The Story of Our Wedding - Mr & Mrs Vale
Was your wedding affected by Covid? If so, how did you overcome it?
Sadly, yes. We had to postpone our wedding twice. It was pretty stressful, but at the same time we were very lucky that we and our families were all safe and healthy, so moving the date seemed minor in comparison to what some people were going through. Once we had the assurance from Milsoms that we didn’t need to worry and we could essentially postpone as many times as we needed to, to make sure we’d have the wedding we’d planned and hoped for, it was a huge weight off our minds. The team were brilliant and couldn’t have done enough for us and they supported us every step of the way – we will always appreciate that.
Tell us about your dress – which designer made it? Did it take long to find? Was it exactly as you’ve always imagined? How many dresses did you try on?
My dress was made by Suzanne Neville. It was the first dress I tried on in the only bridal shop I went to! I tried on at least a dozen dresses as I really didn’t have a specific idea in mind, but I came back to the first one and said yes to the dress there and then!
What did the bridesmaids wear?
Multiway dresses in rose gold
And the groom/groomsmen?
Tuxedos! The groom wore a blue velvet jacket though, so he stood out! The groomsmen wore bow ties and pocket squares with their suits that matched the bridesmaids’ dresses. They all wore patent shoes too, which looked great.
What flowers did you choose?
My only preference was colour, so pale pinks, creams and greenery (eucalyptus was a must!) to tie in with our theme. I left the specific flower choices and details to the florists, they’re the experts! Kim and Jo at Amnesia (one of Milsoms recommended suppliers) got my vision from the start so I knew they’d do a great job.
On the day
Tell us about the speeches?
The speeches were brilliant! Richard, Elliott, Tom and Dan all did a great job – and I surprised everyone by doing one myself! I wanted to acknowledge the challenges we’d been through to get to our big day and thank Elliott for all his support. Despite him being furloughed through lockdowns 1, 2 and 3, and me working for the NHS throughout, we got through it all stronger and still smiling!
What was your first dance?
At Last by Beyonce – this was always going to be our first dance. We chose it way before we got engaged, but it couldn’t have been more fitting in the end.
Where was your honeymoon? Did you go immediately after the wedding or leave it a few days?
The day after the wedding we enjoyed a half day spa at Kesgrave Hall, which was the most perfect and relaxing way to round off our big day. It was great to get away just the two of us to reflect on our amazing day and commit as many special details as possible to our memories.
The team were brilliant & couldn’t have done enough for us – they supported us every step of the way!
Did anything go wrong on the day? Any funny stories or mishaps?
I temporarily lost a Farthing on the day which belonged to my late Grandad and was taped to the inside of my shoe while walking from the room to the ceremony. I was so thrilled when Becca from the Milsoms team found it – she retraced my steps, and I couldn’t have been more grateful because of its sentimental value. Thank you Becca!
If you have any questions or would like more information about Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, you can send us a message using the form below.
KESGRAVE HALL: [email protected] / 01473 333741
Photography: R&S Photography, Colchester
Ceremony and reception venue: Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, Ipswich
Dress (Designer, name of dress and shop): Suzanne Neville (Luna) Lily Christina Bridal Collection, based in Wickham Market
Wedding rings: Lauren (Alan Bick, London), Elliott (Carlton Jewellers, Maldon)
Bridesmaids’ dresses: La Closet de Chanel, Witham
Hair: Bridal Hair by Natalie Jane, Colchester
Make-up: Jaimie Attfield, Brentwood
Groom’s outfit: Slater Menswear, Chelmsford
Stationery: Point Graphics, Maldon
Flowers: Amnesia Flowers, Dedham
Cake: Made by close friend Mekenzi Mason as a wedding gift
Catering: Milsoms Kesgrave Hall
Venue dresser: Milsoms Kesgrave Hall
Videography: R J Wedding Films, Colchester
Chair covers: We Do Wedding Hire
Light up letters: Platinum Event Hire, Maldon
DJs: Ben Rolfe and Ollie Weeks (close friends of the groom)
Photo booth: Picture Blast
Balloons: All About Balloons, Clacton on Sea