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A summer wedding combined with their daughter’s baptism ceremony meant that this was truly a day to remember for Sarah and Mark and the rest of the family.

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The bride’s outfit

Heart won out over head when it came to choosing Sarah’s wedding dress, a full-length lace gown in ivory alabaster by Justin Alexander. “I loved everything about the dress, but it was very fitted, and as I’d had a baby only four months previously, I was concerned that I wouldn’t lose weight in time,” Sarah explains. “But my heart told me that it was ‘the one’, and I had to follow it.” She accessorised with a full-length, raw-edged veil from Tie the Knot, hairpiece from Debenhams, and gold shoes from Monsoon.

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The groom’s outfit

Mark found the perfect three-piece morning suit in Nicholas Smith, teamed with an ivory shirt and champagne tie and pocket square. “It all came together when we found some amazing brown/plum shoes, which lifted the whole outfit,” Sarah adds.

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The bridesmaids

Sarah’s sister, Samantha, looked stunning in a mid-length ivory lace dress, with silver shoes from Monsoon. The couple chose their baby daughter Eva and Sarah’s god-daughter Siena as flowergirls. They were adorable in their Monsoon gowns, which Sarah had customised with extra tulle underskirts.

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The ceremony

Sarah and Mark’s Church of England ceremony was a real family affair, as little Eva was baptised during the same service. “My father walked me down the aisle while carrying Eva, which was so special,” Sarah says. “I had no nerves whatsoever – I was just excited, and couldn’t stop smiling from the moment I woke up.”

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The reception

With the temperature topping 30 degrees, the couple chose a light wedding breakfast of melon, followed by breads and olive oil, chicken with green salad and potatoes, and profiteroles for dessert. “We wanted our wedding to feel informal, romantic and, above all, relaxed,” Sarah explains. “I just wanted everyone to have fun.” The venues were decorated with candelabra, pearls, wheat sheaves, gypsophilia and doves.

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The honeymoon

After the big day, the happy family visited Majorca. “It was more than just a honeymoon, it was our first family holiday, and filled with magical memories,” Sarah smiles.

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