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Jody and Dylan’s gorgeous venue was the inspiration for rustic wedding day, using a neutral colour palette and pretty details to create their dream celebrations…

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The proposal

Dylan proposed during a New Year’s trip to America. “We were in New York and Dylan told me he’d booked us an early flight to Buffalo to see Niagara Falls,” remembers Jody. “We were the only people there and Dylan said I have another question to ask you.” I knew straight away what it was and broke down in tears.”

The bride’s outfit

Jody chose an antique, handmade lace wedding dress by Jane Bourvois. The pewter and champagne gown featured a square neck and back with a champagne silk slip. “I knew immediately this dress was for me,” smiles Jody. “I think many brides could be put off by the dark colour, but as I live in grey and black, I knew it was perfect for me! It was simple and elegant, and I fell in love.” Jody accessorised her look with gypsophila in her hair and simple nude strappy shoes.

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The groom’s outfit

Dylan wore a tailored, grey wool suit from Paul Smith with oxblood accessories including a knitted tie, suede belt and Barker double monk strap shoes.

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The bridesmaids

Jody chose her three nieces as flowergirls with her best friend Jill as her maid of honour. The flowergirls wore matching Monsoon gowns with lace bodices and full, layered tulle skirts, while Jill chose her own dress – a vintage floral style with an off-the-shoulder neckline.

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The ceremony

This couple’s civil ceremony took place at beautiful Preston Court in Kent. “I walked down the aisle alone,” recalls Jody. “I wanted my grandfather to walk me but sadly he is no longer with us. I thought this was a fitting tribute to him and I knew he was watching over me and by my side the whole time.”

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The reception

Jody and Dylan chose a neutral colour palette with pretty, rustic touches. “Our venue was gorgeous so we didn’t want to overdecorate,” says Jody. The couple added cream and white hanging honeycomb clusters to the ceiling, and bought doilies from charity shops, flea markets and online to dress the tables. Vintage Tea Hire provided the antique glassware as well as the tea cups, which were also used as place settings. The flowers came from local florist Anna’s Country Flowers. Guests were served a tasty menu made from locally sourced produce, followed by the couple’s three tier Victoria sponge cake, which was decorated with fruit and edible flowers.

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The honeymoon

Jody and Dylan enjoyed a minimoon in Sorrento where they indulged in Italian food, climbed Mount Vesuvius and took a yacht to the Island of Capri.

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