When singer Katie Melua, 28, wed world superbike racer James Toseland on 1 September 2012, she gave Brides exclusive access to all her beautiful styling ideas...

Jo De Banzie / James Yeats-Brown

'To me, a wedding equals the greatest flower show ever, and Kew Gardens, was the perfect backdrop. After saying our vows in the Nash Conservatory, we served champagne to our guests on the lawn.'

'We extended our floral theme to our cake, which was made by two friends and featured tiers of chocolate, fruit and vanilla sponge. We also served rose petal martinis, which may have looked pretty, but were completely lethal!'

'I'd spotted this Claire Pettibone dress in Brides before I got engaged, and thought "If I ever get married, this is the dress." Russell Blackburn, the owner of Blackburn Bridal Couture in London, tracked it down for me. As soon as I touched it, I knew it was The One.'

'I loved the pretty vintage headpiece given to me by my mum. I kept it on right through to the party, which ended with an amazing DJ set by our friend, the producer William Orbit. My favourite moment was during brunch the following day, when I looked around and saw all the new friendships that had grown between our relatives and friends.'

'I worked with The Urban Flower Firm to create an informal wild flower theme, with roses and hydrangeas in vintage colours - a gorgeous blend of faded blues and soft purples. I think they added to the relaxed atmosphere we wanted to create.'

'I couldn't have done it without Polly, my best friend and maid of honour. I've learned that a wedding is also an amazing bonding experience - it cemented my relationship with my mum and best mate.'

Photographs by Jo de Banzie, James Yeats-Brown and Sarah Gawler.