In the countryside

Karen and James first met at work a few years before dating.

After getting to know each other, they bonded over their love of sports and the outdoors – the rest is history!

Couple cuddling James proposed just before Christmas in 2019 at Rutland Water. Karen says, "We made our way to one of our favourite spots near the water before James got down on one knee! We had picked the engagement ring together, but the proposal was a complete surprise."

Here the bride shares details about their special day...


I wore a Ronald Joyce dress called Dafne and my grandmother's pearl necklace. The gown wasn't what I'd imagined, but I knew it was perfect as soon as I tried it on!

Wedding service

I felt nervous in the morning but excited that all the planning would finally pay off!

Holding hands

Our goal was to plan a wedding that reflected us as a couple while ensuring it was memorable for friends and family.


We decided to get married in Stamford as it's such a beautiful town where I grew up. We chose All Saints Church as that's where my parents got married back in 1985, and it's such a stunning location.


We chose William Cecil Hotel for our reception as it was close to the church, had on-site accommodation, great catering options and matched our style.

Red bus

We organised a big red bus to transport guests from the ceremony to the reception, with a London taxi for James and me.

Walking away

Our drinks reception was even more perfect thanks to the sunshine.


Our wedding breakfast took place in a marquee with minimal décor to let the venue do all the talking.

Table plan

We had small floral centerpieces in keeping with the flowers on the tables, which were named after significant locations to us both.


The menu was a crowd-pleaser with soup to start, chicken for main and a cheesecake for dessert.

Cake Our four-tiered cake consisted of a Victoria sponge, lemon, red velvet and vegan chocolate flavours. We stuck with the rustic theme and had some peach carnations to match the bouquets.


The groom and groomsmen all wore three-piece suits, but James opted for a sage green tie rather than a bowtie to stand out.


My bridesmaids all looked stunning in floor-length dresses!


We had a fantastic live band in the evening who played some great songs to get everybody on the dancefloor.

Best day

The entire day felt like an absolute whirlwind! It's a cliché, but I genuinely think it was the best day of my life. My cheeks were sore from grinning at the end of the evening.

Speeches Everything was absolutely perfect on the day, and our loved ones made the wedding extra special!

Karen and James's contact book

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