The Bride & Groom
Helen Louise Shirley
A boy from East London met a girl from Surrey…
We both attended London District Camp as kids but it wasn’t until the summer of 2004 when we created a friendship. It started with a text message from Helen to ask how Aaron’s GCSEs went. Aaron came to Mark’s (Helen’s Brother) birthday party when we agreed to go on a date…who asked who is still undecided!
On our first date we went to the cinema to see ‘Dodgeball’. Helen drove to Kingston, and on driving in the car park, Helen burst the tyre on the kerb, so, in a brand new t-shirt Aaron impressed Helen and changed the tyre! (And he still won’t let her live it down!) Helen then drove Aaron back home to Canning Town and on her way home back to Surrey managed to get completely lost and had a three hour journey! After 6 years of travelling back and forwards fair to say we both knew the way like the back of our hands!
We moved in together on our 6th anniversary to Grays, Essex, where we still live now. Like any couple we’ve had our ups and downs, but have grown stronger through them together. The support from both our families and friends through our relationship has been amazing.
On the 7th February 2015 Aaron asked Helen to be “my wife” to which she said “YES!”
And here we are …waiting for the 30th January 2016 to say “I do”!
The Wedding Party
Maid of Honour
Helen and Fiona have been friends for 18 years. They met whilst at school together. They share a passion for shoes and shopping! Fiona is a newly qualified doctor and lives with her partner Nick and two cats Max and Nero.
Aaron and Adam have been friends for 18 years and met through St John Camp. They share a passion for fishing! Adam is an Ocado delivery driver and lives with his Fiancée Caroline and their dog Spockett. Adam and Caroline are getting married next summer and Aaron is Adam’s best man.
Aaron and Chris have been friends for 12 years and met through work. Aaron was Chris’ apprentice! They have worked together on and off ever since. Chris is a plumber and lives opposite Aaron and Helen.
Helen and Steph have been friends since they were babies through church. They went on many a Girls’ Brigade Camp together. Steph is a dance teacher and lives with her husband Andy and their dog Monty. Helen was Maid of Honour at Steph and Andy’s wedding last year.
Helen has known Rosie since Rosie was 11 from St John Camp and she is Aaron’s sister. According to Aaron we share a passion for getting on his nerves!
Aaron and Mark met when Aaron was 12 through St John Camp and is Helen’s brother. Aaron and Mark share a passion for sport.
What’s the plan we hear you say… Good question!
Where is this beautiful Wotton House?
Sat Nav PC: RH5 6QQ
01306 730 000
Wotton House is easily accessible by air (!), rail, or car. A little sing song…We don’t care how you get here, just get here if you can!
Road: It’s situated on the A25 between Guildford and Dorking, within easy reach of London and the main motorways. The drive way to Wotton House is immediately left or right (depending on your direction of travel) by the Wotton Hatch Pub. There is free ample parking…bonus!
Train: The nearest train station is Dorking, 4 miles away and 15 minutes’ drive away. Dorking rail station has direct links and connections from London Waterloo, London Victoria, Reading and Gatwick airport.
Other Important Stuff
We will be staying at Wotton House the night of the wedding and you are more than welcome to join us.
We have reserved rooms for both Friday and Saturday night at a special rate of £120.00 per night B&B based on standard rooms. Numbers are limited so make sure you get in there quick! These rooms are bookable at this rate up to 6 weeks before the wedding. Please call the reservation line on 0844 8246171 quoting booking reference 18650630 Shirley/Gipson. Wotton House is part of the Principal Hayley group of hotels, in case they ask when you try and book. Wotton House does have accessible rooms. Check in is at 14.00 and check out is at 11.00. Finally, if you have any problems, please call Wotton House directly on 01306 730 000.
If Wotton House doesn’t take your fancy, here are some alternatives…
Travelodge – Dorking (3.7 miles)
Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1QB
The Running Horses (6.5 miles)
Old London Road, Mickleham RH5 6DU
Premier Inn – Guildford North (8.9 miles)
Parkway, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1UP
If you are not staying at Wotton House, you are more than welcome to join us for breakfast on Sunday at Wotton for £14.50 pp. Time will be confirmed.
