This handsome groom bowled his bride over with a gorgeous country wedding inspired by his love of cricket…

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The proposal

Knowing that his bride-to-be would be overwhelmed by a big public proposal, thoughtful Matt instead found a romantic and intimate way to ask Anna to marry him. “He secretly decorated the house with candles while I was out, and hid the ring inside a big bouquet of flowers, having already asked my dad’s permission over a pint at the local pub,” Anna recalls. “Even though I knew it was on the cards, I was still really surprised – and very happy.”

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The bride’s outfit

Anna looked simply stunning in her Marylise dress, from Frox Bridal in Taunton. The sophisticated gown featured a high boat neckline and a low, swooping back with delicate floral detailing at the waist. “It felt so different from everything else I’d tried on, and I knew by my mum’s reaction that it had to be ‘the one’,” Anna recalls. Sparkling silver peep-toe shoes from Rainbow Club and a pretty crystal-encrusted floral hairband completed her look.

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The groom’s outfit

Matt turned to the high street in search of the perfect wedding outfit, and chose a modern, slim-fitting three-piece suit from River Island, teamed with a vibrant yellow tie. “When I first saw him on our wedding day, I was bowled over by how handsome he looked – and by his big grin!” Anna says.

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The bridesmaids

Anna’s three bridesmaids looked a million dollars in their strapless gold brocade dresses from Coast, with accessories from Accessorize.

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The ceremony

The couple tied the knot in a civil ceremony at Muddifords Court, a Georgian country house hotel in the Blackdown Hills, set in 14 acres of beautiful gardens with an ornamental lake and resident ducks. A string quartet played as Anna walked down the aisle on her father’s arm, and the bride’s mother and groom’s father both gave readings. “I’ll never forget Matt having a tear, and my three-year-old nephew – our pageboy – handing him a tissue,” smiles Anna.

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The reception

Anna and Matt’s reception was a very English affair, with a spring countryside-meets-cricket theme, inspired by Matt’s love of the game. “We themed our meal around a traditional English cricket tea, and named the tables after fielding positions,” explains Anna. The local Women’s Institute supplied flowers for the jam jar table centres, and family and friends helped to decorate the venue with handmade pom poms and bunting.

The honeymoon

The newlyweds travelled to Barbados, where they spent their time sunbathing, swimming and sightseeing.

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