No amount of rain could dampen the spirits of guests attending Leah and Rob's travel-themed wedding in pretty Hickling village.

Nobody minds staying somewhere ‘practical’ when they’re flying out to Marrakech the following day for a romantic holiday with the man of their dreams, but when that man surprises you with a stay at one of London’s most luxurious hotels, you might just have an inkling that he’s got something else up his sleeve...

“I was happy with a stay at one of the budget hotels close to the airport so when I realised that Rob was taking me to The Grove I couldn’t believe it,” says Leah. “We went cycling around the grounds in the morning next to the canal and reached a pretty spot with a bridge and several willow trees. Rob suggested that we have a photo together in the middle of the bridge. After we’d taken it, he asked me to take a few steps back to take his photo and when I turned around again he was down on one knee,” she remembers.

The pair had met five years earlier while working together at Pizza Express during their studies-and here, Leah tells us more about creating the perfect day...

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Our ceremony venue was a no-brainer. It has real sentimental value to me and is a very pretty church.


Marry-kech: Image 2aI saw my dress and instantly fell in love with it. It accentuated my figure and I loved the lace back and sleeves.

Marry-kech: Image 2 The florist was great. I went with a really rough idea of what I wanted and they really understood my vision. My bouquet was tied with apron strings, which is a really personal touch as it's the song that my dad used to sing to me when I was little.


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We wanted to do things our way and a tipi gave us that freedom. Almost all of the boxes were ticked immediately so we just tailored it to our needs and personalised all the details.


Marry-kech: Image 4aOur friend Mike created an amazing table plan to go with our travel theme

Marry-kech: Image 4 The bucking bronco experience was dampened a little by the rain but plenty of folks were still willing to give it a go


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Rob wore a navy-blue three piece suit with a white shirt and grey cravat-style tie with white pocket square. He had two best men, Al his friend of 26 years and his brother Paul.


Marry-kech: Image 6aWe spent hours making individual suitcases for each of our guests. Only when they opened them did they find out where they were sitting. They looked incredible.

Marry-kech: Image 6 We had three cakes! A naked cake and a cheesecake made by Rob's mum, as well as a three-tier pork pie cake made by Leah's Godfather, Paul.


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I had eight amazing bridesmaids, seven friends and one step-sister. It was really tricky to find something they all liked so I ended up choosing three styles in the same colour so that they had a bit more scope.


Marry-kech: Image 8aWe hired a magician to entertain our friends during the drinks reception and dinner. He was absolutely fantastic and our guests loved him!

Marry-kech: Image 8 Travel is very important to both of us so we named each table after places we'd been together and had favours to match that place. For example, olives for Italy and four leaf clover for Ireland


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I arrived at the venue with my dad in a cream Jaguar MK V, while my bridesmaids made the trip with my mum in a beautiful Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire - they had an absolutely riotous journey by all accounts.


Marry-kech: Image 10aThe music in the church didn't work as we'd have liked it to so we recreated the moment I walked up the aisle before the first dance - it was a brilliant surprise for everyone

Marry-kech: Image 10 It all felt really magical, and so many of our guests said this too. Every seemingly small detail brought it all together.


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We wanted candid and unposed photos of our day and our photographer captured this perfectly.


Leah and Robert's contact book

Bespoke Bartender Company

Bride's and Bridesmaids Dresses
The White Room Southwell

Bride's hair and make-up
Meetal Patel

Bucking Bronco
Merfin Inflatables

Dimblebee Catering

Ceremony Venue
St Luke's Church
Tel: 01949 811 183

RNB Services

Flowers by Susan

Groom and ushers' suits
TM Lewin

Sam Strange

Photo booth
Comments Campervan

Georgi Mabee Photography

Pizza van
Pizza Heaven

Excel Jewellery

Devotion Stationery

Sami Tipi

Gladstone Carriages


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