Elizabeth & Richard
LAVENDER AND WHITE CLASSIC STYLE | ENZOANI DRESS | AVALANCHE ROSES | FESTOON AND FAIRYLIGHTS | NAVY BLUE GROOMSMEN
How did the proposal happen?
We were on holiday in Colombia, experiencing the amazing country and meeting Richard’s family who are originally from there. We took a night away to a beautiful villa spa. When we got there the bedroom was covered in rose petals and Champagne was waiting – I still didn’t guess what was going on! That evening we had dinner under the stars on our own secluded table with a personal waiter. We’d had dessert and been chatting about our future and the next thing I knew Richard was on one knee asking me to marry him! Of course I said yes! It was so lovely for it to happen in such an amazing country and where Richard’s roots are.
I found my gown in the second bridal shop I visited, Fleur De Lys in Saffron Walden. The girls there were lovely – I had found the style I was after, but not quite the one. After trying several on, Laura said she had a dress she wanted me to try on. It was the one I then chose and had my mum in tears. It just felt so beautiful.
The dress was Blue by Enzoani with a sweetheart neckline and floor-length skirt. I loved the details and the buttons down the back. I wasn’t going to wear a veil at first but once I put one on it completed the dress and I really felt like a bride.
Because my dress was quite detailed I didn’t want to overload with jewellery and take away from the dress, so I chose simple pearl earrings and a hair clip for after I removed my veil. Richard surprised me with a beautiful diamond bracelet on the day as well which was stunning.
Richard wore a navy blue three-piece fitted suit hired from Moss Bros. He had a white tie to match me and looked gorgeous. I had bought him personalised cuff links to wear with our names and wedding date engraved on them. I felt so lucky to be marrying him – he looked so smart and so Richard!
I had five bridesmaids who all looked stunning. They wore lavender Kelsey Rose dresses found in Amorae Brides, Ongar. They were a romantic fluted shape with floor-length sweeping tulle, satin belts and lace over the fitted bodices. Their pearl earrings and necklaces matched mine.
Hair and makeup
I used my regular hairdresser, Charlie Lamb, because I trusted her to do a good job and she did. My bridesmaid Deborah works for NARS so I was lucky enough to have her do my makeup with these products on my big day. They both know me and my style – I knew I could rely on them.
What was the best part of the ceremony?
Walking down the aisle and seeing Richard’s face at the end. I felt so happy to be marrying him.
What did you have for your wedding breakfast?
The food at Gaynes Park, Epping was outstanding! We had canapés first and then sat down to a starter of duck breast salad, followed by beef with dauphinoise potatoes and chocolate brownies and ice cream for dessert.
We wanted a wedding with a slight vintage feel using a classic cream and white colour palette and rustic touches.
We hung hearts from the trees surrounding the venue to decorate outdoors and then used lanterns and flowers inside. The venue looked magical at night with festoon lights across the ceiling of the main barn and fairylights in the trees. We had giant letters saying AMOR and LOVE as well as sparklers and personalised confetti cones.
Gracie Day Flowers in Old Harlow provided our flowers. My bouquet was made from white hydrangeas and avalanche roses and the bridesmaids had the same white hydrangeas. The groomsmen had avalanche roses and rosemary in their buttonholes. Our florist also provided centrepieces of hydrangeas, avalanche roses and shamrock chrysanthemums. In our ceremony room we also had eight feet of ivy entwined around the giant letters.
Originally we weren’t going to have a cake, but in the last few weeks before the wedding we decided to have some cupcakes for the guests. A friend, bridesmaid and local bakery all contributed cupcakes for us.
My amazing cousins Russ and David designed and printed our wedding stationery. They were all stunning and arrived in an unusual box – everyone commented on them.
We wanted to bring Richard’s heritage into our day so we gave out little jars of Colombian coffee beans as our favours.
We had Dream Machine DJ get everyone up and dancing during the evening reception. On the tables were selfy-sticks for guests to take photos of the day and upload to our wedding Instagram page. Expression, our photographers, also provided a photo booth for us.
The first dance
Our first dance as husband and wife was to ‘This Year’s Love’ by David Grey. Richard loved the song growing up and when I heard it at his concert, I fell in love with it too.
Thailand and Cambodia were our honeymoon destinations where we enjoyed snorkelling, boat trips, kayaking, visiting temples and of course enjoying plenty of food!
VENUE | Gaynes Park, Epping DRESS | Enzoani at Fleur De Lys, Saffron Walden BRIDESMAIDS | Kelsey Rose at Amorae Brides, Ongar GROOM | Moss Bros FLOWERS | Gracie Day Flowers, Old Harlow ENTERTAINMENT | Dream Machine
PHOTOGRAPHER | Mark at Expression Photography