Eleanor and Paul – aka Elli and Bulli – admit it was love at first sight when they met at university, but it was a while before the pair confessed their true feelings. “We were too shy and became great friends instead,” says Elli. “We did promise that if we weren't with anyone by the time we were 30 we'd marry each other – I think we always knew it was meant to be!”
With university over, the pair parted ways and moved to other ends of the country, but their love story was far from over. “At my Christmas house party in 2010, Paul confessed that he was in love with me and that I was the one.”
A few years later, Paul proposed to Elli beneath an air display by the Red Arrows. “They made a red heart in the sky above us. It was amazing and such a wonderful surprise.” With love quite literally in the air, the pair set a September date for a relaxed, fun and seasonal wedding at Channels' Essex Barn.
Here, Elli shares all the details of the day…
My dress was called Tigris by The White One. I went for a style that was classic with a subtle and slightly sexy twist. Paul wore an orange tweed jacket by Paul Costello, a mustard yellow bow tie, white shirt, tweed waistcoat and brown trousers with brown leather brogues.
The Essex Barn at Channels had everything we needed: it was already beautiful, with exposed beams, fairylights and chill-out spaces, as well as a bar. The staff were wonderful as well – so calm and friendly.
For a fabulous reception drink in autumnal hues, try Pimm's
For fun, we used Lego figures instead of traditional cake toppers.
Rosie from A Vintage Wedding understood our wedding theme exactly: autumnal colours and relaxed fun. She had full creativity to choose flowers and design the bouquets – it was such a good decision to trust her completely.
Paul went to town choosing cheeses for a ‘cheese cake’, which we knew our guests would devour.
Bride's dress and accessories
Nell'Amore Bridal Wear
Bride's hair and make-up
Frances Diss Hair
One Foot in the Groove
A Vintage Wedding
Tracy Morter Photography
The Essex Barn at Channels
Cool Classic Cars
G Davison & Sons
When it's time for you look for local businesses to help you with your wedding, take a look at our advertisements below. Most will have links to their own websites. These advertisements are updated regularly so please revisit often and mention County Wedding Magazines when making any enquiries.