Claire was determined to feel like a princess on her and Richard’s countryside wedding day, and her lavish dress ticked all the right boxes for a fairytale wedding…

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The proposal

Richard asked Claire for her hand in marriage while they were away on holiday in Egypt. “We took a stroll along the beach to watch the sunset when Richard got down on one knee and popped the question,” Claire remembers. “As soon as I saw the box, I realised it was my grandmother’s engagement ring, which made the moment even more special and sentimental. Naturally, I burst into tears and forgot to say yes until Richard prompted me!”

The bride’s outfit

Claire was determined to feel like a princess on her wedding day, and found her perfect dress at Grace of Westcott. The ‘Victoria’ gown by Kate Sherford featured lace detailing with pearl embellishments and a lavish hooped skirt with layers of netting. “Other than the sheer size of it, the detailing on the dress was one of the main reasons I chose it – I had never seen anything like it before,” explains Claire. “I felt absolutely amazing and couldn’t take the smile off my face.” The bride kept her accessories minimal, with a hairclip from Glitzy Secrets, pearl jewellery and a pair of dream shoes from Jimmy Choo.

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The groom’s outfit

Richard decided on a traditional three-piece morning suit in black, hired from Dapper. “He looked so smart and handsome,” smiles Claire proudly.

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The bridesmaids

Claire found it difficult to find the perfect dress for her two bridesmaids. “It was hard to find something that both girls liked that came in the colours I wanted,” Claire says. They eventually found their match in floor–length chiffon gowns with a vintage twist from All That Glitters Bridal, worn with Kurt Geiger shoes and Swarovski jewels.

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 The ceremony

Claire and Richard chose a civil ceremony at Barnett Hill, a Queen Anne–style country house in beautiful grounds. “My favourite moment was walking out as husband and wife to Coldplay’s Paradise,” Claire says. “It was so touching for us.”

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The reception

The newlyweds celebrated with a vintage countryside–themed reception. “The venue was so in tune with our theme that we only needed minimal decorations, such as chair covers and a vintage birdcage for our cards,” Claire explains. To keep costs down, the couple opted for a simple yet delicious menu of salmon and crayfish parcels, supreme of chicken with Mediterranean vegetables and lemon pannacotta. The wedding cake was a tower of vanilla cupcakes with buttercream icing and edible glitter, and the guests were given old–fashioned penny sweets as favours.

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The honeymoon

The newlyweds spent two weeks relaxing at an adults–only hotel in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. “Nothing could have been better,” says Claire.

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