Megan Day and Daniel Webb: A simple autumnal wedding in Essex

18 Feb 2019

Having set her sights on Gosfield Hall when she used to work there, Megan's wedding day was all she had ever hoped for

How did you meet?

Back when I was 13, my friend told me to come to her house after school as she had found a ‘hot boy’ on Facebook through mutual school friends. I added him as a friend on Facebook and he accepted my request. We began speaking online for a few months and eventually met up at Clacton Pier. We lived 35 miles apart from each other so would only see each other on the weekends. We got together after seeing each other more in person and have now been together for 7.5 years.

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Tell us about the proposal.

We had booked to go away to Disneyland Paris for our summer holiday in 2017. I never expected for Dan to get down on one knee during our holiday, but he proposed to me on our second day right outside the Disney castle with the ring I had my eye on for a few years.

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What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

We didn’t have a theme; we wanted everything plain and simple, because we didn’t want anything to take away from the venue and the stunning ballroom.

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What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?

We chose to have our ceremony and reception all at the same venue, Gosfield Hall in Essex. I actually worked at this wedding venue for two years after I had left school and I just knew that it was the perfect venue for our wedding. Within two weeks of getting engaged, we went to look around Gosfield Hall.

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When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress? 

I began trying on wedding dresses a year before the wedding. I went to two shops and found the dress in the second shop after trying on about 20 dresses. In the first shop, I made sure I tried on absolutely every style as what you think will be your dream dress can actually turn out to look completely different to what you have envisioned. I chose the Keaton dress from the Blue by Enzoani range.

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Does the dress match the one you originally thought you would choose?

No. I originally thought I would have a dress with long lace sleeves with a little tulle but I tried a dress like this on and it just wasn’t for me. I just didn’t get the feeling. I never thought I would have been covered head to toe in lace with an open back, or that I would have chosen something quite so tight fitting. However, after losing a lot of weight before we got engaged, I wanted to choose something which showed off my hard work.

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What did the bridesmaids wear?

I ended up buying 11 bridesmaids' dresses for my girls to wear as I kept changing my mind every time I came across new ones. I knew I wanted them to wear pale pink chiffon dresses and eventually, after 10 dresses, found the perfect ones. They looked beautiful.

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What did the mother of the bride wear?

My mum wore a navy lace dress from Phase Eight to match the colour scheme of the groom's party, a blush pink coloured fascinator, satin bow shoes and a satin bow clutch bag.

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Where did you find your suits?

Burton. The shirts were from Moss Bros and their shoes and belts were from River Island.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

I always wanted lots and lots of cream roses and gypsophila. I am not a fan of the green floral filler they normally put in bouquets/wedding arrangements, so my florist ended up filling my bouquet with just roses and gypsophila instead. I had pink and cream roses in my bouquet, in Dan’s buttonhole and in the flowers on our cake. All of the other buttonholes and bridesmaids' bouquets were just made up with cream flowers and gyp. Pretty and simple.

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Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.

For our favours, we chose to have love heart-shaped biscuits with white lace icing and delicately piped pink buttercream of our guests' names. These were used as place cards for our wedding breakfast too and were made by Little Lucy’s Bakery who also made and decorated our cake.

On the ballroom tables, we had placed Polaroid pictures of us both together throughout the seven years we had been together.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

I was the calmest person out of the whole bridal party on the morning of the wedding and it wasn’t until I had my dress on and I was getting ready to walk down the aisle that the nerves hit me. My maid of honour and flower girl walked down first, followed by my bridesmaid. Because both of my parents were walking me down the aisle, they had to walk around the corner into the ceremony room together first as there wasn’t enough room through the door for us all. I was standing alone with my heart beating out of my chest and I’d never felt so sick with nerves before.

The actual walk down the aisle itself was a lot easier and calmer than I thought it would be as I just focused on looking at Dan at the end of the aisle.

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How did you make the ceremony personal to you?

We had chosen the instrumental covers of songs which we both loved to play before and throughout the ceremony. I asked my nan if she could say a little reading we had picked out before we said our vows to each other to make the ceremony more personal to us.

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What was your most memorable moment?

