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Kelly & Andrew - A Dreamy and Intimate Wedding at Downham Hall

Eden Harrhy Updated:
10th of June 2023

Every wedding is a unique celebration of love, and Kelly Dunston and Andy Lockett's big day was no exception. On the 29th of April 2022, the couple exchanged vows at the picturesque Essex wedding venue Downham Hall surrounded by their friends and family. Their wedding was captured by Paul Gapper, a talented photographer whose documentary style photos hold the treasured memories Kelly and Andy's special day.

Let's dive into the details of their wedding day, from the proposal to the fashion choices and the memorable moments that made their wedding day truly unforgettable. Read on to find out more about their special day...

Kelly and Andy on a swing at Downham Hall wedding

The Proposal

Kelly and Andy's love story began at work, where they discovered their deep connection. After three years together, Andy decided to take their relationship to the next level. On a beautiful day, Andy surprised Kelly with a heartfelt proposal that swept her off her feet. Overjoyed with excitement, Kelly said "Yes!" to spending forever with the love of her life.

Kelly and her bridesmaids

The Fashion

Kelly's elegant wedding gown was a unique and stunning reflection of her personal style. She chose a dress from Whistles and had it customised to enhance her shape, incorporating beautiful lace details and a few sparkles for good measure! The bridal party, consisting of two maid of honours and two bridesmaids, wore elegant and sparkly nude dresses from ASOS and Ivy Blu wedding boutique.

The groomsmen donned smart navy suits with slick white shirts, complemented by cream rose button holes to match the stunning bouquets of the bride and bridesmaids. Andy found his dapper look at Moss Bros, completing the mens striking look for the big day.

Kelly and Andy at the ceremony

The Wedding

Downham Hall, chosen for its intimate and charming atmosphere, served as both the ceremony and reception venue. Kelly and Andy were immediately captivated by the venue's unique charm, from the sweeping driveway to the warm and accommodating staff. The couple fell in love with the idea of having the place to themselves, allowing them to enjoy the entire wedding experience in one location. The colour scheme for the day revolved around elegant nude and cream tones, creating an ambiance of sophistication and timeless beauty enhanced by this stunning venue.

With a guest list of 60 during the ceremony and an additional 20 joining later in the evening, Kelly and Andy's wedding was a heartfelt and intimate affair. During the ceremony, a talented harpist set the mood with serene and enchanting music.

As the evening unfolded, guests were treated to a delightful buffet featuring mouthwatering dishes such as Chicken Thai Green Curry, Vegetable Chilli, and Lasagna.

Kelly and Andys sweet table

The culinary experience was rounded off with a delectable cheese and sweet table for dessert. The mirrored name place settings served as charming favours for the guests, adding a personal touch to their experience.

As the sun set, DJ Essence Music took over and kept everyone on their feet, providing lively entertainment and ensuring a night filled with laughter and dancing. Every moment of the wedding day held a special place in Kelly and Andy's hearts, making it impossible to choose just one favourite moment.

Newlywed Kelly and Andy

Instead of a traditional gift list, the couple requested contributions towards their honeymoon, which took them to the enchanting island of Santorini, Greece.

Kelly and Andy's wedding at Downham Hall was a true reflection of their love and personalities. From the heartfelt proposal to the stunning fashion choices and the well-thought-out details, every aspect of their special day showcased their unique style. Surrounded by loved ones, they created memories that will be cherished forever. As they hold ownership of their wedding photos, they can revisit their joyous moments and reminisce about the beginning of their beautiful journey as a married couple.

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Paul Gapper Wedding Photographer

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South London, Colliers Wood

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Other suppliers:

  • Venue - Downham Hall
  • Wedding Dress - Whistles
  • Maid of Honour Dresses - Asos
  • Bridesmaid Dresses - Ivy Blu wedding boutique
  • Suits - Moss Bros
  • Entertainment - DJ Essence Music

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The Wedding Marquee
Wedding cake
registry table made up with florals
bride and bridesmaids getting ready
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bride and her mum
bride and bridesmaids getting ready
bride holding garter and bridesmaids getting ready
wedding dress hung up
bride and bridesmaids getting ready b&w
bride looking in the mirror at finished look
bride and bridesmaids getting ready b&w
groom waiting at the end of the aisle with best man
bride walking down the aisle
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bride and groom exchanging rings
bride and groom laughing
bride and groom showered with confetti
newlyweds celebrate
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bride and groom playing hide and seek
bride and groom through the trees
kelly and andy outside Downham Hall
cutting the cake
first dance
outside venue at night under fairylit canopy

Eden Harrhy Guides for Brides DIY Wedding and Countryside expert

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Eden Harrhy

Eden is a country girl that loves the great outdoors and all things relating to farm and DIY weddings. Whether you plan to get married in a marquee at home or hosting your big day in a gorgeous barn wedding venue, Eden is the best person to speak to about weddings in the countryside wherever you are marrying in the UK. A lover of arts and crafts, Eden is also our resident DIY wedding expert and can help you to come up with ideas for making your own wedding decor, stationery and so much more.

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