Olivia Falcon, 40, married Peter Tanner, 48, at  Syon Park in Brentford, Middlesex, on 30 May 2014. She says:

Our wedding day was all about celebrating our new family with my extended family and friends. I wanted a glamorous celebration, but one where everyone could really let their hair down.

We chose Syon Park because of its grand setting - we then had a less traditional order of events. The speeches were dispersed throughout the day as we've both been to weddings where they'd become very long and tedious!

It was a huge honour to have the UK's head of Kabbalah bless our marriage. Peter is Jewish and I'm Christian so Kabbalah, which has roots in Judaism, was a good middle ground.

The choir that featured in the movie Love Actually sang as I walked down the aisle. We chose uplifting songs such as Jackie Wilson's (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher.

My dad lent us his 1968 E-type Jaguar for the day. We decorated it with ribbons, flowers and a 'Married with Children' plaque made by a friend.

The colour palette was based on my gorgeous Jenny Packham dress - cinnamon pink with a pop of red.

Sofia Coppola's period drama Marie Antoinette inspired our cake - a four-tier layered sponge of vanilla and red velvet. As it was my 40th birthday the week before, we also had a Tiffany-blue chocolate cake - with fountain candles for drama.

Our videographers made a film of guests lip synching to Mr Blue Sky. It was a real icebreaker for guests, not to mention the most amusing keepsake.

My top tip: Be mindful on the day. Pause to smell the roses and mentally take snapshots of moments - it's a great way of remembering the best bits. 

Photography by Ross Harvey; www.rossharvey.com