This real wedding bride longed to marry at Eastnor Castle and her dream came true, complete with green details. Jessica and Chris got married in September 2010.


WHO: Jessica and Chris

WHERE: St Joseph’s Church and Eastnor Castle, Ledbury

WHEN: September 2010

PHOTOGRAPHER: The Owl and the Pussycat



The proposal

Chris popped the question to Jessica while they were holidaying in Venice. “He kept me waiting!” laughs Jessica. “After three days, and he still hadn’t asked, I was starting to think that he was actually going to split up with me!” she adds. However, sneaky Chris had planned it all along, and surprised her with a gorgeous Tiffany ring on the last night of their trip

The bride’s real wedding outfit

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Jessica was the belle of the ball in her show-stopping Ian Stuart gown. “I wanted to look young and fun. I was only 26 when we married and I felt Ian Stuart’s gown reflected this the most,” explains Jessica. The dress was a fishtail design, strapless with a sweetheart neckline, and a large appliqué flower on the hip

The groom’s outfit

Prince Charming has got nothing on Chris! His traditional morning suit from Cox of Malvern was the perfect real wedding outfit choice for him to marry his princess bride

The bridesmaids

Jessica’s three glowing girls wore full-length, pale-green dresses from Coast

The flowers

Close friend Susan of Susan Wall Flowers designed the couple’s visionary floral arrangements. “Susan was very patient, because I changed my mind about colours so often!” smiles Jessica

“I was only 26, so I wanted a gown that made me look young and fun!”

The ceremony

Was a traditional Catholic ceremony in the same church where Jessica was confirmed. “Our priest was very friendly and flexible, and gave a lovely sermon,” recalls Jessica. “We also picked hymns that are popular, so everyone would know them and want to sing along.”

The reception

During the evening, Shine Band performed classic hits to get everyone on the dance floor, while guests tucked in to not one, but two wedding cakes! “We had the traditional three-layer sponge cake, but also, as a surprise for Chris, I arranged to have a cheese cake made from a selection of cheese wheels,” says Jessica. Take-home treats included Thorntons chocolates for the ladies, and mini bottles of port for the men

Memorable moment

“After the meal, we all went outside to let off Chinese lanterns. It was a clear night, and watching them drift off into the sky was magical,” remembers Jessica

The honeymoon

The newlyweds booked a last-minute deal to the Maldives. “The resort we stayed at was paradise,” smiles Jessica.