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Nicole and Adam’s spring spectacular

The Grove, Hertfordshire

Nicole and Adam – The Ceremony

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Photography: Mark Seymour, winner of the Master Photographers’ Association/You & Your Wedding Brides’ Choice Award 2008.

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Nicole Singer and Adam Goodman met at a London bar, though they didn’t get off to the most talkative start… “Adam knew the friend I was with and they got talking,” says Nicole.

“I thought he was just gorgeous and tried to chat him up, but he had an attack of muteness and wouldn’t speak to me (little did I know he was very shy).

Coincidentally, three months later, the friend I was with that night happened to start dating Adam’s best mate! Adam got my number from her and we went out the following week.”

Nicole and Adam – The Ceremony

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The Venue

Nicole and Adam held their wedding at The Grove in Hertfordshire. “We both wanted something with a country feel, but as we were having such a big wedding there were only a few options available to us,” says Nicole. “The Grove was the first venue we looked at – and the last.”

The couple had a Jewish ceremony at the hotel, which lasted about an hour. “We opted for a very traditional service with our immediate family all stood under the Chuppah (wedding canopy),” adds the bride. “The ceremony was followed by a drinks and canapé reception in the Amber Suite Foyer and hotel grounds, which enabled the events team to re-set the room for dinner.”

Nicole and Adam – The Bride

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The outfits

Nicole looked stunning in her gorgeous Reem Acra gown from Browns Bride. “The whole dress just sparkled,” she says. “It’s a crying shame I only got to wear it once.

As the dress was so detailed, I kept the accessories to a minimum, with earrings from Swarovski, Gina shoes and a handbag from Adam’s grandmother which was my something borrowed.”

The groom wore a Dolce & Gabbana black suit with a dress tie and Prada shoes

Nicole and Adam – The Reception

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The couple’s Spring wedding was a grand and elegant affair. “The dress code was black tie,” says the bride. “We wanted a simple but fresh, elegant and unique look. Adam was our wedding planner, as he runs his own event planning company A Current Affair

He was nicknamed the bride – my family kept joking that all he was missing was the big white dress! I trusted him 1000 per cent, and it made the build up very exciting for me. The only thing I had to worry about was my dress and lip gloss.”

Nicole and Adam – The Flowers

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The flowers

The floral arrangements created by Inwater were nothing short of showstopping. “The theme of the wedding was cherry blossom, which was used on the Chuppah and as table centrepieces,” says Nicole.

“We had a three-week window in which to use the blossom – however, as we had an early spring, it bloomed too early so we had to freeze it and bring it out three days before the wedding. This was down to the skill of our florists,” adds Nicole

Nicole and Adam – Finishing Touches

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We love…

It’s the little details that really make a wedding stand out. We love the way the couple’s pretty pink chairbacks complemented their cherry blossom theme.

Nicole and Adam – Wedding Breakfast

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The food

Michael Rose Banqueting took care of the catering, and served up an extensive kosher menu. Guests could head to the American Hot Bar (serving treats such as mini beef burgers and steak baguettes), the Smoked Salmon Bar or the Sushi Bar, and tuck into a wide range of hot and cold canapés. For the wedding breakfast, there was teriyaki salmon or confit of aubergine to start, followed by roasted rib of beef, baked fillet of barramundi, or a mushroom risotto tower.

An assiette of desserts was then served, including chocolate mousse, brandy snap baskets filled with summer berries, and tart citron. Mmmm, we’re getting hungry just thinking about it!

Nicole and Adam – Evening Celebrations

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A chocolate fountain is always popular with wedding guests (for similar, try theoriginalchocolatefountain.com). Take a leaf out of Nicole and Adam’s book and serve yours with fresh fruit and marshmallows.

Nicole and Adam – Evening Celebrations

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Entertainment

The live entertainment acts certainly succeeded in getting the guests on their feet. “China Grove were our brilliant band for the evening band,” says Nicole. “During dinner, we also had a Frank Sinatra sound- and look-alike.

“Up until the guests actually saw him they thought he had risen from the grave and flown over especially – he was that good.”

Nicole and Adam – First Dance

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Your favourite moment…

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Nicole’s favourite moment of the day was the part when she tied the knot with Adam. “When we were both under the Chuppah, all the stress and tension dissolved – there was no more worrying about flowers, invitations, etc! That moment was what all the planning was about: becoming man and wife. It was very special.”