Anne-Marie and Ben had their real wedding at Cripps Barn, Gloucestershire in April 2008.


WHERE: Cripps Barn, Gloucestershire

WHEN: April 2008


The proposal

Ben got down on one knee on bonfire night 2005. “We were watching a firwork display in Battersea,” says Anne-Marie

The bride’s real wedding outfit

Anne-Marie found her gorgeous dress in Brides and Grooms, Birmingham. The full-length ivory gown featured long lace sleeves and tiny ivory buttons to fasten it. She teamed her dress with some Kurt Geiger shoes and pearls that she borrowed from her nan. Her pretty earrings and bracelet were also borrowed for the big day.

“I wore pretty pearls that belonged to my nan, plus earrings and a bracelet lent to me by my mother-in-law”

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The groom’s real wedding outfit

Ben hired his classic morning suit from Moss Bros and wore an ivory cravat to match his bride.

The bridesmaids

“My chief bridesmaid Jude and friend Kate were my adult bridesmaids,” explains Anne-Marie. They wore beautiful, brown strapless dresses from Monsoon. The flowergirl Amy wore a princess dress with a gold sequin shrug.


The flowers

Charlotte at Super Flowers UK created beautiful corsages, table centres and bouquets with pink and green roses, lilies, waxflower and lovely white hyacinths.

The transport

A burgundy Jaguar MK11 hired from Big Cat Cars ensured that Anne-Marie arrived in style for her real wedding.


The ceremony

“We had two ceremonies,” says Anne-Marie, “a legal one led by the registrar and a short blessing led by Canon Noel Vincent.” Music during the ceremony included Micheal Nyman’s Wonderland and Morricone’s Gabriel Oboe.

The reception

The florist created some great hanging baskets for the real wedding that Anne-Marie hung from the barn’s beams. “We scattered ivory rose petals on each table, with silver birch tree branches and Champagne bubbles for a bit of fun,” says Anne-Marie. Italian meats and antipasti made a great starter that the guests shared, followed by beef, dauphinoise potatoes, green beans and tomatoes, with a lovely lemon tart for dessert.


The cake

150 fairy cakes were lovingly made by the couple’s mums.

The favours

Each guest was given an ivory candle in a green organza bag – there was a feather in the top and tiny brown beads were used to tie the bag together. “Each favour was engraved with our names, date and a thank you,” explains Anne-Marie.


The music

The guests loved the traditional Turkish music at the reception. Afterwards, a DJ entertained everyone into the early hours.

If we could do it all again…

“I would have made sure I was more relaxed on the day” says Anne-Marie…