We met at school when I was 16 and Matt was 17,” explains Zara. “I was new to the school and Matt took me on dates every week for four months before I agreed to be his girlfriend, and then it took him 11 years to propose to me!”
“I was born in Liverpool and still have a lot of family up there,” she tells us. “My nan is very special to me and we go up to see her every few months. We were going for a visit with my sister and her boyfriend at the time and Matt and my sister – who knew about the engagement – suggested we got dressed up and go for dinner at the Albert Docks.
“This is very important to me as it's where my late granddad worked and where I sometimes go with my nan for a coffee and a cake.”
When they got there Matt suggested they went to the water to see the boats. When they arrived Zara noticed lots of locks (similar to the ones in Paris) along the chains. When she turned around her man was on his knee with the most beautiful ring. Of course she said 'yes' and Matt then produced a lock with their names, the dates they started dating and the date they got engaged. They locked it on the chains and noticed her sister had held back to take photos while her boyfriend had gone to get champagne. “It was just perfect, I couldn't have planned it better myself,” Zara shares.
Here, she tells us all about her dream wedding day…
Our favours were a lucky sixpence and sugared almonds in the colours of our wedding – white and dusky pink.
Our tableplan was in a big flower box. Our very good friend Keith Spittle made the box for us and personalised it with our wedding date.
My best friend's mum Tracy Collier made my cake. Every layer was a different flavour from chocolate to red velvet. My best friend's brother Jack Collier made us a stand by carving into a log.
I made the place names with my dad. I'm half Iranian, so wanted to tie this into the wedding. In the end we wrote everyone's name in English and Persian. It took some time but was worth it.
Our tables were named after roads and streets that held a special meaning to us.
My dress was Allure. I liked everything I tried on but knew this was the one as I didn't want to take it off.
We included pictures of our parents and grandparent's wedding.
I've always wanted a live singer ever since seeing the film The Wedding Singer, it was one of the things I was most excited about.
I had a long veil and a beautiful headpiece. I also wore my mum's earrings. The details of the dress was so beautiful that I decided to wear my hair up to show off the detailed back.
The girls wore long dusky pink dresses. I really wanted to make sure they were all comfortable and happy. Our decision suited them all and they all looked stunning.
Bride's dress and accessories
The Flower Smiths
Groom and groomsmen's suit
Holly Carlin Photography
The Gardens, Yalding
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