The Rochford Hotel was the setting for Sarah & Matt’s summer drinks reception on their wedding day. It followed a wonderfully personal ceremony that I’ll let Sarah tell you about.
Where did your wedding take place and what made the venue special?
Matt and I were married at West Leigh Baptist Church which is our home Church so there was no other place that we wanted the ceremony and it was led by our minister, Jon Stannard. Our reception venue was the Rochford Hotel. It was the only venue that we looked at as it suited the modern theme that we wanted, had a lovely garden and was ideal for the number of guests we had.
Did you have a theme for your wedding? What was your colour scheme?
We wanted it to have a classic but just slightly modern theme with purple and silver as our colour scheme.
Tell us a little about your dress, where did you finally find it?
My dress was actually the first dress that I tried on. I tried on others but I kept going back to the first one. I didn’t want anything over the top and wanted to feel special yet comfortable, It was by Mark Lesley and brought from Special Occasions in Stanford-Le-Hope. They are great at putting brides at ease.
What did the men opt for, and who supplied it?
The men when for a classic charcoal grey suit with tails from Moss Bros.
Can you tell me about your flowers?
I absolutely loved my flowers, My bouquet was just make from calla lilies with a purple centre. Our other flowers were complimenting including white calla, limonium, match point, lisianthus and vendela.
What are your wedding rings like? Did you have any other special jewellery?
Matt has a simple white gold band and I have one that has small diamonds in it which sits perfectly around my engagement ring. We purchased these in H Samuels.
The necklace that I wore was the one that my Dad brought for my Mum for their 30th (pearl) wedding anniversary.
What was your most useful source of wedding ideas and information?
Recommendations from friends and wedding fayres.
Tell us about a supplier who provided a first-class service.
I can’t choose between Studio Rochford who did such an amazing job capturing every moment of our wedding day so perfectly and Finishing Touches by Faith who did all of our stationery and flowers. Faith simply took my vague ideas and made them into reality. Nothing was too much for either supplier.
Do you have any advice for future brides?
Enjoy every moment of the lead up to the day. On the wedding day itself, just relax and take it all in as it goes so fast.
What was your favourite photograph and why did you like it?
I find this question so hard as I love them all but I always come back to the one of us both sitting in the garden on the bench looking at each other.
Matt’s favourite is the final one that was taken with the blue sky.
Was Studio Rochford the right photographer for you?
Absolutely!! Jo put us both at ease as neither of us enjoy having our photograph taken but the engagement shoot really helped us to relax. I am so pleased with the photos and our album. We have had so many positive comments and would totally recommend Studio Rochford to anyone getting married or for any major occasion.
Sarah & Matt’s Rochford Hotel wedding reception suppliers were
Wedding Dress Special Occasions
Men’s suits Moss Bros
Florist Finishing Touches by Faith
Cake Kym Brend
Hair HJW hair
Make-up Elaine Marie