The proposal

“Mathew popped the question on Christmas Day 2010,” remembers Helen. “I was really ill with the flu – but his surprise definitely distracted me from feeling unwell, and made me a whole lot better!”

The bride’s outfit

Helen looked like she just stepped out of a film set in her wow-factor gown. “I felt like Kate Winslet in the Titanic movie!” she beams. Her gorgeous gown was ‘Tabitha’ by Charlotte Balbier, bought from Belles Bridal in Hope Street, Liverpool. “The dress was so pretty, yet simple, and I thought it was so classic that it wouldn’t ever look outdated or old,” she adds

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The accessories

In her hair, our beautiful bride wore two little flowers from H&M as well as jewellery from and gorgeous ‘Tilly’ shoes by Rachel Simpson. “I love dancing and they reminded me of my Latin dance shoes with an art deco twist,” recalls Helen

The groom’s outfit

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“Matt got his suit from Ted Baker. We didn’t want anything too formal, we wanted the wedding to be fun and relaxed, like us!” says Helen

The bridesmaids

Helen’s four best girls wore delightful bespoke aquamarine gowns made by Maxine of The Bridal Lounge. “Our wedding was by the beach, so I thought the colour was perfect,” she explains

The ceremony

The couple’s traditional church ceremony was complemented by fun and uplifting hymns that everyone would know, including All Things Bright and Beautiful and I Watch The Sunrise, which is Helen’s Nan’s favourite

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The reception

Was a summery, fun and colourful affair at a holiday resort in Croyde Bay. “I’ve been going to that holiday camp every year since I was born, it’s like home to me,” smiles Helen. “I would describe it as a mix between Hi De Hi and Dirty Dancing,” she laughs. The couple’s flowers were provided by Teasels in Braunton, while a family friend designed all their stationery. “I love every colour of the rainbow and wanted everything to be bright and zesty,” smiles Helen. “Everyone pitched in to help with the decor, my mum made bunting and then myself and a few friends made pom poms to hang alongside lanterns that we bought from The Hanging Lantern Company. Finally, Matt’s mum made our incredible wedding cake,” she adds

The honeymoon

Straight after the big day, Helen and Mathew headed off to Tobago for a friend’s wedding, but their honeymoon to Australia is also on the horizon.

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