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Childhood sweethearts, Nicola and Daniel, celebrated their everlasting love with a stunning vintage and rustic wedding!

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The proposal

Nicola and Daniel first met when they were just 14 and 15. At the time, the relationship didn’t last but when they met again years later, they knew they would be together forever! This couple were clearly meant to be, so much so that when Daniel proposed in the Lake District, Nicola wasn’t at all surprised, “I was looking forward to it, and wearing the ring I had eyed up previously,” Nicola laughs.

The bride’s outfit

The gorgeous bride tried on various dresses in every style imaginable before deciding that she wanted something a bit different. “I found my dress with its dipped back and floaty skirt in John Lewis for the bargain price of £115!” she explains. A school friend of Nicola’s owns her own online store, What Katy Did Next and she designed her gorgeous custom flower crown. The bride wore vintage cowboy boots from Etsy and borrowed an opal necklace, earrings and ring all from her mum.

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The groom’s outfit

Daniel took to the high street for his big day look – wearing Primark, ASOS and Matalan. “He looked like a country gentlemen!” smiles Nicola.

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The bridesmaids

Nicola was attended by six bridesmaids including her grandma. Their Grecian-style dresses were from Debenhams, and they, too, wore flower crowns from What Katy Did Next.

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The ceremony

Deciding on a humanist ceremony, Nicola and Daniel chose to get married outdoors, in Nicola’s parents’ garden. One of her favourite memories from the dayis her decorating the garden beforehand, hanging frames in the trees and stringing bunting wherever she could. As her dad walked her down the aisle, Nicola’s musician mum sang John Denver’s Annie’s Song. “It was a personal and unique ceremony, exactly what we wanted,” Nicola explains. She drove her Audi TT to the reception from the ceremony and this was precious time with her new husband – something that they both felt was important to have on their wedding day.

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The reception

As a real foodie family – Nicola’s brother is a head chef – it was important that guests were served up a real treat. “The food was awesome!” says Nicola. The speeches were short, sweet and hilarious, lots of dad jokes as expected, and a great speech from the groom who had really worked hard on his words.

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The details

Nicola jokes that the theme of their wedding was ‘random’, but there were vintage touches throughout the whole day. Having collected empty coffee jars through the year, Nicola filled these with artificial flowers. She also built up an impressive collection of old cameras, and confessed to grabbing other decorations from the house the day before! For her beautiful button bouquet, Nicola collected brooches from relatives and charity shops. “It was four months in the making, but with just one week to go, I pulled it all apart to make it again in a different way!” the bride explains. With a gorgeous fruit cake and meringue made by her grandma and victoria sponge cakes created by her sister and cousin, many family and friends were involved in creating this brilliant big day. Entertainment in the evening was provided by Nicola’s mum’s band Utopia, and afterwards, there was a DJ to dance the night away to. For the couple’s first dance, they chose True Love Ways by Buddy Holly.

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The honeymoon

Nicola and Daniel chose to return to their favourite place – Marina Bayview, Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria. Activities included horse riding and a visit to the water park!

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