Wotton House, Surrey
Thirtieth January 2016


The Bride & Groom

The Bride

Helen Louise Shirley

The Groom

Aaron Gipson

Our Story

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.


Best Man

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.


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!

  • 11.30 – 11.50

    Your arrival, freshen up (if needed!) and a chance to get comfy in your seat in the Old Library.

  • 12.00

    The Marriage Ceremony! Helen won’t be late…we all know Aaron is a stickler for lateness!

  • 12.30

    Reception Drinky Poos and photograph time! Once the photographs are all done, if you can brave the cold please feel free to wander around the beautiful grounds of Wotton House.

  • 14.00

    Wedding Breakfast (never really understood why it’s called a breakfast as it’s at lunchtime!) So…Wedding Lunch! Sit down meal in the Evelyn Suite to enjoy, catch up with old friends or make new friends! Remember you’re all fantastic people (otherwise you wouldn’t be our family and friends!)

  • 16.00

    Speeches! Champers! (And possibly a few tears and roars of laughter – no pressure lads! Appropriate heckling allowed!)

  • 16.45

    Chance for you to check in if you are staying at Wotton House, brave the cold for a walk, or support the bar!

  • 18.00

    You need to get those thinking caps on. Intriguing or what?!

  • 19.15

    Cutting the Cake! Mmm…Cake! Shortly followed by the first dance as      Mr and Mrs Gipson! Get those dancing shoes on!! Smiles and silly faces ready for the photo booth…we know some of you are camera shy but the booth photos will make up our guest book so, pretty please go in at least once!

  • 20.30

    An evening buffet to help keep those energy levels up for continued dancing or drinking or both!

  • 23.45

    Last orders…BOOOO! However, if you are staying at Wotton House you may continue to enjoy socialising in the hotel bar!


Where is this beautiful Wotton House?

Wotton House
Guildford Road

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.


Making a Weekend of it?

Leith Hill

Leith Hill Lane, near Coldharbour village, Dorking, Surrey.


Admission: £1.50

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.

Friday Street

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


Admission: Free

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


Admission: varies

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.

Hatchlands Park

East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT


Admission: £4.70

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 helenandaaron@outlook.com or write to 3 Argent Court, Argent Street, Grays, Essex, RM17 6QT

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