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See how other local couples celebrated their big day with inspirational weddings and bridal stories from Real Weddings features in An Essex Wedding.

Made you blush

Jordan and Adam met in old-school fashion on a night out at Faces Nightclub, Essex. "I was a regular there and spotted Adam one night and, after a few vodkas, was the one to approach him!" recalls Jordan. "However, nothing developed from this particular night. Fast-forward a few months and we was both in the same venue once again, this time we exchanged numbers and the rest is history."

Luxury holiday destination Barbados set the scene for Adam's proposal..... read more

If music be the food of love... play on

Hannah and Jon Alford met in July 2016 at a dinner not realising all along it was a set up! "We got on really well and had loads in common, particularly as we are both music teachers," shares Hannah. "Our first proper date was on 27th July to the Royal Albert Hall to watch one of the BBC Proms, and every year since we try to go around the same time for our anniversary, although in 2020 that wasn't possible!"... read more

A wedding in wonderland

When Catherine and Haider met while working together on a film shoot, it wasn't long before they were 'bumping' into each other and staying after work to chat. "We even ended up on a rooftop watching fireworks together," Catherine remembers. "I was sure he was going to kiss me – but no such luck!" A few days later, Haider had vanished to take a last-minute contracting job on the other side of London. "After an excruciating couple of weeks, I plucked up the courage to text him," Catherine says. "Our relationship blossomed from there. He later told me that it never crossed his mind that I might like him more than a friend."... read more

All the fun of the fair

Laura and Tony's dads were school friends and ended up running a judo club together in East London. While there were plenty of photos of Laura and Tony together as children, it wasn't until a judo club reunion when they were adults that something started to blossom. "We saw each other a couple of times after that, one of which was Tony's dad's surprise birthday party," Laura says. "I nearly didn't go because my hair wouldn't go right, but after a stern talking to from my dad I got ready and went. Tony and I talked for most of the evening, and three weeks later I had practically moved in with him!"... read more

Floral fantasy

Sasha and Vaughan met while on the same course at Brighton University, but once they left they lost contact. It was when they were both working in London that they bumped into each other again. "A few times on the way to work the tube doors opened and Sasha was on the other side," Vaughan says. "One day, I was at the London Transport Museum with a friend when I saw Sasha acting in a video about buses. My friend encouraged me to get in contact, exclaiming how beautiful she was – and how single I was!"... read more

Tale as old as time

Kendall and Rob met when they were just 17 years old, after catching each other's eye at college. Over the next 11 years, they were lucky enough to grow up together. "We've shared incredible experiences together," Rob says. "Tying the knot was definitely long overdue! She is my best friend and I'm so happy to have married her." When it came to proposing, Rob pulled out all the stops. "We were in New York just before Christmas," Kendall tells us. "It had been our dream holiday for years! He popped the question in Central Park – it was the most wonderful surprise. Afterwards we went for an amazing meal and watched the Saks Christmas light show. The whole experience was magical."... read more

Our day our way

Charlotte and Dean knew each other through friends, but they never really had more than a passing (drunk) conversation! That is, until a mutual friend thought they might have potential. "One Saturday evening I got a message from Dean. He asked if I 'fancied a dance, like a tango or something'," Charlotte laughs. Funny messages turned into funny dates – and the rest is history!... read more

The music of love

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

Autumn leaves

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

Home is where the heart is for Alexandra and Piers

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

One fine day

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

Mellow yellow

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

Winter sparkle

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

Timeless Elegance at The Compasses at Pattiswick

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