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Real wedding: A colourful day in Cambridgeshire with a Sophia Tolli wedding dress

This summer celebration in the English countryside combined pretty styling with a breathtaking setting

It took Sheila and Paul just two months to find their dream venue. The Old Hall in Ely is a stunning private house, and won the couple over on their first visit with its gorgeous grounds – including a lakeside pavilion for an outdoor ceremony, the perfect setting for a countryside summer wedding.

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With the natural beauty of the venue already in place, Sheila and Paul made their décor mainly about the flowers. Working to a soft colour palette of blush and gold, with pops of hot pink against cool green foliage, florists Larkspur Floral Design created eye-catching arrangements for the ceremony and reception.

The idea behind the styling was to create a laid-back atmosphere. “We’re both chilled-out people,” says Sheila. “We wanted the day to be quite relaxed, with soft colours throughout.”

The celebration was full of thoughtful, personal touches, including tables named after meaningful dates, such 
as when the pair first met, and when they bought their house. They also displayed photos related to each date on easels.

For favours, Sheila and Paul created a hot chocolate kit for each guest, containing various flavours, marshmallows and sprinkles.

A wedding tradition the pair wanted to leave out was the first dance – but this didn’t quite work out as they’d hoped. “When the band started playing and we got up to dance, everyone naturally stood back and started taking photos!” says Sheila.

With the not-a-first-dance done, the couple partied the night away with their loved ones, with music and garden games keeping everyone entertained.

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The wedding was photographed by Fiona Kelly Photography, chosen for her talent for capturing weddings in a natural way.