On our six-month anniversary, Simon surprised me with a home-cooked three-course meal and a bottle of my favourite wine. As he served dessert, he got down on one knee and popped the question! I was so overcome with emotion I didn’t even look at the ring – I just couldn’t stop crying and hugging Simon!

 

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THE DRESS

I found my Lilian West 6282 gown at Shop For Brides in Daventry. It featured a sweetheart neckline with delicate lace straps, which were really beautiful. I knew it was the one and my mum, mother-in-law and sister-in-law con rmed it when the tears started to flow! I felt like a bride and didn’t want to take it off.

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THE ACCESSORIES

I didn’t think I wanted a veil, but as soon as I put one on while wearing the dress it looked perfect. The champagne colour matched the soft gold in my gown, and I had my Rainbow Club ‘Penny’ lace court shoes dyed champagne too. As we were having a rustic wedding, I had set my heart on some white Hunter wellies for our photos in the rapeseed fields, too!

THE GROOM

Simon wore a three-piece khaki check suit from Next with a dark orange tie, handmade wooden cufflinks and his grandad’s pocket watch. I also gifted him a watch as a wedding present. He looked so extremely handsome!

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THE CEREMONY

We married in the church in our village, so we could walk from our cottage straight there. Our neighbours surprised us by putting up bunting, hanging hearts and even painting us a wooden sign!

WHAT MUSIC DID YOU HAVE AT THE CEREMONY?

My dad walked me down the aisle to ‘Hoppipolla’ by Sigur Ros. It was one of the best bits of the day for me.

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WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR YOUR WEDDING BREAKFAST?

We wanted to keep things informal, so we opted for picnic hampers filled with fresh baguettes, pate, pork pies, brie, cheddar and other cheeses, homemade chutney and grapes, followed by scones with jam and cream for pudding. We tried to source as much of
the food as we could from the brilliant local butcher and delicatessen.

 

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RECEPTION DECORATION

After seeing them in Wedding Ideas, we chose hessian table runners and bunting, adding luggage label name tags, a selection of wicker and wooden hearts, candles and rustic jugs to add country charm to our marquee. We also filled a vintage suitcase with lace and flowers and provided rugs for the hay bales. A friend kindly made us 200m of bunting!

THE FLOWERS

A lovely lady called Rita who lives in the next village supplied our flowers. We had gypsophila in the church, peonies and roses in my bouquet, roses and rosemary for the buttonholes, and larkspur, stocks and roses in the rustic jugs – Rita did an amazing job!

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THE CAKE

Our good friend Jane Wildgoose made our cake as a wedding gift to us. It had four tiers with buttercream icing and flower decorations. We were blown away by it!

THE STATIONERY

Simon’s brother designed our invitations and we had them printed at a local printers. We bought our name tags and table plan labels and Simon then hand-printed them all.

THE ENTERTAINMENT

We hired The Jazz Canons to play and they really exceeded our expectations!

THE FIRST DANCE

Our first dance was to ‘Bones’ by Josh Record. Simon heard the song and thought the lyrics related to us, it made us very emotional and we even danced to it a few times in our cottage.

THE HONEYMOON

We spent two weeks in a lovely cottage in Marazion, Cornwall where we could relax and enjoy a glass of Champagne or wine in front of the wood burner. We had some lovely days out to the Minack Theatre, Sennen Cove, St Ives, Mousehole and St Michael’s Mount.

TOP TIP

Give your speeches early in the day so you can relax for the rest of the afternoon and evening.

BEST IDEAS

Having makeup artist Joanne Troman took all the stress and worry away so I could have a really chilled wedding morning having my nails, hair and makeup done. Get your wedding day filmed, it flies by!

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CEREMONY St Michael and All Angels Church, Newnham | RECEPTION VENUE Hill Farm, Priors Hardwick | DRESS Lillian West at Shop For Brides, Daventry | GROOM Next | SHOES Rainbow Club | FLOWERS For similar, try Dinah Taylor | ENTERTAINMENT The Jazz Canons | PHOTOGRAPHER Kris Karl | VIDEOGRAPHER Dan Flanders

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