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Six real couples invite you to their wedding days
This unique celebration saw twinkling lights, fabulous flowers and whimsical, romantic touches combine to magical effect
Sometimes, wedding inspiration comes when you simply think about your favourite things. Leanne has always loved WKH ÀOP The Secret Garden, and after Nicholas proposed, she wanted some of that movie’s magic for their big day. “My watchwords were ‘romantic’, ‘enchanting’, and ‘whimsical’,” says Leanne – so the stunning estate of Northbrook Park proved the ideal place to bring her vision to life, with its beautiful grounds, elegant interiors, and even resident peacocks.
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Outside, chandeliers hung from trees, there was an abundance of fairylights, a lounge area, a bellini bar and a ‘pimp your prosecco’ station on a vintage dresser. The couple also put out a bike with a basket of blankets to stop guests feeling chilly on that April evening.
The couple’s personal vows were written on the cake, and there were love quotes displayed throughout the venue. A wand with bells was given to each JXHVW WR EH ZDYHG EHIRUH WKH ÀUVW NLVV
“I will never, ever forget the feeling as I walked down the aisle,” recalls Leanne. “During the ceremony, it was like we were the only two people there – and I was marrying my best friend.”
“‘ROMANTIC’, ‘ENCHANTING’ AND ‘WHIMSICAL’ WERE MY WATCHWORDS FOR THE BIG DAY”
“I WILL NEVER, EVER FORGET THE FEELING AS I WALKED DOWN THE AISLE”
“IT WAS LIKE WE WERE THE ONLY TWO PEOPLE THERE – AND I WAS MARRYING MY BEST FRIEND”
TOP TABLE The plan featured escort cards with tiny keys on greenery, in a gilt-edge gold frame – a unique way to incorporate the exquisite garden theme.
Guests were given scrolls containing song lyrics before the ceremony, and at the end, everyone sang Ho Hey by The Lumineers, accompanied by an acoustic guitarist. JOINING IN
Leanne tried on 34 dresses before finding her dream Rosa Clará gown, with its wow-factor overskirt. The bridesmaids wore dresses from ASOS in on-trend white. PICTURE THIS The bride discovered the photographers on Instagram. “My original photographer had to cancel – I was in a sheer panic, but everything happens for a reason. The Curries are amazing.” MAID IN HEAVEN