Hol­i­day ro­mance

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.

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