Timeless elegance

A gorgeous gold colour scheme brought Kayleigh and Karl's big day to life.

Kayleigh Louise Brown, 30, married Karl Anthony Sanderson, 31, at Our Lady Queen of Peace, RC Church, Braintree, followed by a reception at Gosfield Hall on 3rd August, 2018.

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We wanted to choose an exclusive venue, not only with beautiful grounds but also stunning décor throughout so we'd still have the opportunity for great photographs inside. We adored the Rococo bridal suite and ornate wedding breakfast room.


Timeless elegance: Image 2My gorgeous bouquet was full of pale-pink peonies and sweet peas, complete with cream silk ribbon and pearl pins.

Timeless elegance: Image 2b I wore a Suzanne Neville dress Athena. I loved the fit, eyelash-lace detail and scalloped edging. I asked for it to be made in an off-the-shoulder style and changed the under layer to a champagne satin to really make it my own. I accessorised with a Suzanne Neville traditional cathedral-length veil, Jimmy Choo Lang heels in gold and pearl earrings.


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In keeping with the timeless theme we chose to dress the groomsmen in black tie. Karl wore a three-piece double-breasted Hackett suit to ensure he stood out. The two best men, the bride's brother, usher and father-of-the-groom all wore a single-breasted version.


Timeless elegance: Image 4We opted for a four-tier sponge cake with six fabulous flavours, complete with matte-finish icing and pearl shimmer, along with the K&K monogram featured throughout our stationery. The designer Ann also replicated the lace detail and scalloped trim from my dress and featured this on the top layer.

Timeless elegance: Image 4b Our florist Emmanuel created enchanting centrepieces. Five of our tables had tall arrangements made from white peonies, hydrangeas, herbs, white dill and beautiful garden roses, which were surrounded by a collection of gold tea lights, petals and single stems of peonies. The remaining five tables had low-level arrangements made of the same blooms with additional snapdragons and sweet peas.


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Each bridesmaid wore Ghost London gowns in an oyster tone. All four have gorgeous figures and I wanted each of them to feel both comfortable and confident in their dresses. My four-year-old niece wore a flowergirl variation in the same hue to further complement the bride tribe!


Timeless elegance: Image 6Park Ward Carriage Company provided an impeccable service complete with red carpet and a champagne toast for the bride and groom directly after the church service. The quarter convertible Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Laudaulette and Daimler DS420 Laudaulette are simply stunning and we certainly travelled in style on our big day.

Timeless elegance: Image 6b For our table names we chose classical poets and authors to mirror our theme, these were printed in gold leaf to match our stationery design and set in gold frames. We incorporated a famous love quote from each author which made for a romantic setting.


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We had a Mr & Mrs light-up sign set up al fresco in front of the fountain. We'd planned this especially for our first dance and were lucky enough to have beautiful weather. We were surrounded by our family and friends while the band performed A Thousand Years – it was truly romantic and a moment we will cherish forever.


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The string quartet played classical music during the church service and then contemporary songs back at the venue throughout the welcome drinks and canapés. During our reception we chose to have energetic six-piece band, Soul Beat, who performed a combination of contemporary, soul, pop, R&B and club classics. They were a huge hit and they had everyone on the dancefloor throughout their sets.


Kayleigh and Karl's contact book

Bride's dress and accessories
Suzanne Neville

Bridesmaids' dresses

Ann's Designer Cakes

Articulate Music

Oakwood String Quartet

Atelier Emmanuel

Groom's suit

Carly Williams

Light Box Studio

Anesta Broad Photograph

Angels Creations

Parkward Carriage Company

The London Bus Company

Gosfield Hall