Belle of the ball

Meghan and Tom's seasonal celebration followed a vintage-chic theme

"Having known – and been interested in – each other for about six years, the only thing keeping us apart was the distance between Chepstow and Milton Keynes,” says Tom. It was a charity masquerade ball at St. Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club organised by Meghan's mum that first sparked the romance. Having kept his arrival a secret, Tom surprised Meghan by turning up in a tuxedo and black mask and she blew him away in a stunning ballgown. “That night I realised that I didn't want anyone else. All of a sudden, the two-hour car ride and 114 miles each way to be with each other didn't seem so much of an issue,” he adds. “Three years later we married in the same place we first got together.”

Here, Tom shares the details of their vintage-inspired nuptials, which they planned in 12 months…

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Our photographer Nick was recommended to us and after seeing his photos and meeting him in person, it was a no-brainer. His energy and personality were so infectious.


Belle of the ball: Image 2a“My bouquet was made up of ivory and pink roses, with white berries and daisies for a romantic, country feel,” says Meghan.

Belle of the ball: Image 2 “I chose the very last dress I was shown, and I tried on about 20!” says Meghan. “The champagne colour suited my skin tone and I loved the vintage corset and princess-like skirt. I felt really special in it.”


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We really liked the stonework and vintage feel in the Chepstow Suite, it looked amazing in winter. Lisa and Ellie at the venue were both amazing.


Belle of the ball: Image 4a"“Mari Lewis, a family friend, achieved the perfect colour and hairstyle,” says Meghan. “I wore a veil which hooked to the back of my waterfall plait.”

Belle of the ball: Image 4 "I was so happy with how my make-up matched the champagne hue of my dress, my hair colour and the flowers". – Meghan


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My dad was my best man and he and I wore Cerruiti suits with different buttonholes. I really wanted a three-piece suit with a tie and a pocket watch to tie in with the vintage theme.


Belle of the ball: Image 6aAs the room was naturally so beautiful, we kept the décor simple and made the focus our centrepieces, made up of birdcages, distressed baskets, vintage candelabra, a cake stand and lots of blooms for a mismatched look.

Belle of the ball: Image 6 We loved the idea of swirling the ivory and pink buttercream to create a multi-toned ombre effect. It looked amazing – the strawberry and white chocolate tasted out of this world too.


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“My two best friends Amy and Emma, my sister Sarah and sister-in-law Lydia were my bridesmaids,” says Meghan. “They wore simple dresses with a subtle embroidered flower neckline in a dusty rose colour.”


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Our surprise Mercedes Benz for the day!


Meghan Parker and Tom Graham’s contact book

Bride's dress and accessories
All About Eve

Bridesmaids' dresses

Chlojo Cupcakes

Country Flowers Caldicot
Tel: 01291 430 562

Groom and best man's suits
Moss Bros

Nick Murray Photography

Videographer and entertainment
Gavin Smith of Front Row Productions
St. Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club


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