From the personalised ceremony to the wow-factor cake, Serena and Simon’s summer wedding was brimming with unique ideas and inspiration for your wedding day!


The proposal

With Serena about to move away to university, she and Simon had discussed getting engaged as a symbol of their commitment, and had chosen a ring together. “When Simon took me out to our favourite restaurant, I was sure he was about to propose, but the moment never came, and I was so disappointed,” Serena remembers. “When we got home, I went to the bathroom, and when I came out, Simon was right outside the door on one knee! He said he wanted me to remember the moment but was too nervous to make a public proposal.”

The bride’s outfit

Serena was anxious about finding the perfect wedding dress. “As I’m a larger lady, I had nightmares about not being able to find anything, so I searched high and low for a plus-sized bridal shop, and found Daisy Love,” she explains. “They gave me the experience that all other brides get to enjoy.” Serena found her dream dress in Bonny Bridal’s Unforgettable range, a strapless style in duchess satin and tulle with floral embroidery and a scalloped hem. “Every dress I tried on made me feel lovely, but this one mace me cry before the lady in the shop had even done it up,” smiles Serena. S&S-241

The groom’s outfit

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The groomsmen wore Sandown three-piece suits from Moss Bros. “Simon is a steel engineer, so he was almost unrecognisable on our wedding day!” Serena says. “I couldn’t believe how smart and handsome he looked.” S&S-103

The bridesmaids

Serena’s four maids wore beautiful duchess satin and chiffon dresses from Mark Lesley. “The girls are all so different in shape and size that I didn’t thhink we would find a single style to suit them all, so I was thrilled that they all looked breathtaking in the same dress,” explains Serena. S&S-358

The ceremony

The couple were married in a civil ceremony at the Reid Rooms. “It was important to use that we got to choose our own wording and tailor the ceremony to reflect us,” says Serena. “It was a really upbeat service filled with laughter and personality.”

The reception

Serena and Simon chose a vintage-themed reception. “I wanted it to be all aboutthe little touches, with a homemade feel,” Serena explains. The details included vintage teacups, Victoria keys as place names and flowers displayed on mismatched cake stands. The cake, made by Serena’s mum, looked traditional on the outside, but contained rainbow sponge beneath the icing.”The reaction when we cut it was brilliant,” Serena adds. S&S-397

The honeymoon

The couple chose a chic city honeymoon in London. They saw shows, visited The Tower and drank cocktails.

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