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Ellie and Tim had their real wedding at St Peter and St Paul, Rustington, West Sussex in August 2008.

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WHERE: St Peter and St Paul, Rustington, West Sussex

WHEN: August 2008

PHOTOGRAPHER: Hector Photo

How they met

The couple met in their second year at university, through mutual friends.

The proposal

On holiday in Barcaelona, Tim proposed during dinner overlooking a beautiful beach.

The bride’s real wedding outfit

Ellie bought her beautiful Pronovias dress in Leonie Claire. She had it customised by Leonie because the dress was originally a halterneck!

“Take some paracetamol before kick-off – all that hairspray on the day can wear a girl down…!”

The accessories

Ellie wore a three-metre Pronovias veil with the same lace detail as the dress. Her pearl-drop necklace and earrings were from Pia Jewellery , and she also wore her mother’s pearl bracelet as her ‘something borrowed’. Her Rainbow Club shoes were swapped a few months before the wedding for a lower heel – the original ones were too high to walk in so make sure your practice!

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The grooms real wedding outfit

Tim wore a charcoal grey suit with pink satin lining and a co-coordinating pink tie from Gresham Blake in Brighton. The groomsmen hired lighter grey suits from Moss Bros with green ties.

The bridesmaids

The bridesmaids looked gorgeous in Vera Wang. Made from silk lame, two pink and two in green with contrasting sashes. They also wore pearl necklaces, roses in their hair, and charm bracelets from pia-a gift from Ellie.

“My dad and the vicar are old school friends – he was really happy to conduct the ceremony for us”

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Hair and make-up

Ellie took horsetail herbal supplements to help her hair grow for her real wedding and a friend of her sister’s spent hours tonging and plaiting it. “Neil from the MAC shop in Brighton did my make-up and it stayed put all day,” she adds.

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The transport

The couple borrowed a classic, split-screen VW camper van from a friend but it conked out 10 minutes into the journey. Make sure any cars you borrow are in perfect running order before you set off!

The flowers

A local florist created stunning arrangements of Avalanche roses, pink Veronica, kangaroo grasses, freesias and tea roses – a perfect selection for their English summer flowers theme.

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The ceremony

“I caught Tim’s eye as I walked into the church and saw his eyes well up. He had a big smile on his face – I was really nervous but once I had made eye contact with him, I knew everything was going to be okay,” remembers Ellie. Ellie’s youngest sister read I carry your heart and her friend read ‘Song of Solomon 2.10 – 13’. A member of the church band recommended a young violinist who played Canon in D as Ellie walked down the aisle with her dad.

The reception

Held in Ham Manor Golf Club, each table held a martini glass filled with hydrangeas, eucalyptus, amaranths, Avalanche roses, tea roses and Veronica. Ellie’s mum made chair covers to fit the unusual-shaped chairs, while her sister made the table plan on pink canvas with fresh roses. Table names were beaches that the couple had surfed at together, and were hand-drawn by Tim.

The Cake

Ellie’s mum made the three-tiered fruit cake for the real wedding, decorated with white icing, pink and green ribbon, and topped with huge pink hydrangeas .

“I was 17 minutes late I had forgotten my bouquet and it was raining outside!”

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The favours

Men received a beer bottle cooler with their name sprayed on. “Tim and my sister spent hours cutting stencils and spraying on names,” explains Ellie. The ladies received candles and Chupa Chups lollies, while each table had ‘I love you’ chocolates from Cox and Cox

The theme

English summer flowers with pinks and greens set the tone for the day. “Our special touches were live music and great food – Tim is a food technology teacher and worked with the golf club to design an amazing menu,” says Ellie

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The entertainment

Guitarist and singer, Aaron Norton (hired through Halo Party People), entertained guests at the church and during the drinks reception. He stepped in at the last minute to replace their original singer who got a recording contract! A DJ from Sound Design got everyone dancing, playing song requests that guests asked for in their RSVP’s

Special Moments

The highlight of the evening was when Tim took to the stage and sang (and played the guitar) to the Verve’s ‘Lucky Man’ – I had no idea and it’s something I will never forget. Also, during the meal my sisters took pictures of each table to stick in the guest book, then each table wrote messages around the photo – it is a great memento,” says Ellie.

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