My chief bridesmaid wagged her tail and…

… and why not! Ah – I love this wedding for loads of reasons. Emma and Will are both so gorgeous and look the perfect couple. The wedding photography is fabulous. The details are perfect – Emma and Will organised their wedding themselves and did an amzing job of it too.

But this is a wedding with a difference: the adorable springer spaniel Tess – Emma’s ‘chief bridesmaid’ and clearly a character loved by everyone there. I can’t help grinning every time I scan through the photos as Tess goes from happy excitement to flopping lazily onto her side in the middle of the aisle for the beautiful church service.

Emma has written a lovely wedding report and I’ll leave you to enjoy that along with the photos by Tino and Pip – which I love.

Emma and Will’s Sussex marquee wedding: part 1

“It was everything we had ever dreamed of. We wanted a really special magical day, but wanted our guests to feel relaxed. We had all the usual wedding formalities, but the day just had such an easy “flow” about it, which is what we really wanted. My day started very early as I barely slept the night before. My mum and I had a lovely morning with the hairdresser and make up artist and before we knew it Penny had arrived and it was time to get into my dress.

Will started his day with a cut throat shave with his best man and ushers followed by a Full English before heading to the church.

The men all had their suits from Moss Bros; it was easy to use a national shop as the boys were based far and wide across the country. Will gave his best man and ushers a hip flask which he filled with sloe gin to get rid of pre-wedding nerves!

My wedding dress was Landis by Sottero & Midgley, from Proposals in Chichester. Really fantastic wedding dress boutique, fantastic staff and a really warm and welcoming atmosphere. The best dress shop I visited (and there were many!)

The dress had quite a bit of detailing at the top so my accessories were kept to a minimum. I wore a pearl necklace my fiancé had given to me a couple of years before (my something old) and he gave me the matching bracelet on the morning of the wedding. I wore some simple pearl and diamond earrings and I had some faux pearl and diamante slides in my hair to set the whole thing off. My shoes were by Gina (I had always wanted Gina shoes for my wedding day) and I got them in the Harrods sale before I had even chosen my dress!

My bridesmaids and dad then arrived to take me to the church – I was absolutely terrified! I was clutching my dad’s hand very tightly as we walked down the aisle, partly because I was so nervous and partly because I couldn’t see anything! I had the veil over my face and going from the bright sunshine outside into the church meant it was difficult to see. My bridesmaids walked behind me (chief bridesmaid was my “sister” Tess, the beautiful English Springer Spaniel you will see in the photos, and she stood on my veil she was so keen to get down the aisle!

The service was really really special, the vicar had taken a lot of time to get to know us before the day and his sermon was really personal. It was a wonderful service, all the formality you need for a church wedding, but relaxed and full of laughs at the same time.

We left the church to bell ringing and the sound of a helicopter overhead – my step dad (who works with helicopters) had arranged for us to be collected, flown over the south coast and to land in style at our reception venue….. ”

…. and you’ll have to pop back tomorrow for part two!

Emma and Will’s recommended wedding suppliers

Stationery – My mum’s friend had just set up her own wedding stationery business and she did all of the stationery for us. The invites were beautiful and unusual and all of the stationery just helped our day come together, starting with the Save the Date cards and ending with the Thank you cards, we couldn’t have hoped for anything better. Kate’s website will be up and running soon ( but in the meantime can be contacted on 07731 467448 (Kate Rees).

The Real Flower Company – they provided really beautiful flowers which helped create our vision for the day.

Choocywoccydoodah – Along with having Gina shoes, having a Choccywoccy cake was the one thing I had always dreamed of. It definitely lived up to expectations!

Embassy – Our band were superb. In fact they were so good that 2 of our friends have since booked them for their weddings next year! We booked them through Like it Live Music

Tino & Pip – of course! They captured the essence of our day with beautiful stylish and emotional photos.

More from Tino and Pip for anyone who can’t wait for tomorrow! Emma and Will’s Sussex wedding (full blog post) and Tino & Pip on Pinterest too!




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2 Responses to My chief bridesmaid wagged her tail and…

  1. Jenny McAvoy says:

    What a truly beautiful bride-only marginally upstaged by the limelight-hogging aadorable Tess x

  2. Chris Milner says:

    The shot of the guys walking down the lane is sensational!

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