Sarah Twigg, 24, married Michael Payne, 28, in October 2014 at Gorham's Bluff bed and breakfast in Pisgah, Alabama. They had their ceremony overlooking the Tennesse River in a big white gazebo. She says:

When we first went to look at the venue, it was a cold windy winter day, which means the air was very clear and there wasn't a cloud in the sky.  We got out of the car and accidentally walked out to the back of the building where the gazebo overlooked the cliff edge. The second I saw the view of the rolling mountains and the river valley, I knew it was perfect and I couldn't imagine getting married anywhere else.

I always pictured my wedding day as a mix of vintage and rustic. I'm a big fan of mid-century design and antiques, so it was important to me to incorporate those things into our décor.

I wanted to play up the outdoor setting we chose by using wildflowers for our reception and wearing a flower crown instead of a traditional veil. 

We wanted a small intimate wedding with only our closest family and friends, which made it all the more special because we were able to spend time with everyone who came.

The venue provided their in-house catering, which was so delicious that it was part of the reason we settled on the venue. We had a Greek theme for the food which tied in some of our favourite foods and hinted at our honeymoon location; Santorini.

Our wedding was very DIY, so everything from the invitations to the programs to the music, and even my own makeup, were designed, created or sourced by myself and my husband. Everyone who came to our wedding said it reflected our style and felt like 'us'. 

The most memorable moment of the day was when we first laid eyes on each other before the ceremony. We hadn't seen or talked to each other all day, so when I saw him looking sharp in his tuxedo and grinning at me, all of my nerves completely melted away and I just knew that it was going to be the best day of my life.

My top tip: If I could tell future brides anything, it's that the most important investment on your wedding day is your photographer. Once the day is done and it's all over, the pictures are what you'll have left to remember it by, and you want those to reflect every detail of your day and capture it as beautifully as you remember it.

Photography by White Rabbit Studios