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Natasha and Peter Real St Giles Church, Stoke Poges Wedding Story

3rd November 2009 |By | Be the first to comment

When was your wedding?

27th June 2009

How and when did you meet?

We met three years ago through mutual friends on a night out.

How old are you both?

28 and 29.

Where, when and how did he (or you!) propose?

We were in Venice enjoying a romantic weekend away together. Peter proposed to me on our terrace at The Gritti Palace overlooking the Grand Canal.

Did you have hen and stag celebrations? If so, what did you do?

I had a spa day with my girlie friends followed by champagne and canapes back at our house in the evening. Peter had a night out in London with his friends and a BBQ at our house the following day.

How did your groom help with the wedding planning?

Peter and I worked together with all of the wedding planning. He was particularly interested in the wedding cars & our band!

Tell us about your outfit, and where you bought it

My dress was from Caroline Castigliano International Rooms, Knightsbridge. I chose a hand made strapless crystal embellished corset style bodice with an ivory silk organza skirt made up of seven individual silk layers with a large ivory silk corsage at the hip. I had a full length single tier veil which had swarovski crystal edging, and ivory silk and swarovski crystal bridal shoes from Gina.

Did you have bridesmaids? If so, who did you choose and what did they wear?

I had four bridesmaids. My two sisters and two friends. They wore full length pale pink satin dresses with an ivory sash.

Who did your groom choose for his best man and ushers, and what did they wear?

Peter chose his best friend Olly to be his best man, his brother and two close friends were his ushers. They wore dark grey Italian morning suits with top hats and tails, pale grey waistcoats, pale pink cravats and a swarovski crystal tie pin.

Did you have a civil or religious ceremony?


Where did you hold your ceremony?

St Giles Church, Stoke Poges.

Where did you hold your reception?

Stoke Park Club, Buckinghamshire.

Did you have any special wedding transport?

We had a Rolls Royce Phantom and two Mercedes S class.

How many guests did you invite to your wedding, and did you have a separate evening guest list?

We had 120 guests to our wedding and 20 additional evening reception guests.

Did your reception have a particular theme in terms of colour or style?

Pale pink, ivory and crystals were our colour scheme.

How did you incorporate this in to your table settings?

Pale pink and ivory floral centre pieces, ivory table cloths with pale pink table runners, ivory chair covers with pale pink sashes, and pale pink rose petals and crystals scattered on the tables.

Did you give your guests favours?

We chose hand made iced cookies in the shape of tuxedos for the men and in the shape of wedding cakes for the ladies. We also had grey top hats filled with mint imperials for the men, and pink boxes decorated with ivory ribbon and crystals filled with sugared almonds for the ladies.

Describe your flowers (bouquets and table decorations). Who was your florist?

I chose a hand tied bouquet of ivory peonies. My bridesmaids had ivory and pink bouquets of peonies and roses.

What did you choose for your wedding cake, and who made it?

We chose a five tier wedding cake. Iced with plain white icing and decorated with swarovski crystals. We decided to have three different flavours of cake, chocolate sponge, lemon sponge & traditional fruit cake.

Did you have any entertainment during the day or evening?

We had a string quartet, trumpeters & a soprano soloist during the day. For the evening reception we had a band, a DJ and a fireworks display.

Where did you spend your first night and honeymoon? Who did you book your honeymoon with?

We spent our wedding night at Cliveden. We spent 3 weeks in French Polynesia for our honeymoon; Moorea, Bora Bora, and a private island called Le Tahaa, bliss! We booked our honeymoon through Turquoise.

What was your most memorable moment of the day?

Seeing Peters face as I walked down the aisle towards him.

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