here the bride shares details about their special day…

Bride Sam looks back


Our ceremony and wedding breakfast took place in The Albert Room at The Royal Hotel. It was an intimate affair with 30 guests.

My lovely Mum and I have stayed at The Royal Hotel for 14 years. We are known as the ‘loyal royals’. I didn’t hesitate to choose the property for my wedding venue as the staff are like family to us.

The best man, Sam, delivered the funniest speech! He proposed a ‘toast’ and promptly handed us a piece of toast. ‒ hilarious!

The table centrepieces, table plan and favours were Mermaid Gin-themed as the wedding took place on the Isle of Wight, where the Isle of Wight Distillery makes the gin. The company uses local, wild-foraged and ethically sourced botanical ingredients.

We had Mermaid Gin miniatures for wedding favours, and all the tables were named after the different flavour options.

The Cake


The two-tiered cake was hexagon shaped, just like my engagement ring. The bake featured galaxy orchid sugar work flowers on the top.

I had the most amazing galaxy orchids in my bouquet, which the groom also had in his buttonhole. The brief to the florist was a spectacular spray, and the team nailed it!

We had DJs for the receptions at The Port House, who made a special trip over from the Isle of Wight for the evening to entertain us.

Just Perfect


I looked at myself in the mirror, and everything came together beautifully! My hair, make-up, nails, dress and accessories were just perfect. I wore a glitzy A-line dress with iridescent organza, stunning lace, glittering sequins and a sweetheart bodice.

I asked my hairdresser the time while getting ready. She replied, ‘It’s 11:11 am, which is the angel number,’ which I found out signifies new beginnings. Whether you’re about to embark on a new passage or are already on the right path, seeing 1111 emphasises that. Experts say that you should focus and use it to indicate that you’re on the right track when you see it.

I’m very spiritual, and that will stay with me forever.

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