a relaxed and elegant, ‘non-wedding’ wedding | uk wedding blog

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A pretty wedding with a non-wedding type theme today. Katy and Omaran wanted their day to look smart and elegant without looking too wedding-y. They threw several traditions out of the window (why not!). Katy was 13 weeks pregnant, wasn’t given away, and didn’t carry flowers (instead she ended up carrying her toddler) and looked every inch the beautiful bride, no cake, no bridesmaids. I really enjoyed putting this wedding together and reading about their day.

photography | Purple Pear Tree Photography 

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I knew carrying a bouquet would be out of the question as I knew my (then) 2 year old would refuse to walk in with me holding hands carrying his ‘Daddy…here comes Mummy’ sign as I’d envisaged and he would need carrying. I was right! He’s much cuter than flowers anyway!

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I just wanted the decor to look smart/classy/non-wedding-like! Loved my big light-up LOVE sign!

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Designed by us.

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Ceremony at Hylands House, followed by reception at The Dog & Gun, both in Chelmsford.

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The Dog & Gun

Wedding favours: None. We had a sweet-treat table for guests to help themselves to, old school sweetie favourites. Also, I did an Easter egg hunt for all of our little people guests as our wedding fell on Easter weekend.

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Dress was ‘Dakota’ by Enzoani. Purchased at Bellissima Weddings in South Woodham Ferrers and lovingly altered in-house to accommodate a fast growing baby bump! 

Hair by This Girl Called Tina – Tina Emmet                

Makeup by Emma Morris

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Hugo Boss

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All our day guests helped us put together a playlist of all their favourite love songs, this was played throughout the day. A friend DJ’d at the evening reception; an old school house music playlist, reminiscent of all our younger going-out days…it was fab! First dance was ‘Love Hangover’ by Diana Ross.

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We still haven’t had one as I was pregnant at the time we got married and wanted to honeymoon not pregnant! Honeymoon TBC! It will happen, but probably with both our boys in tow! 

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Walking into the room at Hylands House carrying Milo with our other little one, Louis ever present in my tummy, as I was 13-weeks pregnant at the time. For some of our guests, this was the first they knew of us expecting another baby. It was really important to me that Milo and I walked in together, I didn’t feel the need to be ‘given away’, the day was about us being a family. My dad sat alongside my mum, and it was a very special moment seeing them and of course my handsome husband-to-be!

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Don’t stress! 

Where did you find your inspiration? : I really knew what I liked and what I didn’t and because Omaran and I planned it ourselves, it was exactly what we wanted. We just wanted an intimate celebration with close family and friends then a big party to follow!