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WATCH: a seasonal wedding at Gaynes Park in Essex

WATCH: a seasonal wedding at Gaynes Park in Essex


Written by Katie Byrne


Claire and Steve planned a rustic celebration, filled with twists of autumnal style and hints of ombré - scroll down to watch their beautiful wedding video!

 

Claire Atri, 29, a lifestyle blogger and founder of homeware brand Mina and Mae, and Steve White, also 29, a business support analyst, had both their civil ceremony and reception at Gaynes Park in Epping, Essex.

Budget: £20,000

Steve and I wanted a non-traditional, laid back autumnal themed-wedding. This included antlers, rustic leaves with beautiful ombré roses, candles and lots of white pumpkins.

  

My dress was by Mori Lee. It was made up of soft ruffles in ivory, then went in to an ombré made up of champagne and pale blush pink.

For our flowers, we wanted to a romantic look with some ombré to complement my dress. We avoided green to keep the tone rustic and seasonal, so we used autumn leaves, a variety of roses and chrysanthemum blooms.

We had a harpist playing as guests arrived, and as I walked down the aisle she played Your Song by Elton John. For the evening entertainment we had a surprise for our guests – a live Motown band called Mission Blue hidden behind the curtains. We split the music between them and a live DJ. Everyone also loved the photobooth!

My food nightmare is anything that resembles a roast dinner. We were so happy to discover we could have a gourmet barbecue. For dessert we had homemade chocolate brownies, vanilla ice cream and popping candy.

My favourite moment was having all our loved ones with us and seeing all our hard work come to life absolutely perfectly in front of our eyes.

My tips for brides-to-be: Don’t be afraid to ask your loved ones for help (my sister Laura works for WEDDING, and was full of advice!), keep smiling, and most importantly, remember to have at least one night off wedding talk a week with your partner.

Watch Claire and Steve's wedding video! 

Steal their wedding day style...

Photography: Kerrie Mitchell 

Videographer: Cupcake Videos

Venue: Gaynes Park 

Florist: Delicate Daisy 

Dress: Mori Lee 

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Coast 

Groomswear: Next 

Cake: Pink Face 

Balloons: Love Me Do Balloons 


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