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WHO: Bridget and Boris

WHERE: Chillington Hall

WHEN: October 2011

PHOTOS: Emma Case Photography

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How they met

“We worked together in Jersey, and I had seen Boris from across the office, but when we first spoke he was so nervous and keen to impress, I ended up thinking: ‘what an idiot!” laughs Bridget

The proposal

“Well, typically for us, it was completely backwards,” smiles Bridget. “I had always known where I wanted to get married, growing up in a small village. My first stint of work experience was helping out with the lambing season on the local estate. That estate happened to be Chillington Hall, and I fell in love with the place instantly. When I overheard Boris telling his parents he was going to marry me, I drove him out to the next open day at Chillington Hall, and we ended up booking a date there and then! It did confuse the wedding co-ordinator when we said ‘we’d better tell our parents, and buy a ring!’”

The bride’s outfit

“There was something my Mum said that really stuck with me while I was dress hunting, and that was ‘you only get one chance to wear a wedding dress, so make the most of it,’ – and I certainly did! Once I’d decided I wanted it to be big, I went really big, with a Hollywood Dreams gown from Mix N Match in Rugeley,” says Bridget. “Despite how the dress appears, I’m not really a girly girl, it’s comfort all the way with me. Boris and I are the same height, so no one was surprised when I wore Converse trainers instead of heels!” she adds

The groom’s outfit

“Boris had his suit made bespoke by asuitthatfits.com,” explains Bridget. We had seen one of their suits in a wedding magazine and both fell in love with the multiple options and contrasting colour linings. I was more than happy to let Boris run wild with all the bold colour options!” she adds

The bridesmaids

“The bridesmaids’ dresses were bought from a Warehouse factory store,” recalls Bridget. “I bought them for £6 each and all they needed were new zips – nothing that a local seamstress couldn’t fix. I never wanted my girls to look too traditional and, of course, a punch of colour was important!”

The ceremony

“We wanted to give everyone that was important to us special roles within the ceremony,” remembers Bridget. “We picked my very dear friend from school and Boris’ cousin from Australia to give readings and, of course, my Dad walked me down the aisle.”

The flowers

The Flower Shop quickly came around to the idea of our bright and quirky colour scheme,” laughs Bridget. “They completely understood what we were trying to achieve and were excellent at offering advice. I would also recommend using fresh herbs in your bouquet like I did – an amazing addition!”

The reception

“The whole reason we married at Chillington Hall was the lambing season, so the choice of hand-reared Chillington lamb was an obvious food choice for us both,” says Bridget. “We also had salmon blinis to start and a dessert table to end.”

The details

“Our theme was colour, so anything bright worked for us!” smiles Bridget. “The flowers were very important for making an impact, we had jam jars and vases full of them, plus a friend made over 90 metres of coloured bunting, which completely transformed the white tent. My Mum then made coloured tablecloths out of fabric to match. Boris’ Mum dried rose petals from her garden for the homemade confetti cones, and my Aunt made the stands to hold them. Finally we provided plenty of entertainment for our guests, with croquet and giant Jenga on the lawn, and hay bales for everyone to sit on during the drinks reception. Not to mention the fabric hearts used for table names!” she adds

The cake

“Boris was completely in charge here – the whole cake celebrated our time travelling. It was definitely a talking point!” recalls Bridget

The favours

Were inspired by Jersey, where the couple met. The men received Jersey apple brandy, while the women were given handmade lavender soap

The honeymoon

Was a sunshine break to Cyprus for rest and relaxation.

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