An amazing real wedding in a woodland clearing – you’re sure of a beautiful surprise… Claire and Michael got married in April 2011. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Claire and Michael

WHERE: Swallows Oast, Ticehurst, East sussex

WHEN: April 2011


The proposal

“The proposal was a complete shock!” explains Claire. “Michael took me to the family home where he grew up. It was an old farmhouse, surrounded by gorgeous woodland. We walked through to a secluded lake, which had an adorable summerhouse nearby, and went inside. He sat me down, and then got on one knee,” she adds

The bride’s real wedding outfit

Claire looked heavenly in her strapless silk gown, ‘Gem’ by Perfection. “To help make the real wedding dress even more romantic, I asked for a few alterations. This included having the train transformed into bustles and the button-up back into a ribboned corset,” smiles Claire. “I was thrilled with the results.”

The groom’s outfit

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Michael wore a slate-grey Armani suit that he bought from Profile in The Laines, Brighton

The bridesmaids

“We decided to go for non-traditional bridesmaid dresses!” remembers Claire. “All three of my girls fell in love with the Betsy Jewels dress from French Connection. They looked absolutely gorgeous on the real wedding day and the tiny crystals that were sewn into the dress really sparkled in the sunshine,” she adds

“Our wedding was in lovely woodland, surrounded by friends and family”

The ceremony

“Our wedding took place in a beautiful woodland clearing, surrounded by our family and friends,” recalls Claire. “I walked myself down the aisle, which had been beautifully decorated with bunting, blossoms and petals. A violinist performed my favourite Beatles song Here There and Everywhere,” adds Claire

The flowers

The couple’s natural bouquets and table displays were wonderfully created by Bloom in Flowers

The reception

“We wanted to be a bit different with our table centre displays, so we bought seven lidded jars, which we filled with retro sweets. These also doubled up as the table names. It was a really sociable idea because our guests would wander over to other tables, taste the sweets and chat to everyone. The treats certainly didn’t last long!” smiles Claire

Special mention

Goes to the cake topper, made by the groom! It shows him in his full diving kit with Claire as a mermaid, hidden in a treasure chest!

The honeymoon

Was two luxurious weeks in the Maldives, with lots of diving for Michael.