Francesca and Tim’s Traditional Lockdown Love Affair

Another lockdown real wedding for you, providing all the rustic romance and sublime style inspiration.

Florals are courtesy of new Guest List florists, Sprig and Thistle – and if their flair-filled blooms of love don’t get you in the mood for spring, we’re not sure what will…

From Day One

Francesca and Tim first met aged only 11 and 12, Tim’s mum, Francesca’s teacher at the time, brought her son along to their school ski trip ti La Clusaz, France.

Tim and Francesca struck a chord with one another and following those fateful few days up on the slopes, they remained friends for years.

It wasn’t until one fancy dress New Year’s Eve party when Tim finally plucked up the courage to ask her out, much to Francesca’s delight – the only drawback being he was dressed as Barry Chuckle…

To Me, To You

And, much like Barry and his brother’s emphatic team work, the pair worked in harmony throughout their relationship.

The story continued one sunny August bank holiday in 2019 as they ventured down to their local beach for a walk, and Tim popped the question with one knee in the sand.

Undoubtedly the answer was yes, and these childhood sweethearts looked forward to the day they’d always dreamt of – but, the pandemic meant their original plans of a huge marquee wedding on Francesca’s parent’s farm were scuppered.

A Change of Heart

Despite always wanting to wed with an extravagant celebration, Francesca and Tim realised during lockdown that their love was more important than the event itself.

They therefore decided to arrange a small, intimate affair at their local church in the quaint Northumberland town of Felton, with just 30 of their closest family and friends.

“The Pandemic really makes you realise the whole point in marriage is to be married to your best friend and soul mate, love is not measured by the volume of people at a wedding – you can have a party anytime.” – Francesca

Home Comforts

The Cook and Barker pub in Newton-on-the-Moor hosted their toned-down reception, providing a cosy, rustic, ski-chalet vibe – synonymous of how their romance began.

Running with the hygge, alpine aesthetic, the tables were named after ski resorts and Sprig and Thistle provided a subtle sage hue with beautiful white roses and little sprigs of eucalyptus, tying the whole theme together beautifully.

Would you recommend a lockdown wedding to other brides?

“100% yes, if you can make the numbers work with your closest family and friends I would go for it. I had never imagined a small wedding and now I could never imagine a big wedding! It was perfect.”

See the film by Top Table Films…

For more spectacular lockdown real wedding inspiration, head to our dedicated Real Weddings page!

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