For both of us, it was the coming together of our two families. Most people hadn’t met before, like our aunties and cousins, but everyone came together in one place sharing and celebrating our special day with us.

Meg: I remember just before the ceremony, we were all getting ready in the bridal suite and I looked out the window and could see Dan with his best men and both of our dads. They were walking outside across the lawn, having their photos taken. They all looked so handsome and smart. The excitement hit me and I couldn’t wait to put my dress on and have all the last-minute touches of hair and make-up.

Dan: It sounds so cliché, but the most memorable moment was when I turned around and saw Meg making her way up the aisle to me. I had kept calm throughout the whole morning, but fell to pieces when I saw her. A moment I’ll never forget.

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

We didn’t find anything challenging really, apart from saving up enough money every month. We had just bought our first house around the same time of the wedding so money was tighter than expected.

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What was the most important investment for you?

We wanted to make sure our guests had a great day too, so the venue, food and drink were all important things we wanted to invest in. We also wanted to make sure we had a good videographer and photographer too. You only have the one day, so we wanted to make sure as much of it was captured as possible so we have loads of photos and video content to look back on in years to come.

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What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?

We chose Stand By Me by Florence & The Machine. We loved the original, but wanted something slower and more intimate. We had heard a couple of covers but it wasn’t until a few weeks before the wedding that we stumbled across this cover in the car coming home from Ikea.

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Did you have any evening entertainment?

Our venue had a great DJ who hosted our evening reception. We had a lot of children at our wedding so thought it would be a good idea to have a photo booth with loads of props. Safe to say, both kids and adults absolutely loved it. With the photo print-outs, we decided to put them in a scrap book for people to write messages on as a reminder of our day.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

It was plain and simple, but absolutely beautiful. We are both lovers of buttercream so we decided to go for a three-tier buttercream cake. We had some real flowers to match the bouquets on the top of the cake, draping down the side with a little cake topper of Mr & Mrs Webb with our wedding date engraved. The flavours chosen were: top tier – fruit cake, middle tier – chocolate with Oreo buttercream and bottom tier – Victoria sponge.

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If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

Absolutely nothing. Our wedding day was everything we could have dreamed of and more. It went exactly to plan, nothing went wrong and we had beautiful sunny weather on the 1st October 2018. We had worked hard before the wedding to get the special day we both wanted, which meant we didn’t have to miss out on not having anything.

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Was there anything you wish you’d known before?

Leading up to the wedding, we heard the cliché comment of ‘enjoy the day, it goes by so fast’ from other married couples. We thought: 'surely it doesn’t fly by because it’s 12 hours long'... but they’re right. The day flies by and before you know it, it’s 9pm and you’re stuffing your face with burgers and cake and the day is nearly over.

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Where did you go on honeymoon? 

We decided to go away on our Honeymoon straight after our wedding so we could have some quality time together before heading back to normal life. We had originally booked to go to Greece, but after buying our first house only a few months before the wedding we decided to change our honeymoon. We ended up going to Palma in Mallorca and it was better than expected (and most probably better than then original hotel we had booked to stay at in Greece), as we stayed on the beautiful corner of the island overlooking the coastline.

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Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

Enjoy it and don’t stress about the small details. Don’t let anybody else’s opinion influence your decisions. If you want something then have it don’t let anyone else put you off from choosing something you want.

And get a videographer. We loved watching our wedding video back as we were both able to see each other getting ready in the morning and seeing little bits and pieces we would have missed when we were away from our guests taking pictures. It took us ages to find the perfect videographer, but we’re so glad we booked Tony.

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Steal their style:

Venue (food, drinks, styling etc.): Gosfield Hall Wedding Venue
Photography: Lavenham Photographic, lavenhamphotographic.co.uk
Floristry: Wisps of Memories, facebook.com/Wisps-of-memories
Hair: Louise Walker Mobile Hairdressing, facebook.com/Mobilehairdressingwithlouise
Make-up: Leanne Parkin Makeup, facebook.com/leanneparkinmakeup/
Videography: Tony Davies Wedding Films, tonydaviesfilms.co.uk
Cake: Little Lucy’s Bakery, littlelucysbakery.co.uk

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