A fab real wedding in Essex. We love the funky turquoise touches. Mitra and Elliott got married in May 2010. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Mitra and Elliott

WHERE: Gaynes Park, Epping, Essex

WHEN: May 2010

PHOTOGRAPHER: Harry Richards Photography

The proposal

“Elliott’s proposal was a complete surprise. We were on a family skiing holiday, and as I had no idea that he was planning, I signed us up for back to back ski-school lessons and family activities! On the very last day, when we finally found some time to ourselves, Elliott got down on one knee at the foot of Matterhorn mountain, (tricky in ski boots and salopettes!). It was the most perfect moment that we will never forget,” smiles Mitra

The bride’s real wedding outfit

“I knew that a traditional real wedding gown wasn’t for me, so when I saw the funky, colourful, 50s style Candy Anthony dress in a shop, that was it! I had to have it!” says Mitra. “There were four layers of mint-green petticoat underneath with a wide turquoise sash, tied in a bow at the back. I think Elliott was relieved when he saw me, because there had been lots of brightly-coloured fabric swatches floating around our house, so he was worried I was going to be dressed head to toe in day-glo!”

The groom’s real wedding outfit

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Elliott wore a bespoke suit that he kept secret from his bride-to-be. “All I helped with was finding him a matching turquoise tie, to complement my outfit,” explains Mitra

The bridesmaids

Mitra’s only bridesmaid, Sarah, wore a fabulous turquoise shift dress from Coast

The flowers

“I didn’t have a fixed idea for my flowers so asked Poppies Flowers to create something colourful and natural looking,” recalls Mitra

The ceremony

“Walking down the gravel path at Gaynes Park was really magical. When I saw Elliott standing with the registrar, my heart melted and it suddenly dawned on me that we were about to be married!” says Mitra

“Elliott was relieved when he saw me. He thought I’d be wearing a day-glo dress!”

The reception

“Because we were lucky enough to find a venue in Essex that needed little decoration, we kept it quite simple. I found milk jugs that we used as table centres, and our florists filled these with hot-pink gerberas. A turquoise ribbon was tied around each jug, and at the end of the day, we gave them away as gifts,” remembers Mitra. Aww, what a lovely touch…

The first dance

Was to Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own, by U2. It was chosen specially for its beautiful lyrics. This was followed by a less popular choice – N-Dubz – which had everyone laughing!

The honeymoon

A lazy week spent in the glorious Madeira sunshine was the best way to end a wonderful day.