Hilary initially let her practical side take over when it came to choosing her wedding dress. She decided that it made sense not to spend a fortune on a gown she’d only wear once, so she began her search in Oxfam Brides in Southampton. However, practical Hilary couldn’t find a design she liked, so accompanied by her sister Liz and best friend Sarah, she headed to Cloud Nine Bridal, where Sarah had bought her wedding dress from.
It was here she found the one – an elegant strapless gown from Ellis Bridals, which flattered her curves and highlighted her creamy skin tone.
On her wedding day, Hilary had her make-up done at the salon in the Bristol Royal Marriott, where they were staying prior to the wedding. She opted for her dark hair to be styled in a chic side swept bun, accessorised with sparkly clips, borrowed from a friend.