Claire Mercer and Steven Irwin married at All Saints Church, Stock, followed by a reception nearby at The Hoop on 24th May, 2016.
Claire and Steven first met on a night out. “My best friend was dating Steven’s brother and while enjoying separate evenings, we later met up with the boys as I was designated driver that night, and I brought us all home,” says the bride. “The rest, as they say, is history.”
Four years on, Steven popped the question on Christmas Day, which is the bride’s favourite time of year. “The ring was hidden in a box, inside a box, inside another box,” she recalls.
Here, Claire tells An Essex Wedding more about their special day…
My bouquet was made up of gypsophila, rosemary (as I'm a chef) and thistles, to match the colour of the interior of The Hoop's AA Rosette-awarded restaurant. It was tied together with the sleeves from my mum's wedding dress.
The suits were completely Steven's choice, he went by himself first to see what he liked, then visited again with his best man Kevin and my dad Thomas.
At first I wanted a short dress but when I tried them on they didn't really suit me. Instead, I opted for a style of gown I initially thought I didn't want. It was Treasure in champagne by Mori Lee. I accessorised with a pearl necklace, which was a gift from Steven, and my mum's veil from her own wedding 33 years ago – she was so helpful when it came to trying on the gowns.
I actually work at The Hoop, so know the team and was able to create a bespoke day tailor-made to our needs. The church is close to the venue, I drive past it regularly, and I always knew that I wanted to tie the knot there.
I only really like carrot cake; I found the style I liked online and asked our cake designer to replicate the naked finish, complete with gold detail.
We each chose our two favourite movies as our table names. I picked Labyrinth and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and Steven chose Lord of The Rings and Harry Potter.
I used Pinterest for inspiration and created our table plan from the ideas I liked.
We had a posy of gypsophila on each of the pew ends in the church – all of our female guests were able to take one home at the end of the day.
We didn't have a theme per say, but we did by chance end up with lots of blue details throughout the day.
We couldn't decide on a first dance so we both chose a song each. Steven picked Elvis' Can't Help Falling In Love With You, and I opted for Unforgettable by Nat King Cole. We actually performed our first dance twice as unfortunately Steven's mum tripped and had to go to hospital so missed the first one – once she was back we did it again for her.
Hamiltons Cakes and Bakes
All Saints Church
Groom and groomsmen's suits
Anthony Formal Wear
Hair and make-up
Ayshea Goldberg Photography
Date Posted: Friday, 17 February 2017
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