A beautiful real wedding featuring bright pink bridesmaids and Indian dancing! Cecilia and Ben got married in August 2010. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Cecilia and Ben

WHERE: Ealing Christian Centre, Rivervale Barn

WHEN: August 2010



The proposal

“It was our seven-year dating anniversary and Ben said he was taking me out for the day,” remember Cecilia. “It turned out we were Bath bound, which was a lovely surprise because I had wanted to go there for some time. Because I’m an architecture student, Ben had researched all Bath’s history and took me on a guided tour of the city. The proposal actually happened on Palladian Bridge, which is the only one of its kind, and has a strong romantic history,” smiles Cecilia. Aww!

The bride’s outfit

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Cecilia’s modern masterpiece was Jovi by Maggie Sottero. The dress itself was a cross between a low A-line and a fishtail, hugging past her bottom. “I knew it was the one. I especially loved how different it was from traditional real wedding dresses and the fishtail showed a little more attitude in the way it hugged my body,” says Cecilia

The groom’s outfit

“We are quite a young couple, so we didn’t feel the traditional Edwardian suit would reflect our personalities,” explains Cecilia. “Lucky for us, a new range by Perfectly Groomed had just launched, specifically targeting contemporary grooms.” We think Ben looks dapper in bright pink cravat

“We used to joke at school that a close friend would be our dress maker. Seven years later, she was!”

The bridesmaids

“When Ben and I were at school, a close friend of ours wanted to be a dress maker, and we used to joke that she would design my bridesmaids’ dresses. I did end up asking her and she happily made all three bright pink dresses for the bridesmaids and a sash for the flowergirls,” smiles Cecilia

The ceremony

“My best memory was definitely walking down the aisle with my Dad. We chose a contemporary version of Wagner’s Bridal Waltz. When I heard the music, that’s when it sank in that I was about to get married,” recalls Cecilia

The flowers

Cecilia’s Mum’s cousin, who is a professional florist, took care of the couple’s real wedding blooms

The reception

Rivervale Barn in Hampshire, Riverale Barn was the perfect location for the couple’s evening party. Essential Wedding Hire dressed the venue perfectly

“When I heard the Bridal Waltz playing, that’s when it hit me that I was about to get married!”

The cake

Rajs Rasoi (07789 636449) created a beautiful couture floral pattern to decorate Cecilia and Ben’s three-tier wedding cake

The entertainment

Jay Kumar, a Bollywood dance teacher taught the couple some Indian dancing to perform for their guests. “This was such a hit the whole night, the dance floor was constantly full with people. Although we had prepared English tunes, the demand was higher for Indian music,” remembers Cecilia

The honeymoon

Was a week in Egypt spent at a five star luxury hotel.