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Enchanted Afternoon

Woodland touches and lush shades of green and white brought Elena and Dino's garden theme to life

Elena and Dino: The Love Story

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When two graphic designers meet and fall in love, as Elena and Dino did at uni, you can bet they’ll have some amazing wedding stationery. But even Elena couldn’t have predicted that Dino would incorporate cool artwork into his proposal in Rome. “It was my birthday and he made me carry around a big wrapped-up present all evening,” she remembers. At midnight, she finally got the go-ahead to open it and found he’d illustrated a film poster she’d always loved. “But when I looked more closely, I saw he had changed the words on it to ‘10 reasons why I love you’. The last one was ‘Will you marry me?’ and of course I said yes!”

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Photography by Polly Alexandre, alexandreweddings.com

Elena and Dino: Shades of Summer

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For their enchanted-garden wedding theme, Elena and Dino chose the gorgeous grounds and rustic-style buildings of Gaynes Park in Epping. A natural palette of greens and whites helped bring the theme to life, and custom-designed stationery (including these seating-plan cards) used a stylish foliage motif. “Green is my favourite colour, and our house is decorated in lime green with white walls and wood, so it was only right to do the wedding in these colours too,” Elena explains.

Elena and Dino: All About the Gown

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For her walk up the aisle, Elena chose a strapless lace fishtail gown by Enzoani, purchased at London boutique JS Couture. “I’d tried on loads of styles, from super-fitted to flowing, but this one had everything I wanted,” she explains. “It looked sexy but still beautiful.”

Elena and Dino: Dressed to Impress

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The bride purchased her statement necklace at a jewellery shop near her home and paired it with an Accessorize bracelet to match. “My veil was also from JS Couture, and I added a hair flower from Gillian Million,” she says. Dino wore a slim, three-piece grey suit from Reiss and shoes from Office.

Elena and Dino: If the Shoe Fits …

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Elena found her crystal-embellished peep-toe heels at Dune. “They were the prettiest I’d come across and were a perfect colour match,” she says.

Elena and Dino: Travel in Style

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Amazing outfits called for amazing transport to match. “We booked the most beautiful vintage Rolls Royce,” she explains. “We both love vintage cars, and it suited the venue so well.”

Elena and Dino: To Have and to Hold

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The bride carried a bouquet of white peonies, roses, freesia and hydrangeas kissed by touches of spring green.

Elena and Dino: Maid to Perfection

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Elena’s little bridesmaids wore diaphanous white dresses from Monsoon.

Elena and Dino: Petal Pushers

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True to the colour scheme for the day, the girls carried baskets of white petals tied with green ribbon.

Elena and Dino: The Power of Flowers

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“I fell in love with our florist LK Lily’s work at the National Wedding Show,” Elena says. “She had hung these beautiful glass balls from tree branches, which was so magical it inspired our theme.” Elena and Dino borrowed that look for their reception tables centres, hanging glass baubles from loose arrangements of peonies, roses, hydrangeas and amaranthus.

Elena and Dino: Lucky Numbers

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The couple stuck with classic numbers for their tables but creatively displayed them in distressed, vintage-look frames with heart-shaped glass.

Elena and Dino: Do Us a Favour

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Traditional Greek biscuit cakes made by a family friend at Barnet Village’s Church Hill Bakery (020 8449 2550) made sweet favours, wrapped up in white boxes and tied with green ribbon.

Elena and Dino: Taking the Cake

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An unconventional cake stand added to the woodland mood of the day. “When I broke the news to our cake-maker that I wanted a tree stump instead of a stand, she thought I was mad,” says Elena. “But she and the florist came up with a great alternative: an upside-down wooden planter.”

Elena and Dino: The Personal Touch

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“We also displayed framed photos from our pre-wedding shoot with Polly Alexandre around the venue,” Elena says.

Elena and Dino: An Evening to Remember

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To entertain their guests, Dino and Elena created a playlist that included something for everyone, from their favourite pop songs to special Greek tunes. “At about midnight, I turned around to see all of the oldies doing the limbo using ties from the groom and the best man as a limbo stick,” Elena says. “It was crazy! My Greek friends and I joke that if you’ve been to one Greek wedding you’ve been to them all, but we definitely made our day our own.”

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Photography by Polly Alexandre, alexandreweddings.com