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...
My mum is a priest in the Diocese of Peterborough and works in the cathedral which gave us the fantastic opportunity of not only getting married there, but by her, which was extra special.
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.
My Athena by Dando London dress was the firstone I tried on. I literally had butterflies in my stomach and was overwhelmed with emotion the moment I saw myself in it.
For the cathedral we had large palms and plants with lush green leaves which contrasted beautifully against the backdrop.
My vision for the reception was to create an old English garden theme with an abundance of flowers. We also hung white Chinese lanterns and faux wisteria from the marquee roof and the effect was brilliant.
We had old Victorian garden games setup on the grass outside the marquee which kept everyone entertained while we were having our photos done.
A carpenter friend of ours made the tree trunk stands for the tall centrepieces which our florist decorated with flowers top and bottom.
Toastmaster Dennis Ruttledge helped coordinate the reception and he was brilliant!
Cut flowers in glass vases and terracotta pots filled with succulents and blooms adorned the top table.
The floral favours doubled up as place names.
We planted hydrangeas in a large trough for the seating plan with willow twigs for the table cards, which were attached with cute butterfly clips.
We opted for a three-tier cake with different flavours, covered in plain butter cream and decorated with flowers. It tasted simply delicious!
John has a sweet tooth so we had a sweetie cart and the the kids loved it!
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.
Bride's dress and accessories
Wooden flower stands