Vera Wang The New Forest

Lime Wood was the first and last venue we visited. I knew it was ‘the one’ when I spotted a majestic cedar tree, the national symbol of Lebanon, standing proud in its garden. It felt like a sign, a nod to my own roots, which meant a lot. I wanted layers and textures in our flowers, so nothing would look rigid. My bouquet had trailing foliage, and our tables were covered in arrangements of differing sizes. The result was beautifully organic.

Vera Wang The New Forest Photo Gallery

My dress was a strapless Vera Wang gown from a sample sale. I hadn’t intended to wear strapless, but I fell in love with the richness and quality of its lace. I had it adapted, adding silk tulle to soften the chest line and drape my shoulders. Mr Blahnik himself signed the sole of one of my wedding shoes! I bought them and met him at an event at Liberty London, where I work. I love the sparkle. My maids’ dresses came all the way from the US. They were just so timeless and elegant, I had to buy them. I then gave each maid a rose-gold pendant to wear on the day. They matched perfectly. My top tip: Don’t try to do everything yourself (like I did!). Paying a little extra for help, such as with producing the stationery, saves stress in the long run.

Where they bought it THE BRIDE Vera Wang sample dress, from £1,000; veil, from £300; both Shoes, from £520, Headpiece, from £9.99, Diamond earrings, from £795,

THE GROOM Suit, from £1,000; shirt, from £85; tie, from £65; all THE BRIDESMAIDS Dresses, from £62 each, Adrianna Papell at Pendants, from £35 each, Monica Vinader at Shoes, maids’ own. Flower girl dress, from £38, and cardigan, from £19, THE VENUE Exclusive hire from £35,000 a day (includes accommodation and catering), Marquee, from £4,500, THE CAKE From £400 (includes floral decoration), THE DECOR Map, similar from £24,; frame, from £180,; paper tags, similar from £8 for 150, Fabric, from £16.50 per metre, Gin minis, from £24 for 24, blueislandltd. com.

Deer sculptures, cutlery, crockery, glasses and table linen, all venue’s own THE FLOWERS Bridal bouquet, £120; maids’ bouquets, £45 each; lavender bouquets, £15 each; flower girl crown, £25; buttonhole, £7.50; centrepieces, £125 each; table arrangements, £85 each; lavender sprigs, £2 each; all catherine Arch, £100, by the St Nicholas (Brockenhurst) flower guild THE TRANSPORT Bentley ‘R’ Type, from £325, THE STATIONERY Design package (map, invitations, signage, escort and thank- you cards), from £700, THE PHOTOGRAPHER From £1,400,

Where they bought it

THE BRIDE Bell-sleeve dress, £50, ebay. Crochet dress, £40, beyondretro. com. Gold-detail dress, £70, Magnolia gown, £600, uk. Headdress, POA, aaggnnii. Bag, from £45, Henna tattoos, from £6, THE MAIDS (From left) Dress, £50, zara. com; cape, £65,; headband, £50, Dress, £110, miss; choker, £10, Dress, £65, and headband, £20, asos. com. Dress, £130,; slide, similar from £6, Flower girl’s dress, from £60, THE GROOM Suit, £200, Shirt, £30, Shoes, £70, THE VENUE From £7,000 a day, ballina Boat hire, £600 for three THE FLOWERS Floral crown, £43; bridal bouquet, £60; flower girl crown, £25; maids’ bouquets, £34 each; corsage, £12; buttonholes, £6 each; all THE DECOR Artificial flowers, similar from £1.50 each, Signs, similar from £13.99, Wooden letters, from £2 each, Order of service, similar from £1.26 each, Lanterns, from £100 for six, Dreamcatchers, £60 for 50; frames, from £2.69; both Cutlery, placemats and chairs, venue’s own THE PHOTOGRAPHER Egle Laukyte, from £1,400,

Where they bought it

THE BRIDE Dresses (ceremony and evening) designed and made by the bride using material, £1,200, Tel Aviv market. Boots, £500, Headpiece, similar from £300, THE GROOM Suit, POA, and bow-tie, from £190, both Shirt, from £400, Handkerchief, from £95,

Shoes, from £150, THE BRIDESMAIDS Dresses, from £140 each, THE VENUE From £13,000 for two nights, THE CATERING From £90 per person for canapés and a three-course dinner, THE CAKES French cake with pastries, included in catering. Classic tiered cake, £962, THE DECOR Ceremony chairs, from £2.90 each, to hire,

Table plan: mirror, similar from £895,, and faux pearls (on cards), similar from £1.20 for 220, Champagne tower, similar from £70, THE FLOWERS Bridal bouquet, from £66; maids’ bouquets, from £26 each; arch, from £525; arrangements, from £166 each, all THE TRANSPORT Excalibur Phaeton III, from £612, to hire, THE PHOTOGRAPHER Jacques Mateos, from £1,700,

Vera Wang The New Forest

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