Jessica and Matthew had a quaint al fresco summer wedding

Nearly a year and a half after the couple met, Matt proposed on 14th September, 2013, over dinner at The Shard. “It was a complete surprise,” recalls Jessica, “but I should've twigged something was up as when we got there and the maître'd exclaimed he had a superb table for us and winked at Matt. We were seated at a window table overlooking London's evening skyline. Matt ordered champagne and proposed on one knee with a simple Tiffany's silver ring, so I had something to keep while my formal engagement ring was being made. I still regularly wear the silver ring to remind me of the night.”

Soon after, the wedding planning commenced and the happy couple chose St Peter and St Paul Church in Ewhurst for their nuptials. Burrows Lea Country House set the scene for the rest of the day.

“We went there following a recommendation and were both taken with it straightaway,” says Jessica. “We wanted a traditional day but still with a relaxed atmosphere, which the house, marquee and gardens provided.” Here, Jessica tells Your Surrey Wedding more about their big day...

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Jessica du Boulay married Matthew Kesek, 9th August, 2014 at St Peter and St Paul Church, Ewhurst, followed by a reception at Burrows Lea Country House.


Happy Together: Image 2aI wore a Pronovias dress called Udine, from The Wedding Shop, but changed the edging to pearls for a vintage feel. I had an off-the-shoulder bolero made out of the same lace to wear during the day and a cathedral-length lace-trimmed veil.

Happy Together: Image 2 Matt wore blue tails with an ivory cravat and waistcoat. He went with his best man and ushers to Austin Reed to choose their outfits.


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The bridesmaids wore duck egg blue structured v-neck dresses with pale pink shoes and posies of soft pink and green flowers.


Happy Together: Image 4aThe flowers used throughout the day were a mix of peonies, hydrangeas, eucalyptus and roses.

Happy Together: Image 4 We had a cheese tower instead of a traditional cake, as we both prefer savoury food. It was served to our guests later in the evening – the best part of planning the wedding was tasting the cheeses!


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“The photo booth was a massive hit; there was a constant queue for it.” – Jessica


Happy Together: Image 6aWe named the tables after London landmarks, as we live and work in the city and got engaged at The Shard – which we named the top table after.

Happy Together: Image 6 Our table centrepieces were hand-tied bouquets in vases.


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The place names featured an image of our cat Vince, which had been hand-drawn by my godmother. He also featured on our invites and order of service along with a drawing of the church.


Happy Together: Image 8aA string quartet played classical and modern music during the drinks reception in the rose garden. In the evening we had a live band who also had a DJ play tunes between live music sets.

Happy Together: Image 8 During his speech, the best man inadvertently referred to me as Jeff; unfortunately it didn't go unnoticed and we all went on to toast Matt and Jeff!


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The day went by so fast, but we were both extremely excited and happy – Matt was also somewhat emotional. The ceremony was really special while the reception was a lot of fun.


Jessica du Boulay and Matthew Kesek's contact book

Beats Working

Bride's dress
The Wedding Dress Shop

Bridesmaids' dresses
Phase Eight

Teddington Cheese Shop

Fusion Catering

Ceremony venue
St Peter and St Pauls

String Quartet

Dobbe's Florist

Groom's suit
Austin Reed

Photo booth
King of the Booth

Edward Tyler Photography

Reception venue
Burrows Lea

Hayward Design


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