Natalie and Craig's Christmas-themed big day was simple, classy and loads of fun.

Natalie and Craig first met while working shifts in a catering kitchen, but it wasn’t until after they bumped into each other at a local pub during Christmas five years later that romance blossomed. Then in 2014, during a three-week holiday in Thailand and Malaysia, after a day swimming alongside sharks and turtles on the Perhentian Islands, Craig took his cue to propose – the traditional way. He got down on one knee, despite still being in a swimsuit with goggle marks from the snorkelling. “After jumping up and down and saying ‘Are you joking?’ one hundred times, I remembered to say ‘yes!’” confesses Natalie. The big day finally arrived 15 months later. “At first, we were cautious not to go over the top,” says Natalie. “But by the end, we decided
that we didn’t want to look back and have any regrets.”

Here, the bride tells us more about their big day...

Deck the halls: Image 1
St Leonard's Church was just beautiful. At Christmas they decorate it inside with beautiful trees.


Deck the halls: Image 2aThe sparkle of my Justin Alexander dress and the beautiful chiffon that fell to the floor made me feel very elegant. It was perfect for our winter wedding.

Deck the halls: Image 2 Craig wore a navy suit with ivory waistcoat and tie with a pale pink rose buttonhole.


Deck the halls: Image 3
My bridesmaids wore dusky pink bandeau maxi dresses with chiffon that complemented my dress. For warmth, they had dove grey pashminas that matched my grey faux fur stole.


Deck the halls: Image 4aThe bouquets were pale pink sweet avalanche roses with brunia and silver grey foliage to match the dresses, which were also in the buttonholes and the flower theme throughout.

Deck the halls: Image 4 Our cakemaker imprinted lace patterns around the cake and beautiful fresh roses topped it off. We had four tiers with different flavours – Victoria sponge, chocolate fudge, lemon and carrot.


Deck the halls: Image 5
We loved the simplicity of Notley Tythe Barn. The beautiful fireplace, stone walls and wooden beams decorated in fairylights were lovely and elegant.


Deck the halls: Image 6aI wore a diamanté hair slide to match the detail in my dress, and a veil.

Deck the halls: Image 6 We hired a caricaturist for our guests during the drinks and canapé hour. It was a great surprise – the pictures were fantastic.


Deck the halls: Image 7
For our centrepieces, we had large silver candelabras with floral wreath arrangements around the bottom. We scattered the tables with glittered pinecones, metallic tea light holders and crystal gems.


Deck the halls: Image 8
After the meal, we arranged for all of our guests to go outside with sparklers and our photographer had arranged an avenue for us both to walk down with guests forming either side – it looked amazing in the dark.


Natalie and Craig’s contact book

Bride's dress and veil
Anna McDonald

Bridesmaids' dresses

Cake and favours
Cakes With Grace

Stylish Centrepieces

Ceremony venue
St Leonard's Church

Chair hire
Elite Hire

The Flower And Gift Studio, Wallingford

Groom's suit

Oxfordshire Wedding Hair

JG88 Makeup

Mother-of-the-bride's dress
Phase Eight

Yellow Door Photography

Reception venue and catering
Notley Tythe Barn

Henley Classic Car Hire


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