London-based couple Leoma and Gary Harper describe their wedding as traditional tweaked with personal and DIY touches. Pair that with Devon, England, and a picture-perfect setting, and you've got a wedding to remember. On April 21, 2012, they tied the knot -- seven years after meeting -- with 100 of their loved ones and enough memories to last a lifetime.
The bride carried a hand-tied bundle created by Emma Vowles that included peonies, narcissus, double freesia, ranunculus, lilac, scilla, and all-white anemones. The beautiful blooms actually inspired Leoma to finally pursue a lifelong dream of a career in floristry. Soon after the wedding, she took an intensive course and started a new venture -- Harpers Bloom.
Leoma glowed in a Jenny Packham "Marie Louise" dress and headdress. The silk was accented with Swarovski beading and like all of the designer's dresses, had a lovely blue ribbon sewn to the inside. The bride's 1920's art deco drop-earrings and diamond bracelet (a gift from Gary a few years prior) were the perfect finishing touches.
The afternoon service at St. Michael's Church began to the sweet sounds of harp and violin music. Décor was kept minimal -- save for a few floral arrangements created by the bride and some candles. Recitations of Corinthians 13 and "A House of Stone" by Carmen Bugan followed, along with a rendition of "Ave Maria" as the couple signed their marriage certificate. They left the church to Henry Purcell’s "Trumpet Voluntary."
A three-tiered dark-chocolate cake (with a tier of fruitcake on top) was covered in slick white frosting and decorated with tiny pearl-like beads and sugar flowers by Cake Matters. In addition to the cake, other sweets were set out in glass jars gathered by the bride, with striped paper bags to pack them up in as a take-home treat.
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