Bloomin' wonderful

Alex and John's botanical-themed wedding was a magical mix of fabulous flowers and foliage

John wooed Alex for a year before finally winning her over with his charms. "He'd seen me out and about on nights out and finally plucked up the courage to speak to me but I was playing hard to get. It took another year before we finally went on a date" reveals Alex. "I'd never met anyone like him before and was attracted to his outgoing, warm and funny personality."

John popped the question in beautiful botanical gardens overlooking the Mediterranean while they were on holiday in the south of France. "It was the most amazing, romantic moment of my life. I burst into tears and he didn't hear me say yes at first!" recalls Alex. "My parents were there too and managed to get it all on camera. John had actually asked my father for permission the year before, when he first thought about proposing, so it was a long time coming," she adds. Read on for her account of their big day...

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My mum is a priest in the Diocese of Peterboroughand works in the cathedral which gave us thefantastic opportunity of not only getting marriedthere, but by her, which was extra special.

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I wanted the bridesmaids to be in long floaty dresses, so I chose a pink Grecian-style design. The flowergirls looked pretty in white and the pageboys had blue suits and cute ties with little cars on.

Bloomin' wonderful: Image 2 My Athena by Dando London dress was the firstone I tried on. I literally had butterflies in mystomach and was overwhelmed with emotion themoment I saw myself in it.

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For the cathedral we had large palms and plants with lush green leaves whichcontrasted beautifully against the backdrop.

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My vision for the reception was to create an old English garden theme with anabundance of flowers. We also hung white Chinese lanterns and faux wisteria from the marquee roof and the effect was brilliant.

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We had old Victorian garden games setup on the grass outside the marqueewhich kept everyone entertained whilewe were having our photos done.

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A carpenter friend of ours made the tree trunkstands for the tall centrepieces which our floristdecorated with flowers top and bottom.

Bloomin' wonderful: Image 5 Toastmaster Dennis Ruttledge helped coordinate the reception and he was brilliant!

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Cut flowers in glass vases and terracotta pots filled with succulents and bloomsadorned the top table.

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The floral favours doubled up as place names.

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We planted hydrangeas in a large trough for theseating plan with willow twigs for the table cards,which were attached with cute butterfly clips.

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We opted for a three-tier cake with differentflavours, covered in plain butter cream anddecorated with flowers. It tasted simply delicious!

Bloomin' wonderful: Image 8 John has a sweet tooth so we had a sweetie cartand the the kids loved it!

Bloomin' wonderful: Image 9 The DJ put on a fab set of dance tunes and created exactly the party atmospherewe wanted. They also had giant glowing LOVE letters for the dancefloor.

Alexandra and John's contact book

Bride's dress and accessories

Confetti & Lace
www.confettiandlace.com

Bridesmaids' dresses

JJ's House
www.jjshouse.co.uk

Cake

Crowland Cake Creations
www.crowlandcakecreations.co.uk

Catering

Abbots Events Catering
www.abbotsevents.co.uk

Ceremony venue

Peterborough Cathedral
www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk

Flowers

Bespoke Buds
www.bespokebuds.com

Garden games

Tillys Garden Party Hire
www.tillysgardenpartyhire.co.uk

Groom's suit

Hair

Elena Hair
Tel: 07825 050 970

Make-up

Photo booth

Photography

Heather Jackson Photography
www.heatherjacksonphotography.co.uk

Reception venue

Grange Farm, Wansford
www.grange-farm.co.uk

Toastmaster

Dennis Ruttledge
Tel: 01487 824 244

Wooden flower stands

Essential Carpentry
Tel: 07718 132 633