Today I am thrilled to share this zestful Essex Micro Wedding with vibrant colourful detail at The Old Parish Rooms in Rayleigh.
With a determined focused attitude couple Nat and John stood up to Covid to have their tiny wedding of dreams celebrating with their friends and family.
Images were captured by Chloe Lee Photography.
Beautiful Bride Nat says of the couples fabulous Essex Micro Wedding…
How did you meet?
We met at Custom House in Romford back in 2009! He offered to buy me a drink, but the bar had just shut. Solid start!
He was still living up in Yorkshire at the time, so it really was a chance meeting, and we were long distance for the first 2 years of the relationship.
Tell us about the Engagement….
We had moved in together and had planned a 30th birthday/housewarming 90s themed house party.
I was Angelica from the Rugrats and he was the wrestler John Cena.
He was a whole bottle of rum down, we found ourselves in the kitchen alone (obviously not a good party to have an empty kitchen!!) and he proposed.
I asked if he was joking, after 11 years together and alcohol, you just can’t be sure but we ended up adding Engagement celebrations onto the party.
How did Covid change your Wedding Plans?
What didn’t it change!!
We initially planned for 35 during the day, and 15 additional in the evening, so still not a huge wedding.
We easily managed to get it down to 30 when the restrictions were enforced, then I think it was something like 2 weeks before (but honestly it was all a blur!) we had to half the numbers to 15.
It was small, but we are so glad we carried on, we had those who mattered most to us there, and we were even able to have everyone on one long table (Harry Potter table of dreams).
Because the numbers were so small, there was no stress and anxiety, and it really was the perfect day.
Also I had always wanted to travel to the wedding in a black cab, so I posted in a local community Facebook page if there were any black cab drivers but “wedding” black cabs were £££ and I’m cheap.
Fortunately a neighbour of mine who runs the community page rang me and said that there was a neighbour with a nice car who might be able to help.
Cue going to meet our 85 year old neighbour John! What an actual legend!!!
He said that he would do it for no cost to him, but just a donation to a CP (Cerebral Palsy) charity, as his nephew has the condition.
I have the same condition, so I was only too happy to oblige!!!!
He drove us from the hotel to the venue, circled around for a while during the ceremony and parked up on the pavement (talking his way out of a parking ticket in the process!) for us to take photos!
Literally we could not have even imagined it all happening and are so grateful!
What advice would you give to couples getting married in these times?
Honestly just go with it. It feels stressful making all the changes, but it’s so worth it.
At the end of the day, a marriage is about the Bride and Groom, so nothing else should matter, just the two of you.
Being so intimate helped to keep it so personal, there’s none of that awkward “how do you know the couple then?” as everyone already knows each other.
Plus it’s an excuse to not invite the weird family member that no one likes!
Essex Micro Wedding Suppliers
Venue – The Old Parish Rooms
Photography – Chloe Lee Photography
Dress – Vivien of Holloway
Heart necklace – Tatty Devine
Name necklace – Sugar and Vice Designs
Jacket patch – Hallow Collective
Bridesmaids Gowns – Hell Bunny
Suit – Suit Direct
Calligraphy on the tables – LK Designs
Flowers – Flowers For Keeps
Cake – Sticky Fingers Cake Co.
Catering – Gather and Feast Events
Car – Neighbour John
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