A rustic romance theme with a quirky blessing ceremony made this countryside tipi wedding an occasion to remember…

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The proposal

Stephen pulled the wool over Emily’s eyes with his devious proposal. “We were meant to be going out for a meal ‘with friends’ at a nice restaurant,” Emily explains. “But when we got there, Stephen took me out to the gardens, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. We were then greeted at the door with champagne, and had the restaurant to ourselves. His ploy to get me there worked perfectly, and I was blown away.”

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The bride’s outfit

Emily designed her own wedding dress, which she then made herself, with her mum’s help. “I wanted something simple and sleek but a bit floaty,” Emily says. The shell pink raw silk gown featured a sweetheart neckline and silk chiffon fluted skirt, with a gathered sash and pearl beading. A lace shrug made from Emily’s mum’s wedding dress finished the outfit perfectly. “I felt like a fairy princess,” Emily smiles.

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The groom’s outfit

Stephen chose a striking Ted Baker suit, with a little help from Emily and a personal shopper. His outfit featured a grey and pink checked waistcoat and trousers with a coral bow tie, blue floral print shirt and blue suede shoes.

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The bridesmaids

Emily was attended by her sister Kate and her little daughter Daisy. Kate wore a full-length ivory gown from Jarlo Boutique at ASOS, while Daisy looked as cute as a button in a Monsoon dress, and carried a basket of flowers rather than a bouquet.

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The ceremony

Emily and Stephen opted for an intimate civil ceremony at Bakewell Register Office, attended just by their immediate family. “I was surprised by how special it felt,” Emily says. The ceremony was followed by an informal blessing outdoors at Stephen’s family’s home, under a handmade arch. “Every guest had a handmade instrument and played along to All You Need is Love by The Beatles. It was hilarious!” Emily smiles.

The reception

Emily and Stephen hired traditional tipis for their reception, pitched in Stephen’s parents’ field. Their friends, who own a gastro pub, provided a delicious selection of homemade pies, with afternoon tea and wedding cake for dessert. “We made everything ourselves, from the stationery to the paper pom poms, tin can lanterns, ribbon bunting and handmade wooden signs,” Emily explains. “We also had lawn games, with skittles and croquet.”

The honeymoon

The couple rented a luxury apartment in Hastings for a few days, with a walk-in pool, cinema and steam room!

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