After meeting online, Hillary and Dev got together in September 2016. "I was attracted to him because he has such a gentle soul and I'd never met anyone as thoughtful, and he fell for my sense of adventure. Originally from Australia, I'd just moved to London from Hong Kong and when we first started dating we spent a lot of time visiting many of the city's attractions. I think Dev really liked getting to know London again through fresh eyes."
They celebrated their first Christmas together a couple of months after their first date and a year later went on a last-minute trip to Copenhagen for the festive markets. "The Tivoli Gardens are amazing at that time of year and it was wonderful being there with all the fairylights, drinking mulled wine and soaking up the atmosphere," remembers Hillary. "We went on the famous Ferris wheel and when we were at the top, Dev popped the question with a Harriet Kelsall proposal box. It was such a lovely experience when they made the engagement ring and then going back four months later to ask them to make the wedding band." Their love of Christmas meant the festive season was the obvious choice for their wedding. Read on for Hillary's account of the big day...
We wanted to get married in Cambridge as Dev grew up there.
I got ready with my girlfriends at Hotel du Vin in Cambridge as the church was just around the corner.
I walked down down the street with my friends and family following behind. It was really memorable as there was a buzz in the air and everyone was excited.
The ceremony was really beautiful.
I chose my Halfpenny London dress because it was the one I'd talked about at length with my mum before she passed away in July. I wanted to share the experience with her and for her to be able to visualise what it would look like, even though she couldn't be there.
As I'm from Australia, I wanted our overseas guests to have a traditional London experience so we had a red double-decker bus to take everyone to the reception.
We wanted a venue with a relaxed atmosphere thatwe could put our own stamp on. As soon as westepped inside Swynford Manor, we knew it was theone, the staff were so lovely and it felt like nothingwas too much trouble.
Charlotte Bretton created our tableplan to reflectSwynford Manor and included a hand-drawnpicture of the venue with a holly and evergreenborder which our guests signed so we could keepit as a memento.
We personalised clear Christmas baubles with ourinitials and the wedding date to give our guests asfavours. We wrapped them in black tissue paperwith red ribbon and a little hand-written note oneach one.
Dev had a light grey waistcoat and black jacket to stand out from his groomsmen and the bridesmaids' dresses complemented our red, black and silver colour scheme.
We hired sequin tablecloths and candelabra which reflected the shimmering fairylights beautifully.
After we saw local band Swagger perform a tone of their gigs we knew we just had to have them for our wedding.
We kept the décor quite simple as there were Christmas trees all around the venue to reflect our festive theme.
We had Christmas stockings hanging on the fireplaces, with the names of children at the wedding or close family who couldn't be there.