Jessica Maltby and Jehan Shah marry at Ludlow Castle

PUBLISHED: 16:25 19 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:12 20 February 2013

Jessica Maltby and Jehan Shah marry at Ludlow Castle

Jessica Maltby and Jehan Shah marry at Ludlow Castle

Bride Jessica tells the story of her fairytale wedding in the romantic setting of Ludlow Castle

The wedding of Jessica Maltby and Jehan Shah

Bride Jessica tells the story of her fairytale wedding in the romantic setting of Ludlow Castle

Bride and groom
Jessica Maltby and Jehan Shah.

We are both advertising managers.

We live in London but I come from Hopton Wafers, near Ludlow where my parents still live.

Bruce and Sally Maltby and Maroof and Sally Shah.

Best man
John Byrne.

Sally Burgess (chief bridesmaid) and Lorrie Maltby.

Where and how did you meet?
We met at a media industry party in Covent Garden, London. Our eyes
met across a crowded room, the rest is history.

Location for wedding and reception
Ludlow Castle. Ive always loved Ludlow (having grown up locally) and when we found out we could get married at the castle we jumped at the chance. Jehan and I fell in love with the Beacon Rooms (ceremony room) as soon as we walked through the door. The team at Ludlow Castle, especially Meriel, were amazing.

The reception was at Fishmore Hall, proudly overlooking Ludlow. Fishmore Hall provided the perfect venue for us to continue the celebrations after the ceremony. It's a beautiful building with real warmth to it, not to mention the staff, owner Laura, Kim and the team
are fantastic. The day was perfect!

The dress
With just over a year to go until our wedding, my mother and I paid a visit to Tea Gowns and Textiles, Leominster, to browse through a few vintage wedding dresses.

I ideally wanted to wear a vintage wedding dress. It was the first dress that that I tried on and it was perfect: a floor length, ivory, grosgrain silk gown. Amazingly, a wedding album containing photos of the dress's original owner, wearing the dress at her wedding, was uncovered as we were paying for the dress.

Inside the album was a sheet of headed notepaper, detailing who the couple were, what the bridesmaids wore and the wedding flowers. We contacted the number at the top of the note and discovered that back in 1952, Margaret had worn the dress to her own wedding at St George's Church, Hanover Square, London.

The dress was designed by Margaret and a dress designer in Mayfair.
The unusual panels at the front of the dress were Margarets idea. After the wedding Margaret continued to wear the dress to evening functions for many years.

I was fortunate enough to meet Margaret and her husband when my mother and I went to visit them at their home in Gloucestershire it was an extremely touching moment for me to meet the person who had worn (and designed) the dress that I was going to wear at my wedding, something that I'll never forget.

The flowers
My bouquet was a spray of gypsophila and the bridesmaids carried small rose posies, they were made by Marion Parsons at Newbridge Nursery, Cleobury Mortimer. I love the way that Marion appreciates the natural beauty of flowers.

Special touches
We had a number of international guests from Canada and the USA including Jehan's new niece and nephew, twins Audra and Leo.
A framed photograph of Margaret (in the dress) and her husband, at their wedding in 1952, was placed on the mantelpiece at Fishmore Hall.

The day
Despite the threat of more cold, wintery weather, the day itself was sunny and crisp with blue skies. A snow-capped Clee Hill glistened in the distance.

We had a civil service with a reading from each of our three siblings, including a poem written by my late great aunt, which was read by my brother.
Our amazing photographer, Richard Harris, took photos throughout the day.

At Fishmore Hall we were served winter Pimms followed by an outstanding wedding breakfast. My father, Jehan and the Best Man then gave their speeches. Unbeknown to us, the ushers had organised bets on how long the speeches would be, which caused a wave of excitement amongst the guests. They were not only touched by the speeches but also timing them to see how long they were great fun! The money raised was donated to a charity for Haiti.

After Jehan and I had cut the cake we had our first dance to You and Me Song by the Wannadies. Then it was time to let loose on the dance floor to 80s classics and modern indie.

The night ended with Jehan scooping me up in his arms and whisking me away as our guests looked on and cheered. The perfect end to the
perfect day.

The honeymoon
A weeks safari in Tanzania, followed by a week at Bwejuu beach, in Zanzibar.

Precious memories
Seeing each other for the first time that day, as I was walked up the aisle by my father, knowing that soon we would be husband and wife!

Photographs by Richard Harris,

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