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Jenna and sam met in 2011 at work. Jenna was being interviewed and Sam was already working there. Their first encounter was Jenna asking him where the toilet was. Obviously, he remembers this more than she does. They worked in the same place for 2 years before they started dating. After moving abroad together and 3 years together, Sam finally decided to pop the question at the same place they went for their first date.

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Choosing the dress was a very hard task since Jenna was still living abroad. She went home the summer before the wedding and had appointments to try on dresses every day.The pressure was on since she was already a bit late to order. After trying on site a few gowns with nothing to impress her, she arrived at The Wedding Dress Company to find her dream dress. She paired her gown with a veil, a tiara, ivory shoes with a hint of glitter which she changed after the ceremony to custom made Converse. All her accessories were meaningful: white gold and diamond necklace and earrings set she got from her parents at Christmas, a white gold and diamond bracelet her husband got her the morning of the wedding. She also wore a sovereign that her mother, her aunt, grandmother and great aunt had worn on their wedding days.

The dress had a “wow-factor” about it but it was simple, elegant and it really was a princess dress. I felt amazing wearing it and wish the day had lasted longer so I could have worn it longer.

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They had the ceremony and the reception in a converted barn, the theme was rustic with a hint of Christmas. Everything was planned by Sam and Jenna and the table decorations and invitations were made by one of her bridesmaids. Each table was named after places they had visited together or were special to them.

They went to South Africa for three weeks for their honeymoon.

Tips from the bride: The obvious one is to enjoy the day  as it really does go so quickly. I think for us we tried to make it personal and about us and we involved our friends and family in the planning and in the actual day so it made it much more relaxed and special. Keep it simple and remember the day is about you getting married.

Dress: ADK 77966

Store: The Wedding Dress Company

Photographer: Chris Randle Photography

Hair Stylist and Make Up Artist: Walnut Hair and Beauty

Bouquet Arrangements: Flowers Unlimited

Ceremony and Reception: Healey Barn in Riding Mill, UK