Venetia Dearden, 38, married Ollie Stroud, 31, at her family home in Somerset on 28 September 2013. She says:

I always knew I wanted to get married on the lake at my parents' house, as it's my favourite place in the world. Ollie said the same thing the first time he visited - after we'd only known each other a month.

Our vision was romantic Somerset. We ended up incorporating elements of a festival to accommodate all the crazy styles of our friends - we are not very traditional!

We had two weddings: a church service on the Friday evening with dinner for 100, followed by a hand-fasting (a type of Pagan ceremony) on the Saturday, capped off with a huge party for 400 guests.

My friend Alice Temperley designed and gifted me three gorgeous outfits - a '30s-inspired, hand-beaded dress that I wore on both days, a jumpsuit to dance in, and a beautiful dress for the Sunday.

My bridesmaids wore bright jumpsuits that matched mine, while the pageboys had cummerbunds in the same colours.

The hardest thing to source were my shoes. I left it to the very last minute as I always thought I'd marry with bare feet.

The most surprising expense was the spirits - we drank so much that we had to do a midnight dash to the supermarket.

Everyone brought puddings so we had a competition! We also had a Moroccan buffet, and Angus Denoon's Everybody Love Love Jhal Muri Express cooked Indian street food for later that night.

My top tip: Be organised. As we discovered, wedding budgets can overflow hugely. 

Photography by Sophie Lindsay; www.sophielindsay.com