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A real wedding theme of natural, earthy colours with a shock of vibrant orange, plus a cracking little cake maker…

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WHERE: St John’s Wood Church, London

WHEN: March 2009

PHOTOGRAPHER: Tavistock Avenue Photography

The proposal

Barney whisked Carolyn away for the weekend to the ruggedly romantic coastline of Italy’s Cinque Terre. “After a (very nervous) long distance phone call to my dad in South Africa, Barney went down on one knee against a spectacular backdrop overlooking the sea,” remembers Carolyn.

The bride’s real wedding outfit

Designed by Christina Sposa, Carolyn looked like the poster girl for ‘Classic, Timeless Bride’! Wearing ivory silk, her real wedding gown from Berketex Bride included a button-up back over a sweeping, fairytale train.

The groom’s outfit

In his charcoal suit from Moss Bross, teamed with caramel and cream, Barney looked delicious!

“Guests were given a luggage tag to write their messages on. These were then hung on a ‘love’ tree…”

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The bridesmaids

“My two sisters and best friend wore silk-satin strapless dresses from Monsoon, in a gorgeous creamy-mocha colour,” says Carolyn. “They picked out their own shoes and jewellery to customise the outfits in their own style,” she explains.

The theme

“I’m South African so we tried to bring a bit of an African feel to the day, without being too over the top – particularly as we had Regency and Victorian-style venues!” explains Carolyn. “To get the real wedding look we wanted, we used natural earthy colours as a base, accented with vibrant oranges and bright greens.”

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The flowers

The couple’s talented friend created their church flower displays using gerberas, roses and Bird of Paradise flowers (native to South Africa and a nice touch of ‘home’ for Carolyn!). “Arena Flowers made my bouquet of orange roses, green chrysanthemums and ribbon grass, while the bridesmaids carried a posy of very pale peach roses” – An ideal combination for any real wedding.

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The ceremony

“Some of our musicians were even part of the wedding party,” explains Carolyn. “It made for a lovely personal touch – when they got up to perform, it was just spine tingling!” she adds.

The reception

“We had a fabulous reception at the Hotel Russell,” says Carolyn. “Our tables were named after African animals, marked with a silhouette.”

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The cake

Safely securing her place as a bit of a superstar in our eyes (although my Lord, talk about stress, woman!), the bride even made her own threetiered chocolate-fudge cake! One word: Legend!

The honeymoon

The couple spent ten nights on Baros island in the Maldives.

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