It was a gloriously sunny day when I photographed the wedding of Natalie and Daniel at Hylands House in Chelmsford. With great theme, a wonderful venue and a beautiful couple this had all the ingredients for an amazing wedding.
Below, Natalie & Daniel tell us all about their big day.
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Wedding Photography Hylands House
Natalie & Daniel, please tell us a little about yourselves.
Myself and Natalie met at my Welsh satellite office after I was sent from our head office in Essex to help startup contracts there. Natalie only started a few weeks before leaving. We carried on the romance and when I finished my assignment we moved back together to Great Dunmow.
We dated for around 2 years before I proposed in March in Hylands Gardens. It was a Sunday, the weather was beautiful and the only witnesses were the ducks relaxing on the grass.
Any interesting facts can you share about yourself
We have been dubbed the real life Gavin and Stacey, we’re both keen motorcyclists and we were married 2 days before our 4 year anniversary.
How would you describe the spirit of your day?
We would describe it as relaxed and fun. We had family and friends travelling from all over and everyone was chatting which was lovely.
Was there a theme for your wedding?
We went with a vintage and musical theme. Glenn Miller table names and music. We both love this style of music and fashion and Daniels grandfather’s favourite song was Moonlight Serenade so we wanted to pay tribute to him.
How did you decide on Hylands House form your wedding and reception?
Daniel is from Chelmsford and always loved Hylands house and how beautiful it is. As mentioned he even proposed in the gardens. We also loved that we could get married and have the ceremony and reception in the same place.
On the day it was gorgeous and sunny (the bridesmaids even got sunburnt!) Hylands was perfect for this and after the ceremony everyone had drinks on the grass outside the house and enjoyed the sunshine.
What was the best moment(s) of your wedding day?
This is such a difficult question! There were so many! For us it was perfect. We loved having a private moment together straight after the ceremony and had a escape in the car for 15 minutes which was nice especially so Daniel could enjoy the car which was a gorgeous Rolls Royce silver cloud
What style was your wedding dress and who was it by?
Ceremony dress 1940s style cowl back by Ronald Joyce and evening dress short 1950s lace detail by Opulence
Were there any meanings behind any of the aspects of your wedding? i.e Theme, colour, food, seating arrangements, cake, venue?
Together we planned every aspect which was a lovely to do as a couple. Every table was different vintage items, typewriters and vintage cameras ect. All the table names were songs on personalised vinyl records.
We wanted to continue the vintage theme but have different aspects individual to us. We even had a globe to sign instead of a traditional guest book so that we could see it all the time.
Did you follow any family wedding traditions? What do you do?
Natalie of couse did the old, new, borrowed, blue and sixpence in the shoe. Old was her late Nans watch, new were earings from the maid of honour, borrowed was a pearl necklace from a lovely friend, blue on her shoes and even had 2 sixpence’s, one in each shoe, one from the maid of honour and another all the way from Australia from a university friend who was unable to attend.
What was the title of the song for your first dance? Why did you choose that particular song?
Just the way you look tonight by Fred Astaire – we love the meaning and lyrics of this song and wanted to learn how to dance rather than a simple sway so had lessons to do a basic foxtrot which was so much fun and enjoyed showing everyone.
What tips would you give to other couples when planning their wedding day?
Enjoy every moment of the planning process, it is about you and your day. Do not bend to compromise and pressure. Do it exactly the way you want and you’ll have no regrets.
Below are just a few more of the photographs from Natalie and Daniel’s wedding day.