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My Surrey wedding - 3 local couples share their tips for the big day

PUBLISHED: 11:44 12 May 2014

Nicola Vaton and her husband Robert, by Chantal Storrs-Barbor

Nicola Vaton and her husband Robert, by Chantal Storrs-Barbor

Chantal Storrs-Barbor - chantalstorrsbarbor.com

Once again, we meet three brides who chose to hold their special day at a venue in Surrey…

Pennyhill Park, Bagshot

Bride: Nicola Vaton (née Frostick), 28, executive team assistant

Groom: Robert Vaton, 31 , senior vehicle technician

Hometown: Sutton


What did you choose to wear for your wedding?

I wore a wedding dress by Allure that featured a sweetheart neckline in an A-line shape. There was diamanté and pearl detail to the mid-area on my left side. There was also a modest train at the back.

How many bridesmaids did you have?

I had four bridesmaids in all – my best friend, my cousin, my sister-in-law and Robert’s sister. They all wore Kelsey Rose dresses in a champagne colour that had a one-shoulder detail.

Who was the photographer?

Chantal Storrs-Barbor. We are so pleased with our photos; they truly capture our day and our emotions as well as all of our family and friends. Everyone has commented on how wonderful our photos are!

What flowers did you decide to go for?

I chose a real mixture of flowers that all followed the champagne and ivory colour theme.

Was there anything you did to make your wedding a bit different?

We made use of the amazing spa at Pennyhill Park for the Friday and the Sunday with the wedding being on the Saturday. This allowed us to celebrate the wedding for the whole weekend as opposed to just one day. I spent the Friday with my parents and my bridesmaids. We spent the Sunday with about 35 of our wedding guests! It was amazing and the sun was shining too!

What was the best thing of all about your day?

There are so many different things that we loved about our wedding day. The best thing of all though had to be standing at the altar and saying our vows in front of all of our family and friends. Leading up to the wedding, we were both extremely nervous about this part, but it was so special actually doing it on the day; it was a very emotional experience.

Is there anything you would have changed?

There was one particular group photo shot that we did not request and afterwards so wished we had. Other than that, though, it was absolutely perfect.

What would your top tip be for other couples getting married in Surrey?

Book your wedding at Pennyhill Park! It is amazing! Also, don’t feel like you have to listen to others; stay true to yourselves and plan your wedding to how you want it – not how others want you to do it.

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Horsley Park, Horsley

Bride: Georgina Stockwell (née Miller), 26, PA

Groom: Neal Stockwell, 29, sales executive

Hometown: Camberley

What did you choose to wear for your wedding?

I wore an ivory wedding dress from Alfred Angelo. It was strapless with an A-line shape and had a ruched bodice with pearl detailing at the top.

How many bridesmaids did you have?

I had five bridesmaids in total. My sister Kathryn was my chief bridesmaid. I also had my other sister Stephanie, Neal’s sister Jenna, and my friends Alison and Hannah.

Who was the photographer?

Our photographer was Damian Bailey. He was amazing to have around on the day! He was very cheerful and made me feel so relaxed. We love the photographs - they are so natural and show exactly how we were feeling and our emotions throughout the day. He captured every moment perfectly.

What flowers did you decide to go for?

I have always loved red roses so I themed everything around them. Grand Prix red roses to be specific. I just think they are so romantic and they fitted perfectly with a late September wedding, particularly with the style and feel of Horsley Park. We also had ivory roses mixed in to complement the pearls in our theme.

Was there anything you did to make your wedding a bit different?

Despite wanting quite a traditional wedding, we hired a photo booth. Everyone loved it. The more they drank, the more they loved it! As a random surprise, my parents also hired a Mariachi band to ‘gate-crash’ the party in the evening! They had guitars and trumpets, and were fully dressed for the part including massive sombreros. They performed four songs – everyone found it hilarious and joined in with the dancing and sang along!

What was the best thing of all about your day?

Well, as cheesy as it sounds, obviously it was marrying the man I love! But it was also so wonderful having all our friends and family to celebrate with us. It meant so much to have everyone we love there joining in the biggest and best day of our lives. It’s an overwhelming but amazing feeling!

Is there anything you would have changed?

Not really! Everything went pretty much to plan! There are little things I could dwell on but at the end of the day we are married and we think everyone had a good time. For us, it was perfect so we wouldn’t change a thing.

What would your top tip be for other couples getting married in Surrey?

Just enjoy it; enjoy every moment. Planning your wedding can be one of the most stressful things you will ever do but just remember what it’s all for and have fun along the way. On the day, from the second you wake up, try to take in every moment. Take time during the day to step back and think ‘this is our wedding day’ as it can go so fast.

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Sandown Park racecourse, Esher

Bride: Jacqueline White (née Smith), 26, BA Cabin Crew

Groom: Nicholas White, 30, retail

Hometown: Egham

What did you choose to wear for your wedding?

I wore a traditional fishtail wedding dress re-designed and altered by my brother Justin Smith.

How many bridesmaids did you have?

I had five bridesmaids. Sarah, who is my best friend, was my maid of honour. My sisters Kirsty and Kathryn, my niece Willow and a family friend Kerris were flower girls.

Who was the photographer?

Matt Heffernan was our photographer. His photos were very good as he managed to catch people when they least expected it. The photos were ‘in the moment’.

What flowers did you decide to go for?

The flowers I chose were Miss Piggy roses, geberas in a biscuit colour and blue hydrangea.

Was there anything you did to make your wedding a bit different?

My wedding had a horse and aeroplane theme. We had boarding tickets as invitations, we held a people’s race around the paddock, and we had ‘best dressed’ for the ladies, like ladies’ day at the races. There was also a paper aeroplane competition with prizes of champagne for the winners. Not to mention, my maid of honour sang for us when we came in for the wedding breakfast. She also sang Eyes by Betty Davies for my first dance, which everyone really enjoyed.

What was the best thing of all about your day?

The best part was obviously marrying Nick. I was so nervous about it in the morning and I was holding his hand really tight throughout as I couldn’t stop shaking. One of my favourite things that we had at our wedding was a life-size painting of myself and Nick with our heads cut out. Our guests could take a picture by poking their heads through and pretend to be us! My dad painted this for us.

Is there anything you would have changed?

On the day it rained – and this was after heatwaves the week before. It didn’t ruin our day, however, as we chose Sandown because we were able to be outside under shelter.

What would your top tip be for other couples getting married in Surrey?

To enjoy all the lovely local places we have around us that host weddings as we have such beautiful scenery everywhere, especially at a venue like Sandown.

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Get in touch: Did you get married in Surrey? If so, we’re always looking for Surrey couples to feature in the magazine and would love to hear from you. Get in touch by sending an e-mail to editor@surreylife.co.uk

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