A real wedding colour scheme of aqua and pink makes this wedding dazzle. Natalie and Matthew got married in April 2011. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Natalie and Matthew

WHERE: Gaynes Park Barns, Epping

WHEN: April 2011

PHOTOGRAPHER: Avanti Photographics

The proposal

“We went to Gran Canaria for my Dad’s 60th birthday. While we were there, Matthew and I went for a romantic walk along the beach. Just as he was about to go down on one knee though, a group of loud tourists came by, but luckily they soon moved on and Matthew seized the opportunity,” smiles Natalie. “I had absolutely no idea he was planning to propose! Matthew had even asked my parents to carry the ring in their luggage, so I didn’t stumble upon it in his case!” she adds

The bride’s real wedding outfit

“My Sottero and Midgeley gown was exactly how I pictured my dress looking, so I was thrilled to find it,” recalls Natalie. “As soon as I tried the dress on I knew it was perfect for me – which was a relief, because I’d tried on a lot of other real wedding dresses beforehand and was starting to believe I might never find ‘the one’!” she adds

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“We were both working for Essex police at the time, and our eyes met at the HQ canteen!”

The bridesmaids

Natalie’s five lucky girls were bursting with bridal beauty in their aqua-coloured gowns from Coast. Their dresses were accessorised with vintage-style brooches and side tiaras from Jon Richard, which caught the light perfectly

The groom’s outfit

Matthew hired the groomsmen’s suits from Clifford Burr. He chose a modern grey-silk, tails suit, which he teamed with an aqua cravat to match the colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses

The flowers

“Our flowers were by Mimi Flower Design. I would highly recommend Carole and Marcia – our real wedding flowers were simply stunning. I love the vintage quality of roses and peonies, and was keen to incorporate these into our styling,” explains Natalie

The ceremony

“The ceremony was a civil service in the beautiful Orangery at Gaynes Park,” recalls Natalie. “The bridal pathway was outdoors, and our florist lined the walkway with bright pink carnation balls hung on aqua ribbon from shepherd crooks. The effect was simply wonderful.”

The decor

Natalie bought vintage bunting from Talking Tables and chair covers were hired from Occasions Covered. The gardens of the venue were also decorated with hanging hearts that Natalie bought from high street favourites TK Maxx and Bhs

“I love the vintage quality of roses and peonies, so I wanted them for our day”

The cake

The couple saved money by choosing a high street cake from M&S

The entertainment

A fabulous magician called Jamie Raven entertained everyone during the drinks reception and dinner. This was followed by a DJ who was hired through Lovelight

The honeymoon

Was two luxurious weeks in the Maldives.