You've said yes. You've torn up every issue of Brides looking for the perfect theme, but before the flowers and the favours there's one all-important decision to be made: the venue. For Karen Repper, a senior manager at a mobile phone company and property investor Heron Shamash, both 30, that was no easy decision. 'We searched for six months to find one,' says Karen. 'We looked in France, Italy, Spain and London - where we live. In the end we found a venue where I grew up in the north of England.'

Nunsmere Hall is set in the Cheshire countryside, framed on three sides by a lake. 'We knew it was perfect - there was a walled garden and a path with archways of roses that I knew could become my aisle.' By day it was an idyllic retreat; by the time the sun had set, the atmosphere turned from peaceful to party.

'We had a traditional Jewish wedding with welcome dancing, then our first course, then more dancing before the main course - it went a bit mental,' adds Karen. After dinner, the couple took to the stage to sing an Israeli song instead of having a first dance. 'It was like our own concert - everyone was singing along.' The partying went on into the night. 'We didn't get to bed until 4.45am,' says Karen. 'It was a great party!'