A traditional real wedding with an English country garden theme with pale pink, ribbons and pearls… Joanna and Daniel got married in May 2010. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Joanna and Daniel

WHERE: Spains Hall, Finchingfield

WHEN: May 2010


The proposal

Daniel surprised his girl with a Christmas proposal, by getting down on one knee in a room filled with twinkling tea light candles. Daniel had also attempted to ask Joanna’s Father’s permission, but after waiting outside in the cold for over two hours, he eventually gave up. It turns out her parents were out Christmas shopping for the evening!

The bride’s real wedding outfit

Joanna’s magical Maggie Sottero real wedding gown was from Matchmaker. “I had a feeling that the dress would suit me, and when I put it on for the first time, it felt completely right,” smiles Joanna. The bust was detailed with glamorous jewels, crystals and beading, while the back was accentuated with cascading pleats neatly embellished with a sprinkling of jewels

The accessories

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Joanna also wore a mid-length veil, and peep-toe shoes by Paradox. “I can always be found in a pair of killer heels, so these were very ‘me’! The perfect finishing touch for my real wedding outfit,” smiles Joanna

“I can always be found in a pair of killer heels, so my peep toe Paradox shoes were absolutely perfect”

The groom’s outfit

Daniel hired the groomsmen’s suits from Anthony Formal Wear

The bridesmaids

Joanna’s three adult bridesmaids looked a million dollars in their pleated pastel pink dresses from Coast. Joanna also added a cream flower corsage tied to a ribbon that the girls wore around their waists and tied in with the country garden theme beautifully

The ceremony

Was a civil ceremony that took place in the beautiful Elizabethan hall. “There was a stunning stained-glass window in the room and the sun was beaming through, just as we said our vows,” smiles Joanna

The flowers

“Because the venue was so beautiful, it needed very little decoration,” explains Joanna. “Stacy Stevens created stunning floral arrangements to complement the setting perfectly,” she adds. The flowers were also perfect for the couple’s English country garden theme

“There was a stained glass window and the sun was beaming through, just as we said our vows”

The decor

The couple decorated the dovecote entrance of their venue with welcome messages and tall vases filled with sweet-scented flowers. In the seating area of the stables, Joanna and Daniel placed ivory buckets filled with handpicked roses

The cake

The couple bought a classic vanilla sponge cake from M&S, which was perfectly decorated with simple and elegant fresh flowers

The entertainment

Guests enjoyed traditional garden games during the drinks reception followed by a singer in the evening. “Having a singer created an incredible atmosphere and a real buzz. Everyone enjoyed the music, and were up and dancing the night away,” recalls Joanna

The honeymoon

The newlyweds honeymooned in Tanzania on their own private safari adventure.