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
PHOTOGRAPHER: Sal Jeffries
“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
Michael wore a slate-grey Armani suit that he bought from Profile in The Laines, Brighton
“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”
“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 couple’s natural bouquets and table displays were wonderfully created by Bloom in Flowers
“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
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!
Was two luxurious weeks in the Maldives, with lots of diving for Michael.