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...

Bride and groom getting married in Peterborough cathedral

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.

Couple, best men and bridesmaids in front of a car in front of Peterborough cathedral

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.

Bride in Dando London dress with groom in cathedral 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.

Green flower arrangement

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

English garden theme marquee

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.

Garden games played by wedding guest in bowler hat

We had old Victorian garden games setup on the grass outside the marquee which kept everyone entertained while we were having our photos done.

Handmade tree trunk table centrepieces

A carpenter friend of ours made the tree trunk stands for the tall centrepieces which our florist decorated with flowers top and bottom.

Toastmaster introduces the happy couple to their guests Toastmaster Dennis Ruttledge helped coordinate the reception and he was brilliant!

Cut flowers in glass vases and terracotta pots on the top table

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

Bride and groom table placenames

The floral favours doubled up as place names.

Individual table seating plan planted into hydrangeas

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.

White three-tier wedding cake

We opted for a three-tier cake with different flavours, covered in plain butter cream and decorated with flowers. It tasted simply delicious!

White sweet cart with chalkboard eat me sign John has a sweet tooth so we had a sweetie cart and the the kids loved it!

Backlit first dance in front of wedding guests 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