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WHO: Nadine and Simon

WHERE: Donington Park Farmhouse

WHEN: October 2011

PHOTOS: HBA Photography

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The proposal

“Simon proposed to me while we were on a diving holiday in Egypt – but we nearly didn’t make it,” remembers Nadine. “We were due to fly the night before really heavy snowfall, but it was so deep we couldn’t get to the airport. I was in tears as we drove home, so I can’t imagine how Simon must have felt. However, we tried again the next day and got there in the end. Simon made me wait all week, but on our last dive he produced a laminated sign that read; ‘will you marry me?’ I made the scuba okay signal, and we celebrated with a strawberry milkshake,” laughs Nadine

The bride’s outfit

“I wore a maggiesottero.com dress called ‘Odessa’ and a beautiful lace, crystal and pearl headband,” says Nadine. “I also bought a dramatic pearl and diamanté necklace and bracelet set from John Lewis, and my parents bought me some pearl earrings to match. However, my favourite accessories were definitely my shoes! I had fallen in love with a pair from Irregular Choice that I’d seen on another real-life bride and I had my heart set on them. But, when I looked for them they had been discontinued, so I had to bid like crazy for a pair online!” she adds

The groom’s outfit

“Simon picked his suit – he told me that because he wasn’t allowed to see my dress, I couldn’t see his outfit. I’m really pleased we stuck to it as it was a real highlight of the day, seeing him for the first time all suited and booted and looking gorgeous,” recalls Nadine

The bridesmaids

“I had one beautiful bridesmaid, my best friend Jodi. She looked stunning in a deep-pink Grecian gown from Coast,” explains Nadine

The ceremony

“We had two readings during our civil ceremony,” recalls Nadine. “The first was The Owl and The Pussycat, read by my university friend, Catriona. We knew she’d read it well because she’s a primary school teacher, but I don’t think either if us had expected the performance she gave! The second extract was from The Little Prince, read first in French by my Mum, Martine, then in English by Simon’s Mum, Christine – it was a lovely way to give them a special role in our ceremony,” she adds

The reception

“One of my favourite details was the hand stamped ‘eat me’ tags, and I loved the teacups that we put roses in. The china was from my Dad’s Auntie’s collection so they had to be bought over from France, especially for us. I also spent months buying paper rose garlands and bunting to give the venue a real shabby-chic feel. Finally, I found some wooden cut-out signs that said ‘welcome’ ‘love’ and ‘dance’, which we dotted around the tables,” says Nadine

The honeymoon

The couple returned to Egypt, the place of their proposal.

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