A traditional real wedding day, all pretty in pink, with lots of lovely personal details… Emma and Stuart got married in July 2010. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Emma and Stuart

WHERE: Great Finborough Church and Hengrave Hal

WHEN: July 2010

PHOTOGRAPHER: Roger Griffiths Photography


The proposal

“I had always dreamt that the proposal would take place on a beach, so while on holiday in Dubai I was secretly hoping,” smiles Emma. “It was our first evening there and we had been for a lovely meal followed by a romantic walk on the beach. Stuart then got down on one knee and said; ‘will you marry me?’. In all the excitement, I almost forgot to say ‘yes’!”

The bride’s real wedding outfit

Emma had her bespoke gown handmade for her by Camilla Brides in Norwich. “I knew the style I was after, so being able to create my own dress meant it was absolutely perfect for me,” she explains. “A real wedding gown is, without doubt, the most important dress a girl will ever wear, and I felt like a true bride and a princess in mine,” she adds

The groom’s outfit

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“Stu, his best man and our ushers hired their traditional morning real wedding suits from Moss Bros. Stuart did pick them himself – but with a little help and persuasion from me!” smiles Emma. We think Stuart looked fab in his suit complete with pink cravat!

The bridesmaids

“My ladies looked stunning on the day,” beams Emma. “The dresses they chose were by Dessy, in brown chiffon with a pink silk sash around the middle,” she adds

The ceremony

“For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to get married at Great Finborough Church,” recalls Emma. “It has a lot of sentimental value for my family, because my parents were also married there, 32 years before,” she adds. We love this traditional, personal touch!

“I am really proud to say my Mum did all our flowers for the wedding”

The flowers

“I am proud to say my Mum did all our wedding flowers,” smiles Emma. We love the hot pink gerberas in contrast to the pale pink roses – beautiful

The reception

Ever since she was 10 years old, Emma wanted her wedding party to be at Hengrave Hall. “I actually stayed there on a school trip when I was little, and remember telling my Mum that was where I was going to have my wedding!” she laughs

The favours

Guests were treated with an organza bag filled with chocolates, and also a note to say that the couple had offered a charitable donation on behalf of the guest

The first dance

“It took us a while to decide on a song, but then we came across Amazed by Lonestar. Although it’s a popular real wedding song, we loved the lyrics,” remembers Emma

The honeymoon

The newlyweds headed to the luxurious Maldives for 10 days, straight after the big day. “After a busy few months prior to the wedding, we just wanted to relax, eat and enjoy being married,” says Emma.