16 months ago in the midst of a global pandemic Bridelux, the world’s finest wedding specialists and HELLO! magazine collaborated on a competition to give a deserving key worker couple their dream wedding – and after months of planning, the couple finally said, ‘I do” on the 19th of August 2021.
The winners were Sarah Bevan and John Husband, who were entered into the competition by their son Charley, with the most adorable letter.
Charley was staying with his maternal grandparents while Sarah and John were combating Covid on the front line when he saw the competition in a copy of granny Marilyn’s HELLO! and secretly entered them for the prize. – Sally Morgan, HELLO! 2021
Since then, Bridelux has collaborated with 33 luxury wedding suppliers to make their dream a reality. James Lord, CEO of Bridelux, said, “It was such a wonderful experience collaborating with some of the best wedding suppliers in the industry to give back and create the ultimate dream wedding for such a deserving couple. The look on their faces spoke 1000 words! Sarah and John, we wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.”
All the suppliers exceeded expectations and created an ‘Enchanted Garden’ worth over 200k, and the couple were completely overwhelmed with gratitude. “It was more than we could ever have imagined,” Sarah, 34, a paramedic for the East of England Ambulance Service, says. HELLO! “Every detail, from our monogrammed invitations to the dress, the reception, the cake, flowers and venue, was perfect, and we couldn’t be more grateful.”
“We’re still on a high,” says John, also 34, an emergency senior charge nurse at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
Melanie Helen of Cranberry Blue said, “Having spent a considerable amount of time speaking to Sarah and John and getting to know them both at the start of the process, the design concept for the day was based around the idea of an ‘Enchanted Garden’ which felt dreamlike, elegant and slightly whimsical. The colour palette was to be a mix of varying tones of green against ivory and delicate soft pink with accents of gold. We put together bespoke design boards that covered all elements of the day. This then developed further once we spoke to florist Farima Perry and the lighting and production team Luminaire. The result was the perfect setting and atmosphere for guests to immerse themselves in and party the night away.”
“It was the most beautiful sight we’d ever seen,” says Sarah. “John and I love forests; the incredible wedding specialists had captured that perfectly. It looked like a scene from a fairy tale, and I wanted to live in that room forever.”
For more details on the most incredible day, read HELLO!’s piece and interview with the couple here. Credits:
Partners: @brideluxofficial & @hellomag
Event Planner & Coordinator: @cranberryblueevents
Floral design & decor styling: @farimaperry
Bridesmaid dresses: @needleandthreadlondon
Bridal shoes: @emmylondonofficial
Mother of the bride dress & veil: @shimmering_ivory
Production, Sound & Lighting: @luminaire_events
Musical Entertainment: @BoujeeMusicLive
Performers & Dancers: @blackrabbitprojects
Makeup Artist: @bridesbymariamjensen
Hair Stylist: @cassrizzuto