Spring at Hales Hall is a magical time. The gardens are clipped, and songbirds fill the sky. Emma and Chris enjoyed a 3-day celebration with family, bridesmaids and groomsmen staying in luxury. With Chris ‘family travelling from the Seychelles it was a stunning introduction to England.
Theme – Classic grace: a traditional English country wedding.
The Proposal – Chris proposed on 23 December in my Grandparents garden during an ‘early’ family Christmas, as he wanted to make sure my unwell Grandfather was included. We had Christmas lunch with everyone and then stayed at the Shangri-La hotel- The Shard. Chris designed the ring, using diamonds and sapphires as my mother and grandmother both have these.
The Ceremony – We woke to a bright spring morning at Hales Hall and were married at St. Benet’s Minster Catholic Church, Beccles, Suffolk. The organist was my childhood piano teacher and I walked down the aisle to the same trumpet concerto my Mum had at her wedding. My friend Matthew sang while we signed the register.
The Bridesmaids – Beth Salmon-Maid of Honour, Charlotte Ellis-, Maid of Honour, Harriet Barker -Sister, Clare Symonds -Sister, Beth Stenson -Sister. Nikki Butt- Sister in Law. Emily Buckle-Bridesmaid- Bride’s Goddaughter wore Merlot classic floor length gowns with hand-tied flowers with trailing gold and ivory silk ribbon and simple gypsophila headdresses.
Flower Girl – Orla Daly – Bride’s Goddaughter wore a stunning spring floral embroidered tutu with snow white fur jacket and satin hair bows.
Ushers – CAlex Tarr-Best Man, Ryan McEvoy-Best Man. Jordan Russell-Toastmaster, Jack House-, Dean Govinden–cousin of Groom, Nathan Tildesley -Godson of Groom, Benjamin Hurrell -Godson of Bride wore classic navy suits with gypsophila buttonholes.
Top Tip – Turn everything into an event, dress fittings, choosing flowers etc. Choose a venue with fantastic wedding coordinators-its priceless, invest in good photography and videography. Make it personal- we put ‘message in a bottle’ on each table so now we have little notes to open every anniversary for 15years!
Dress – Bespoke elegant ivory satin dress with soft train and low cowl back detail.
Flowers – Wildflowers in wine, peach, ivory & navy including roses, berries, ranunculi, stocks & thistles. Bound with knee length silk ribbons I purchased from a textile shop. I had loose flowers for the table and bunches of Gypsophillia with gold ribbon at the church. “My bridal bouquet was huge; the florist was incredible-it was more amazing than I wished”.
Groom – Bespoke navy suit and silver tie.
First Dance – Songbird by Eva Cassidy.
Catering – We had generous amounts of prosecco, Beer & soft drinks on arrival with canape as people are always starving post wedding ceremony! Our reception menu was Cannelloni with beef ragu, sharing salads and breads- to make it social & different. followed by Chocolate brownie & cream.
Photographer – Our photographer Jemma is a friend of mine who does ‘hobby’ wedding photography. We had only essential formal photos as I prefer candid ones.
Cake – Our cake was made by my Godmother. It was a beautiful surprise and so personal. My God father handmade us a doughnut wall enjoyed by our 180 guests.
Music – We love dancing and had Midnight Soul band plus a caricature artist for some table fun.
Photography: Jemma Hardy Photography.
Jimmy Choo: jimmychoo.com
Bridesmaids’ dresses: kfbridal.com
Groom’s outfit: moss.co.uk
Flowers: Young’s Hire, www.elizabeths.co.uk
Cake: Maria Buckle (Godmother of the bride).
Catering: De’Ath Hospitality at Hales Hall, nwbdhospitality.co.uk
Transport: James Kilcoin, norfolkweddingcars.co.uk
Entertainment: The Midnight Soul Band.
Guest accommodation: Hales Hall, The Cottage, The Gatehouse and Garden Rooms with family staying for 3 days.
Honeymoon: Dusit Thani, Krabi, Thailand for 19 days.