Elle Scarborough, 25, married Thomas Gooday, 25, in an outdoor civil ceremony in her parents’ garden in Norwich ELLE SAYS ‘I always knew I wanted to marry in the house I grew up in – my parents’ garden is beautiful, and overlooks the Norwich countryside. We decided to DIY every element of the day, recruiting an army to help: my bridesmaids made pom-poms, while friends and family gathered flowers for the table. My dad and brother also set up ‘sports day’ games – a huge hit come cocktail hour.
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But the meal was the star of the show: my mum made it all from scratch, from the onion quiche starter to the lemon tart. It started raining later in the afternoon, but that didn’t stop everyone heading for the dance marquee. It couldn’t have been more perfect.’ MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT ‘The ceremony itself felt magical. A formal wedding isn’t us, so we didn’t have readings – just us saying our vows next to the meadow, with a guitarist strumming away as an accompaniment.’
Jayne Louise Farman, 31, married Mark Andrew Baines, 32, in a civil ceremony at Goodwood House, West Sussex JAYNE SAYS ‘We wanted our wedding to be seriously special, with no expense spared. We’ve been together all our adult lives (we were childhood sweethearts), but we waited to tie the knot until our two children, Jaxon, 7, and Beaux, 3, were old enough to be a part of it all.
We looked at several venues, but Goodwood and its grand estate won out. The manor house is beautiful, covered in ivy and surrounded by rolling countryside. Once we’d chosen the venue, I was able to focus on my dress. I chose a strapless ivory gown by Suzanne Neville and added a few details, such as a long veil with satin edging, something I’ve wanted since I was little. Unlike Mark, I’m not good at visualising how things will look, so seeing everything materialise was incredible. Our in-house planner, Maria, was a tremendous help in guiding us and creating an elegant tone.
The day was all about luxe details and, because our budget was £120,000, we were lucky enough to be able to do everything we wanted. The table flowers by Philippa Craddock (hydrangeas, peonies and roses) were a showstopper, and the personalised place settings with mirrored menus and favours by Jo Malone and Gordon’s Gin really set the scene. Our guests enjoyed a three-course wedding breakfast of local hot smoked salmon, fillet of beef and chocolate fondant. And there were after-dinner cigars for the boys – just to add to the glamour of it all!’ MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT ‘Jaxon reading a poem he had written himself (so cute!). And cutting our enormous cake by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium.’
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