The rings Fortunately Chris had a back-up for the Hula Hoop and had bought Abigail a platinum solitaire diamond from Excel in Nottingham, her favourite jewellery shop. So it was no surprise that they went back there to get wedding rings. Chris opted for a titanium brushed metal ring, while Abigail chose a platinum band inset with diamonds all the way round. As she says: ‘A girl can’t have enough sparkle!’ The venue Both wanted to get married abroad and Italy was the obvious choice as they love the food and had visited the country many times, even spending their first romantic weekend away together in Rome. They chose Lake Garda as Abigail had always dreamed of getting married in a castle and the pretty little town of Malcesine provided a stunning setting. The castle itself is situated on a hill with beautiful views of the lake, the medieval cobbled village below and Monte Baldo in the background. As well as being a great location for guests to enjoy, it provided a stunning location for the wedding photos taken by Nottingham photographer Fly on the Wall. The evening reception was held at Ca Vecia, an agriturismo specialising in serving locally sourced food and wine. Abigail adds: ‘We used Lake Garda Weddings to help organise our wedding – a necessity, as my Italian is not that good! They were fantastic and contributed greatly to the success of the day.’ Special touches Abigail and her Dad arrived at the ceremony on a tuk-tuk – ‘a fantastic experience!’ The theme of the wedding was inspired by the 1950s and Hidden Gem designed wedding stationery to fit. All the tables were named after famous film stars such as Audrey Hepburn, James Dean, Cary Grant and Rita Hayworth. And each guest was given a pre-stamped filmstar postcard so they could send a message for the newly weds to read when they returned home. Wedding favours were Cath Kidston bath tablets and handmade seed packets – inviting guests to ‘sow the seeds of love’ – wrapped in aqua and hot pink ribbons to match the bridesmaids’ outfits. On the tables were flowers to match the bride’s bouquet and jam jars decorated with the same ribbons, each containing a tealight to cast a romantic glow across the terrace.
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