This couple travelled back to their hometown to have a gorgeous English garden wedding Couple: Joanne & Greg Location: The Norfolk Mead Hotel, United Kingdom Joanne and Grey met working at Naked Wines in the UK and were together five years before they made the move to Australia. In 2013, Greg told Joanne to keep April 25th free. As it was her birthday on the 27th, she thought it might have been an early birthday present. The couple drove up to Palm Beach where Greg revealed they were taking a flight on a sea plane. “We were to fly down the beaches, over Sydney Harbour and back again. On the way down, we flew over our house on Bungan Beach and, as we did, Greg got down on one knee, pulled out a massive diamond ring and asked me to marry him. I, of course, said ‘Yes’ and we celebrated with a bottle of sparkling while enjoying the rest of the flight,” says Joanne. As the couple were originally from England, their wedding reflected their roots as well as their new home town by combining a traditional English garden theme with touches of Australian beach inspiration. Joanne wore an elegant, slim-fit gown made of silk with lace detailing on the bodice and back, which was modest in front and low in the back. “I had my dress specially made at Ribbons Bridal & Couture in Newport by Rose Ribbons. I really enjoyed the experience, working out the design style and fabrics and seeing it coming together at each fitting, with the end result being my perfect dress,” says Joanne. The couple trekked back home to wed and their 95 guests celebrated at the newly transformed The Norfolk Mead Hotel with stunning grounds next to the Norfolk Broads. “Anna and James, the owners, were so lovely and had done such an amazing job on the hotel itself, so we were very confident they would do a great job on the venue as well. And they sure did!” says Joanne. “The reception was built in the walled garden with the walls exposed. It has glass all around it so even though you are inside, you still feel like you’re outside. The garden was beautiful and we were so lucky to have a hot sunny day to enjoy it.” Bride's advice: “Enjoy every part of it, from all the organising up to the day of the wedding. You will never do anything like it again and, once it’s over, you will miss it. Don’t forget what the day is about — not the flowers, not the cake, not even the dress (gasp)! It’s about the two of you celebrating how much you love each other, sharing this love and happiness with all your family and friends and looking forward to the happy future you are going to share together."