A rural romance

A country theme set the relaxed vibe for Alice and Alex's big day.

Alice Lewis-Smith, 28, married Alexander Castle, 32, at Gaynes Park, Epping on 8th March, 2018.

A rural romance: Image 1 The groom and groomsmen all wore tweed suits. Like me, Alex didn't want to look too regimented as it's not his style. We both thought tweed gave a more relaxed feel while maintaining some formality.

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My gown was a beautiful A-line design, where the lace top fades in to a simple but striking skirt. I decided against a veil as I thought it would looked too heavy so accessorised with a grey feather bolero to give my bridal look a more modern feel.

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I'm quite tall and have never been a fan of heels, so I wore leopard print trainers. I was comfortable all day, and as my dress was full-length no one saw – I've never been very conventional so this was my little secret.

A rural romance: Image 3 My bridesmaids dresses were the hardest find, I couldn't choose a colour I liked, and as we had lot of neutral hues already running throughout the day. I opted for plum gowns in the end, and each wore a different style to suit their body shape for comfort.

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My bouquet was made up of roses and gypsophila, with beautiful plum-toned flowers mixed in.

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We also had our dog at the ceremony – my mum made her a collar with roses stitched on, and she walked up the aisle ahead of me with one of my bridesmaids. It was so lovely having her there – she's part of our family after all.

A rural romance: Image 5 I found Gaynes Park online, and booked a visit straightaway. It was the first venue we'd seen and we both fell in love instantly. We had our ceremony in the orangery, where the aisle ran through the garden.

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For our favours we had wild flower seeds and Wilkin & Sons honey to complement our rural theme.

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We left the music up to our DJ, with so many people there we thought best just to stick to the classic wedding playlist. We were able to request songs on the night, so everyone was happy.

A rural romance: Image 7 The centrepieces comprised of lots of candles with a sequin table runner to add bit of glitz to the otherwise relaxed style.

A rural romance: Image 8 Our favourite entertainment was the full-length photo booth. It had all sorts of props, which was a real hit with our guests. They got a copy of their photos to take home and a second set which was stuck in a guestbook where they could also leave a message. We had so much fun the next day looking through it.

Alice and Alex's contact book

Dress

Florist

Margaret Kay Florist
www.flowersandwines.co.uk

Photo booth

Boutique Booths
www.boutique-booths.com

Photographer

Nathalie Delente Photography
www.nathaliedelentephotography.net

Suits

Table cloths

Mediterranean Occasions
www.mediterraneanoccasions.co.uk

Venue