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JACQUELINE & STEVE

Bride and Groom in an embrace in the tall grass at Hanbury Manor

The Couple:  Mr and Mrs Thomson.

Chapter 1 of Their Love Story:  We met at work and instantly had a connection. We started off as good friends and laughed a lot. It quickly become evident that there would always be something more. 

Wedding Proposal:  I was on Maternity leave with our first born daughter, Everly, who was 10months old. Steve was working from home. I had plans to meet up with my sister and best friend for a coffee. I had the baby ready, shoes and coats on and was about to leave the house. I looked up and Steve was standing there holding Everly who was facing me and wearing a bodysuit which I didn’t recognise. I went to ask Steve what he had put her in as I was in a rush to leave the house and needed her coat on, and then I realised on the front of the bodysuit had the words ‘Mummy, will you marry my Daddy?’. It was the biggest surprise and very unexpected. He got down on one knee and proposed. We were both shaking and after saying yes I remember just cuddling for ages. It was so beautiful to have my daughter part of the proposal. Still in shock I went out for coffee and surprised my sister and best friend in the same way by holding up Everly who still had the same vest on. We had happy tears over coffee. 

Team Bride:  My twin sister, Ellen. She is my best friend and my other ‘real’ half. I also had my daughters Everly and Elizabeth. Everly was nearly 2.5 years old when we got married and Elizabeth was only 9 months. My brother, James also was part of my team and walked with Elizabeth down the aisle.

Team Groom:  Steve’s son, Kristian, had the important job of walking down the aisle carrying our rings. Steve’s brother Scott was best man. As it was a small wedding we didn’t have formal ushers but Steve’s other brothers Shane and Simon, his Dad and my Dad also wore the same suits. 

Wedding Venue:  Hanbury Manor, Ware.

Wedding Vibe:  Rustic romance. 

Memorable Moment:  It was the last song of the night, we were all having fun on the dance floor and we had specifically requested a song from the Greatest Showman to be our last song ‘From Now On’. Everyone was singing and dancing and we had a confetti bomb go off over us during the song, it was such a special moment with my friends and loved ones. It was a perfect end to the night. 

First Dance Song:  Sam Smith & Disclosure: Latch. The first part of our dance was to Sam Smiths acoustic version of Latch. As soon as the first beat of the chorus drops the song switches to the dance version of the song for everyone to join in. Funny story to this actually, on the night it didn’t go to plan, the DJ took a while to get the right song going and then, he fired off a confetti canon during the slow part of the song but it was supposed to go off on the change to the dance version. We laugh about it now.

Your Wedding Photographer/s:  Leanne and Georgina, they were great – very professional and down to earth!

The Team:

Florist:  Hazel Duncombe 

Make Up:  Samantha Laming from SJ Beauty

Hair:  Julie Ky from Bridal and Vintage Hair

Dress:  Maggie Sottero

Suit:  Burtons 

The outside of Hanbury Manor wedding venue, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Wedding shoe detail shot, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Bride's young daughter playing with her wedding veil, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Bride's wedding bouquet, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Bride holding her wedding veil, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Rustic and romantic wedding buttonholes, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
A young wedding Usher in his suit, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
The Groom's first look of his wife walking down the aisle, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
The bride and Father of the Bride walking down the aisle, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
The Mother of the Bride getting emotional during the wedding ceremony, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Bride and Groom doing a celebratory dance down the aisle after taking their vows, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Bride and Groom doing a celebratory dance down the aisle after taking their vows, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Bride and Groom's confetti line shot,  taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Curious eye contact from a baby wedding guest, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Wedding guests enjoying the reception drinks at Hanbury Manor, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Children sat down at a wedding drinks reception, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
A baby wedding guest holding a ladies clutch bag, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Couple's wedding portraits, kissing in a cave, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Bride and Groom holding hands during their couple's portraits, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Bride and Groom having a moment alone, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Groom with his hands around his new wife in the walled garden at Hanbury Manor. Taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Bride and Groom in an embrace outside the walled garden at Hanbury Manor, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Close up shot of the Bride and Groom's hands inter-linked, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Naked wedding cake, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Husband and Wife doing cheers with their glasses of champagne during the wedding speeches, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Wedding guests enjoying the speeches, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Wedding guest enjoying the speeches, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Bride enjoying the speeches, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Wedding guest enjoying the speeches, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Wedding guests enjoying the speeches, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Groom kissing his bride's forehead, as the sun goes down at Hanbury Manor. Taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Bride and Groom looking at each, stood in front of Hanbury Manor on the golf course next to the water fountain. Taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Bride and Groom holding each other during couple's portraits at Hanbury Manor Golf course. Taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Bride and Groom holding each other in the tall grass at Hanbury Manor Golf course. Taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Guests taking photos of the Bride and Groom cutting the cake. Taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Bride and Groom cutting their wedding cake, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Bride and Groom's first dance at Hanbury Manor, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Wedding guests enjoying the evening reception at Hanbury Manor, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
Groom and his Son in the courtyard at Hanbury Manor, taken by Leanne Ashcroft Photography.
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