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We Wanted a Relaxed day Hanging Out With Friends

We didn’t have a specific theme for the day – all we knew is that we wanted to host an amazing outdoor party. We live in Abu Dhabi and so don’t get to see our family and friends that oten – instead of a stufy, formal event, we created a fun and relaxed space to hang out with them. Neil and I also decided pretty early on that we didn’t want a formal dinner. Instead, we had a family-style sit-down meal with guests helping themselves. For the main course we had cast-iron bowls of coq au vin with button mushrooms, baked salmon and Spanish port meatballs. For dessert there was fresh fruit and citrus tarts, and chocolate mousse.

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Neil was adamant he wouldn’t wear a suit or tie for the wedding. Instead he opted for a waistcoat, checked shirt with rolled-up sleeves and a loral bow tie to bring a splash of colour to his outit. One of the hardest things to source were our vintage champagne glass favours. In every shop we looked they were so expensive.

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In the end we went to charity and thrit shores, and ended up getting all 100 glasses for under £200. My top tip: See if some of your vendors can double up on services. Our catering irm provided us with linens, cutlery and servers, while our lorist, Passion For Flowers, also sourced props such as the rustic wooden crates. Jacquie Lewis, 28, married Neil Hine, 34, at St Michael’s & All Angels Church in Worcester followed by a reception at Laughern Hill Estate on 1st August 2015. She says:

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THE BRIDE Slip, £1,000, and skirt, £1,000, Charlie Brear at thewedding-club.co.uk. Necklace, £260, thomassabo.com THE GROOM Waistcoat, £40, next.co.uk. Shirt, £35, and trousers, £40, gap.co.uk. Bow tie, £25, mrsbowtie.com. Leather desert boots, £99, clarks.co.uk

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THE BRIDESMAIDS

Dresses, from £25 each, shein.com

THE VENUE

From £9,000, to hire, laughernhill.co.uk

THE CATERING

From £8,000 for canapés, three-course meal and evening barbecue for 160 guests,dimblebeecatering.co.uk

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THE CAKES

Naked cake with mice cake toppers, £400, cakesby karen.co.uk. Cheese and pork pie cake, £180, dimblebeecatering.co.uk

THE DECOR

Vintage champagne glass favours, similar from £3 each, and vinyl records (for tableplan), £6 for 30, ebay.co.uk. Sweets (served in jam jars), similar £4 per 500g, sainsburys.co.uk

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THE FLOWERS

Bridal headdress, £55; buttonhole, £8; arrangements in glass vases, from £25 each; arrangement in silver pot, £40, and bud vases, from £5 each, passionforflowers.net

THE STATIONERY

Record sleeve invite suite, from £650 for 115, ellothere design.blogspot.co.uk. Penguin book order of services, £350 for 150, feelgoodinvites.com THE ENTERTAINMENT From £900, The Hope Street Busking Band at hireaband.co.uk

THE PHOTOGRAPHER

From £2,000 theresafurey.com Where they bought it.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT THE QUIRKY VINYL RECORD INVITE SUITE WAS A HIT WITH GUESTS. THE NEWLYWEDS. JACQUIE AND NEIL DROVE TO THE RECEPTION IN A RARE TRIUMPH STAG OWNED BY THE GROOM’S FATHER. THE VINTAGE GLASS FAVOURS AND ARRANGEMENTS OF DAHLIAS AND DAISIES. THE BRIDE’S MAIDS HELP HER WITH HER HEADDRESS, MADE OF CRASPEDIA, SOFT RUSCUS, NIGELLA AND SPRAY ROSES. THE PAIR’S SECOND WEDDING CAKE – TIERED PORK PIES AND WHEELS OF CHEESE. JAM JARS FULL OF SWEETS ADDED TO THE FUN, RELAXED VIBE. THE RUSTIC NAKED WEDDING CAKE. THE PAIR ENJOYED THEIR FIRST DANCE IN THE WALLED GARDEN. STUFFED BAKED SALMON WAS SERVED AS PART OF THE MAIN COURSE. A RECEPTION ARRANGEMENT OF DAVID AUSTIN ROSES, DAHLIAS, DAISIES AND MIXED FOLIAGE. THE ORDER OF SERVICES WERE STYLED AS VINTAGE BOOKS. THE VINYL TABLEPLAN.

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