Pink Weddings Magazine PinkWeddings AW2017_V2 | Page 9

Fay aND Michelle Through the highs and lows of planning, stay true to the vision of your future together say Fay and Michelle All you need is love W e met in 2005 through our joint love of music and got together in the summer of that year. When we first saw one another it was one of those ‘bolt of lightning’ moments that you only read about or see in a film. It really can happen – and for us it was love at first sight. When we’d been together for nine years we decided to get married. It was very much a joint decision in the summer of 2014 and the announcement led to much excitement all round! We chose to tie the knot on 2 August 2016 – the exact same date that we’d got together 11 years earlier. We both have similar tastes so going through the process of planning our day was something that we both really enjoyed. We wanted an exclusive venue that was both intimate and stylish – but most importantly, we wanted it to be a day full of love, with our closest family and friends there to celebrate with us. We chose orange as a theme for our wedding. Our guests were all asked to wear a splash of orange and the best woman and bridal party had either orange shoulder corsages or orange cravats. Needless to say, our guests took the instruction very seriously and brought a vibrant colour palate to our pictures! We wanted our wedding to have an exclusive ‘celebrity’ atmosphere, so we chose two venues, both owned by the same hotel group, so we could be confident of their privacy and quality. Both venues were stunning, and nestling in Constable country, Essex, they gave us the perfect blend that we wanted. Our ceremony took place at Maison Talbooth, a beautiful 14-bedroom manor house, where our immediate family and closest friends stayed with us. Then a luxury coach took our 50 guests to the next venue, Le Talbooth, for our wedding breakfast. As our guests nibbled on the most exquisite canapés by the river, we surprised them by arriving by boat. We had been whisked away from the ceremony in a chauffeur-driven Bentley (complete with a much-needed ice cold bottle of Veuve Clicquot!) and taken to Stratford St Mary, where we sailed up the river to our wedding party. Wanting some splashes of tradition throughout the day, we both decided to wear ivory and cream. We knew from the start that it would be a dress and trouser suit combination so the challenge was to find what we wanted. We were always fairly relaxed about this aspect and we loved our outfits – as did everyone else. W e loved choosing the music for our ceremony. We walked in to Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years, as the lyrics were really important to us. Luther Vandross’s Here and Now played when we signed the register, and then Forever by the Brand New Heavies drifted across a room charged with positive emotion. As everyone stood to welcome us as the happy couple – ‘Fay and Michelle Greaves-Hughes’ – we walked out in style to Cheryl Lynn’s Got to Be Real. When we first saw one another it was one of those ‘bolt of lightning’ moments that you only read about or see in a film. It really can happen... pink weddings magazine » 9