Sarah and William chose a stunning castle as the venue for their classic fairytale wedding, with a splash of coral for their spring celebrations…

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The proposal

William proposed to Sarah just eight weeks after the couple had welcomed their newborn son into the world. “I had an appointment to view the professional photos of our baby, and left Will at home babysitting,” Sarah remembers. “When I got back and opened the front door, the house was filled with candles and rose petals. I walked into the lounge, and as soon as I saw Will, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. He had laid out a picnic of strawberries and champagne – it was perfect.”

The bride’s outfit

Sarah was a picture of elegance in her Alan Hannah ‘Ellie’ gown with its pleated duchess silk bodice and full organza skirt.”I knew I wanted a simple but classic wedding dress, and it made me feel like I was in a fairytale,” Sarah explains. “It was just right for getting married in a castle.” The bride added an Alan Hannah tiara, shoes from Debenhams and diamond earrings given to her by William as a wedding gift.

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The groom’s outfit

William and his groomsmen wore navy blue morning suits from Debenhams, with a double-breasted ivory waistcoat and coral cravat.

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The bridesmaids

Sarah chose her sister, niece and two best friends as bridesmaids. They wore coral pink gowns by Jasmine, with pearl necklaces from Alan Hannah and earrings from Marks and Spencer.

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The ceremony

Farnham Castle, with its 900-year history, was the magnificent setting for Sarah and William’s civil ceremony. “Seeing Will’s face as I walked down the aisle was so special – he was practically in tears,” smiles Sarah. “Our little boy, who was only 10 months old, chatted away and clapped when we said, ‘I do.'”

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The reception

The couple created a classic ambiance with a splash of coral for their spring wedding. “We hired all of our accessories from Pretty Pieces Perfect Days, including lanterns, a menu board and a stunning mirror for our table plan,” Sarah explains. “They were amazing and helped us to come up with the perfect items to suit our theme and venue.” Sarah and William also hired ambient lighting from Firebird, and provided a dressing up box filled with swords, shields and princess tiaras. The guests were given lottery tickets and sweets as favours, and the newlyweds chose Elvis Presley’s I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You for their first dance.

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The honeymoon

William surprised his new wife with a trip to Lille. “I only found out where we were going when we arrived at the Eurostar terminal,” says Sarah. “We took advantage of the hotel’s spa facilities and enjoyed morning lie-ins.”

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