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WHERE: Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Scotland

WHEN: January 2008

PHOTOGRAPHER: Neil Barker

How they met

The couple met through Tracey’s brother, with whom Peter played rugby. One night they all went out for dinner together and they hit it off.

The proposal

After she had dropped numerous hints, Peter finally took Tracey ring shopping in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. They saw diamonds they liked but not a complete ring, so Peter designed it himself.

The bride’s real wedding outfit

Tracey couldn’t find the perfect dress either, so just like Peter, she decided to design it herself with a dressmaker friend, Chris Moss. She created a gown in ivory satin with cappuccino panels in the skirt, which were each hand-beaded with cream, bronze and chocolate pearls. She also made a ‘Snow Queen’ style jacket to go with the dress. Her tiara was from Queen Bee and to complete the look, it had to be fab Jimmy Choo shoes!

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“I (not very subtly) hinted that a diamond would look nice on my finger – it worked!”

The grooms outfit

For the real wedding, Peter got his light gold damask jacket, dark brown trousers and brown cravat from Peter Posh in Telford.

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The bridesmaids

Tracey’s two bridesmaids wore two-piece dresses in dark chocolate from Mori Lee.

The flowers

Tracey wanted just ivory flowers, so About Flowers in Auchterarder created wonderful arrangements with lilies, gerberas, freesias and roses. The bride’s large bouquet looked fabulous.

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The ceremony

Tracey and Peter were married in a civil ceremony in the Gleneagles Hotel. It was accompanied by a harpist, Ailie Robertson and singer, Wendy Taylor, who sang ‘The Rose’ during the ceremony.

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The reception

The reception tables were dressed with chocolate – coloured crushed velvet and brown chiffon, which were laid under the tall flower arrangements. Tracey made the place cards with three different shades of brown card and mini butterflies, while the chairs were dressed with white covers and brown chiffon sashes.

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The favours

Were miniature whisky bottles, personalised with the couple’s names and silver butterfly bookmarks for the female guests.

The real wedding cake

Tracey’s mum made over 100 vanilla and chocolate cupcakes and presented them on a seven-tier perspex stand. Guests took them home in brown organza bag.

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The theme

Was chocolate brown and butterflies, which looked so pretty. never guess.”

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