A fun real wedding full of pink, purple and lots of sparkle! Every girly bride’s dream theme… Hayley and Neil got married in July 2010. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Hayley and Neil

WHERE: Tortworth Court Hotel, South Gloucestershire

WHEN: July 2010



The first date

“We went to Weston-Super-Mare for the day! It was such a fun first date – we played on the amusements, ate fish and chips and Neil even let me win at crazy golf,” laughs Hayley. We like this fun-loving couple already!

The proposal

A luxury Mediterranean cruise with Hayley’s parents and family friends turned into a holiday to remember for this happy couple. “Neil started by asking for my Dad’s permission, which was lovely. A few days later he popped the question while we were sitting out on deck, overlooking the ocean,” smiles Hayley. “I was so shocked I asked him if he was joking! Then I cried, then I laughed,” adds Hayley. “It was Champagne all round after that!”

The bride’s real wedding outfit

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Hayley was bursting with bridal beauty for her real wedding in her breathtaking Sophia Tolli gown. “I must be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure about the dress at first, because it was the complete opposite of what I’d envisioned I’d wear,” explains Hayley. “However, as soon as I tried it on, I fell in love instantly. When I finally came out of the dressing room to show my Mum and sister, they both cried. That’s how I knew it was the one.”

“I was so shocked when Neil proposed that I actually had to stop and ask him if he was joking!”

The accessories

Hayley’s sister treated her to a charming diamanté tiara, which was complemented by her sparkly necklace from the Jon Richard collection at Debenhams. “My shoes were by Fillipa Scott. They went with my dress wonderfully, and they were so comfortable. I danced in them all night,” smiles Hayley

The bridesmaids

Hayley’s three best girls looked flirtatious and fun in their hot pink dresses. “The girls had been trying on dresses all day, and hadn’t been able to agree on one. We finally got to the last shop on my list, feeling very despondent when suddenly we saw them. The raspberry pink colour caught all our eyes, and when the three girls stood together they had big beaming smiles on their faces,” remembers Hayley. The frocks were by AngelBride

The groom’s real wedding outfit

“We chose the independent menswear shop, Beaus and Balls because Pam the owner was so fantastic, and really went out of her way to help us,” recalls Hayley. Neil wore a classic charcoal-grey herringbone tail suit with a pale-pink waistcoat and a hot-pink tie to match the girls

The ceremony

Was a civil ceremony in the Orangery of the hotel. “My Dad Bill walked me down the aisle. We had a string quartet playing, and I walked to Ave Maria, which is the same song my Mum walked down the aisle to, 32 years earlier. I hadn’t told my Nan I was going to do this, so it was a lovely surprise for her and she found it very emotional,” says Hayley

The flowers

Greenfields Florist created the beautiful real wedding flowers for the couple’s big day. “We chose raspberry pink and pale pink to go with the theme of the day, but I also asked for purple as well to add a bit of bold-colour contrast,” remembers Hayley

The stationery

Was handmade by the couple using materials they sourced from craft store pda card & craft

The decorations

“We used a lot of pink organza ribbon and flowers to decorate our venue,” explains Hayley. “Lighting was also very important to me. I had two big candles on either end of our top table and also entwined fairy lights around the reception room. I also put LED lights in the two bay trees that stood either side of our marquee entrance,” she adds. Hayley and Neil bought a wedding postbox from Daisy May Collection to keep their cards and gifts safe. Finally, as a sweet touch to family members who couldn’t be with them, Hayley made a family tree, decorated with black and white images of previous family weddings

“Our favours were seeds that guests could plant to remember our wedding”

The cake

Kristina at Pixie Dust cakes created the couple’s tasty four-tier cake

The entertainment

Guests were treated to non-stop entertainment from the Rock & Roll waiters who played tricks, sang songs, told stories and generally made a nuisance of themselves throughout the wedding breakfast!

The favours

“Our favours were a packet of pink and purple sweet pea seeds, with the rhyme ‘plant these seeds and watch them bloom, just like the love of the Bride and Groom’,” says Hayley

The honeymoon

Using gift donations through Trailfinders, the couple honeymooned in Mauritius.