CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Essex Life today CLICK HERE

Everyone’s a winner

PUBLISHED: 14:55 26 September 2014 | UPDATED: 14:55 26 September 2014

Special day: Ian Aitken and Tanya Howett on their wedding day at Seckford Hall

Special day: Ian Aitken and Tanya Howett on their wedding day at Seckford Hall

Archant

Braintree’s Tanya Howett and Ian Aitken were lucky enough to win a competition to have their wedding courtesy of the East Anglian Daily Times. Here Tanya shares some of her experiences of the big day

Special day: Ian Aitken and Tanya Howett on their wedding day at Seckford HallSpecial day: Ian Aitken and Tanya Howett on their wedding day at Seckford Hall

Tell us a bit about you and Ian

Ian and I met at school and parted ways unexpectedly for several years. But when I moved back to my home town, Braintree, 10 years ago, I bumped into him in a bar and we fell back in love with each other instantly. We have been together ever since. He is a fantastic father to our two children and a gorgeous husband.

Special day: Ian Aitken and Tanya Howett on their wedding day at Seckford Hall  
The bride and her bridesmaidsSpecial day: Ian Aitken and Tanya Howett on their wedding day at Seckford Hall The bride and her bridesmaids

The proposal

Ian took me to Paris for the weekend last year. We spent a lot of time seeing the sights, eating and drinking the local food and drink, it was a lot of fun. Ian made plans to take me to the top of the Eiffel Tower on the Saturday. Once at the top he followed me round the top floor while I was taking photos, looking very nervous. It still didn’t occur to me what he had planned! He took my hand and made me stop in my tracks, he started to tell me how much he loved me; how he couldn’t imagine his life without me and before I knew it, he was on one knee. But when he opened the ring box, the ring jumped out of the box, hit the floor and was rolling to the edge of the platform. With a ‘noooooooo’ slow motion moment, Ian grabbed the ring and the panic was over. I think I replied, ‘Yes. Yes, of course. Put it on my finger before anything else happens!’

Planning

Planning was quick, as I knew my sister was back from the US (where she currently lives) in June and July to get married herself. It was so important to us that she was there on our day. July 1 was the only date available for everyone. We won a prize to have our wedding provided for us through the East Anglian Daily Times newspaper. Therefore from the moment we won we had three weeks to plan. Everyone was incredible, very caring and considerate and catered for our needs. It all went very smoothly, I couldn’t have asked for better.

The dress

The dress was a strapped, plain white ivory dress, with a long train, lovely beading around the middle and a lace tie at the back. It was very elegant and classy. I knew it was ‘the one’ when I came out of the changing room and was greeted by my mother in tears. ‘Oh,’ she sighed. The dress was the second one I tried on at Suffolk Bridal, so the whole experience was quick and easy.

The suits

Ian chose the suites but knew what style he wanted anyway. Coes were great considering we decided to change the cravat and handkerchief at the last moment. We were going to go with ivory but changed to pink and I am so pleased we decided to change, as I think it worked better with the colour scheme.

The hair and make-up

Flawless and Saxby’s were fantastic and completely guided me throughout. They listened to my ideas and they both made a lot of time for me and didn’t rush me at all. Jason at Saxby’s was absolutely brilliant. My hair looked stunning and my make-up was, well, flawless.

The ceremony

Seckford Hall was the most amazing place, we really couldn’t have wished for a better setting for our wedding. The catering was also very good. The food came out on time and was of a very high standard. The waiters and toastmaster were very considerate and organised. The cake was very elegant and beautiful too. Amelia’s Kitchen did a fantastic job and it was very, very tasty.

Tell us about the flowers

The flowers again were outstanding — Mytle and Mint were fabulous I was unsure what I wanted and had already spoken to my mum about the colours and flowers I liked. When arriving at the shop, they completely catered and understood my needs. They came up with a fantastic idea, using the whole pennie as the bridesmaid bouquet, which worked so well. We also wanted to add a Scottish flower in, as Ian has a Scottish heritage, so mum suggested a white thistle. Mytle and Mint were more than happy to include this flower. All the flowers were stunning. I really couldn’t have asked for better.

How was the reception?

The reception was beautiful and a lot of fun. Luckily it was a lovely, warm summer’s evening so we could also make use of the patio and lawn, which the children and adults enjoyed. Everything was in the same location. The DJ created a lovely stand which was very elegant and fitted in well into the setting with baby pink back lighting. While having our first dance, he set up bubbles to flow from the balcony down to where we were dancing.

Are you pleased with your wedding photos?

Abbott Photographer were great and Suzy and Andy were absolutely incredible. They listened to our requests and blended into the background, so half of the time I didn’t know they were there. Andy met with Ian and the groomsmen in the morning and Suzy came to me and the bridesmaids. We wanted lots of natural photos, which they managed to a very high standard.

What are your honeymoon plans?

We are going to Colorado on August 11 to visit my sister for her wedding reception and are hoping to use some time there to make a honeymoon. We are thinking about going to Las Vegas for a few days.

Anything else to add?

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in our wedding day, from the EADT for organising such a fantastic competition to all the suppliers and every single person who made us feel welcome, comfortable and were very helpful.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Essex Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Essex Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Essex Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from People

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Ballroom star and world class judge Gary Edwards has enjoyed an incredible career in dance, claiming 30 dance titles across the globe, followed by a stint as advisor to the Royal family of Brunei. Now a presenter on hit American show Dancing with the Stars, Denise Marshall caught up with the Romford-born star for the inside word on Strictly 2018!

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

As we mark the centenary of the end of world War I, Hannah Salisbury from the Essex Record Office reveals a unique insight into life at war during this bleak time | Words: Hannah Salisbury

Read more
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

At the end of summer we asked Essex Life’s readers and followers to send in pictures of your pooches loving life on our county’s beaches - you got back to us in droves and here are the pups that made the cut in our October issue!

Read more
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Six life-sized aluminium silhouettes of British soldiers have been installed in Epping Forest to commemorate the heroes of World War One

Read more
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

To mark the centenary this month since the end of World War I, Stephen Roberts explores the impact the war had on Essex and some of the men that left this county to serve their country

Read more
Friday, November 16, 2018

Escape to the Chateau star Angel Adoree is currently reaping the benefits of her incredible vision and drive to build an overseas wedding and lifestyle business from scratch with husband Dick Strawbridge. Here she tells Essex Life about series five of the hit Channel 4 show and how a strong Essex work ethic helped her dream so big | Words: Denise Marshall

Read more
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Hannah Salisbury from the Essex Record Office tells the story of an exciting project that is taking memories on tour around the county

Read more
Friday, October 26, 2018

Whether you know him for his madcap antics, his reality TV appearances or his unique voice, Essex boy Joe Pasquale has earned his place as one of the nation’s favourite entertainers. Kate Everett caught up with Joe to hear what’s next in his 30-year showbiz career

Read more
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

With the help of finance expert and writer Philip Beresford, Essex Life reveals the 2018 Essex Life Richest 50

Read more
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Epping is so much more than the last stop on the Central Line. Petra Hornsby meets the volunteers helping to preserve one of Epping’s most treasured and enduring treasures – its forest

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy



Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Local Business Directory



Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search