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Louise and Simon’s vibrant wedding

The George in Rye, East Sussex

Louise and Simon’s vibrant wedding – The Couple

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Photographer: Scott Ramsey

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The Couple

Busy lawyers Louise Hume and Simon Rylatt met through Dating Direct, and Simon was the first date Louise went on – “He maintains the joining fee was the best £27 he’s ever spent!” she laughs.

The couple went away for a romantic weekend in Suffolk, where Simon planned to propose, but he actually popped the question kneeling on their bedroom floor when they got home. “I was completely surprised and was stunned into silence (unusually for me) – he had to ask again!”

The couple married in August 2008 in Rye, East Sussex, surrounded by friends and family from all over the world, including Australia, where Louise’s family are from.

Louise and Simon’s vibrant wedding – The Venue

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The Venue

The couple chose Rye as their dream venue. “The old town location meant everyone could stay close together, and it was a quirky place for my Australian relatives to visit,” says Louise.

“We loved the fact that we could marry at the town hall and have Rex, the town crier, announce the wedding outside and walk us down the hill to the reception – it was a bit of a novelty!”

The couple wrote their own vows and exchanged them in their civil ceremony at Rye town hall. “Simon got quite emotional during his vows, which was unusual but lovely – it caused many women in the room to shed a few tears, on the wedding DVD you can see my work colleague looking quite distraught!” Guests were led to the elegant reception at The George in Rye – “I loved walking into the reception room while all the guests cheered. It felt like the Oscars!”

Louise and Simon’s vibrant wedding – The Details

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The Details

The couple wanted to keep their wedding elegant, modern and relaxed – nothing too formal. There were lots of flashes of bright colour to keep it vibrant, especially bright cerise in the bridesmaids’ dresses and flowers. The reception was held in the ballroom at The George, with cherry blossom candles placed around the window pains and long ribbons threaded with pink and white rose petals hanging from the mantelpieces.

“We named the tables after fun, significant places we’ve been to, like festivals or pubs, and the stationery was by Cherry Gorgeous” says Louise. “Our favours were a Twining’s Traditional English Tea bag and a Tim Tam chocolate biscuit – something English and something Australian – which we put into cellophane bags and tied with cerise pink ribbon. It took ages but was worth it!”

The centrepieces were cube glass vases with David Austin roses, astrantia, bouvardia and lisianthus.

Louise and Simon’s vibrant wedding – The Evening

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“We chose The George partly because of the good reputation of its chef and we weren’t disappointed,” says Louise. Guests were served a four course meal of smoked duck breast with walnuts, followed by mango sorbet, then Romney Marsh lamb with vegetable ratatouille and a strawberry and almond tart for dessert. The couple had several speeches, from the bridesmaids, groom’s attendant, the groom and Louise’s father, as well as having an MC to keep thing’s ticking over! “Lots of people said the speeches were the best they had heard at a wedding – they were funny and really well-prepared,” says Louise.

In the evening the buffet, three-tier white and milk chocolate ganache cake from Donna’s Cakes and DJ were very popular, and the party really got going when tribute band The Beatlez started playing – “We danced for hours!”

Louise and Simon’s vibrant wedding – The Dress

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The Dress

Louise wore a long, slim ivory halter-neck gown called Diva by Caroline Castigliano, which she bought from the designer wedding dress sale at the Thistle, Marble Arch. “It was fitted and flowing but had a bit of a train, which I could hook up in the evening,” she says. She wore shoes from Rainbow Club and a crystal and pearl bracelet from Jewellery By Jo. “In my hair I had a crystal and pearl clip in the shape of a tiger lily from Flutterby Weddings,” she says. “It looked really pretty and finished my outfit perfectly.” The bridesmaids wore hit-pink dresses from Dessy.

Louise and Simon’s vibrant wedding – The Groom

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The Groom

Simon wore a two-piece suit by Reiss with a silver and grey striped waistcoat Hired from Austin Reed. Paul Smith shoes and cufflinks finished the outfit. He wore a cerise tie and a rose buttonhole to fit the theme, while his groomsmen wore ivory rose buttonholes.

Louise and Simon’s vibrant wedding – The Flowers

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The Flowers

“Mao at Shimizu Flowers in Hastings was friendly, fun and very helpful – she made my gorgeous David Austin rose bouquet,” says Louise. “It had pink and ivory roses, Cezanne (white with pink edges) and Mimi Eden roses, tied with a cerise ribbon and a row of pearls. I’ve never been a flower fan, but I loved ours, especially my bouquet!” The bridesmaids had smaller versions, tied with a cream ribbon.

Louise and Simon’s vibrant wedding – Advice

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“Be super-organised,” advises Louise. “Keep all your info in a folder and use a spreadsheet for guest details. It really helps if something goes wrong. Little mishaps happen, but we loved our day. People had travelled from all around the globe to be there, so we felt so spoilt, the feeling was unbeatable.”