Natasha and Jon were both studying at university when a mutual friend hosted a Halloween birthday party. "I went dressed as Princess Jasmine and Jon was dressed as a wolf," says Natasha. It was towards the end of the night that they got talking. "It was snowing and there were no taxis. We decided to walk and Jon gave me a piggyback. It was a wonderful way to get to know each other," she says. The following week they went for their first date and the rest is history.
Four years later Jon booked a surprise trip to Venice. "We stayed in a gorgeous hotel that overlooked the city. Jon proposed in the gardens whilst the sun was setting – it was magical!" she recalls. "The best part was that my engagement ring was given to Jon by my parents. The main stone was the first diamond my dad had bought for my mum and the two adjacent diamonds were from each grandmother. It was very special!"
Natasha and Jon wanted their wedding to be an adventure, fun and glamorous so... "We hosted our ceremony in Woburn Abbey, followed by afternoon tea and that evening around 85 of our guests flew to Dubai with us where had a few days of celebrations. Heathrow security was filled with everyone from our wedding – it was the most surreal chaotic experience!"
Jon wore a Hugo Boss suit and accessorised with cufflinks and a watch that was a gift from his grandfather who'd sadly passed away. His groomsmen wore black suits with navy ties to complement the bridesmaid dresses.
My dress was from the range Muse by Berta. It was embellished from top to bottom and was romantic, timeless and glamorous at the same time."
To finish my look I wore a few hair accessories along with a cathedral-length veil.
Our bridesmaids wore navy off-the-shoulder dresses that were very figure-hugging. I had a large bridal party so I needed the dresses to suit them all and it was the perfect choice.
We fell in love with the beauty of Woburn Abbey. Jon drives through the deer park to get to work and he loved the idea of driving through every day knowing he got married at this venue.
Our aisle was lined with flickering candles and gorgeous cherry blossom trees on clear plynths – it looked so magical.
Because our guests were travelling to the airport with us after the wedding, we put together sweet bags as favours for them to carry for their onward journey.
Our table plan was nice and simple witha foliage design that matched the look of our flowers.
We used the trees from our ceremony for our centerpieces. They had burning candles hanging from the branches. Everyone said the room was stunning.
Our top table was lined with candles and white foliage.
I opted for very simple bouquets of white roses with gypsophila. The white represented snow as a nod to when we met.
For our place settings we had mini baubles with our guests' names on them. They took them home as a small reminder of the day.
Our very close family friend created our cake. She is incredibly talented and it looked and tasted amazing.
We served afternoon tea and prosecco before our trip to the airport
We had a Christmas tree as our ceremony backdrop, which looked gorgeous into the evening. Being so close to Christmas we wanted a festive theme.
We had the most incredible harpist, Soraya. Our guests adored her music and how beautiful her harp was.
We were both very giddy and excited throughout our day. Jon had been unwell in the summer before so it was a great way for us to finish off the year on a high.