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Real Life Wedding: Butterflies in Spring

Posted: Monday April 27, 2015

WHEN: May 2014 PHOTOGRAPHER: Neil Fortescue

The bride’s outfit

Chloe looked absolutely stunning in her princess dress from Belissima Weddings, even though it was completely the opposite of what she thought she would choose. “Before I went dress shopping I was adamant I knew what style of dress I wanted and it certainly wasn’t a big princess dress.  But the lady in Belissima convinced me into trying on dresses of every style, including the big dresses.  As soon as I tried on my princess dress I knew it was the one, despite it being nothing like I had intended to go for.  I loved the details on the bodice of the dress and the big skirt.  I saw myself in the mirror and took one look at my mum’s expression and burst into tears.”

The groom’s outfit

Gareth looked equally dapper in his grey lounge suit from Moss Bros.  The suit choice was a team effort, although Gareth and Chloe agreed completely on the final choice – “Gareth didn’t want tails and we both wanted him in a grey suit.  As yellow played a big part in our wedding theme he matched it by wearing a champagne waistcoat.”

The bridesmaids

Chloe had two adult bridesmaids and a flower girl for her big day; her oldest friend, Natalie, her sister-in-law, Michelle and Michelle’s daughter, Cassie.  Cassie wore an ivory dress, embellished with butterflies, from BHS, while the two older bridesmaids wore long lemon-coloured dresses with a flower corsage on one shoulder.  The older bridesmaid dresses were from Jane Norman.

The ceremony

Chloe and Gareth were married at All Saints Church on the Braxted Park estate“It was amazing – I wouldn’t change a thing about it,” says Chloe.  They were joined by 60 guests for the ceremony where Gareth’s dad read a passage from the Bible and Chloe’s mum read a poem called “On Your Wedding Day”.  The band the couple had booked for their evening reception played two acoustic songs while the register was signed.

The reception

After the service at All Saints Church, Chloe and Gareth were taken by horse and carriage through the Braxted Park estate to the Walled Garden Pavilion where they hosted their wedding breakfast and evening reception.  The 60 guests enjoyed a three course meal of Tiger Prawn Ravioli followed by Roast Beef and then rounded off with Strawberries, Raspberries and Cream.

For the evening reception, Gareth and Chloe hired One Foot in the Groove, a live band and also entertained guests with a photo booth which went down very well with the guests.  “People were dancing around with the photo booth props all night.  There were hats and glasses everywhere – even Gareth’s Nan dressed up!”

The Theme

The theme for Chloe and Gareth’s big day was inspired by the venue, Braxted Park.  Chloe spotted the butterfly embellished ceiling flags in the Pavilion when they visited before the wedding and used this theme throughout.  The couple even released some butterflies into the gardens of the venue on their big day.  “We ordered some butterflies from a specialist company and on the morning of the wedding Gareth had the tricky job of moving them into a vintage style cage for us to open after the ceremony.  The butterflies were all released into the gardens of the venue where all the flowers were just starting to bloom so we’re hoping all the butterflies found a nice home there.”

The cake

Gareth and Chloe’s beautiful cake was made by a friend of the family.  The bottom tier was a fruit cake while the remaining two were lemon sponge cake.  It was decorated with lemon coloured flowers cascading down the cake and finished off with a matching ribbon.

Memorable moment

“There’s simply too many to choose from!” says Chloe.  “I will always remember how nervous I felt on the journey to the church – it was a little overwhelming.  But if I really had to choose one moment I would say it was the trip in the horse and carriage between the church and the reception.  Those first few moments alone with Gareth as husband and wife.  It was lovely.”


For the full article about Gareth and Chloe's big day and for more photographs, please visit the Wedding Ideas website.


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