Such a perfect day

PUBLISHED: 16:25 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:44 20 February 2013

Wedding co-ordinator, Marion Cottis, explains the joy of creating a dream day...

Tell us about your family
I have an amazing husband, Martin, a son, James, who is married to Michelle, a daughter, Sarah, and two grandchildren: Millie and William.

Where do you live?
We live in Chelmsford. It's a great place to live. I can be in London in 40 minutes and miles from no where in about 15.

What do you like about where you live?
We live in the old part of Chelmsford, so we have a 1920s house, which has great character and a really long garden.

Do you have any pets?
A cat called Dylan. He was found abandoned on the A12 by James.

What do you do for a living?
I am a wedding co-ordinator at Hedingham Castle which involves planning and running the weddings for couples getting married. At Hedingham we offer a wedding planning service as part of the venue hire so we really get to know our couples over the period running up to their wedding and then we are there on the day making sure everything runs smoothly. I also have my own floristry business.

What do you love about your job?
To be able to be part of someone's special day and see their hopes and dreams come true and know that you had a hand in that is magical. You can't bottle that.

Have you made any New Year's resolutions?
I make loads, but always break them. I do set goals though so I guess you could say they are my New Year's resolutions

What are your personal hopes for 2009?
My personal hopes would be to spend more time with my grandchildren.

What are your hobbies?
I don't have much time for them but I do love genealogy. I have traced both my husband's and my family back quite a few centuries.

What has been the proudest moment in your career so far?
For the flowers it has to be when I was asked to make a bouquet for the Queen when she visited Essex University. As wedding co-ordinator it was when we arranged the wedding for actor Jeff Hordley (Emmerdale's Cain Dingle).

What is your worst habit?
I am a total workaholic. Working for the castle and running my own floristry business takes up most of my time.

Where are the best views to be had in Essex?
I love the ocean so anywhere by the sea. But if I had to choose, it would be standing in the hall at Hedingham Castle and looking out over the terrace across the lake.

How do you relax?
Relaxing? What's that? If I do, it is sitting in my hot tub with a really nice glass of wine looking up at the stars.

Describe Essex in one sentence
Underrated - that was easy. Where else would you want to be?

What is your favourite town in Essex and why?
Walton on the Naze, particularly the Naze. My parents frequently took my brother and me there as children. We would hire a beach hut and play all day. We then took our children there and now we have started taking our grandchildren there, which makes it a very special place.

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
Easy - my husband - we have been together for 32 years. He supports me tirelessly and never moans and I know I never thank him enough.


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