After meeting on the first day of university in the queue to register, seven years later Mark Hayden popped the question to Chloe Lockey while in Nice. “I surprised Mark with the trip to say thank you for being such a great support to me whilst I had been unwell the previous year,” says Chloe. “Unbeknownst to me, Mark was already planning to take me away on a surprise trip to Italy around the same time. He decided that it would look less obvious if he proposed during a trip that I'd arranged, and it worked!” Chloe had no idea it was coming, when after dinner on their first night in Nice Mark suggested they go down onto the beach where he proposed during sunset.
The happy couple set the date for 16th September, 2017, and chose High Billinghurst Farm for the backdrop to their day. Here, Chloe tells us more about the finer details...
We always wanted an informal barn wedding, somewhere where we could feel comfortable and ourselves. High Billinghurst Farm was perfect, providing a blank canvas so we could bring in our own caterers, entertainment and decorate it how we liked. They also have a glamping field which lots of our guests stayed in which was a nice touch.
We spray-painted a twig tree gold and had each table setting card hanging off with twine.
Our florist Kim from The Flower House Studio was incredible, she knew exactly what we were after when we asked for wild and bright blooms. We also had the unusual earl grey rose in our bouquets to match the bridesmaids' dresses.
We had curry for our main course to utilise the table space.
My friend Leah made our cake, it was a four-tier creation of beautiful deliciousness, she's so talented the design was a mix of metallics and floral details.
We made a lot of our decorations ourselves, we had a pallet which we painted to show the running order of the day, a festival-themed arrow sign and loads of artificial wisteria which we draped along the back wall at the end of the aisle. And, of course, a beer barrow – every wedding needs a beer barrow.
The groomsmen's suits were from Marks & Spencer and Mark's suit was tailor-made to match, but he wore a waistcoat to stand out. They accessorised them with deep blue and silver ties and pocket squares and a colourful floral buttonhole.
I bought my Enzonai dress in Hayley Elizabeth Bridal in Farnborough. It was the first dress I tried on and I loved the lace detail in the train. My shoes were by Rainbow Club and my hairvine was from Magpie Accessories in Maidstone. My mum had a pearl bracelet made for me out of my late auntie Betty's necklace which was such a special gift.
We were both so happy, we were on cloud nine. You feel so blessed and loved. The day goes by in such a flash!
The bridesmaids' dresses were from Lipsy and matched the men's ties perfectly.
Our wedding band were incredible – J Flat and the Sharps. They do a mix of funk, soul, Motown and everything in-between. The dancefloor wasn't ever empty and we've had so many compliments since.
Our absolute highlight was the ceremony, it was such a special service. Our celebrant Miranda Ash asked us to write down what inspired us about the other person which she read out and my sister chose a beautiful reading to do. Following that the confetti moment was the most fun, we felt so elated!
Hair and make-up
Videography and marryoke