Harriet Howe, 31, married Colin Slade, 31, at St Andrew's Church, Surrey, with a reception at the RAC, Epsom Downs, on 18 August 2012. She says:

We wanted the wedding to be romantic with a country garden theme. It was important to me that we held our reception at The Royal Automobile Club as Colin is a member and we've had great times there.

Colin and I prayed for sunny weather so we could take the sides of the marquee down and enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside. Our wish was granted - it turned out to be the hottest day of the year.

Our day was overflowing with flowers. We met with By Appointment Only Design's Javier and Tony, and they made us feel so at ease we asked them to design our tables, too. They captured our vision perfectly and took the stress away from organising the decor.

In the evening we had hundreds of candles scattered all over the lawn. The walkway leading to the marquee was lit up in the evening with lanterns and fire torches.

One of the most difficult things to find was the ideal band - we really wanted someone who would get everyone on the dance floor. I found a great website called alivenetwork.com and through it booked a six-piece pop band called E2. I don't think anyone left the dance floor all night.

My top tip: Make sure you take it all in. The day goes so fast. All the stress goes away on the day - so just relax and enjoy...

Photography by Richard Payne Weddings; www.richardpayneweddings.co.uk