It’s always lovely to hear from our brides and Adele is no exception. Here she tells us all about the plans and preparations for her wedding to Chris.
Where did your wedding take place and what made the venue special?
Our actual wedding ceremony took place at Brentwood Cathedral. It is our Parish church and I also went to school at Brentwood Ursuline. Our wedding reception was held in a marquee at Chris’ uncle’s house in Fryerning near Ingatestone. It was special simply because it wasn’t a standard wedding venue, no-one had been married there before so we could completely personalise it and make our wedding unique!
Did you have a theme for your wedding? What was your colour scheme?
We did not have a theme for our wedding. The colour scheme was Persian Plum
Tell us about the process of choosing your dress? Was it the first one you tried on or did you change your mind numerous times?
I got my dress in the first shop I went in to – Matchmaker in Brentwood. It was not the first dress I tried on. I went into the shop with a completely open mind. I went through the rails and picked a selection of the dresses I liked, to try on. Nothing however stood out to me. Then Lena, the assistant who helped me, picked out a selection of what she thought would suit me. She knew what she was doing as two in particular I liked. There was one however that just felt really right, and apparently my behaviour changed when I was in it, which is the sign that it is “the one”! I did go to a couple of other shops for peace of mind, but to be honest I knew I wouldn’t want anything else other than that dress, and I returned to Matchmaker and made my purchase!
Where did your groom get his morning suit?
Chris got his suit from Anthonys in Billericay
Can you tell me about your flowers?
Annie Herbert from Hutton Herbs did our flowers. A friend of ours recommended her and we were thrilled with her work. Again, I had an open mind. I wanted something classic for my bouquet in plain white/cream roses with just a small amount of greenery. Most importantly, I wanted diamantes in the centre of the roses. The bridesmaids’ bouquets picked out some of the Persian plum theme but it was not overpowering. The table arrangements were in glass holders with flowers designed around candles. These again picked up the Persian plum theme of our day.
What are your wedding rings like? Did you have any other special jewellery?
Mine is a 3mm Platinum court ring, with a cartier setting of diamonds around it. Chris’s ring is a 6mm platinum court ring. We had each others names engraved inside, along with the wedding date.
Chris wore cufflinks, which I bought him from Tiffany & Co in New York as an engagement present, and a watch I bought him as a wedding present.
I wore diamond earrings, which Chris bought me for my 30th birthday, and a diamond necklace that he gave me as a wedding present. Stitched inside my dress I wore my grandmothers wedding ring, which was my “something old”, and my “something borrowed”.
What was your most useful source of wedding ideas and information?
Most of my ideas came from friends who had got married and my hairdresser. I did buy a few magazines, but I really wanted recommendations and information from people who had already got married and knew the people they were recommending.
Tell us about a supplier who provided a first-class service.
Jo from Studio Rochford! We could not recommend her more highly! We had first approached a photographer who had done a friends wedding but she was fully booked and gave us Jo’s name. I now feel it was fate that the other photographer was not available as Jo was certainly the right photographer for us. She was professional from start to finish. More importantly she was easy going and lovely to work with. It is important that you feel comfortable with someone you are going to spend a large part of your wedding day with! So many people commented on her efficiency. The photos she produced despite the weather not being ideal say it all!
Do you have any advice for future brides?
You don’t believe it when people tell you how quickly the day goes, but it is so true! Try your best to just relax and trust the people you have engaged to make your day special. You need to savour every moment and you cannot do that if you are feeling stressed!
What was your favourite photograph and why did you like it?
The two of us sitting with our feet up on a settee at our wedding reception! It is so natural, and it could be any night of the week, when we are snuggled up on the sofa watching TV, except we are in our wedding finery!
Was Studio Rochford the right photographer for you?
Most definitely! Please see our comments above and the separate testimonial, which is on its way to you. We could not fault Jo, and would recommend her any day to anyone.