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Charlotte & Joe's Wedding at The Old Rectory, Dunton, Essex

After several meetings with Charlotte and Joe we knew their wedding day at The Old Rectory was going to be full of fun and laughter, but what none of us knew was that it would be one of the hottest days of the year. The sun was already beaming down when we arrived at The Old Rectory

After a quick scout around the grounds, Noel headed off to meet the grooms party for breakfast at the local Selco builders merchants. Where they also found time to give a helping hand to one or two customers.

Meanwhile Helen was at the venue for the brides arrival and preparations with her bride tribe. We especially loved the matching shoes for the bride and flower girl which were made by the brides sister to match her mint colour scheme. The brides dress was supplied by Bridal4Less in Southend

The groom and his party arrived in time to greet all the wedding guests and see them comfortable seated outside to await the brides entrance. Their suits came from Debenhams and co-ordinated perfectly with the addition of mint ties to match the bridesmaids outfits.

The bridesmaids, flower girl and page boys preceded the brides entrance with her father, always a much anticipated moment with everyone waiting to see the dress. The brides flowers were a traditional style bouquet supplied by Fresh Flowers Brentwood

The ceremony was full of fun and laughter and we are sure the bride and groom were grateful to be in the shade of the pergoda in the garden.

The bride and grooms exit was a riot of confetti and we would urge all our future couples to try not to breathe in the confetti.

The drinks reception gave everyone a chance to get out of the heat of the sun and refresh themselves with a beverage. We also took the chance for a few photos with the happy couple away from all the hustle and bustle.

The wedding reception was decorated with much of Joe's own handiwork as he is a carpenter by trade and it all looked wonderful, whilst adding that personal touch.

The wedding breakfast and speeches followed with much hilarity.

Dessert was in the form of an ice cream van supplied by JB Ices and definitely went down a storm with everyone on such a warm day. Especially with the bride taking the honour of pulling the first few ice creams. Followed by some more fun and relaxed photos.

The break before the evening festivities gave everyone a chance to relax and chat whilst we took the bride and groom away for some private photos.

The bouquet toss produced many laughs with it falling short a couple of times and then being caught by the flower girl.

The evening began as many do with the cutting of the cake which was a mix of traditional and fun reflecting the grooms work in the building trade and supplied by Sophisti-Cakes from Canvey Island.

The couples first dance was next, followed by the father/bride dance and mother/groom dance, after which the guests all joined together on the dance floor to the music supplied by DJ Tony Goddard who kept things buzzing for the rest of the party.

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