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This real wedding teamed soft plum with hot pink for the last days of autumn sunshine…

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WHERE:St Bartholomew’s Church, Gloucestershire

WHEN: October 2009

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kate Barnard

The proposal

“A few weeks before, I’d guessed something was up,” remembers Vicky. “But then James’ sister announced she was engaged, so I thought there’s no way he’ll ask me now – I knew he wouldn’t want to take away their limelight.

But when James and I were on holiday in Venice, he kept walking me around and around St Mark’s Square (at this point, all I could think was what a strange one!), when he finally asked the big question!” she adds.

The bride’s real wedding outfit

“When I first put on my dress it was all a bit overwhelming!” says Vicky. “I wore a strapless, very fitted, ivory gown with a long train from Simply Bridal for my real wedding. As far as underwear goes, well, there wasn’t much of it. Just a pair of French knickers for me…!”

The colour was a given. My niece simply informed me she wouldn’t even consider anything non-pink…

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The groom’s outfit

“We went for a dark chocolate brown suit in a short tails style from Debonair (01452 520453),” explains Vicky. “We chose this style for all of the groomsmen and found that short tails suit all shapes and sizes”

The bridesmaids

Teaming soft plum dresses with hot pink pashminas, Vicky’s eight girls wore different length Alfred Angelo dresses from Future Brides. Perfect colour combinations for this real wedding!

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The flowers

“My sister, Abbie, arranged every single light and dark pink flower, and I can’t thank her enough,” says Vicky. “She owns her own shop in Stroud, Crazy Daisy Flowers, and worked so hard to make the day perfect for me – and I didn’t give her the easiest of jobs!”

The ceremony

“It was very special to get married at St Bartholomew’s Church for our real wedding” explains Vicky. “It’s where my mum and dad got married and the whole family was christened there, too”

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The reception

“Our reception was held at The Matara Centre, which was special because I work there, James works there and my mum works there!” laughs Vicky.

We’d seen so many weddings held there and took inspiration from each and every one

The cake

Vicky and James bought their four-tiered cake from Marks and Spencer, and asked a close friend to add some homemade decorations and extra cupcakes!

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The honeymoon

“We went on a cruise around the Caribbean,” says Vicky. “It was just breathtaking. With five-star treatment all the way, we had amazing weather and got to visit 12 islands! We’ve already made a list of the ones destined to make our anniversary-visit wish list!”

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