An Essex Wedding - March/April 2023 (Issue 109)

Sunflowers were a big part of the wedding because it was a nod my grandfather’s favourite flower, who unfortunately passed away during covid two years before the wedding but was a big part of my life and really approved of Neel as my boyfriend. All the flowers for the bouquets and buttonholes were grown on my mum’s Purleigh allotment with the help of her allotment friends too. We had an organist on the day and the church bells rang ! The church is next door to our favourite pub, the Purleigh Bell – where the groomsmen got ready, our guests gathered before the service and we had our first drink as a married couple. The local church is the parish church where my parents live and has wonderful views over Maldon. I wore my mother’s wedding dress but redesigned by Noble and Wright Arteliers. This meant a lot to me as I could redesign the dress to exactly how I wanted. Plus, my mum’s wedding dress was made from material picked out by her and her friend and then sewn together by my nan, so it was lovely to see my nan’s reaction when I walked down the aisle. 32