With a desire for a woodland wedding, Louise and Mike decided to tie the knot on her parent's farm

"Mike and I met on a total blind date,” recalls Louise. He worked with her best friend who suggested they went out for drinks; but Mike cancelled! “I then let him sweat it out for four months until he text me three days after my birthday to wish me well and ask me out on another date and I gave him the benefit of the doubt,” Louise explains. The bride then reveals that she often wonders where she'd be now if she hadn't got off her high horse and given him a second chance – but luckily they both were attracted to one another right away. “We both found we had a cheeky nature and that's what's kept us together all these years.”

It comes as no surprise to learn that fun-loving Mike had a surprise proposal planned. The couple both loved the George Ezra song Budapest – so he booked a trip to the country for her birthday. Louise didn't suspect a thing, and on the first day she woke up to a Valentine's Day card that read 'To my fiancé.' “I couldn't believe it and felt overwhelmed with happiness and the thought he'd put into it. To finish off what already felt like the best day ever, he'd organised a slap-up meal on a boat. I can honestly say it was one of the most romantic days of my life and one I'll never forget,” she said.

Here, Louise tells us all about her spectacular wedding…

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We live near Broomfield Church and I grew up in the village, so it was a childhood dream come true to get married there.

 

Country girl: Image 2aI chose a Justin Alexander dress from Isabella Grace in Tunbridge Wells. It wasn't what I thought I'd choose at all but the detailing was so beautiful I couldn't resist.

Country girl: Image 2 We used a local florist called Sue Davies from the village of Sutton Valence who placed the displays at different heights to really break up the room.

 

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I luckily had my own way with most things regarding the wedding, so I thought it was only fair I asked Mike what he'd like to see there. I almost instantly regretted my decision as he revealed he wanted a reference to QPR football club as he's been a fan since childhood – the tableplan was the compromise!

 

Country girl: Image 4aMike and I made Turkish Delight vodka. We made all the shot bottles and placed them in a small pouch.

Country girl: Image 4 I'm so glad we made it fun and did memorable things that resonated with us. The day was full of love and even though we were told it would be the best day of our lives I was unprepared for the emotion.

 

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I loved how close the rare highland cows and hebridean sheep were to the reception area – our guests found it a talking point and it made for some great photos.

 

Country girl: Image 6aWe decorated jam jars and hung them from the tree branches in the woods, along with nailing framed pictures of us and the guests to the trees. The subtle football theme continued with the place names as we included bespoke Top Trumps cards for all the guests – these went down a treat. 45

Country girl: Image 6 Normally the cake goes to waste so we had it as the dessert for everyone and it became a feature of the day.

 

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We held our reception at my parent's farm. Mike and I wanted a natural feel for our big day, but with the luxury of a sit-down meal and marquee.

 

Country girl: Image 8aThe subtle football theme continued with the place names as we included bespoke Top Trumps cards for all the guests – these went down a treat.

Country girl: Image 8 We had a variety of vintage games that guests could play throughout the day. This even included a kissing booth that was a lot of fun.

 

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The girls wore short dresses from Phase Eight. We went for a shorter length for practical reasons.

 

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Mike wore a blue suit with a tweed waistcoat – he really stood out against the groomsmen who wore chinos. They all reflected the country-feel of the day very well.

 

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We decided on a live band called Anthem. They were brilliant and the dancefloor was packed the whole time.

 
 

Mike and Louise's contact book


 
 

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