A Valentine's Day proposal led to Katheryn and Darren's romantic nuptials full of roses and lace

A chance encounter at a nightclub may not be the most classic setting for a great love story, but Katheryn and Darren weren't afraid of taking a leap of faith. “Our first date went so well,” Katheryn explains. “Considering we didn't know each other at all, we got on famously. We chatted all evening and didn't hit any awkward silences, which we later admitted we were both afraid of!”

Darren was the perfect gentleman on their date, and continued to take the lead on Valentine's Day, 2013, when he'd promised that he'd take care of the celebrations by cooking dinner. Katheryn arrived to find the whole house lit by candlelight and covered in rose petals. There was a three-course meal as well, with Darren proposing just before dessert.

Of course she said 'yes'. Read on to find out about their day…

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We knew we wanted to get married at Wiston House as soon as we saw the romantic, long road leading up to the impressive building.


Love actually: Image 2aMy sister Sophie looked stunning as bridesmaid in her full-length, dusky pink dress. Not only did this match our colour scheme it also suited her figure perfectly.

Love actually: Image 2 Our photographer, Bruce, was on the recommendation list from Wiston House and after looking through his website we knew he was the one – we're thrilled with our photos.


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My dress was the easiest thing to organise. I fell in love with the first one I tried on – no other gown could compare.


Love actually: Image 4aMy mum made our favours. She used a combination of sugared almonds and chocolate wrapped in ivory lace and tied with a dusky pink ribbon.

Love actually: Image 4 We were keen to use a lot of dusky pink and were thrilled with the end result.


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My sister and I did our own make-up as we felt more comfortable that way. However, I did have eyelash extensions which were amazing – I didn't have to worry about mascara running and they were perfect for the honeymoon too.


Love actually: Image 6aI opted for a hand-tied posy of white avalanche and memory lane roses with cream single lisianthus and soft green foliage. It was finished with a dusky pink lace ribbon and white lace handle.

Love actually: Image 6 Darren and I looked at a variety of cakes and asked my auntie if she could replicate our vision. We had a fruit layer at the bottom, followed by lemon and finally a chocolate tier that tasted amazing.


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My dad looked so smart – ordering the suits was such an easy decision.


Love actually: Image 8aAs our theme was rose and lace, we used a lot of floral displays incorporating peonies, dahlias and, of course, roses into the candelabra centrepieces.

Love actually: Image 8 I had my newly married name on the place card – I was so happy to finally be Mrs May!


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It was lovely reading our guests' kind words after the big day.


Love actually: Image 10aWe found that the small details were very important to us, so consciously incorporated our theme at every opportunity, which really tied our whole day together.

Love actually: Image 10 The beautiful church had the most amazing atmosphere, we'd highly recommend it.


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It was so wonderful to finally be married. All of the months of planning were worth it and the day ran very smoothly.


Katheryn Day and Darren May's contact book

The Lizard Kings

Bride's accessories
Carolyn Keyes

Bride's dress
Catherine Francis Bridal Boutique

Bride's hair
Beauty Call

Bridesmaids' dresses
La Vida Boutique

Disco Fever

The Village Florist

Groom and ushers' suits
Six Reigate

Bruce Neville Photography

Wiston House

Wedding rings
Scotts of Dorking


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