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This couple’s stunning vintage wedding was inspired by their romantic Italian proposal…

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The proposal

Rebecca was blown away by Luke’s fairytale proposal in Verona. “We were sitting in a park one evening, listening to the opera rehearsals taking place in the ancient arena in the main square,” Rebecca recalls. “Suddenly, six white horses with riders in full costume came trotting out of the arena, and with that, Luke walked me over to the steps, got down on one knee and presented me with a stunning diamond and white gold ring that I’d spotted nearly a year before in an antiques shop. It was a perfect moment in every way.”

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The bride’s outfit

Rebecca was moved to tears when she tried on her elegant Victoria Jane gown, in duchess satin with a hooped skirt and shawl collar. “I felt so beautiful, it was perfect for me,” Rebecca says. The blushing bride wore her dress with a lace trimmed cathedral-length veil and ivory satin T-bar shoes from Rachel Simpson called ‘Tilly’.

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The groom’s outfit

Fashion-conscious Luke chose his stone-coloured three-piece suit from Next, and teamed it with his late grandfather’s silk crepe tie from Marks & Spencer and smart black brogues, also from Next. “Luke has a very strong sense of style and knows what suits him, so he didn’t need much input from me,” Rebecca says. “He looked so handsome – the best I’ve seen him look!”

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The bridesmaids

Rebecca’s two adult bridesmaids wore rose pink duchess satin gowns from Dessy, with a boat neckline and draping cowl back. “They complemented my dress perfectly,” says Rebecca. The four flowergirls looked pretty as a picture in ivory lace gowns from John Lewis, worn with wrist corsages.

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The ceremony

Rebecca and Luke were married at Swancar Farm Country House – an idyllic venue set in 250 acres of countryside. The ceremony included a reading from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, in honour of the couple’s Verona proposal, and music from Counting Crows and Paul McCartney.

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The reception

The newlyweds celebrated with a vintage Italian-themed reception, where their guests sipped Prosecco cocktails and dined on antipasti platters and chicken wrapped in Parma ham. “We decorated with floral paper chains, vintage patisserie tins, crochet doilies and candelabra dressed with Miss Piggy roses, peonies and sweet peas,” says Rebecca. The groom – a talented musician – performed an acoustic set in the evening, including two duets with his new wife.

The honeymoon

Rebecca and Luke spent 10 blissful nights in the magical Maldives.

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