Annie and Steve had their real wedding at The Purbeck House Hotel, Swanage, Dorset in April 2005.

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WHERE: The Purbeck House Hotel, Swanage, Dorset

WHEN: 30th April 2005

PHOTOGRAPHER: Friend of the couple.

How they met

Annie and Steve met at work in 1994 and started dating just over two years later.

The proposal

Steve went down on one knee and proposed to Annie whilst they were enjoying the views at a nearby beach – he had to spend the rest of the day with a muddy knee!

The bride’s real wedding outfit

Annie’s stunning halter-neck dress by Sincerity looked amazing. The satin bodice had a small amount of delicate beading across the top and then down the back into an elegant fishtail train.

Accessories

Annie wore a tiara and a veil. The delicate tiara was made of rock crystals, moonstone chips and Swarsvoski crystals and was bought from Curly Wurly Creations. She also wore a very simple pretty necklace with a pair of matching earrings.

The groom’s real wedding outfit

Steve hired his suit from a shop in Bournemouth called Mess Dress. He wore classic black tails, grey pinstripe trousers, a cream waistcoat and a deep purple tie with matching handkerchief.

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The bridesmaids

The Bridesmaids outfits were all beautifully made by Annie’s mother-in-law and sister-in-law, the simple style tops had spaghetti straps and covered buttons down the back, and the skirts were a flattering A-line. To complete the look Annie bought them each an ivory organza wrap with diamante to wear at the real wedding.

The flowers

Annie’s bouquet consisted of white tulips and lily of the valley flowers and the bridesmaids carried simple bouquets of gypsophelia. The venues flowers were a mixture of creams, whites and purples and the table centre vases held beautiful white tulips.

The real wedding theme

Annie and Steve based their theme around the colour of the bridesmaids outfits, which was mirrored throughout the stationery, flowers and the men’s ties. Being a spring wedding, tulips featured quite heavily so they followed the tulip design through the invitations and table plan.

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Special moments

“A special moment was the drive from the church to the reception. The sun had come out for the afternoon so it was nice enough for the roof of the car to be down. The driver poured us a glass of champagne which we sipped as we drove off through the pretty village and out onto the ridge of the Purbecks. It was a lovely part of the day that just the two of us shared as newlyweds.

Also my Dad’s speech was amazing. He had everyone laughing and crying in the space of about 10 minutes. He told some funny stories and read out a poem I wrote aged 10! He also read a poem about a daughter’s wedding day on behalf of him and Mum as he knew the poem was just the sort of thing Mum would have cut out of a magazine and kept – the words were very poignant. It was certainly very emotional and touching for me and I was told there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.”

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