Shades of Autumn
It was a grand affair when Elizabeth and Owen Beale celebrated their wedding at Theobalds Park in Hertfordshire
We wanted a traditional wedding with a church ceremony, so Owen and I chose to exchange vows at St Johns Church in Lemsford followed by a reception at Theobalds Park.
I wore a white strapless gown with fishtail skirt and sweetheart neckline by Maggie Soterro.
I saw a photograph of the dress in a magazine and knew it was the one for me, however I had trouble tracking it down and in the end I paid a store to hire it from the designer!
Owen wore a charcoal grey morning tailcoat by Waterers with matching trousers and an ivory waistcoat and cravat, while his groomsmen wore the same suit except with ruby cravats.
My bridesmaids wore ruby coloured dresses by Dessy and the flower girls wore white dresses from Next.
We got married in October and the time of year inspired our colour scheme, with lots of rich autumnal shades such as ruby ribbons on the church pews and chair backs, fresh deep orange roses on the cake and even a red carpet for guests to walk up on arrival.
The cake, made by Hundreds & Thousands, was amazing.
We had three tiers, each one a different flavour including cookies and cream made with Oreos, a white chocolate and toffee chunks tier and a vanilla sponge.
There were some surprises, the funniest of which was when Owen presented me with an Arsenal shirt during his speech which had Mrs Beale and the number 13 printed on the back: my dad is a devoted Manchester United fan, so the look on his face was priceless.
We danced the night away on our illuminated dance floor, which I don’t think I stepped off all night until the end of the last song, Westlife’s Flying Without Wings.
It really was the best day of our lives and we would love to do it all over again (together!) if we could.
After the wedding we honeymooned in Tanzania on safari and then went on to Zanzibar for some sun and sand.
It was a beautiful, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Photography by Cherry Blossom Wedding,
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