How they met
Hayleigh met her very own Prince Charming in 2009 in Shanghai, where she was living at the time. “I was really happy to meet Daniel – he was fun and quite chivalrous,” she explains. Love soon blossomed between them, and they discovered a shared interest of travelling the world.
Daniel’s proposal was the perfect way to snap Hayleigh out of her jetlag-induced bad mood. “We’d come home for Christmas, and taken a mini-break to the Cotswolds,” Hayleigh says. “We went out for a walk, but I was slightly grumpy after all the travelling. Then, that evening, Dan took me to his favourite pub for dinner, and proposed to me by the fireside. I loved that it was so relaxed and unexpected, rather than a big staged gesture.”
The bride’s outfit
Despite planning her wedding from Hong Kong, Hayleigh found her dream dress in Chobham Brides, a boutique in a village near where she grew up. The Pronovias ‘Toscana’ wedding gown featured detailed lacework and a dramatic full skirt. “It was bigger than I had imagined choosing, but I felt exquisite, and very bridal,” Hayleigh explains. She had straps added to the gown, and wore vintage-inspired earrings and shoes from Jenny Packham to finish the ensemble.
The groom’s outfit
Daniel wore a tailored navy blue three-piece suit from Hawes & Curtis of Jermyn Street, with tan shoes by Church’s. “He looked handsome, happy and a little teary,” smiles Hayleigh.
Hayleight’s bevy of six beautiful bridesmaids wore individual vintage-style gowns from Ghost’s dye-to-order range. “I had my heart set on different dresses and styles for each girl, so I was really happy to find a collection that everyone liked,” Hayleigh explains.
Hayleigh and Daniel opted for a civil ceremony at the Great Oak Barn, a Medieval-style purpose-built barn at Gloucestershire’s spectacular Westonbirt Arboretum.
The stunning English country garden blooms were provided by Sara Tuckey at Aqua Florist. “Sara was great from our first meeting until the big day itself, and I was absolutely thrilled with how authentic and rustic her arrangements looked on the day,” Hayleigh says happily.
Hayleigh, Daniel and their guests celebrated at Tetbury’s Chavenage House, a 16th-century grey stone manor set in immaculate grounds. The entertainment included a string trio, garden games like archery, croquet and Jenga, and a photobooth with lots of props. “In the evening, we had a band called The Kicks, who were great – from the end of the speeches until midnight, everyone danced their socks off,” adds Hayleigh. For their first dance, the couple chose UB40’s classic Can’t Help Falling in Love.
“Our theme was a vintage English garden party, so we included natural details like lavender, rosemary and even blackberries, which made everything wonderfully fragrant,” Hayleigh explains. The bridal party travelled in a vintage bus, and the couple also drew in their love of travel, with their table plan made from an antique map, and tables named after their favourite destinations. As favours, the guests were given lottery tickets in envelopes bearing the message, ‘For richer, for poorer.’ “So far, we’ve heard of two winners, although no one scooped the jackpot!” laughs Hayleigh.
The three-tier naked Victoria sponge, decorated with fresh berries, was the creation of The Angel Bakery. “We also had a cheese cake from The House of Cheese, which was a great addition – almost all of it got eaten!” says Hayleigh.
Travel-mad Daniel took charge of organising the couple’s Tuscan honeymoon. They stayed at Villa Barone in Panzano and spent their time relaxing by the pool, enjoying long lunches and visiting the vineyards. “We spent our last night at Il Salviatino in Florence, which was exquisite – a must-do for anyone who honeymoons in Italy,” Hayleigh adds.