This beautiful bride was lucky enough to have a famous real wedding dress designer as a close friend… No wonder she looked so amazing!


WHO: Hannah & Nick

WHERE: Davenport Green Hall, Hale, Cheshire

WHEN: August 2010



The proposal

Nick’s proposal to Hannah took the term ‘Kinder Surprise’ to a whole new level. “It was Christmas Day, and we were spending the day with my family when my niece Chloe, gave everyone a small package decorated with stickers, which we all had to open at the same time,” remembers Hannah. “When I opened my capsule I thought I’d got a hair bobble, but as I pulled the ribbons out I discovered a beautiful emerald-cut diamond ring. It was only then that I realised that Nick was down on one knee in front of my whole family, waiting for me to discover my surprise…”

The dress

Right from the moment of her engagement, Hannah knew she would go to her good friend, designer Charlotte Balbier, for her real wedding dress. “After visiting Charlotte’s boutique and trying on about eight dresses, I spotted Morgan: an asymmetrical, traditional gown with a one-shoulder strap and a flower detail on the hip,” says Hannah. Charlotte customised the dress for her friend by adding a longer train

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“The piper and drummer played us out of the ceremony with a rousing version of Scotland the Brave…”

The accessories

Hannah accessorised her fairytale real wedding dress with a cathedral-length veil by designer Amanda Wyatt – Charlotte’s Mum – and a double rose Charlotte Balbier headband, plus Winslett shoes from Benjamin Adam.

The groom’s outfit

Nick looked dashing in a traditional kilt in Hebridean Granite tartan with black Argyle jacket from Freedmans Suit Hire.

The bridesmaids

The five adult bridesmaids wore a bespoke Amanda Wyatt design, based on Hannah’s own ideas. “Four of the girls wore ivory and black, but I wanted my sister to stand out, so she had the same design in hot pink,” explains Hannah. “The dresses looked incredible in the pink: I wanted one myself!” The four younger bridesmaids wore bright pink satin creations with black net underskirts, made by Hannah’s Mum.

The flowers

With a hot pink, black and ivory theme running throughout their real wedding day, Hannah and Nick chose contemporary flowers in their signature colours. The bride carried Avalanche pink roses and miniature roses in pink and ivory, while the adult bridesmaids held smaller versions of the traditional bouquet in ivory, and the younger maids wore white orchid wrist corsages. Lynette at Designer Flowers by Rodgers created the couple’s spectacular blooms for the big day

The ceremony

The couple tied the knot in a civil ceremony in the Cheshire Barn at Davenport Green Hall, Cheshire

The cake

Hannah’s twin sister Rachel was in charge of the traditional real wedding cake: three iced tiers from Marks & Spencer on a statement silver cake stand from eBay. “Rachel dressed the cake with hot pink ribbon and vintage brooches that belonged to our grandmother, who passed away earlier in the year, and Nick and I were delighted by how professional it looked,” says Hannah

“The piper and drummer played us out of the ceremony with a rousing version of Scotland the Brave…”

The favours

In homage to Nick’s memorable proposal, guests were given Kinder Surprise eggs as favours, wrapped in tissue paper and organza. “We slipped a winning ticket inside one of the eggs, and presented the lucky recipient with a bottle of Champagne,” adds Hannah.

The entertainment

Before the big day, the couple met with their DJ friend, Mike Levy from Aardvark DJ Services to discuss their playlist preferences. “We came up with a general plan for the music and he embraced everything we suggested,” says Hannah of the music chosen for their real wedding.

The honeymoon

Hannah and Nick flew to the Amalfi coast in Italy for their mini-moon, but the main event is yet to come: a three-centre tour of Las Vegas, Hawaii and New York