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Real wedding: A bespoke Gilly Wood dress for a wedding in France

Mackenzie and Oscar wanted an intimate outdoor ceremony amongst the olive trees in the South of France, surrounded by their loved ones.

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When American Mackenzie Daggett and Swedish Oskar Schonback met on St Maarten, a little island in the Caribbean, in 2005, it was “love at first date”. They were both working on private yachts at the time, she as a purser and he as a captain, but just a few months later, they started working together, and visited 19 countries together in their first year as a couple.

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“We’ve travelled the world and built a beautiful life together ever since,” Mackenzie says.

The proposal happened eight years later, and it came as a total shock to Mackenzie, who thought Oskar wasn’t fussed about a big wedding. 

“We already owned a home and had been living together for nearly a decade, and although I started dropping hints after about a year of dating (I am not Swedish, I was absolutely fussed about a big wedding!) we sort of silently agreed to not discuss it to keep the surprise element,” she said.

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Then, one sunset on their terrace in France, Oskar got down on one knee with a beautiful engagement. He designed th ring himself, based on one the couple saw together eight years earlier!

Mackenzie said, “Unbeknownst to me, after we left he paid a photographer to take photos of that ring, then kept them in his computer for years and years, until finally having it redesigned and custom made in yellow gold and square cut diamonds, giving it to me nearly eight years later.”

Although the couple come from two different countries and have many friends all over the world, they settled on France for the wedding, as they have a base there and it would be easier for everyone to travel.

They knew they wanted an intimate, outdoor ceremony surrounded by olive trees and their nearest and dearest. They kept decorations to a minimum, with only a few gold, champagne and white accents, to “let nature decorate for us”. Their big day in June 2013 had touches of 1960s America, 1920s France and Alice in Wonderland. 

Have a look at their fabulous French wedding below, including the bride’s gorgeous Gilly Wood custom dress (inspired by the 20s, 60s and Kate Moss) and bridesmaid’s champagne-coloured dresses.

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Photography: Katy Lunsford | Videography: Film & TV Pro | Venue: Domaine L’Oustaroun | Wedding dress: Gilly Woo | Bridal shoes: Miu Miu | Veil: Sarah Morgan Bridal | Hair: Gary Simmons | Make-up: Olga Vashchuk | Caterers: Red Radish | Drinks: Fine Wine Works | Suit: Ted Baker | Bridesmaids dresses: Sue Wong and Karen Millen | Flowers: Shalene Hutchinson | Stationery: Nekolina Griffin, Oblation Papers, Paper Source | Entertainment: Anthony Caligagan, Jaz Afroman