Happy, hump day! Well, we’re halfway through the week & the sun is shining here in Essex! We hope it’s a lovely day where you are & you’re ready for today’s beautiful real wedding! Captured by the lovely Bloomwood Photography, Dionne & Gary’s Essex countryside wedding has a hint of the Pearly King & Queen about it today!
Over to bride, Dionne, to tell us all about it!
Gary proposed at home, on one knee, just before we left for our holiday. I knew he may have been thinking about doing it at some point that year but it was still a surprise! The wedding planning didn’t get going for four years as I sadly lost my mum and went off all things wedding. But we started it all again after our daughter was born.
We got married at Lord’s Golf & Country Club with our reception at Battlesbridge marquee in Essex.
Our wedding was supposed to be small but we ended up with 65 guests. We had a tight budget so most of the things was done either by ourselves or with help from friends.
We managed to source our suppliers either through recommendations or searching the internet and eBay.
We met Emma from Bloomwood Photography while having photos taken of our daughter. We immediately felt comfortable and eventually even the groom warmed up to having the photos taken! The engaged shoot helped us prepare for what to expect on the day & we’d definitely recommend Emma to others.
I found my wedding dress from just one visit to a bridal shop! It was the 3rd or 4th dress I tried on and knew it was the one straight away. It was a flattering shape and the colour was perfect. The shoes had to be comfortable but would also give me some height!
I helped Gary choose his suit as he always goes for black but I knew grey would go better with our colour scheme!
Making our wedding personal was the most important thing to us. We wanted every detail of our wedding to be the things we love. My husband is a cockney and was very close to his granddad. Therefore, we had lots of memories of him and his granddad walking in London markets, eating cockles, winkles & stopping for pie & mash with liquor. So, this HAD to be our food theme. Also, his granddad used to fix the London buses so we had one of those to transport the guests.
For favours, we decided to donate to Cancer Research with pin badges for every guest. This is a charity very close to our hearts.
There are lots of great memories! The best parts of the day for us was the best man’s video speech, the sun coming out for group photos, the food & the songs we chose for our first dance & walking out as husband and wife. We chose Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls.
For our honeymoon, we went to Tunisia as a family, with our two month old daughter.
My advice to brides would be don’t worry about planning too soon. Things might go wrong on the day but it doesn’t matter. You will still look back and remember what an amazing day it was.
We completely agree with what Dionne says! Enjoy every minute as it goes by in a flash! Huge congratulations to such a lovely couple!
Be sure to head over to Emma’s website here to see more of her fab work! www.bloomwoodphotography.co.uk