How they met
“We were friends first of all, but as we grew closer, we ended up falling in love,” smiles Natalie.
“Greg said he was taking me on a day out for my birthday and, on the Friday night, he gave me a little scroll with a poem on it. It had funny little riddles, and an explanation of the type of clothing I would need to bring, along with an overnight bag,” remembers Natalie. “It turned out we were going to Colchester Zoo – the place where we’d been on our first date. I thought, ‘can’t he think of anywhere more original to take me?’. Little did I know he was going to propose!” she adds.
The bride’s outfit
Natalie picked out her show-stopping, tea-length Enzoani gown at Bellissima in Chelmsford. “When I was trying on all the full-length dresses, I just didn’t feel like me. I felt restricted – like I couldn’t move about properly,” explains Natalie. “However, the minute I stepped into ‘Danbury’ I was head over heels in love – I felt like a beautiful ballerina, and I could still dance ‘the running man’!” she laughs.
The groom’s outfit
Greg looked very handsome in his navy blue morning suit. He completed his look with a sophisticated ivory waistcoat, ivory bow tie and an ivory handkerchief to match. The ushers wore the same – except they had sunny yellow cravats and handkerchiefs to match the bridesmaids. These were handmade by the groom’s mum.
Natalie’s sunshine-coloured girls really warmed our hearts. “I struggled to find what I wanted in the shops, so I turned to a local dressmaker for help. I knew that I wanted them to have different style necklines, but with the same skirt and bow. Louise from Mary Louise Couture was a pleasure to work with and we were so happy with the finished designs,” beams Natalie.
Our couple opted for a traditional civil ceremony, with one of the bridesmaids and one of the ushers giving readings. Natalie was accompanied down the aisle by her very proud Dad.
Rhona Brown of B-looms completely understood the couple’s rustic and sunny yellow vision for their big day, and created their fabulous flowers accordingly.
“We absolutely loved our menu at Maidens Barn,” recalls Natalie. “We served Taylor’s Tart to start, and then three different types of sausages, all from our caterer’s family butchers, with leek and potato mash and roasted vegetables. After the wedding breakfast my friend’s dad turned up in his vintage ice cream van. When he rang the chimes, all the children (and the adults) ran out and couldn’t believe their eyes!” smiles Natalie.
Natalie and her troupe of family and friends all worked incredibly hard to put a personal stamp on the big day. To decorate the wedding venue they used bunting, chalkboards, family photos in frames and Mr and Mrs signs, as well as wooden hearts and a basket of flip flops near the dancefloor – a brilliant idea that’ll keep your guests dancing all night!
The couple’s beautiful wedding stationery all came from a company called Dilly and Dilly.
“Our cupcakes were made by the very talented Laura Norris – I supplied the little bunting flags and Laura designed the rest. They looked and tasted absolutely amazing,” remembers Natalie.
“I have a major sweet tooth, so we ordered lots of yellow and white striped bags online, and filled them with all our favourite retro sweets,” explains Natalie. I also used a wooden heart with their name on, to hold the bags together.” What a personal touch!
The first dance
“We danced to Paolo Nutini’s Last Request – we didn’t have a routine, we just went with the flow and it all went well,” smiles Natalie. “It was just nice to have a moment together in what was a very busy day.”
The newlyweds jetted off to Kenya, relaxed on the beach and then went on to the Baobab resort for a Masai Mara safari.