Helen Culver Smith, 31, married Brendan Edwards, 31, at Chastleton House, Oxfordshire, in August 2012. She says:

"We got married at Chastleton House as Brendan lived there as a child.  It belonged to his grandparents before it was sold to the National Trust.

The history and aesthetics of the venue played a part in the day.  A sketch of the house was letter pressed onto the stationary, and the icing on the cake was piped to imitate the magnificent ceiling in the Long Gallery.

Our colour scheme was purple, green and navy.  I always knew I would wear my grandmothers emerald earrings, so it made sense!

My dress was a backless '30's style silk-satin gown by Delphine Manivet.  I met Delphine at her Browns Bride trunk show, which made the whole process so much more personal.

I wanted the flowers to appear as though they had been collected in the forest on the way to the church. The florist included Queen Anne's Lace because when Brendan proposed to me in Cornwall, we were surrounded by it.

To give a beautiful woodland feel we placed silver birch trees in the corners of the marquee with fairy lights hidden among the branches.

We drove to Calais to buy the wine.  It ended up being a wonderful excuse to spend a weekend away together before the madness of the wedding.

My top tip: Our wedding planner, Isobel, was a must as we both work such long hours. She made fabulous recommendations and kept us all sane."

Photography by Barker Evans; www.barkerevans.com