Tamara Mole, 32, and helicopter pilot Charlie Webster 32, married in a summer celebration at her family farm. Tamara says:

I wanted a classic dress, but nothing too conservative, so I chose a strapless gown with a bolero, which I later removed. I also wore my hair down for the reception and changed my jewellery. It was nice to alter my look.

A gospel choir sang during the signing of the register. It was emotional listening to such beautiful singing while looking back at our guests and taking it all in.

We had two colonial-style marquees on the lawn; one for dinner and dancing, the other a chill-out area.

The colour inspiration came from peacock-feathers and added to the colonial there (my father is South African and my mother is Australian). We also wanted to incorporate elements of the countryside setting, so we had details like sprigs of barley and oats decorating the napkins, tied with navy ribbon.

We had one first-dance lesson. The teacher taught us three moves that we were able to repeat! The only hitch was when the DJ put on the wrong song. We had to ask him to change it; our guests found it hilarious.

My advice to brides: Book the band as soon as possible - it's such an important element and they can get snapped up very quickly. And if you can get a caterer who will also manage the bar, it's invaluable.