Old-school glamour

Hannah and Aaron's Christmas wedding followed a navy and gold colour theme

Hannah Bowen, 27, married Aaron Morgan, 29, on Friday 22nd December, 2017, at St Mary's Church, Fairford, followed by a reception at Bingham Hall, Cirencester.

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We both knew that we wanted a church wedding so instantly picked our local church. We both felt so at home there.

 
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My dress was called Eiliyah by Ronald Joyce and had such beautiful detailing all over it. I kept everything else quite simple to really show this off.

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Our reception took place in two halls at the venue, so my dad made us a sign directing our guests to the different areas.

 
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We hung “Just Married” bunting across our top table, and our centrepieces were glass bowls filled with pine cones and fairylights to add a warm glow to each table. We kept them low so that our guests could talk over them.

 
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Our menu and place names were written in calligraphy.

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I took calligraphy classes to perfect our mirrored table plan, and our florist made some floral arrangements to decorate it with.

 
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We hired a giant illuminated LOVE sign to sit in front of the stage curtains. It looked amazing as a backdrop to our top table.

 
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My sister made us 150 Christmas crackers, decorated with gold and navy stars and gold ribbon to tie in with our Christmas theme. Each one contained chocolate, a seasonal joke and, of course, a hat!

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Our tables were named after places where we both like to eat because we are such foodies. Aaron also wrote recommended dishes on each card and why we love it there.

 
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We treated our guests to a sharing platter of cured meat, smoked fish, pate and relishes to start.

 
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We hired a Beano cartoonist to go around the tables during the meal and draw photographs of each guest, which was a huge hit! It got people chatting and left them with a lasting memory of our special day.

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Our gold postbox looked so festive decorated with tinsel.

 
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My mum makes the best cakes, so we chose a seven-tier ivory design with gold lace detailing and a gold leaf layer. It sat on a gold rag wreath that matched smaller wreaths placed on each table.

 
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I teamed my dress and Cathedral-length veil with a sparkly crystal and pearl headband from Etsy.

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My bouquet was so beautiful that I cried when I first saw it! It was made using cream flowers mixed with greenery and pine cones.

 
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Our bridesmaids wore full-length blue chiffon dresses with V-neck tops and lace sleeves. They looked so stunning.

 
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I also carried some bridal horseshoes.

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Aaron hired a black tuxedo to tie in with our glamorous reception venue. He teamed it with a buttonhole made using flowers matching those in my bouquet and pine cones to keep it seasonal.

 
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Our first dance was to Real Love by Tom Odell followed by another one to September by Earth, Wind and Fire. After that, our dancefloor wasn't empty all night!

 

Hannah and Aaron's contact book


Bridal accessories
Etsy
www.etsy.com

Bridal preparations
The Fleece Cirencester
Tel: 01285 658 507
www.thefleececirencester.co.uk

Bridesmaids' dresses
Monsoon
uk.monsoon.co.uk

Bridesmaids' dresses
Etsy
www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RenzRags

Cartoonist
Kev F. Sutherland
www.kevfcomicart.blogspot.com

Catering
The Merry Kitchen
Tel: 07979 696 094
www.jo-teague-zlec.squarespace.com

Choir
A Splash of Red
Tel: 01367 252 345
www.asplashofred.org.uk

Church
St Mary's Church, Fairford
www.stmaryschurchfairford.org.uk

Dress
Ronald Joyce at Lula Ann Exquisite Bridal Boutique
Tel: 0121 382 6661
www.lulaannbridal.co.uk

Florist
Not Just Bouquets
Tel: 07836 581 096
www.notjustbouquets.com

Grooms and groomsmen's suits
Moss Bros
www.moss.co.uk

Hair and make-up
Rock Your Face
www.rockyourface.co.uk

Love letters
Burnt Orange Events
Tel: 07984 510 605
www.burntorange.co.uk

Mother-of-the-bride outfit
Phase Eight
www.phase-eight.co.uk

Photo Booth
The Two Bonnys Photo Booth
Tel: 01793 752 327
www.thetwobonnys.com

Photographer
Annabel Farley
Tel: 07956 211 969
www.annabelfarleyphotography.co.uk

Reception music
Nitetraxx Entertainment Disco
Tel: 07879 402 376
www.facebook.com/NiteTraxx4576

Reception venue
Bingham Hall
Tel: 01285 653 313
www.binghamhall.org.uk

Second photographer
Sarah Fishlock

Toastmaster
John Fisher at Guild of International Professional Toastmasters
www.guildoftoastmasters.co.uk

Wedding night accommodation
The Fleece Cirencester
Tel: 01285 658 507
www.thefleececirencester.co.uk