Love life, be happy

Jennifer and Alisteir's day was a vibrant celebration with their nearest and dearest

Jennifer and Alisteir both work in the NHS and met on the intensive care unit. "I thought he was really sexy and spent ages flirting with him," says Jennifer. "We were discussing our dating failures and he suggested we go on a first date to critique each other's approach to see where we were going wrong," she says. That date obviously worked out swimmingly as marriage was written in the stars.

It was during a holiday in Prague with Jennifer's mum and Alisteir's son that he proposed. "I was in my pyjamas one morning. I went to the loo and when I came back there was a white box on the table and Alisteir was sitting there not saying anything," she says. "I asked what it was and he shrugged his shoulders. I opened the box, saw the ring and started shaking and crying and my mum looked at me with a huge grin on her face. There were lots of tears and hugs followed by sleepless nights spent thinking about what had happened and looking at my ring."

Their day followed a Day of the Dead theme – a celebration of life and loved ones. "We work in a hospital and know that life's too short so celebrate it and those around you while you can." Here she tells us more about their vibrant day…

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I wore a hair chain that was pinned either side of my bun. It was beautiful and complemented the style of my dress.

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I bought my dress before we'd even booked the venue. I loved the vintage style and wanted to be comfortable and feel confident and gorgeous, and I did.

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Alisteir wore a pale blue, three-piece French Connection suit from Moss Bros and a red Day of the Dead tie featuring skulls and flowers.

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The venue was relaxed, warm and welcoming. I wanted somewhere with an outdoor vibe that could host the ceremony and reception – nothing was a problem for the staff, they were great.

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My bouquet and other arrangements were made from silk flowers.I wanted it to be brightly coloured to complement the boy's ties and I loved it.

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We placed two large milk churns filled with flowers at either side of the table plan near the entrance of the marquee.

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For our centrepieces we bought vases and filled them with cherry blossom covered in fairylights. We left tags on them saying that guests could take them home and they all disappeared.

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Our table numbers were printed on the same cards as our invites, so they all had the same skull and flower design.

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We gave our guests fridge magnets of their names made from wood and painted with glitter as favours. We wanted something for people to keep and we didn't need to do separate place names.

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We bought small gifts for the children including a singing baby shark, a bottle of bubbles, and a Lego mini figure.

Love life, be happy: Image 6 Our cake looked insanely awesome and tasted amazing. We hadthree different tiers of sponge cake – coffee and walnut, chocolate and Victoria sponge.

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We ate hog roast as it's Alisteir's favourite, had wedding cake for dessert and a sweet cart with sweets and pork scratchings.

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My friend has a cake business and she made us some cupcakes that were also fabulous. We opted for coconut and raspberry, peanut butter, and lemon drizzle flavours.

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My mum surprised us with a large silver skull with a crown on it,which was placed next to our cake. It was a great decorative addition and now sits proudly on our stairs at home.

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We had an amazing Paw Patrol-themed cake for my nephew's second birthday.

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There was a Polaroid camera for our loved ones to take selfies for the guest book and we had games for guests to play.

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We had swingball and a giant Jenga outside and we had a Lego table inside where children and adults could build things and then take them home.

Jennifer and Alisteir's contact book

Bride's accessories

David's Bridal

Bride's dress

Phase Eight at John Lewis

Bride's pre-wedding prep

Natural Beauty Salon


Groom's suit

Moss Bros

Groom's tie

Guest transport

Hamilton's Minibus Services


Lucy Taplin
Tel: 07961 883 530


Natalie Tollman
Tel: 07956 529 245

Paw Patrol-themed cake and cupcakes


Clare Tam-Im Photography


Shenley London Club