NHS heroes win £100,000 dream wedding, courtesy of Hello magazine and Bridelux.

NHS workers dream wedding with Hello magazine

Just take yourself back for a moment, to darker days when the country was still in full lockdown. All the insecurity and sadness and then amidst all that gloom I received a message from the world’s finest wedding specialist Bridelux that instantly lifted my spirits.

Hello Magazine had announced they were running a competition for key workers to win the wedding of their dreams worth £100,000 all for FREE. Bridelux asked if I wanted to be involved and of course I immediately said: Yes, I do!

10 year old Charley who had entered his parents into the competition - with a little help from his nan.

Fast forward 16 months and several lockdowns later and the day had finally arrived when competition winners Sarah Bevan -an NHS paramedic- and John Husband (his name says it all; he’s husband material) an A&E senior charge nurse, got to declare their love for each other. Rosewood London was transformed into a magical forest and witnessed by all their friends and family -and of course their 10 year old son Charley who had entered his parents for the competition in the first place- Sarah and John became Mr & Mrs. Hip, hip, hooray!

Stunning florals by Farima Perry Flowers.

Melanie Helen from Cranberry Blue had pulled out all the stops to create the most beautiful and memorable day supported by a team of talented and generous suppliers (we all worked for free in case you were wondering). From pyrotechnics and beautiful dancers to a live poet, every small detail was executed to perfection. We don’t expect anything less from Melanie!

Beautiful dancers from Black Rabbit Projects, photos by David Christopher Photography

Throughout the wedding day I created a series of paintings focusing mainly on the bridal party. When finished, each painting was displayed in a pop-up gallery for the guests to enjoy. At the end of the evening all was revealed to the brand-new Mr & Mrs Husband, beautifully captured by David Christopher  and John Nassari.

Absolutely spectacular first dance. Balloons by Bubble GumBalloons. Pyrotechnics by Exciting Fireworks.
Sarah and John came to see my pop-up gallery. Big smiles all round!

Like so many businesses the wedding industry really suffered during the pandemic and suppliers’ livelihoods were put into jeopardy. As soon as restrictions were lifted, the industry bounced back and we are now inundated with enquiries and bookings, which is fantastic.

As suppliers we make clients’ dreams a reality and we help celebrate important milestones, which is hugely uplifting. John and Sarah on the other hand deal with human suffering on a day-to-day basis. I cannot start to imagine what they go through daily and the stresses they are under, especially during the pandemic.

I am so delighted that we were able to give Sarah and John their dream wedding they so deserve. It is a shame we cannot reach out to all the other brilliant NHS and key workers but from the bottom of my heart I want to say THANK YOU for everything you have done and continue to do. You are all amazing and let’s remember #bekind or in Hello’s words #HelloToKindness.

Painting of grandparents at HELLO wedding

Partner: @brideluxofficial
Event Planner and Stylist: @cranberryblueevents
Venue: @rosewoodlondon
Caterer: @jimmygarciacatering
Bar: @azurebarevents
Floral Design and Décor: @farimaperry
Photography: @davidcphotography
Videography: @johnnassari
Accessories: @gillianmillion
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: @needleandthreadlondon
Bridal Shoes: @emmylondonofficial
Mother of the Bride Dress; Veil and Bridal Dress Alterations: @shimmering_ivory
Menswear: @sarankohlilabel
Lighting, Sound & Production: @luminaire_events
Trees: @twilighttrees
Stationery: @leemingbrothers
Cake: @elizabethscakeemporium
Musical Entertainment: @BoujeeMusicLive
Performers & Dancers: @blackrabbitprojects
Illustrator: @liveeventartist
Photobooth: @thephototheatre  
Magician: @dbrmagic
Balloons: @bubblegumballoons
Makeup Artist: @bridesbymariamjensen
Hair Stylist: @cassrizzuto
Linen: @just_4_linen
Tableware: @whitehouse_crockery
Furniture: @furniture4events
Favours: @ladureeuk
Pyrotechnics: @excitingfireworks
Childcare: @safesoundevents
Celebrant: @jennifer_patrice_celebrant
Chandeliers: @crescent_moon_events
Crew: @pollencrew

NHS heroes Sarah Bevan and John Husband’s win £100,000 wedding – enchanting photos | HELLO! (

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Live Event Artist based in Winchester, Hampshire

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