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Real wedding: A Justin Alexander dress in a walled garden

Joanne and James had their heart set on an outdoor wedding and took inspiration from their English garden surroundings.

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With their hearts set on an outdoor wedding, Jo and James had initially considered taking the celebration abroad – they got engaged in beautiful Vicchio in Tuscany.

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But when they discovered that Somerleyton Hall – a Tudor-Jacobean mansion set on a 500-acre estate – was opening its walled gardens for weddings, they knew they’d discovered the perfect spot to say “I do” much closer to home.

Their big day was very much a family affair, as friends and family helped with everything from hair and make-up to cake-making. James’ sister Libby created the floral centre pieces with the florist’s blooms, while his dad created the table plan, which balanced on an easel from an artist friend of Jo’s mum.

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Given the garden theme, flowers were essential to the wedding look. Jo’s bouquet contained a fresh-picked arrangement of powder-blue delphiniums, Sweet Avalanche roses, gypsophilia and lisianthus, which complemented her stunning Justin Alexander ballgown dress perfectly.

Still in keeping with the pastel themes, the bridesmaids wore mismatched high street dresses in blush pink hues.

Meanwhile, James looked dapper in a marine bespoke Reiss suit, to which he added a buttonhole of white Sweet William, his late mother’s favourite bloom.

Take a look at their beautiful garden celebration below, including a delicious-looking dessert table.

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Photography: Natasha Hurley | Venue: Somerleyton Hall Walled Gardens | Wedding dress: Justin Alexander 8557 from Wedding Atelier | Hair and make-up: Alex Sturges | Suit: Reiss Bespoke Suits | Bridesmaids dresses: Miss Selfridge, River Island, Forever 21 | Flowers: New Beginnings Florist | Entertainment: The Shindigz