A-2-B Dorking Taxis
Dorking mini cabs
01306 77 5000
We have chosen for our wedding day to be an adult only occasion in order to allow all guests (including lovely parents) a day of relaxation. We hope this advance notice means you are able to share our big day and will enjoy having the day/weekend off.
What to Wear?
Helen has a beautiful dress (and Shoes!) and Aaron will be in a suit. We want you to feel comfortable but please dress to impress, there is no limit! (Although, please refrain from wearing wedding dresses!) Wotton House has central heating and there will be a roaring fire in the ceremony room but you may want to bring a coat, hat, scarf and gloves if you want to explore the grounds and some photos may be outside…weather dependent!
Having you as a guest at our wedding is enough of a present to us and we (Helen) have far, far, far too much stuff. There is no formal wedding list but if you insist, contributions towards our honeymoon to the USA later in the year would be massively appreciated. Destinations are yet to be decided and we will update the website with the details…
We all know Helen loves photos and Aaron hates being in photos! Please snap, click and selfie away. Don’t forget the photo booth in the evening – fancy dress options too!
The bar in the function room only takes cash – if you’re staying, you can pay on your room! Also, there is no cash machine at or near Wotton House, so bring loads of money with you!
If you need any help on the day, please give Chris or Mark a ring. Their phone numbers are below their really flattering photos above!
Making a Weekend of it?
Leith Hill Lane, near Coldharbour village, Dorking, Surrey.
Woodland, heathland, farmland, parkland and Leith Hill Place, home of composer Vaughan Williams. Leith Hill is the highest point in Southeast England and is set within the beautiful Surrey Hills. Its gothic tower rises majestically above the surrounding hills and from the top you can see sweeping views towards London in the north and the English Channel in the south.
For a lovely drive or walk and a spot of lunch…Friday Street is a hamlet, with fewer than 20 houses have been built and the area is surrounded by the second largest wooded common in Surrey. It is in a wooded headwater ravine, just to the south of Wotton and the A25, a single rather than dual road, running between Guildford to the west and Dorking to the east.
Statistically it is insufficient to make up a census unit. Friday Street also has varied map definitions and is part of the relatively sparsely populated civil parish of Wotton.
For lunch…Discover the most secluded pub and restaurant in Surrey. Set in the beautiful Surrey countryside, just a few miles from Dorking & Guildford. The Stephan Langton Inn is a hidden gem in the Surrey Hills. Surrounded by woodland and a short walk from Leith Hill (National Trust) and a stone’s throw from the Hammer Pond at Friday Street.
Stephan Langton Inn, Friday Street, Abinger Common, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6JR
Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 7LB
Box Hill is the perfect place to discover a family walk and explore the beautiful Surrey Hills. Forming part of the North Downs, Box Hill has breathtaking views across the surrounding countryside. It’s home to some fantastic wildlife and plants too, including the Adonis blue butterfly and bee orchid.
Denbies Wine Estate
London Road, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6AA
The Denbies Estate has been family owned and run since 1984. Denbies vineyard was planted in 1986, and since then has become one of the largest wine producers in the UK. You can book a wine tasting tour or outdoor tours of the vineyards. They have a restaurant, art gallery and farm shop.
Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre
62 West Street, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1BS
Admission: £2.00 Seniors £1.00
The museum tells the story of Dorking and the surrounding areas. Starting off in prehistoric times and travel right through the ages taking in the story of the Pilgrim Father WIlliam Mullins, the beautiful lost estates of the Deepdene and other great houses, the first and second world war, the contribution the Wedgwood family made to Dorking – right up to the present day with the amazing Mosaic made by local school children.
East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT
Hatchlands Park stretches of natural parkland sweeping through Surrey, sheltering a classic country house. It was built in the 1750s for naval hero Admiral Edward Boscawen and his wife Fanny, since then it has housed wealthy families, a finishing school for girls and even a printing press. Today you can visit the parkland or stop for coffee in the Kitchen Café all year round.
We hope you can join us on our special (some may say long awaited) day. Please let us know if you will be joining us and if you have any specific dietary requirements. To reply, fill in the form below, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to 3 Argent Court, Argent Street, Grays, Essex, RM17 6QT