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Love Is All You Need

Kelly and Raphael called on The Beatles' lyrics to inspire their colourful big-day details

Kelly & Raphael: The Love Story

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When Kelly was summoned up on-stage at the nightclub where she and Raphael were celebrating his 30th, she assumed it was to sing Happy Birthday. “I got up there and saw he was on one knee, so I asked what he was doing,” she remembers. “He said, ‘What do you think?’ and I replied, ‘Looking for your cake?!'” Of course, Raph was actually popping the question in front of the 1000-strong crowd. “The whole night, random well-wishers kept coming up to me to say congratulations!”

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Photography by Rosie Parsons (rosieparsons.com)

Kelly & Raphael: Going to the Chapel

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To top the excitement of the proposal, Kelly and Raph planned a quirky-cool celebration, beginning with a personalised ceremony at the church where she was christened. “We chose hymns that really reflected us, including One More Step Along the World I Go as a nod to the year-and-a-half we spent travelling the globe together,” she says. “And during the signing of the register we played All You Need Is Love.”

Kelly & Raphael: The Dream Theme

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The lyrics and meaning behind The Beatles’ iconic tune came to inspire the theme for the day, from their handmade invitations to the decorations inside their reception venue, like this ‘All You Need Is Love; ‘Love Is All You Need’ mantel display.

Venue: Englemere (englemere.co.uk) in Ascot.

Kelly & Raphael: Initial Attraction

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A bright colour scheme with pops of pink and teal added energy to the classic vintage touches at the reception. Here, vibrant ribbons adorn jam-jar vases filled with roses.

Flowers by The Lavender Hill Company (lavenderhillcompany.co.uk)

Kelly & Raphael: Topping the Tables

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Dining tables were decorated with assorted country jugs filled with bluebells, hydrangeas, roses and ranunculus. 

Flowers by The Lavender Hill Company (lavenderhillcompany.co.uk)

Kelly & Raphael: Sounds Like a Plan

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In another sweet reference to the couple’s world travels, a vintage map served as the table plan. “The table names themselves were places special to us in the countries we had visited together, with photos of us in those places,” Kelly explains. “The top table was ‘Happily Ever After’.”

Kelly & Raphael: Bright Ideas

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The couple made all their own stationery, including these cute, bunting-trimmed menus – displayed in ornate gold frames. Rosy-hued doilies and flickering tea lights added to the pretty effect. 

Kelly & Raphael: The Best Girls

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“Each of my bridesmaids had a different bouquet in complementary vintage colours to reflect their personalities and make them unique,” Kelly says of the posies composed of hydrangeas, ranunculus and roses.

Flowers by The Lavender Hill Company (lavenderhillcompany.co.uk)

Bride’s headdress by Polly Edwards (pollyedwards.com)

Kelly & Raphael: All About the Dress

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For her day in the spotlight, Kelly fell for a cap-sleeved, French Chantilly lace Sassi Holford gown and veil. “I really wanted a vintage feel and a fun dress that I would love wearing,” she says of her choice. “This one was elegant and a bit different, and I thought the lace was beautiful!”

Kelly & Raphael: Flower Power

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The bride carried a cream and coral mix of the same flowers as her bridesmaids (hydrangeas, ranunculus and roses), along with eucalyptus and wax flowers. She accented the arrangement with her late grandmother’s vintage blue brooch. “I placed my bouquet on my nan’s grave, so my sister Bonnie kindly let me throw hers instead,” she says.

Flowers by The Lavender Hill Company (lavenderhillcompany.co.uk)

Kelly & Raphael: If the Shoe Fits

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Kelly finished her look with her own pair of vintage blue heels. 

Kelly & Raphael: Sweet Treats … part 1

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When guests arrived at the reception, they were treated to cool cones from an ice-cream van (tonyfresko.com). 

Kelly & Raphael: Sweet Treats … part 2

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The ice cream van was decorated with ribbons and signs coordinated to match the couple’s stationery. 

Kelly & Raphael: Let Them Eat Cake

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Maid of honour Bonnie Leigh (bonnieleighs.co.uk) made the Victoria sponge cake, which was personalised from top to bottom. The cake topper figurines were purchased from Etsy.com seller whatkatydidnext to look like the bride and groom; the tiny horseshoe had also adorned Kelly’s mum and dad’s wedding cake; and the gazelle figures were a reference to the couple’s nickname, ‘the travelling gazelles’.

Kelly & Raphael: I Want Candy

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The couple also treated guests to a sweetie table, adorably labelled with a gold frame reading, ‘How Sweet It Is to Be Loved By You’.

Kelly & Raphael: Time to Party

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With samba band Rhythms of the City (rhythmsofthecity.com) and a DJ on hand to entertain guests, the evening party raged on into the small hours – and Kelly admits she was the last woman standing at 4am. “Raph surprised me by donning his costume from our trip to the Rio carnival and everyone joined in for a conga. I’ve never seen such a packed dancefloor!”

Groom’s suit: Reiss (reissonline.com)

Groom’s shoes: Ted Baker (tedbaker.com)

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Photography by Rosie Parsons (rosieparsons.com)