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Lovebirds, Donna and Barry, opted for a gorgeous, rustic wedding in autumn and we just had to share it with you!

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With grandparents who have been neighbours for 60 years, Donna and Barry’s relationship had solid foundations! Their first date was at Barry’s brother and sister in law’s house that he was looking after for a while, while they were off travelling. The first official date was an evening in Exeter – late night shopping, a romantic meal, a Christmas movie, an eggnog latté and holding hands strolling around the Christmas lights and sights.

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The proposal didn’t come as expected – and predicted by their friends – in a gondola in Venice, instead Barry proposed on the last day of their holiday, on the balcony overlooking a lake in the Dolomites, while a thunderstorm raged over the mountains. A favourite memory from their day was creating the ‘marryoke’ by giving each guest a line from Don’t go breaking my heart by Elton John. It brought everyone and was brilliant fun to do.

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Donna wore a dress by Madeline Gardner at Mori Lee and shoes by Diane Hassall at Elegant Steps – although the bride wore wellies for the photoshoot! The four bridesmaids wore Coast dresses and shrugs and the groom wore suits from Luggets in Exeter and Moss Bros. The Autumnal, rustic theme was carried throughout the day, including mulled cider on arrival at the reception, at which guests were treated to a menu that included beef bourguignon and a delicious orchard fruit crumble.

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Bunting, pumpkins, gourds, fairy lights and candles with scarecrows, cones and conkers – all used to create the magical setting for this autumnal wedding, that was as fun as this couple themselves. The cakes were made by a friend’s mum and included apples, conkers and autumn leaves. Guests partied hard to music from The Village Disco – something a bit different! The groom recorded a version of One Direction’s Little Things for their first dance.

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Venue: Froginwell Estate cider barn
Dress: Madeline Gardner 
Bridesmaids: Dresses by Coast
Groom: Lugets of Exeter
Honeymoon: Hilton Hotel and Spa Ras al Khaimah, UAE
Photographer: Lydia Baker 

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