Alison and Scott had a stunning hand-crafted, vintage wedding in an old barn in Essex, full of wonderful and creative details!

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The proposal

Alison and Scott met back in 2011 and the attraction was instant! “We saw each other early in the evening and made eye contact,” Alison explains. “Later on he asked for my number, telling me he couldn’t leave without coming to find me.” It was when they were in romantic New York, playing Scrabble that Scott got down on one knee. He had a stunning ring in hand that he had bought after secretly running around The Big Apple, telling Alison he was going out to buy a camera. “He spelled out ‘marry me’ on the board, it was one of the most romantic nights in the most beautiful surroundings!” Alison remembers.

The bride’s outfit

Alison chose the gorgeous ‘Sorrento’ gown from top designer Alan Hannah, which she purchased from Matchmakers in Brentwood. To complement the pretty dress she opted for a long veil with twinkling diamanté detailing for the ceremony, and then swapped it for a half-length veil, in the same design for the evening. The beautiful bride borrowed pearl and diamond accessories from her aunt, and instead of a traditional tiara, she chose a diamanté clip. The whole look was finished off with Mary Jane-style lace covered shoes, with a low heel so that she could wear them throughout the day and night – for all the dancing she wanted to do with her husband!

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The groom’s outfit

Scott wore a blue three-piece suit from House of Fraser. His cufflinks were Scrabble tiles of his initials, tying in with the New York proposal. “When I first saw Scott in his suit I felt so proud that this man was going to be my husband!” smiles Alison.

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The bridesmaids

She was attended by six bridesmaids, including her three best friends, who all wore pretty Alfred Sung dresses in a rose bud colour. The little maids all wore cute ivory dresses from BHS.

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The ceremony

The lovely couple had a civil ceremony with Alison’s dad walking her down the aisle. “My best memory was when the doors opened and I saw Scott waiting for me with a big smile on his face!” Alison recalls.

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The reception

Clockfoot Barn in West Hanningfield was transformed to suit the couple’s wonderful rustic English wedding theme. Bunting, fairy lights and a bar built from scaffold boards set the romantic scene for a magical celebration, which culminated in everyone dancing to Beatles tribute band, Like The Beatles.

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The details

The vintage theme began with the couple’s stationery, then really came to life through the incredible detail at Clockfoot, much of which was made by the couple themselves. “We made our own pompoms which were placed all around the venue and on the back wall.” Alison says. Florist Julie Maulkerson helped transform the bar, using an old wheelbarrow and watering can, while Alison collected jam jars to decorate the tables. The bouquets incorporated Memory Lane roses, with the bridesmaids’ flowers and buttonholes being made up of rosemary and lavender. Place cards were made from Scrabble tiles, of course, and the guest book was a large frame where guests added wooden hearts.

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The honeymoon

The newlyweds enjoyed an italian adventure – taking in the sights of Ischia, Naples and Puglia.

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