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The proposal

“Jim bought me a dinner cruise down the Thames as a Christmas present, where they play jazz and blues music as you enjoy a candlelit dinner,” remembers Jessica. “We both got all dressed up and had a little drink at home first before we left the house – that’s when he popped the question. I did suspect something was up, because he was really fidgety!”

The planning

Over the past year Jess has been blogging for Wedding Ideas about her big day planning. You can find out everything, from the proposal to the final preparations by reading her exclusive features here!

The bride’s outfit

Jessica chose a dress by French designer Cymbeline called ‘Fatima’. It was full lace, with a cowl neckline front and back and a sheer see-through bodice. The dress had a white silk sash with a large white flower attached. However, to add a touch of individuality, our bride swapped the sash for a flowing peach ribbon, and the flower for a vintage brooch that her Godmother had given her. “I was really excited by my dress,” beams Jessica. “It was soft, floaty and fun, but still a bit sexy. I felt like ‘me’.”

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The groom’s outfit

“Jim’s navy blue slim-fit suit was by LAB from Italian company Pal Zileri. We found it in Westfield shopping centre in London,” remembers Jessica. “It fitted him perfectly.”

The bridesmaids

Jessica was accompanied down the aisle by her three best friends; Samantha, Tamara and Emma, alongside three adorable little flowergirls. “I bought the pale yellow dresses online – they were exactly what I wanted, I was so pleased,” says Jessica

The ceremony

“We had a traditional religious ceremony at the local church, in the village where my parents live,” explains Jessica. “I loved walking into the church with my dad and bridesmaids and seeing all the beaming smiles of all the friends and family that I love. Everyone looked so happy, it was brilliant.”

The reception

The couple’s evening party took place in Jessica’s parents’ garden in two giant hat tipis and a little hat tipi from The Stunning Tents Company. The entire garden was given a whimsical, rustic makeover, with fairy lights, ribbon and bunting around the trees, and a flower archway at the entrance for everyone to walk through. The Wedding Ideas team have also fallen in love with Jessica’s cute garden swing – it makes for the most romantic wedding photos ever! Jessica and James’ beautiful bouquets, table centres and buttonholes were provided by the wonderful B1 Blooms, while their cake was made by a bridesmaid’s mother-in-law

The honeymoon

The couple’s romantic mini-moon to Lake Como was a surprise wedding gift from Jessica’s brother.

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