The family farm was the perfect location for Hannah and Bill’s back–to–nature countryside wedding celebration.

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How they met

Adventurous couple Hannah and Bill got to knock each other through their shared love of rock climbing. “We didn’t really date in a conventional way, but spent most of our weekends climbing in the Peak District or at our local climbing centre,” says Hannah.

The proposal

Bill proposed to Hannah while they were climbing at her favourite location, Fontainebleau in France. “I had no idea Bill was going to propose, but it was a great way to start our holiday, especially as we were there with friends and could celebrate with them,” Hannah recalls.

The bride’s outfit

In search of a simple vintage wedding dress, Hannah stumbled across Sabina Motasem’s ‘Aliyah’ silk gown, with a cowl neck and puddle train. “I didn’t want anything too pretentious or outlandish, so I love its understated elegance,” Hannah explains. She accessorised with a vintage tiara, her great–grandmother’s pearls and shoes from Rachel Simpson.

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The groom’s outfit

Bill chose a powder blue two–piece suit from Marc Wallace. “He looked amazing, and what made it even better was that he hadn’t told me what colour he was wearing,” says Hannah.

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The bridesmaids

The couple’s two nieces were flowergirls, and looked adorable in their own choice of dresses. “I didn’t want to dictate a style, so I let them choose what to wear,” Hannah explains. Ruby wore a pastel pink satin gown with a lace skirt, while Meg chose a simple pale blue dress.

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The ceremony

Hannah and Bill said ‘I do’ in a civil ceremony at Gainsborough’s Victorian registry office. “Saying our vows was very special – I could see that it meant so much to both of us,” smiles Hannah.

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The reception

Bill’s dad hosted the wedding reception at his farm, with a countryside vintage theme. “My mum and dad spent the whole Winter making 120 metres of bunting, and we had ivy garlands. table confetti cut from music manuscripts and enamel jugs of English country garden flowers and herbs,” Hannah says.

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The honeymoon

Hannah and Bill spent their honeymoon in Dartmoor in a 16th–century thatched pub, and in Cornwall, where they spent their time climbing, dining and enjoying married life.

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