A leading love story

After meeting during their time at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Grace and Dave had to include a theatrical theme for their show-stopping wedding at Southend Barns

"We were both working backstage at the Chichester Festival Theatre in the summer of 2012,” recalls Grace. “I was working in the wardrobe department as a dresser and Dave was part of the crew.” He came in to be fitted for a costume and had to strip down to his pants in front of her! They ended up talking (shyly!) in between cues during the shows, before they eventually went to an open mike night together where Dave performed.

The pair seemed to click fairly instantly, and just over a year later, Dave proposed. They'd planned a trip to Venice after another busy summer working at the theatre. He'd snuck the ring in his luggage inside a pair of socks; planning to pop the question at the end of the trip but he just couldn't wait. By the end of the first day he'd taken Grace out for dinner followed by a romantic walk over a sweet little bridge. It was here that he asked her to be his wife. “I was in total shock and kept asking him if it was for real!”

Here, Grace shares more about their dream wedding day…

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Dave first saw an advert for Southend Barns in a magazine. It's warmth and intimacy was evident from the moment we arrived. It was beautiful; mixing traditional designs with cosy comforts.


A leading love story: Image 2aWe tied individually wrapped teabags from the East India Company with twine and ribbons in the gold, navy and dusky rose colour scheme. We both love tea and Dave's great grandmother was Indian so that was a nice nod to her.

A leading love story: Image 2 We wrote our tableplan on a lovely ornate mirror with chalk pen.


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The tables were decorated with tea lights in jam jars covered in decopatch paper, pearls and heart-shaped paper confetti, which Dave stamped out himself while commuting


A leading love story: Image 4aI had a satin A-line dress with a sweetheart beaded bodice. This was completed with a lace bolero by Worthingbased Lucy Bennet – I was even able to help her design it!

A leading love story: Image 4 We used Poleroid-style photographs of theatres we've worked in as table names.


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We strung up photos of ourselves and our families and friends throughout our relationship, along with some gold glitter bunting, red glass hearts and light theatrical light up letters


A leading love story: Image 6aMy mum did the flowers and we chose pink roses, cream rannculus, blue winter berries, pussy willow and gold sprayed seed heads.

A leading love story: Image 6 We had a beautiful red velvet and rose water tiered sponge cake with coloured ribbons around it that matched our theatre theme. The bakery also dusted the top with gold, edible glitter and our 'Best Day Ever' cake topper.


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The girls wore navy blue dresses with a Gatsby-style fan design.


A leading love story: Image 8aMy favourite accessory was my earrings as they were made by my sister. They were gold with Swarovski crystals and pearls. She makes them for a living and they're called Earwings because they resemble tiny wings.

A leading love story: Image 8 All the buttonholes had tiny pine cones in them instead of a large flower.


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Dave chose a tailored fitted charcoal grey tailcoat with an ivory waistcoat, cravat and pocket square, while the groomsmen had navy blue ones.


A leading love story: Image 10aWe tried to tie our stationery into our theatre theme where possible.

A leading love story: Image 10 We made sure there was always music playing throughout the day, we also had sparklers in the evening and table games for the children.


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"It will all be ok on the day. So much planning goes into your wedding, so you must remember to relax and enjoy it. – Grace"


Grace and Dave's contact book


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