Friends from far and wide travelled to celebrate Michelle and Rob’s wedding at Norfolk’s Sedgeford Hall
ROB AND I were a holiday romance. It was a chance meeting 18 years ago. We wanted as many people as possible from that holiday to be there. Friends came from as far afield as Dubai, Malaysia and Madrid.
It meant a lot that they were there. For everyone’s place settings, we asked our guests to provide photos of themselves from 1998 (the year that we met). It was great fun, an ice breaker for the table and it was fun to see how people have changed since then.
We hoped for something quite informal and family orientated. It was going to be a special day for our children too. It was so lovely for them to be part of the day.
I had definite criteria for the venue. We wanted exclusive use and somewhere we could accommodate people for the whole weekend. I have family in Norfolk but many of my friends are based elsewhere. We wanted to make a weekend of it, as people would have to travel so far. We also wanted it to last for as long as possible. Sedgeford Hall was perfect; the building was beautiful and we particularly loved the Roman garden outside too.
As we are an older couple, myself 41 and Rob 45, we had strong ideas about what we wanted for a wedding.
We didn’t have a theme as such but had a slight festival influence as Rob and I used to do lots of music festivals. That’s where the idea for the rum and reggae reception drinks came from, also the VW cocktail bar, which was a massive hit! The sunglasses were great. I run a charity based in Africa so that was an influence with the gold animal table decorations and African fabric here and there. The colour pallette was white, fuchsia and gold as I wanted a bit of glamour. The balloons were a great addition to the wedding, especially for the photos.
When it came to choosing my dress I went for Naomi Neoh. I only went to a couple of shops with large stocks and tried on a every style to get an idea of what suited me. I really loved the designer Philipa Lepley and her lacy dresses for Jacqui Ainsley and Geri Halliwell and I wanted something quite traditional. The Naomi Neoh dress fitted the bill and I did have the ‘this is it moment’ when I put it on which I was amazed by.
My bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses, each in different styles to flatter their shapes, and the flower girls’ dresses were from Monsoon. The pageboy wore a gorgeous Little Bevan outfit. The groom wore a tailored suit by Hugo Morris in Brighton and all the groomsmen wore their own suits but were linked by matching pocket squares and ties.