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Rachel and David went for a classy neutral colour scheme to match their wedding venue, but with bright flowers to make their country vintage day pop…

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The proposal

Love bloomed slowly for Rachel and David, whose paths kept crossing through mutual friends. “We’d known each other a long time, so it felt very natural when we started seeing each other,” says Rachel. David eventually asked Rachel to marry him while on a romantic city break in Bruges. “I was really surprised when he popped the question in our lovely canalside boutique hotel,” Rachel smiles.

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The bride’s outfit

Choosing a wedding dress almost became overwhelming for Rachel. “I found that the more I tried on, the more confused I became about what I wanted,” she explains. She focused in on a lace fishtail gown by Justin Alexander, with a satin waistband and a bateau neckline. “I loved the classic look, with all the lace, combined with the modern twist of the waistline,” Rachel says. After finally choosing her dress, the bride finished off her look with thrifty accessories, wearing a headband borrowed from a friend and a pearl necklace belonging to her grandmother, which Rachel wore as a bracelet.

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The groom’s outfit

For his wedding day, David wore a traditional charcoal grey morning suit, hired from Perfection Cardiff, teamed with a cream waistcoat with silver thread detail and an ivory cravat. “Dave isn’t usually one for dressing up, so when I saw him looking so smart in his outfit, I almost didn’t recognise him!” laughs Rachel.

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The bridesmaids

Rachel’s four bridesmaids shimmered in sheer silver-grey gowns from Coast with embellished waistbands.

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The ceremony

Rachel and David were married in a civil ceremony, followed immediately by a religious blessing by the local parish vicar. “I was completely unprepared for the overwhelming feeling of love I got when I walked into the room and was faced by our 85 beaming guests,” Rachel says.

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The reception

Rachel and David transformed their reception venue with a country vintage theme. “The venue was a beautiful blank canvas with shades of cream and white, so we could turn it into anything,” Rachel says. “We had a lot of neutral colours in our outfits and the décor, so our florist suggested vibrant spring flower arrangements,” adds Rachel. The couple gave raspberry and white chocolate Welsh cakes as favours.

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The honeymoon

The couple spent six days in New York, which included a helicopter flight over the city, followed by a ski break in France. “It was the coldest, most action-packed honeymoon I could imagine!” laughs Rachel.

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