Helen & David


We both separately went on an unplanned night out while at university. My friend talked me into it after we’d seen an episode of Neighbours where they chatted up the barmen, so we set ourselves the same challenge. My friend (and maid of honour) and I followed David and one of his friends to the bar and the rest is history!




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We had just moved into our new home and were getting ready to take our parents out for dinner to thank them for all their help. David was pacing about and then surprised me while I was putting on my makeup by producing a stunning ring and popping the question! There were happy tears and I gave David a big, fat ‘yes’!




My ‘Clementine’ dress was from the Secret Garden Collection by Naomi Neoh, stocked at The Bespoke Wardrobe, Ingatestone. I can’t rate the boutique enough – the girls were amazingly patient, full of ideas and even helped me FaceTime my mum during a fitting! The dress has an A-line skirt and train and was made from ivory silk chiffon over soft blush pink material with lace detailing at the waist. It was the wild card dress but I knew it was the one when it was only half way on!


“During the day I kept my accessories simple with small ivory spray roses in my hair and a stunning cathedral-length veil from Helen Martin.”


In the evening, I added a sparkly belt and vintage hair piece by Heather Taylor Designs. The evening called for lots of sparkles and partying – it was an Essex wedding after all! David gifted me Jimmy Choo heels for my birthday and I treated myself to the matching clutch. Nine West sparkly flats were on hand for the evening. They looked great with my glitzy Swarovski necklace and earrings.




David is half Scottish and wanted to embrace that, so he hired a kilt from MacGregor and MacDuff in Glasgow as well as kilts for the rest of the wedding party. He wore a light grey, tweed jacket and the kilt had shades of grey, brown and pink in it. His blush pink tie matched my dress. He looked so incredibly handsome, I was definitely proud to be marrying him.




My two adult bridesmaids wore dresses from Ghost in silver. I wanted them to be comfortable so I asked them to choose their three favourite styles from Ghost to narrow it down. I loved the cowl backs and thought the girls looked stunning! Pashminas from Monsoon kept the chill off. My flower girls wore Monsoon dresses with shoes from Next.


Lisa Alger from Essex Wedding Beauty did our hair and makeup! She was patient, thoughtful and brilliant at what she does, keeping us all – including both our mums – calm and making us all feel amazing. My airbrush foundation stayed in place perfectly.




We had a Roman Catholic ceremony. David’s dad and my aunt gave readings and my cousins read the bidding prayers. I had Rosary beads knotted into my bouquet to remember my grandmother by.One of the reasons we chose Gaynes Park for our venue was the food – our guests still comment on it now! Guests enjoyed the choice of several menus including lobster or risotto starters, beef or a vegetarian tart for the main and a trio of desserts to finish.





“Our wedding was very traditional, involving lots of flowers, hearts, candles and fairy lights.”


Mediterranean Occasions Venue Stylist supplied the twinkling dance floor, up lighting, fairy lights and LED candle pillars on the stairs up to the mezzanine level. I was forever cutting out ideas from Wedding Ideas – it meant we could stay on track and enjoy the lead up!


Clare Sankey at Lily and May supplied our wedding flowers – they were perfect. She used a selection of anemones, roses, freesias, sweet peas, eucalyptus, rosemary, thistles and muscari. They smelt and looked amazing!




Our cake was even more delicious than we imagined! Liza from The Sugar and Spice Cake Company made it for us from three tiers. Our vanilla layer was a surprise for us with pink ombre sponge layers inside!



PianoDJ played live piano music during our breakfast before swapping to DJ in the evening. We also hired a photobooth from Cinnamon Photography and had Ian Art, a caricaturist, who our guests loved!


CEREMONY The Cathedral of St Mary and St Helen, Brentwood | RECEPTION VENUE Gaynes Park, Essex | DRESS Naomi Neoh at The Bespoke Wardrobe, Ingatestone | BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES Ghost | GROOM MacGregor and MacDuff | ACCESSORIES Jimmy Choo, Nine West and Swarovski | DECOR Mediterranean Occasions Venue Stylist | FLOWERS Lily and May | CAKE The Sugar and Spice Cake Company | PHOTOGRAPHER Justin Bailey Photography