Sarah and James' big day was inspired by their love of nature

Sarah and James met while working at their local supermarket. "We were both 18 years old and fell madly in love in the tins aisle," says Sarah. "For our first date, we went to the cinema and have been together ever since."

James popped the question during a skiing holiday. "We'd gone away with some of our friends," shares the bride. "One afternoon, James and I went to see a glacier and the next thing I knew, he was down on one knee! It was a complete surprise, and it was great being able to celebrate with everyone."

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

Country living: Image 1 We wanted to have our wedding in one venue to avoid lots of travelling. When we visited the Gate Street Barn, we fell in love with its laid-back feel and neutral décor. Plus, we loved meeting the on-site cows and office dog, Basil.

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For the centrepieces, we chose roses, peonies, delphiniums, stocks and ranunculi placed in small vases interspersed with gold pineapples and tea lights that smelled divine.

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Our caterer, Pesto Food,helped us create the perfect menu. We included a nod to James' Welshroots by having spring lamb, and as we couldn't choose just one dessert,we had a trio of sticky toffee pudding, rose panna cotta and crème brûlée. In the evening we offered our guests marshmallows, halloumi and chips.

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We used a moon gate to display our table plan and as a backdrop for the ceremony. I had just finished walking down the aisle when there was a big crash. Our moongate was knocked off balance and the registrar had to take evasive action to stop it from falling over. Everyone burst out laughing, but the flowers still looked great!

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James and I chose a three tier bake from Marks &Spencer and a personalised topper from Not On The High Street.

Country living: Image 4 My dress was a Gemy Maalouf design called Roma from Mirror Mirror. At first, I didn't want any lace, but I ended up picking a design with three different types! I accessorised with a white gold and diamond pendant from my mother and a pair of tanzanite earrings.

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The bridesmaids wore floor-length cornflower blue dresses fromASOS. The design suited the girls perfectly, and they were ableto dance the night away in them.

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James and the groomsmen wore three-piece tweed suits from TheVintage Suit Hire Co., with blue bow ties.

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During our drinks reception, we had Gavin & His Guitar play for our guests. His voice sounded great and created a relaxed environment.

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In the evening, we hired a magic mirror photo booth. The machine printed two copies, so we decided to put one in our guest book and give our friends and family the other to keep.

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My top tip for any nearlywed would be to get organised and have aspreadsheet to help keep your plans on track.

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On the morning of the wedding, we couldn't believe the day hadfinally arrived. During the ceremony, emotions were high and it turnedinto a 'who can cry the least' competition. The rest of the day wasperfect and exactly what we wanted.

Country living: Image 8 Due to our careers, we haven't been able to have a honeymoon yet. We're planning to go to South Africa and Mauritius for two weeks at the end of the year.

Sarah and James' contact book

Bride's dress

Bridesmaids' dresses


Marks and Spencer


Not On The High Street


Pesto Food

DJ and photo booth

Pro DJ Southeast


Hannah Martin

Groom's suit

Vintage Suit Hire Co.

Hair Stylist


Denise Winter Photography


Harri Leigh Design


Gate Street Barn