They were married around the 3 October 2020 at a hotel and restaurant in Nottinghamshire, which is family owned and run, and full of quintessential English country house charm – in addition to a good helping of eccentricity!
"Aged 44 and achieving been married once before, I knew that I wanted a marriage that reflected both mine and Matthew's approach to life and also the things we love. The places, restaurants, and hotels we like the most are timeless and stylish, with traditional and modern elements merged effortlessly."
Natalie and Matthew's original date for the wedding was their first anniversary on May 4, 2020, but following the national lockdown within the UK, they moved their date to October instead.
Natalie's daughter Evie and her other bridesmaids looked wonderful in pink bridesmaid dresses from Maya combined with open-toed sandals.
Natalie looked sublime within this shimmering, silver Art Deco-inspired gown, which she combined with silver heels, along with a crystal headpiece, and delicate drop earrings from Beaverbrooks.
To Corinne Bailey-Rae's song Like a Star, Natalie walked down the aisle along with her Dad, Kenty.
"Our friendship began way in 2003 whenever we met through work on an Experian conference held at Alton Towers. Matt emerged to me and inquired about dancing at the Gala Dinner, and I declined as I was married. However, we chatted and became friends."
"During 2005 we dated briefly while I was separated however the distance (as Matt lived in Dublin and I lived in Nottingham) resulted in things didn’t quite exercise. We went our separate ways but held in touch via Facebook, and we somehow were able to maintain links that spanned 14 years, key life events such as the birth of my daughter Evie this year, and different continents, as Matthew spent time residing in Australia and Thailand."
"In April 2019, now residing in Belfast, Matthew made contact with me to tell me he'd be in Nottingham for any business meeting the next month. I was now divorced, and he was single. After a flurry of texts and phone calls we decided to meet at Langar Hall on Saturday 4 May."
"Lunch didn't quite cover the time that had passed, and before we knew it I was heading for dinner at World Service. Over dinner, laughter and deep conversations were punctuated by flirtatious banter, and before the bill was requested both of us knew something pretty special was happening."
"Over the following few months, several trips between Belfast and Nottingham confirmed it was our time for you to be together. Approval from my daughter Evie in June sealed the offer, by August 2019 the 3 of us were living together in Nottingham."
As they spoke their vows making their offers to each other for their future life together, Natalie and Matthew also exchanged rings. Natalie's engagement ring would be a custom-made Marquis diamond from Belfast, and thus for her wedding ring, she needed something having a deep V contour around fit around the diamond engagement ring.
"We chose because their process included sending my ring on a CAD scan and creating a sketch as one example of how the two rings would look together. This gave us confidence the finished wedding ring would be an ideal fit. Matthew's ring is a steel-brushed platinum band, also from Levins. We selected it as being Matt felt the ring was both masculine and stylish."
The couple's ceremony must be kept quite simple, but afterward, there have been two readings. Evie read Sandol Stoddard Warburg's sweet poem, and Maid of Honour Jen, and something of Natalie's close friends Audrey read an extract from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which perfectly reflected the very first time Natalie and Matthew first met.
Words of Wedded Wisdom
"Whilst wedding trends are wonderful to observe, your day should be reflective of individuals and your partner's personalities. All things being well you'll be looking back at photos for a long time, and also the essence of the personalities is much more important compared to the year that you get married."
Article produced at: https://www.feel times.co.uk/