With a fresh, floral theme, this happy couple were full of the joys of spring!
WHO: Hannah and Jon
WHERE: Great Fosters Hotel, Egham
WHEN: April 2009
PHOTOGRAPHER: Jane Fox
To celebrate Hannah’s birthday, Jon collected her from work and took her out to dinner at an upmarket restaurant. “After the meal, he brought out a beautiful ring that he’d designed himself and had made by a jeweller in Hatton Garden, and asked me to marry him,” says Hannah. “It was so romantic – he’d even secretly driven 100 miles the week before to ask my father’s permission in person!”
The bride’s outfit
Choosing her dream real wedding dress almost ended in disaster for Hannah, when the bridal boutique she had ordered from went bust before the big day. “Luckily, I’d chosen a Suzanne Neville gown, and they were superb, picking up the pieces and arranging fittings for me at another nearby bridal shop,” says Hannah. “It was a fishtail design with cap sleeves that suited my petite frame: if I could have designed a dress myself, it would have been exactly like this one.”
Hannah wore her dress with a plain Suzanne Neville veil, a vintage style headband, and bargain shoes from Next. “I was so glad I didn’t splash out on the Gina heels that I was coveting, as my shoes ended up getting trashed on the day!” she laughs
“‘I deliberately chose a look that wasn’t too dramatically different. I wanted Jon to recognise me as myself…”
The groom’s outfit
Jon looked sophisticated in a classic black suit from Moss Bros, teamed with a matching tie and handkerchief from Dessy. “He looked very handsome on the big day – and very tanned, as he’d joined me and my maids for a spray tan the day before!” says Hannah
Hannah chose her best friend Caroline and her colleague’s daughter Katie as her bridesmaids. Caroline looked beautiful in a sage green dress from Coast Stores, a perfect fresh choice for spring, while Katie was pretty as a picture in an ivory dress from John Lewis with a green sash added by Hannah’s Mum. “My Mum even made a tiny replica of Katie’s dress for the teddy bear we bought her as a thank you gift,” adds Hannah.
Hannah and Jon opted for a romantic civil ceremony for their real wedding in the fresh, light and airy orangery at Great Fosters, Egham while The Soho String Quartet provided the perfect musical accompaniment.
For the floral details, Kerry from The Flower Shop made the beautiful bouquets and buttonholes using antique roses and sparkling gems. A great choice for a spring theme.
“Jon had driven 100 miles the week before the proposal to ask my Dad’s permission in person!”
Guests were treated to miniature bottles of spirits – vodka for the ladies; whisky for the men
James Barlow, kept guests entertained all evening. “Our first dance was to Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now, and we choreographed it ourselves,” says Hannah. “It took us over six months to perfect but now it’s even on YouTube!”