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They knew each other a long time before they finally got together because Gillian and Travis were in a band together… And still are! Travis proposed in a truly romantic way – with a handmade crossword in The Guardian newspaper, sort of. He created his own crossword to give to his then girlfriend for her to solve, even getting it professionally printed onto newsprint and wrapping it up in The Guardian’s G2 section. Within all the answers was the question ‘Will you become my trouble and strife?’ At which point he was on bended knee with a ring, they used the same crossword in their wedding programme and named the tables after some of the words used!

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Gillian ended up falling for the first dress she tried on, when the lady at the shop asked her what she was looking for, the bride really didn’t know – she wasn’t even sure if she actually wanted a white dress at all! The dress was called ‘Gigi’ from Cymbeline – strapless with a ruched body that laced up at the back, it was perfect. Gillian felt she could move around and have fun in it, “it was just an amazing gown,” she says. “I felt comfortable but glamorous at the same time!” She added a shoulder-length veil made in the same fabric as her dress, and in her hair she wore a gold beaded leaf hair piece and gold earrings were from Finchittida. Her friend and jewellery designer Rachel Entwistle made the couple’s wedding bands as a gift to them. And everything she wore on her big day, minus the veil, she has worn again!

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Gillian’s four bridesmaids all wore dresses from Dessy. Because Gillian isn’t in to pastels that much the gowns she chose were peacock blue, majestic purple, a more vibrant purple and fuschia pink! They all wore gold heels and the bride’s gift to them was a gold beaded purse for them to keep after the big day.

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Travis wore a Ted Baker three-piece suit bought from John Lewis, custom made shoes that he found online (they were purple to begin with, but they dyed them black), he also had ‘I do’ inscribed on the inside making them more personal to the couple.

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Their civil service took place at the stunning Maunsel House in Somerset, which included readings from various family members – there were people there too that Gillian had no idea about. “Many came from far away as both of our families live predominantly outside the UK,” she says. “People had made such an effort, I just couldn’t believe it!” The whole day was the perfect balance between sentimentality, emotion and laughter and this was reflected in all of the wonderful speeches they had.

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They didn’t really need to set a theme because Maunsel House is such a unique venue already filled with so many things to look at. For the couple it was all about adding splashes of colour and little personal things, Gillian collected jam jars for a year and hung them around the venue, filled with flowers. Dinah from Dinah Taylor Floral Design did a “beautiful job” with the flowers – bright jewel colours of purple, pink, blue and green dotted everywhere.

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The cake was created by their friend (and chef), it featured three tiers of chocolate with gold sides, decorated with petals. One of the best men, also a member of their band, organised friends and family who had never played before to play some songs. They also had a fantastic band led by Oliver Darling to play a set of R&B, swing, rock n roll and much much more! But the true masterpiece was something Travis had only arranged four days before, a silent disco – quite a sight to behold for an outsider!

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 Suppliers for the day

VENUE |  Maunsel House, Somerset
DRESS |  Cymbeline from Mirror Mirror
BRIDESMAIDS | Dresses from Dessy
GROOM | Ted Baker from John Lewis
ACCESSORIES | Finchittida
ENTERTAINMENT | A band led by Oliver Darling and a silent disco organised by Travis for guests to dance the night away!
HONEYMOON | The couple wanted to go somewhere they could scuba dive so ended up on a small island in Indonesia!