Emma-Claire Crook, 28, married Huw Morgan, 33, at St Mary's Kings Worthy, Winchester, followed by a reception at Houghton Lodge Gardens in Houghton, Hampshire, on 29th July 2017. She says:

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I grew up in the village of Kings Worthy and was a chorister at St Mary's church, so couldn't imagine exchanging vows anywhere else. Because we're both from Hampshire, Huw and I have often visited Houghton Lodge Gardens together and always agreed its beautiful location beside the River Test would make for a dream reception venue.

I think my operatic background meant that I was always going to wear as full a skirt as I could manage! I loved my dress, which was from the Tara Keely bridal collection by Lazaro Perez. It was floaty and free-flowing, which suited the style of our day, but also held a more traditional shape, making it the diva dress of my dreams.

Our florist, Jenni Bloom, was amazing. She not only did our flowers beautifully in our palette of blush, ivory and masala (with lots of foliage), but also managed to execute the interior design of our wedding Tipi perfectly. Jenni somehow created exactly what I'd imagined - right down to the smallest sprig of eucalyptus! 

Jenni cleverly re-purposed many of our arrangements. The trailing populous branches that were used as pew-ends became a garland for the reception bar. Floral wreaths that decorated lanterns at the church decorated our dinner tables and my maids' bouquets were popped in vases on them, too. 

I met Megan of Blossom & Crumb at a wedding fair and was floored by one particular cake she had on display. It was 'semi-naked' with a chocolate drip and fruit romantically strewn all over it. I was thrilled and so grateful when Megan said that she would be happy to make the journey to Hampshire to deliver it personally! Our florist then had the brilliant idea of painting gold foil onto Pomegrantes for our top table's decoration. These complemented the wedding cake wonderfully.

As any July bride would, I feared it would rain on my wedding day... And though I would never have chosen a rainy day, it actually added a romantic haze, helped our fairy lights twinkle brighter, kept our guests huddled close together and gave us the midsummer romance we'd dreamed of.

Photographs by Angela Ward Brown 

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