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All in the detail

Catherine and Michael had their wedding rings flown in by owl

It didn't take long for Catherine and Michael to know they were meant for each other. After getting together online, they met up and later shared their first kiss outside Norwich cathedral. "I fell for Michael's loving loyal nature and we moved in together within six months – when you know, you know!" says Catherine. Michael proposed in the living room of their new home with a beautiful marquise-cut, diamond-set ring that Catherine chose herself. "I'm very fussy and as I'm going to be wearing it for the rest of my life, I have to like it, right?" she laughs. They tied the knot on 30th May, 2019 at Hunters Hall, Swanton Morely, in the heart of the Norfolk countryside and opted for a rose gold and ivory colour scheme. Read on for Catherine's account of their big day...

All in the detail: Image 1 The floral arch was a beautiful feature to get married under. So many people thought it was made with fresh flowers as they looked so real.

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The old Victorian barn was beautiful with its high ceiling and original beams.

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We had an owl ring bearer which we kept secret, so it was a brilliant surprise for everyone when it flew up the aisle to deliver our rings.

All in the detail: Image 3 My dad adores birds of prey so hehandled the owl and gave the ringsto the best man. Our guests werealso able to take pictures with itafter the ceremony.

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My Darlene by Rebecca Ingram dress had an off-the-shoulder jacket with elbow-length lace sleeves which I could take off for the evening to reveal the strapless gown with sweetheart neckline – essentially two looks in one.

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We knew Hunters Hall was the one immediately. We loved the long driveway, the fact that we could have the whole place to ourselves and 24 of our guests could stay over too.

All in the detail: Image 5 Michael, his best man and my dad wore matching navy blue suits with rose goldties and pocket squares.

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I wanted a statement tiara but couldn't find one I liked, so I designed my own and had it made with ivory freshwater pearls and marquise-shaped Swarovski crystals to match my engagement ring.

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Roses are my favourite flower so they were included in the bouquets in shades of rose gold and peach.

All in the detail: Image 7 My best friend who is recovering from cancer agreed to give a speech on the day. There wasn't a dry eye because it meant so much that she was there with us.

All in the detail: Image 8 Our first dance was to Tim Halperin's Forever Starts Today, it's not a well known song but the words were perfect.

All in the detail: Image 9 We had an amazing magician who did close-up magic after the ceremony and wedding breakfast.

Catherine and Michael's contact book

Brides' dress

Pure Brides, Norwich
www.purebrides.co.uk

Bridesmaids' and flowergirl dresses

Groom's suit

Pure Suit Hire, Norwich
www.puresuithire.co.uk

Hair

Magician

Tyler Harrison
www.tylerharrison.co.uk

Magician

Tyler Harrison
www.tylerharrison.co.uk

Make-up

Fran Straker
www.franstraker.com

Owl ring bearer

Norfolk Wild Encounters
www.norfolkwildencounters.net

Photo booth

Photography

Victoria Jane Photography
www.victoriajanephotography.zenfolio.com

Starlit backdrop, chair sashes and table runners

Simply Chic Chair Covers
www.simply-chic-chair-covers.co.uk

Stationery and decorative props

RLA Wedding Designs
www.rlaweddingdesigns.co.uk

Tiara

Bluebell Bridal and Wedding Hair Accessories
www.facebook.com/Bluebell-Bridal-and-Wedding-Hair-

Venue

Hunters Hall, Swanton Morely
www.huntershall.co.uk