Gallery: Win a wedding couple Ian and Tanya Aitken, of Braintree, tie the knot at Seckford Hall

Special day: Ian Aitken and Tanya Howett on their wedding day at Seckford Hall  - the happy couple with their children Chloe and Jess Special day: Ian Aitken and Tanya Howett on their wedding day at Seckford Hall - the happy couple with their children Chloe and Jess

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
2:08 PM

Love was in the air yesterday for Ian Aitken who walked his bride Tanya down the aisle at Seckford Hall.

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The happy couple had just one month to plan their wedding day – a prize won via a competition run in this newspaper.

The pair, who have two children together, reconnected 10 years ago by chance at a bar in Tanya’s hometown of Braintree and have been side by side ever since.

As part of the competition Tanya and Ian won not only their wedding ceremony and reception at Seckford, but a cake from Amelie’s Kitchen, bridal bouquets from Myrtle and Mint, photography by Abbott Photography, hair and beauty from Flawless Image and Saxbys Hair Salon, a dress from The Suffolk Bridal Company, suit hire from Coes, stationery from A Vintage Wedding and an evening disco from Flame Entertainment.

Anne Musolino, from Seckford, who helped the couple arrange their big day, said: “Tanya arrived at the hotel with her bridesmaids the night before the wedding and had a lovely big suite in the courtyard with lots of space.

“She was quite nervous on the day but looked absolutely beautiful with her dress from The Suffolk Bridal Company and make-up and hair from Flawless Image and Saxbys.

“When the ceremony finished in the Lakeside suite, all guests gathered on the lawns in front of the lake for their reception drinks of Pimms and the sun was shining, and it didn’t stop shining all afternoon and early evening.

“The Lakeside suite looked beautiful with pink peonies and Tanya’s chosen colours of navy blue chair covers and sashes supplied by Extravorganza. I think they had a fantastic day.”

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