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Annie Ellis

Dress Elizabeth

Photographer: Haj Thomas, Hajley Photography
Jacket: Helen Moore
Veil: Groom’s sister – Abigail Roswell
Hair and Make-up: Done at home by the bride
Florist: Melisa Zulu at Hackney Church Gardens
Grooms Tails: Gieves and Hawkes
Jewellers: G Collins and Sons, Tunbridge Wells

Annie and Ben were due to get married in a intimate, 15-person ceremony, on 16th January 2021 but with restrictions tightening just before Christmas it became it was unlikely to go ahead. On the 23rd December they got confirmation that they could marry in a village church in Berkshire on Christmas Eve, and so, with some incredible flexibility from family, friends and suppliers, they tied the knot! They were joined by friends and family on Zoom to see the wonderful couple say their vows.

Annie looked incredible in our Elizabeth gown which she purchased from our Sassi Holford London store during our sample sale. We continue to be blown away by the determination of our brides to get married, no matter what, because love really does conquer all.

Haj Thomas

What made you choose a Sassi Holford gown?
I was looking for a classic and elegant gown that would stand the test of time and easily be the most beautiful outfit of my life. When I got to Sassi Holford, I described what I was looking for and the Elizabeth was the first dress I tried on. I felt amazing in it and knew straight away that it was the one!

What was the main inspiration behind your wedding?
We wanted to style our wedding as classic, timeless and traditional. We wanted this to come across in our dress through to the neutral tones in the floristry and setting. In the end our wedding was stripped back to 6 people, being purely about the commitment we were making to each other with no frills. Everything was simple and considered.

What was your favourite moment from the day?
We had re-arranged our wedding the day before, so my nerves were running high up until the moment that we arrived. But as I walked into the church with my dad and my sister, I had such a sense of peace and joy. After the ceremony, our closest friends and family came to meet us outside the church to pop some bottles, and my husband had me laughing so much with an impromptu speech. It was the most special Christmas Eve ever.

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