Forever valentines

Natasha and Aiden tied the knot on the most romantic day of the year

Natasha and Aiden clicked from the moment they first met at a party. “We instantly got on well,” says Natasha. Two-and-a-half years later, Aiden popped the question at a Build-A-Bear workshop in Cambridge. “I put the ring on a chain around the bear. It was a complete surprise,” explains Aiden.

They tied the knot on Valentine's Day and opted for a pastel, vintage-style theme. Beauty therapist Natasha did hers and her bridesmaids' make-up and the bridal party got ready at Clarice House in Bury St Edmunds, where she works.

“We knew Clarice House would be a great backdrop for beautiful photos,” adds Aiden.

Read on for Natasha's account of their big day...

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The Garden Barn was our dream venue; even the décor matched our theme perfectly.

 
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I completed my look with a Sparkle & Co pearl bracelet made with a charm of Aiden's fingerprint and a blue crystal for my something blue. I borrowed a pair of earrings from a friend and wore a pearl hair accessory.

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I wore Patience, a lace dress by Ronald Joyce. I knew I wanted a princess style and Brides by Solo adapted it perfectly to create my dream gown.

 
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We gave the bridesmaids present boxes, each containing a mini bottle of bubbly, a personalised bracelet and a heart-shaped, thank-you keepsake made by Sparkle & Co jewellers.

 
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“As Tasha loves Disney, I gave her a Tinker Bell trinket box as a wedding gift. I also had a bracelet made for her with a photo charm of her grandparents, with 'in loving memory' engraved on the back, as her grandad sadly passed away a few weeks before the wedding.” – Aiden

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My bouquet was made up of pearl-studded roses and gypsophila.

 
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We attached bubbles to the order of service cards for our guests to use instead of confetti.

 
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The favours were blue candy-striped bags filled with pastel coloured bonbons and sealed with a personalised sticker. Our centrepieces were made up of spring garden flowers including the roses and gypsophila in my bouquet.

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The bunting theme ran throughout the stationery including the table plan, with table names and menu cards to match. We had afternoon tea in a marquee attached to the barn straight after the ceremony and in the evening our guests tucked into fish and chips.

 
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Aiden and his groomsmen wore navy blue suits with pink waistcoats and ruche ties to match the colour of the bridesmaids' dresses.

 
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The place names were printed on luggage tags attached to individual miniature bottles of wine.

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“Dan our photographer made our photos magical and he was there every step of the way throughout the planning process.” – Natasha

 
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My bridesmaids wore Colour by Kenneth Winston long, chiffon dresses in pastel pink. I found them on the internet and then searched online for where to buy them locally.

 
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Our three tier cake was decorated with pink flowers, bunting and a lace pattern, with carrot and orange flavour on top, white chocolate sponge in the middle and fruit cake for the base.

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The caterers served our afternoon tea reception on vintage china and cake stands to match our big-day theme. Venue stylist Jane Webster supplied the lace tablecloths and our chair covers.

 
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Our first dance was to All of Me by John Legend.

 

Natasha Lister and Aiden Cockerill's contact book


Bride's and bridesmaids' bracelets and heart keepsakes
Sparkle & Co
www.sparkleandco.co.uk

Bride's dress and accessories
Brides by Solo
www.bridesbysolo.co.uk

Bride's hair
Amy Barnes
Tel: 07541 417 542

Bridesmaids' dresses
Bury Bridal Rooms
www.burybridalrooms.co.uk

Cake
Cakes by Dee
Tel: 07738 285 967

Catering
The Main Ingredient
www.the-main-ingredient.com

Fish and chips
Chippy's
www.chippys.co.uk

Flowers
Langton Flowers
www.langtonflowers.co.uk

Groom's and groomsmen's suits
1860 Suit Hire by Greenwoods
www.1860.com/burystedmunds

Magician
Jamie Segrave
www.jamiesegrave.com

Marquee hire
First Choice Marquees
www.firstchoicemarquees.co.uk

Mother-of-the-bride's hat
Newmarket Hat Hire
www.newmarkethathire.co.uk

Mother-of-the-bride's outfit
Phase Eight
www.phase-eight.com

Photographer
D&A Photography
www.da-photo.co.uk

Stationery
Angelic Weddings & Events
www.angelicweddings.org.uk

Venue
The Garden Barn
www.thegardenbarn.co.uk

Venue styling
Jane Webster
www.jane-webster.co.uk

Wedding night accommodation
Clarice House, Bury St Edmunds
www.claricehouse.co.uk