Hylands House Wedding for Nicola & Richard

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Bride Nicola tells us about her and Richard’s lovely wedding at Hylands House in Chelmsford…

Where did your wedding take place and what made you choose that location?  ~  We had our wedding at Hylands House in Chelmsford.  The venue is such a beautiful place and the gardens just made it the perfect venue.  We looked at lots of different places and Hylands ticked all of the boxes.

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What was your colour scheme or wedding theme?  ~   Our theme was Alice in Wonderland and the colour that we chose was cornflower blue.

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What was your dress like and why do you love it?  ~  My wedding dress was a Maggie Sottero design and was quite simplistic; it was ivory with a chiffon type bottom with a flower detail at the waist.

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Tell us about your ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.’  ~   My something blue was probably my bridesmaids- they were dressed in blue!  My something borrowed was my sister’s garter.  My something new was my necklace that Richard bought me for the day and my something old was a Sixpence that I put in my shoe for luck.

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Where did your groom get his morning suit?  ~   The groom got his morning suit from Moss Bros.

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Did you buy each other wedding presents?  ~   I bought Richard a watch.   Richard bought me a necklace and earrings to wear on the day (a last minute decision after he realised that I had bought him a present!! Haha!)

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Can you tell me about your wedding cake?  ~  We had a three-tier fruit cake made by Simply Cakes.  It was delicious and was decorated with a detailed pattern (an embroidery effect) with three sugared flowers on the top, which were replicas of the flower that was on my wedding dress.

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What was your most useful source of wedding ideas and information?  ~   I would have to say two places- firstly my friends, we attended a few weddings over the last two years and we not only had the benefit of their advice but also got to see how everything went on the day, so we had a good idea what we did and didn’t want and what was successful.  Secondly- Wedding magazines- they were a great source of information and I loved going through all of the different ones and tearing out the ideas that caught my eye so I could get inspiration for my own wedding.

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Tell us about a supplier who provided a first-class service.  ~  Everyone was amazing, I have to say our florist Jades flowers did a fantastic job.  Beverley and her team were able to bring my ideas to life and everyone commented on how lovely the table decorations were.  Our caterers also did an amazing job, the food was delicious and the staff on the day were brilliant and made the day run smoothly.

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Do you have any advice for future brides?  ~  Try not to worry about the little things, I worried about every last detail- I made the wedding invites and I tried to make every one perfect.  The day goes so quickly, so just savour every aspect and don’t allow the little things that don’t necessarily go to plan affect your day.

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What was your favourite photograph and why did you like it?  ~  The picture with Richard sitting at the piano and me standing looking at him has to be my favourite of the day.  Although it’s quite hard to pick as Jo did some great shots on the day.

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Was Studio Rochford the right photographer for you?  ~  Definitely.  We found Studio Rochford at the wedding fayre at Hylands House and they did an exceptional job.  It’s amazing for me to get a picture with my eyes actually open and I was really delighted with our final album.  Jo did a fantastic job on the day and went above and beyond, she helped co-ordinate the wedding party and helped with everyone’s buttonholes.  After being to a few weddings and witnessing a few photographers both Richard and I knew that we had made the right choice with Studio Rochford.

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