We met when we were only fifteen years old and have been inseparable ever since. For our wedding ten years later, we wanted to marry in a place that meant something to us and it seemed fitting to choose my grandmother’s garden for it was where my mother and both of my aunts were also married many years ago. It was also where I learnt to ride my first bike at four years old, learnt to swim and the place I spent all my childhood summers. It was the only place we really considered because of how special it was and still is to us.
We were married in the garden in front of one hundred of our close family and friends. I walked down the aisle to music by James Brown and we were married on old steps made from railway sleepers. For the reception we moved into several marquees set up in the top tier of the garden that were situated around the pool and amongst the palm trees for a seated dinner. The entire garden was lit at nighttime by fairy lights and tea light candles – it looked so magical.
My dress was made from two four metre long pieces of fabric that could be twisted any number of ways so that I could decide at the last minute how to wear it. My veil incorporate lace from my mother’s wedding dress and my bridesmaids all wore different dresses from designer Juliette Hogan in dusky colours.
I wanted the wedding to feel relaxed but romantic; soft but still with elements of tradition. The most amazing day of our lives and I wish we could do it all over again.