See how other local couples celebrated their big day with wedding stories and ideas from An Essex Wedding Real Weddings features.
While working as teachers at the same school, Megan and Matt discovered that they shared a love of folk rock music. It turned out that Matt had a spare set of tickets for a festival in Lewes, where the pair's favourite band, Mumford & Sons, would be performing. "Little did we know that weekend would change our lives," Megan tells us. "It ended with me on Matt's shoulders as we sang I Will Wait at the top of our lungs!"... read more
Gemma and Rowan met in 2007, but Rowan was at boarding school so they kept in contact via MySpace and MSN Messenger (that's a blast from the past!) before meeting up again at Reading Festival in 2008. "We spent the whole weekend drinking and watching bands together," Gemma remembers. "After that, we started dating."... read more
Alexandra and Piers' gorgeous marquee wedding was bursting with love and personal details. There's something so romantic about a couple who met at school, like Alexandra and Piers did. After being by each other's side for many years, Piers started thinking about popping the question. "We had a weekend away at The Norfolk Mead Hotel," Alexandra tells us. "After a lovely long lunch at a nearby pub, we watched England beat Ireland in the Six Nations Rugby. Piers was so excited that he got down on one knee when we were back at the hotel!"... read more
Rustic touches and classic styling were the order of the day for Joanna and Danny's Gaynes Park wedding. Joanna and Danny were instantly attracted to each other when they met at a Southend nightclub. The pair exchanged numbers and couldn't even wait to get home before they started texting and arranged to meet the following day. "We went for a walk along the seafront in Old Leigh," Joanna says. "We stopped at The Peterboat pub for a drink with his – now our – dog, Stanley."... read more
A brass band procession, a sunny yellow palette and a huge party – Francesca and Joe threw the ultimate celebration. After meeting at a work event, Francesca and Joe kept bumping into each other. "I guess it was meant to be," Francesca tells us. It took a while for them to go on their first date, but as soon as they did, the rest was history. "We've been together three-and-a-half years now," Francesca says. "In that time we've had amazing holidays, moved in together, and of course, got married!"... read more
Cassie and Neil kept their day small and intimate with the most romantic atmosphere. It was a mutual friend who introduced Cassie and Neil on a night out in Colchester. "It was all so easy," Cassie says. "We just fitted together from the beginning." After a four-year relationship, Cassie was starting to give up hope of a proposal. But one day, Neil took her to Trafalgar Square – the scene of one of their first dates – and popped the question there. "I loved that he chose somewhere that had meaning to us," she says.... read more
The Compasses at Pattiswick was the perfect backdrop for Hannah and Sam's classically styled big day. Hannah and Sam are both spontaneous souls with a zest for life. "It's definitely what attracted us to each other when we first met in a gym class," Hannah tells us. "We're also very family-orientated, which is so important to both of us."... read more