I jetted back to London last week to see one of my very best friend’s, B, get married to her handsome beau, P! Despite now living an ocean away, I wasn’t going to miss this day for the world!
The reception took place in the beautiful Prested Hall Country House in the middle of the Essex countryside and close to where the groom grew up. The grounds were absolutely stunning and B was extremely fortunate that the sun shone down on us all day long – a bit of a rarity at the end of September in England!
I was so honoured, and ridiculously overexcited, to be one of B’s four bridesmaids! Don’t you just love our dresses?!
Despite having two blondes, two brunettes and range of heights, shapes and complexions in our bridesmaid quartet, the dresses suited us all perfectly. They looked great in the photos and were super comfortable – which was handy as it was a long day (we started hair and make up at 6.30am!) and we all wanted to enjoy the dancing into the wee hours!
I’ve known B since we were teenagers, we both attended the same all girls grammar school in Kent. B was actually one year ahead of me, so we didn’t really know each other at school but ended up becoming friends when we worked together at House of Fraser after school. Since then, almost 16 years ago now (how crazy is that?!), B has been one of my closest and most treasured friends. She probably knows more of my secrets than anyone else! We’ve seen each other through so many different chapters in our lives and it made being with her – and her family – on her wedding day all the more special.
Look how gorgeous the bride looked, pictured here with her Dad, just before we left for the church! B has always been fashionable (but not a slave to it), individual and quite daring with her aesthetic. Even when we were younger, B would always try a stunning hair or make up look and all her outfits were accessorised perfectly. She has always had an inate way of knowing just what suits her and is definitely someone who has fun with fashion.
So it was absolutely no surprise that she chose the most beautiful dress for her big day. It suited her so well, as if it had been made with her in mind. B decided to accentuate it, and her personality, with a stunning deep berry lip. Even our bridesmaid dresses complemented the make up scheme!
After a lovely church ceremony, at a spot close to the groom’s heart, we all returned back to Prested Hall for photos, canapes and champagne which we enjoyed out in the glorious sunshine. Whilst B and P had thought of everything for their guests, I also loved how everything felt relaxed and everywhere I looked people were enjoying themselves!
The wedding breakfast took place in a marquee on the grounds. Although I had known how much effort B and P had put in ahead of time thinking about every tiny detail, even I was completely blown away to see how magucal it looked inside…..
Down to the sweet Memory Ladder the bride and groom had found and refurbished themselves, so they could pay tribute to and include in the celebrations, absent family and friends.
The bridesmaids and I had gotten to know each other well since B and P’s engagement last year, especially as we planned B’s hen weekend to Edinburgh together earlier this summer – which was AWESOME, if I do say so myself! We couldn’t believe the day had finally come and it’s safe to say we partied hard, as you should if you’re a bridesmaid!
The food was delicious, the wine flowed all night and I loved being such a special part of their day.
Lots of fun after dinner dancing, posing and taking numerous selfies!
As well as trying out the very amusing photo wall B had set up for wedding guests.
It was such a magical day and I have so many amazing memories. I still can’t believe B is now all grown up and married! Wishing you both a lifetime filled with happiness, laughter and love!