Natalia and Kinan combined their keen love of travelling with a pretty pastel palette for a truly amazing Autumn wedding in Surrey…

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How they met

Romance blossomed from friendship for Natalia and Kinan, who had known each other for a long time before becoming a couple. “We have always been very comfortable in each other’s company,” Natalia explains. “We could relax and just be ourselves whenever we were together.”

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The proposal

Kinan proposed to Natalia in Kew Gardens – a place that held lots of special memories for the couple. “We were underneath the arches of the Temple of Aeolus, which is a small folly on a hill overlooking the gardens, reminiscing about the times we had spent there,” Natalia remembers. “Then Kinan told me he had to ask me a question and got down on one knee.” The newly-engaged couple celebrated by drinking champagne on the banks of the Thames.

The bride’s outfit

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Natalia found her unusual Charlotte Balbier dress at Boa in Richmond. “I had a hard time finding ‘the one’ because I’d tried on so many dresses that were beautiful in their own way,” Natalia explains. “But I noticed that I was really drawn to Charlotte Balbier dresses, and when I tried on her Garbo style, I didn’t want to take it off. I liked how different it was, with its vintage feel.” The French lace slim-fitting gown featured scattered crystals, beading and a puddle train, with dramatic batwing sleeves. Natalia accessorised with a pearl and crystal tiara from Etsy and shoes from TK Maxx.

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The groom’s outfit

Kinan wore a three-piece modern-fit suit in charcoal grey from Ted Baker, with a grey and white striped tie and a white silk pocket square from Fenwick’s, and classic black brogues from Dune. “He looked so smart and handsome that my heart fluttered and I kept sneaking glances at him during the ceremony,” smiles Natalia. Get your groom looking tip top, too, with our super helpful Groomswear category!

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The ceremony

Natalia and Kinan were married in a truly personal civil ceremony, which included their own vows and readings taken from Albert Einstein and Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – the couple’s favourite novel. “My father walked me down the aisle to O Mio Babbino Carro by Maria Callas,” says Natalia. “We shared a hug outside the ceremony before the door opened – one of my favourite moments of the day. But my overall best memory is of standing next to Kinan and realising that this was the moment we had been talking about, waiting for and planning for the past year, and were finally about to become husband and wife.”

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The flowers

The bridal party’s flowers were by Catherine Payne from En Fleur, and featured ivory and peach Avalanche roses and white freesias. Natalia joined forced with her mum and grandma to make the table displays in vintage china cups, two days before the ceremony. “We were at the flower market at 3am, filling my little Nissan Micra to the brim!” Natalia laughs. “Despite needing a bit of time investment, we achieved the look we wanted at a fraction of the cost.”

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The reception

After the ceremony, the celebrations continued with a delicious meal of gruyere and crab tartlet, followed by aromatic chicken with lime and ginger. The couple selected their own wines, having spent time travelling through the French vineyards. Instead of favours, the guests tucked into a pick ‘n’ mix bar, which included baklava and Eastern European chocolates to reflect the couple’s cultures.

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The details

The couple chose a neutral pastel colour theme for their reception, which also incorporated their love of travel. The details included a vintage suitcase for the wedding cards, a table plan made from a vintage map and luggage tags, and table names printed on postcards.

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The cake

Domino Purchas created the beautiful raspberry jam and rosewater buttercream cake, decorated with peach icing and edible pearl garland details. “We served our cake as dessert, with ice cream and fresh fruit, so it was important that it tasted as good as it looked,” Natalia explains.

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The honeymoon

Natalia and Kinan spent a relaxing honeymoon in Mauritius, followed by two days in Edinburgh to ease themselves back into normality.

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