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Lizzie and Tom have always been a book-loving couple, so a literature-themed wedding day seemed more than appropriate!

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The proposal

Stealthy bride Lizzie unwittingly foiled Tom’s surprise proposal. “He whisked me away to Florence, but it wasn’t a surprise at all, as I’d found the ring box the night before,” Lizzie laughs. “He made me walk around Florence all day before he finally dropped to one knee on a bridge. I was overwhelmed by the tension and burst into tears before he even put the ring on my finger.”

The bride’s outfit

Lizzie knew exactly where to turn when it came to choosing her bridal gown. “I love the dramatic elegance of Angelina Colarusso’s designs, so I knew she would do an amazing job,” she explains. Between them, they conceived a two-part gown in oyster silk, with an elaborate ruffled overskirt that detached to reveal a chic cocktail dress. “I have never owned anything that made me feel as much like a princess as that dress,” Lizzie smiles. She wore her gown with shoes that she had bought at the age of 22 in the Edinburgh shoe shop where she worked.

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The groom’s outfit

Tom looked dapper in a traditional morning suit from Lipman’s, with a waistcoat made from the same fabric as the bridal gown.

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The bridesmaids

Lizza chose her best friend and stepsister as bridesmaids, and also had her old university friend Dan as ‘bridesman’. “The bridesmaids’ dresses only arrived three weeks before the wedding, and the colour wasn’t what I’d envisaged,” Lizzie explains. “But on the day they looked absolutely gorgeous.”

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The ceremony

The couple’s civil ceremony featured some unconventional readings, including a passage from The Princess Bride by William Goldman and a science fiction poem about zombie apocalypse by Tim Pratt. “I really loved our readings – everyone understood how they fitted us, and I could feel the love in the room,” says Lizzie.

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The reception

Tom – a science fiction writer – and his book-mad bride chose a literary theme for their wedding reception. “We bought decorations made from book pages, including hearts and roses, from Etsy, and were lucky enough to win a wreath made out of book pages in a raffle,” Lizzie explains. “The invitations were based on vintage Penguin book covers, and we had a Scrabble tile cake topper.”

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The honeymoon

Lizzie and Tom enjoyed a relaxing minimoon in Florence after the wedding, followed six months later by a trip to Jordan, where they visited Amman, Petra, the Red Sea and the Dead Sea.

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