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Natalie and Jeremy’s simply elegant wedding

St. Sebastian's, Liverpool.

Natalie and Jeremy’s simply elegant wedding

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Natalie Chambers and Jeremy Trevis

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Credit: Perrot Photography

City lawyers Natalie Chambers and Jeremy Trevis met when they worked for the same law firm. After some flirty emails and work nights out, Jeremy plucked up the courage to kiss Natalie.

They were together for five years before Jeremy surprised her with a romantic Christmas proposal by attaching an engagement ring to their Christmas tree. “The ring was exactly as I pictured it,” says Natalie. “So obviously the hints worked!”

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The couple were married on 4 November 2006 at St. Sebastian’s in Liverpool, which has seen lots of Natalie’s family members tie the knot in the past.

They had a traditional Catholic service with their favourite hymns, and the Liverpool Philharmonic Gospel Choir singing gospel music including ‘Amazing Grace’. “The choir were brilliant and really lifted the whole service. Everyone was clapping along and smiling,” says Natalie.

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Natalie’s dress was made to measure by Sarah Owen in London.  She wanted something timeless that was sleek and elegant and opted for a backless, fishtail dress in Italian duchesse ivory satin. “Sarah was great to work with and really took on board my ideas and suggestions in her design.”

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Natalie’s jewellery (the back piece of the dress and chandelier earrings) was handmade for her by Kirsten Goss, who let her choose exactly what stones she wanted and helped to co-ordinate the sparkly and dramatic look.  “My ‘something borrowed’ on the day was a beautiful pearl ring lent to me by my Aunty Anne – I didn’t want to give it back!” says Natalie.

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My bouquet was a simple collection of orange gerberas tied with chocolate-brown ribbon created by our florist Margaret Mason (01772 253 858),” says Natalie.

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Jeremy wore a coffee-coloured three-quarter length suit with an orange cravat and orange gerbera button hole. His best man, the two dads and the five ushers wore tails in the same colour with cream cravats and cream gerbera button holes. “I had my bridesmaid Hannah’s brother, Josh, as a page boy, who looked super smart in exactly the same outfit as Jez,” says Natalie.

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The reception was held at Knowlsey Hall (0151 489 4827). The grand dining room where the guests ate was the main feature of the reception and, because it was a winter wedding, the couple wanted a welcoming feel with lots of white and candlelight. “We chose white chair covers and had a combination of high and low table decorations on mirrors to reflect the light,” says Natalie.

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While the day was quite traditional with a Catholic service and imposing venue, Jez and Natalie also kept it contemporary. “We used vibrant orange and brown on the stationery, favours and wedding flowers,” says Natalie.

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Instead of giving favours, Natalie and Jeremy decided to donate some money to Motivation, an international disability and development charity working in low-income countries to help people with mobility disabilities.

“We wrote a note for each favour box telling our guests that we’d made a donation on their behalf and I couldn’t resist adding a tiny tube of love hearts to add a bit of sweetness!  The favour boxes were cream, with alternate orange and chocolate brown ribbons – simple and elegant (and expertly made by my mum’s fiancé, David),” says Natalie.

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The cake was a three layered, round chocolate sponge cake covered in chocolate with chocolate ganache filling. “ We wanted to keep the cake modern and simple and decorated it with orange ribbon and orange gerberas. My aunty Carol is a genius cake-maker and she made the cake for us,” say Natalie.

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Jeremy and Natalie did their first dance to Kanye West, ‘Touch the Sky’. “We’d put together a few cheeky moves to avoid shuffling around the dance floor in a school-disco fashion (we tried unsuccessfully to pass off our dance as being spontaneous and improvised when really we’d had a few lessons!),” says Natalie.

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“My absolute favourite moment of the day was walking down the aisle. I felt amazing in my gorgeous dress and was so happy to be marrying Jez,” says Natalie “The wedding planning was stressful at times and very time consuming, but all of that paled into insignificance when thinking about what was really important – getting married to someone you love.”