Hannah Garner, 35, married Derrick D'Souza, 42, at Farm Street Church, in Westminster, London, followed by a reception at Chelsea Physic Garden on 30 August 2014. She says:

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The theme of the day was set around my favourite novel A Passage to India by EM Forster - I love the Edwardian era and wanted to weave period elements throughout the day.

As we both work demanding jobs, one of the first things we did was hire a wedding planner. Knot & Pop completely exceeded our expectations - they took away our stresses, which meant we could really enjoy the day.

It was important for me to get married at Farm Street Church as it's special to us both.  I used to volunteer with the church and Derrick ran the marathon a few times for the Jesuits.

The colour palette was neutral with pops of peach and gold. We also brought in pink accents with the flowers and some of the decor.

The general feel of the day was fun and informal. We wanted all our guests to feel relaxed and Chelsea Physic Garden was the perfect setting to help create that atmosphere.

Instead of favours we donated money to charities that were very dear to us. We also had pledge cards made for guests to make a donation instead of buying wedding gifts.

We loved the little touches our planners added everywhere. For our placecards, they put little gold bells on to the luggage tags - we then asked all of our guests to ring them as we entered the marquee as Mr & Mrs!

My top tip: If there is a feature that you don't really care about (with us it was having a cake) then just don't have it. Don't feel you have to keep a tradition because of other people.

Photography by www.petecranston.com and www.garydidsbury.com