A touch of luxury

Circe and Damien's classy nuptials took place at Hartsfield Manor

For Circe and Damien, it was love at first sight. "We met at Nikki Beach in Marbella," explains Circe. "He approached me and asked if I'd like to do the Ice Bucket Challenge with him for charity. I agreed, and the rest is history."

Damien popped the question during a trip to Bangkok, Thailand. "We had a disastrous holiday," shares the bride. "There was torrential rain, and all flights were cancelled. When we finally arrived in Bangkok, Damien suggested we visit the Sky Bar that we'd heard so much about. Unfortunately, we didn't realise that the bar had a strict dress code and we weren't allowed in! We were about to give up and go home when a lady approached us and offered us a pair of smart trousers for just £1. Once we were inside, we looked around and much to my surprise, Damien got down on one knee and proposed. Everyone cheered, and it was the perfect ending to an awful holiday."

Here she shares some of her favourite moments from their big day...

A touch of luxury: Image 1 Damien turned into a bit of a diva when we were looking for a venue. We'd viewed four, but he found a fault with them all. We hadn't heard of Hartsfield Manor until Damien attended a speed awareness course there. He phoned me straight away to say he'd found the perfect property.

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We had 'love' letters decorating the grand staircase.

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Once we'd decided on a pink and white colour scheme, we began choosing flowers. We opted for gypsophila and roses that we used to decorate the tables and my bouquet.

A touch of luxury: Image 3 We hired a flower wall from CJ's Party Hire Wedding & Event Specialists.We had torrential rain all day, which meant we couldn't take any photographs outside. Luckily for us, the wall created the perfect backdrop.

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Our cake was a simple two-tier design, with a chocolate and lemon filling.

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We wanted to use rose gold lanterns with naked flames for our centrepieces. Most of the venues we spoke to wouldn't allow an open flame,so when Hartsfield Manor agreed, we were over the moon. Our wonderful florist made wreaths that fit perfectly around the lanterns.

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On the morning of the wedding it was pouring down with rain and it was all I could think about. I was really upset until I walked down the aisle and saw Damien. At that moment, I felt so incredibly happy to be marrying my best friend that nothing else mattered.

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I visited around 10 different bridal boutiques before I decided on a gown. I emailed Rosie at Miss Bush before my appointment and told her exactly what I wanted. When I arrived, she suggested I try on Noah by Sottero and Midgley and I instantly fell in love.

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Damien and his groomsmen wore matching Hammond & Cosuits. To ensure Damien stood out, he picked an ivory tie while they wore navy versions.

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My bridesmaids chose pink backless dresses from ASOS.

A touch of luxury: Image 7 Our close friend, Hobbie Stuart, performed Ed Sheeran's Thinking OutLoud for our first dance. He's an old school friend and I've always lovedhis music, so it meant so much to us that he was involved in our special day.

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For the ceremony, we had a pianist play as I walked down the aisle.It was really special and created a great atmosphere.

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Damien felt nervous about his speech. He doesn't like being the centre attention and was constantly worrying. Funny enough, it ended up being one of the best parts of the day.

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My maid-of-honour, Row, helped me in the run-up to our big day. She gave me a personalised hanger and a really touching card. My bridesmaid, Jess, also stepped in at the last minute and let me borrow her earrings andmy friend Camille did my make-up perfectly. Damien's best man designed and paid for our invitations and my friend, Nina, did my bridesmaids' hair. Our wedding showed us just how lucky we are to be surrounded by such wonderful people.

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We went to Dubai and the Maldives for 10 days for our honeymoon. We wanted to wait until the rainy season had passed, but when we arrived it started spitting! We both thought our trip was ruined but luckily it stopped and didn't rain again! We had the most amazing time sunbathing,snorkelling and seeing the dolphins.

Circe and Damien's contact book

Bride's dress

Bridesmaids' dresses

Entertainment

Flower wall, blossom trees and postbox

CJ's Party Hire Wedding & Event Specialists
www.cjpartyhire.co.uk

Flowers

Cathey's Flowers
www.catheysflowers.com

Hair Stylist

Katherine Ann Hairdressing
www.facebook.com/katherineannhairdressing

Photographer

Earlybird Photography
www.earlybirdphotography.co.uk

Venue

Hartsfield Manor
www.hartsfieldmanor.co.uk