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Romantic pink wedding with fab flowers!

Natasha & Phillip, Cadbury House Hotel & Spa, Bristol

Phil and Natasha – The Proposal

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Photography: Melanie East Photography

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Phil proposed to Natasha in a romantic cliffside restaurant in the Dominican Republic. “When he got down on one knee, I actually thought he’d dropped something, but then I saw the open ring box in his hand!” says Natasha. “The waiters rushed over with Champagne – I said yes immediately.” The couple were married at Cadbury House Hotel in Bristol. “Our theme was romance – we had a fuchsia, dusky pink and white colour scheme with lots of candles to create a relaxed but romantic vibe,” added Natasha.

Phil and Natasha – The Proposal

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The couple exchanged vows in a gazebo in the grounds, overlooking the Avon estuary. “Fortunately the sun shone for us and we had gorgeous blue sky,” says Natasha. “We decorated the gazebo with flower stands on each side with ribbons and foliage, with chairs arranged around the outside for our guests, who had cones filled with rose petal confetti.” The couple hired classical singers Lyrica (01934 832283) to sing Songbird by Eva Cassidy and Come What May from Moulin Rouge. It has a great crescendo at the end – we used it for the recessional and stood at the front of the room until this came in!” Their friends read On Your Wedding Day and Marriage and they wrote their own vows so the ceremony felt extra-personal. “I so excited on the morning of the wedding, I just couldn’t wait to get there and felt so happy!” says Natasha.

Phil and Natasha – The Dress

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Natasha chose a bespoke ivory strapless gown by Ricky Summers, which she found at Losners in London. “It had a ruched waist and crystal detailing, then fell to the floor in a cathedral-length train, the same length as my veil,” she says. Her shoes were a wedding gift from Phil, and came from Gina. “They were encrusted with Swarovski crystals – I think more people asked to see my shoes than my ring!” says Natasha. Her jewellery and tiara were also Swarovski.

Phil and Natasha – The Flowers

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“My bouquet was a definite work of art!” says Natasha. “My florist, Kimberley’s, used dusky pink roses with white stephanotis and pearls. It was finished with trailing wired crystals and gems. It was really very beautiful.” The bridesmaids bouquets and Phil’s buttonhole included the same pink roses and star-shaped stephanotis.

Phil and Natasha – Wedding Breakfast

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The reception was held inside Cadbury House. “We loved it because it’s contemporary inside but with some gorgeous original details,” says Natasha. They dressed the tables with silver candleabra and plenty of dusky and fuchsia roses and gerberas. “Tealights, gems and pink uplighters were placed everywhere for a romantic feeling,” says Natasha. Natasha and her parents made the table plan using fresh flower heads, which had the table name and guests’ names, on white card, hanging from them with ribbon.

Phil and Natasha – Wedding Breakfast flowers

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“The top table arrangement was amazing – it had to be made in three parts and was approximately a foot wide!” says Natasha. The florist used twisted twigs, fresh roses and gerbera and plenty of trailing greenery to make the beautiful arrangement.

Phil and Natasha – Wedding Breakfast napkins

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“The napkins were all hand-pressed by my Nan, who also tied the fuchsia ribbon and name tags around each one,” says Natasha. “It took her a long time but they looked gorgeous.” Favours were love hearts in boxes tied with pink ribbon for the ladies and ivory ‘suit’ boxes for the men with pink ties.

Phil and Natasha – The Cake

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The cake, made by Pixie Dust Cakes, was a focal point. “It was subtle, but effective, comprising four tiers with a sugarcraft bow trailing to the base,” says Natasha. “We kept the rose quartz stone in the centre of the bow and Phil had it made into a necklace for me for our first anniversary.” They decorated the base with tea lights and rose petals. They served it after the four-course meal cooked by Cadbury House chefs, which included stilton mushrooms, salmon and profiteroles.

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“I know everyone says it, but it was the best day of our lives,” says Natasha. “We wanted to give it a real party feel using a Champagne fountain, a magician (Yo Vanderlip) and break dancers, which were an unexpected surprise for the guests. We also had a chocolate fountain in the evening and set up a video room with props so our guests could leave messages for us. But my favourite part was the ceremony – it was absolutely beautiful.”