Imogen shares with us the behind-the-scenes details of their special day which we have illustrated with some of their favourite photographs!
Where did your wedding take place and what made you choose that location?
We got married at St Giles’ and All Saints Church in Orsett. I used to sing in the choir there when I was younger, so it was a natural choice. For our reception venue, we immediately fell in love with The Lawn and its beautiful grounds.
What was your colour scheme or wedding theme?
As we were getting married in the Spring, we wanted our colour scheme to make the most of the flowers that would be out at that time of year. The dark orange and yellow wallflowers at The Lawn were our biggest influence. My dressmaker was able to find a burnt orange / coral colour swatch for the bridesmaid dress which complemented the colouring at The Lawn. Our suppliers then did a brilliant job matching everything to the swatch.
What was your dress like and why do you love it?
My dress was vintage style, covered in lace with sparkling crystals throughout and a long train. I wanted to wear something I would be comfortable in.
Tell us about your ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.’
My something old was a beautiful pearl necklace that used to belong to Aidan’s grandmother. I then bought a new tiara and earrings to go with it. Something borrowed was my sister’s perfume and something blue was my toenail varnish (I wore closed-toe shoes so it wasn’t obvious).
Where did your groom get his morning suit?
Aidan hired his suit from Moss, although we got his waistcoat made by my dressmaker from the same material as the bridesmaid dresses.
Did you buy each other wedding presents?
We weren’t planning to get each other presents so I didn’t get Aidan anything. However, Aidan surprised me by leaving a pair of earrings for me to find on the wedding morning.
Can you tell me about your wedding cake?
Sue Field at Finesse Cakes made our cake. Sue made a delicious three-tiered cake (lemon, chocolate and fruit) and decorated it with the lace pattern from my dress. For the topping, she created two roses in sugar paste and matched them to the roses in my bouquet.
What was your most useful source of wedding ideas and information?
I went to the wedding fayre at The Lawn to show my mum the venue and ending up choosing a lot of my suppliers from that. For inspiration, I used the Internet and a couple of wedding magazines.
Tell us about a supplier who provided a first-class service.
All of our suppliers did an amazing job! Special mention would go to my friend Catherine Bowler at The Belle of the Ball who did my make-up and Beverley at Heaven Scent Rayleigh, our florist who created my wonderful bouquet and expanded my knowledge of flowers no end. Also not forgetting the excellent staff at The Lawn who made the day run so smoothly.
Do you have any advice for future brides?
Choose suppliers you trust. We moved house twice in the six months before the wedding and I was out of the country with work for most of the two weeks before. If we didn’t have good suppliers, we would have found the whole process more stressful. On the day itself, just enjoy every moment.
What was your favourite photograph and why did you like it?
There are quite a few to choose from (!), so I’ll narrow it done to just the ones of Aidan and me. The photo of Aidan and I laughing in the wedding car sums up exactly how we felt after the ceremony. Out of the more formal photos, I love the ones outside the front door to The Lawn as they have an elegant feel to them.
Was Studio Rochford the right photographer for you?
Absolutely! We wanted a photographer who was really able to capture the feeling of the day – Jo did just that and more! She also proved invaluable when I was having last minute problems with my dress – I literally couldn’t have been able to walk up the aisle without her.