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Jason and Juliet’s antique English garden wedding

Church of St James', Weybridge, Surrey and Cherkley Court, Leatherhead

Jason and Juliet – The Proposal

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Jason and Juliet married in June 2009 at the Parish Church of St James’, Weybridge, Surrey and Cherkley Court, Leatherhead

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Photography; John Rahim

Juliet’s most evocative memory of her joyful wedding day is of the dance floor.  “All our friends linked their hands in a great big circle and we danced to ‘Time of My Life’ – all I saw as I whizzed past was all my lovely friends smiling – pure joy, just the happiest day,” says Juliet,

Jason and Juliet – The Proposal

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The couple met in 2006 through friends in the glamorous setting of a pub garden. Jason proposed to Juliet on Christmas Eve. Juliet said: “We were out walking our dog, Seb, in Richmond Park – the same place Jason’s grandparents were engaged.  I was hoping for a proposal – he’s an old romantic – but it was still a surprise.”

And it was Juliet’s mum who chanced upon their wedding venue, Cherkley Court. “She’s a keen member of the Horticultural Society and found out about the amazing garden renovations going on. It’s such a beautiful venue but it’s also tucked away down a mile and a half-long driveway so it’s a hidden gem,” added Juliet.

Lucy and Richard – The Dress

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The theme for the day was simple and classic. “The antique-look lace of my dress and English Garden romanticism of Cherkley inspired a colour scheme of cream and vintage faded pinks,” says Juliet.

Talking of the dress, Juliet’s gorgeous figure-hugging lace dress was by designer Lusan Mandongus and bought from Surrey Brides. She borrowed her veil from Jane, one of her bridesmaids, and chose a pair of Next shoes. “Because the dress was such a statement I decided to wear simple pearl jewellery,” adds Juliet.

Lucy and Richard – Groom (with best man)

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Jason, his best man Adam (aka Lenny) and the ushers, wore traditional tails from Hugh Harris of Woking.

Jason and Juliet – The Flowers

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Tabitha at Florish prepared all the blooms for the day. “She used a country, vintage theme of cream and dusky pinks, mainly roses plus peonies and lisianthus mixed with some pale foliage,” says Juliet.

The bridal bouquet was a round posy of roses and the bridesmaids carried wrist corsages of mocha and pink. The couple’s friend Simon Ratcliff designed bespoke stationery – integrating lacy, floral features and their entwined initials.

Jason and Juliet – Post-Ceremony

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“On the morning of the wedding, I was surprisingly calm. In fact, I even found time to do some vacuuming,” says Juliet. And in-between domestic chores, make-up artist Sharon Ross beautified Juliet and coiffed her hair into a sleek chignon.

At the church, Juliet walked up the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major – “Jason loves this piece of music. My voice cracked a little when I said my vows but Jason knows me so well and handed me a hanky that he had safely stored in his jacket pocket,” added Juliet.

Jason and Juliet – Wedding Cake

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The couple travelled to Cherkley in a Bentley Continental Flying Spur, organised through Connect Limos. And everyone sat down to a light and summery menu by caterers Two Many Cooks – including vegan options for members of Jason’s family.  Juliet says: “I don’t like sweet things so Two Many Cooks also created an amazing tiered cheese cake for us.”

Jason and Juliet – First Dance

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The evening reception, in Cherkley’s stunning Orangery, kicked off with the couple’s first dance to Jack Johnson’s ‘Better Together’. DJ Rob James lined up dance floor filler after dance floor filler – and videographers, I Do Productions recorded every move. And, after an utterly memorable day, the couple headed off on honeymoon to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.