A traditional real wedding featuring roses with a pale pink and black colour scheme. Helen and Tom got married in September 2010. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Helen and Tom

WHERE: St Edmund’s Church, Fallowfields Country Hotel

WHEN: September 2010

PHOTOGRAPHER: Nigel Chapman Photography


The proposal

Tom arranged a secret reunion of the couple’s university friends in Sheffield where they all met. “Tom asked if I wanted to go for a walk to see our old halls of residence,” explains Helen. “At this point I was a tiny bit suspicious because all our friends refused to join us, (a little too quickly!). When we got to the halls where we’d lived as students, I noticed there were roses woven all over the gates and tea lights everywhere. Then suddenly I was looking down at Tom on one knee! After I stopped crying and eventually said yes, we walked to the pub where all our friends were waiting to celebrate with us,” smiles Helen

The bride’s real wedding outfit

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Helen’s one-shoulder wonder was by Maggie Sottero. “I knew I wanted flowers on my dress, and after trying on numerous dresses, I found ‘the one’,” says Helen. “It was ivory silk and had a detachable strap covered in roses. Fitted just below the hips, in a fishtail shape, it also had lots of ruching and a nice, long train”

“Tom had always wanted to wear a top hat and tails, and I thought that sounded just perfect”

The groom’s real wedding outfit

“Tom had always said that he wanted to wear a top hat and tails and I thought that sounded perfect!” smiles Helen. He hired his and the other boys’ suits from Shepherd and Woodward

The bridesmaids

“I wanted them all to have chiffon full-length dresses, but to choose different styles to complement their body shapes,” explains Helen. Keeping in the colour scheme of pale pink and black, three girls wore dresses by Dessy while the third wore Eden Bridals

The ceremony

“We had a Catholic ceremony at the church I attended while I was growing up,” recalls Helen. “We opted not to have a full mass because Tom is not Catholic, and we didn’t want to exclude him from any part of the service. We also invited one of my old priests to come and celebrate our marriage, which was lovely because he added a personal touch to the service.”

The flowers

Tom’s Mum was in full control of all the real wedding flower arrangements, and we think she did a wonderful job! From bouquets to table centres she did it all. All the blooms were sourced from Proctors Florist and included avalanche roses and lilies

“I’m a real cake lover, so I was adamant that ours had to taste as good as it looked. I made my own”

The cake

“I love cake, so I wanted ours to taste as good as it looked,” smiles Helen. “Unfortunately, many I sampled were dry and expensive, so I decided to make my own!”

The first dance

“Our first dance was to Al Green’s God Blessed Our Love. We thought the words were beautiful and really emotional,” remembers Helen

The honeymoon

12 amazing nights in Mauritius staying at Heritage Awali. “It was the most incredible honeymoon – the food was exquisite, cocktails by the glass and days spent on the beach. Bliss!” says Helen.