“We’d discussed getting married and knew it was what we wanted to do but it was just an idea in the background,” explains Claire. “Then, sadly, my mum died quite suddenly and it changed my perspective – why wait? If we wanted to get married then we should just crack on and do it. I inherited all of mum’s jewellery and there was a ring in there that I wanted to use as my engagement ring. It was an amethyst and yellow gold cocktail ring that she’d loved. We took it to a jewellers to have it reset in white gold, but unfortunately were told that amethyst is too soft a stone to have for everyday use, so it would get scratched easily. So, instead we chose an enormous aquamarine stone, which was set in a white gold basket setting. I knew when the ring was going to be available for collection and so was thinking that the proposal wouldn’t be too far after. But in fact I was very surprised that he asked me at Lovebox festival. It was lovely and we celebrated a LOT afterwards,” she smiles
The bride’s outfit
Claire looked like a Hollywood starlet in her 1950’s-inspired Candy Anthony frock, bought from their London boutique. “Oh my goodness I loved it!” beams Claire. “The swishiness, the volume, the shape – all of it. I absolutely felt a million dollars.” Because she was wearing a short dress, Claire wanted some statement heels – but not too high as she didn’t want to be taller than Ed! She found her perfect pair at Bespoke Big Day
The groom’s outfit
Ed wore a trendy Paul Costelloe suit that he bought from John Lewis
Claire picked her sister, sister-in-law and best friend to be her bridesmaids. All three girls wore dresses with matching boleros from BHS
“My brother Gareth read Union by Robert Fulghum, and Ed’s sister Cera wrote and read the most amazingly personal poem for us,” remembers Claire
Took place on Ravens Ait Island, on the Thames, which can only be accessed by boat. Claire wanted the flowers to be the biggest focal point in terms of decor, and along with her florist Nikki, they made all her ideas and dreams a reality. They also had other whimsical touches like homemade bunting and tissue paper pom poms. However, our favourite wow-factor item has to be the light up initials from Vowed & Amazed – they’re just incredible!
Claire and Ed took a trip to LA, New Zealand (where Ed’s from) and Fiji.
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