Sally Kettle, 34, married Christopher Rhodes, 34 in a ceremony at All Saint's Church, Cossington, Leicestershire, followed by a reception at Sally's parents' house in Leicester, on 13 September 2014. She says:

Chris asked me to marry him after a 6-month treasure hunt that led me all over the country. The very first thing we decided on was the venue. I'd always dreamed of getting married there.

Our theme was an English summer garden with a contemporary twist and a burst of colour; we decided on navy and cerise for our colour palette, alongside a medley of bright colours all inspired by seasonal flowers.

I travelled to London's Covent Garden flower market with our florist, Daphne, the Thursday morning before our big day. We hired a van and bartered to the best of our ability until the van was full. My mum made floral head pieces for me and the bridesmaids and both our mothers helped arrange the flowers.

My dress was by Maggie Sottero. I loved the twisted net around the bodice and the fullness of the shirt. The 12 layers of fine net and organza made it very soft and romantic. As we were having our reception on a lawn and I would be in my shoes all day, I wore a cream wedge shoe that I'd had for 7 years.

The garden was full of things to discover, from little poems to trees that appeared to be blossoming chocolate! We made a family tree of wedding day photographs from our family's history.

I absolutely loved our cake. When I was 16, I had an after school job at a deli called David North. They make beautiful cakes for events and local shops and hotels - I wouldn't have asked anyone else but them to make our cake. 

My top tip: Make sure you and your groom experience the day as a couple. Visit tables and chat to groups together. You don't want to miss out on anything, or feel like you haven't seen each other all day.

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