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We rented a Lake house for all my family in Seeshaupt by Lake Staffelsee in Bavaria Germany this is where I got ready with my 4 bridesmaids and my sister Sarah, my maid of honour.

We then drove to the church St Joseph in Tutzing in an Audi Q5 which is the car made at the car plant that Manuel was part of creating in Mexico and the reason we lived in Mexico for a year and a half. A good friend of ours Adrian was our driver.
The church service was a mix of English and German with a trumpet performance by my brother Simon and Jonas, 2 of Manuel’s ushers. Following the church we were surprised by a set of doves that were a present from Manuel’s mother. 
Throughout the day we had so many surprises that my sister Sarah and Max had put together with the help of our guests. It is very traditional to have a personal wedding with surprises throughout so the doves was the first followed by sawing a log of wood (a German tradition to see how many children you may get), a slide show from Manuel’s uncle, songs with different lyrics about us that my sister put together and the guests and at the party!! 

After the church we went to the lake and had some photos and then Manuel and I boarded a boat to get to the reception at the Schloss Höhenried in Bernried. Driving a boat on your wedding day with the views of the snow capped Alps in the background where we love to ski/snowboard is a moment we will never forget! 
As we approached the shoreline Manuel surprised me with a horse and carriage. (It was incredible!) We arrived to the venue where the guests could also go for a trip with the carriage :) the children loved it. 

We wanted our wedding to be a mixture of English, German and Mexican influences. These three countries have played a huge part in becoming the people we are, both individually and together. Our first dance was a salsa to a Mexican song by Luis Enrique, 
'Yo No Sé Mañana' which was the first Spanish song I learnt! Our cake was designed in a Mexican theme by Petite Amelie. The caterer was Party-Service Gentscher who provided our food and some decoration. Manuel and I wanted it to be personal so our favours were glass etched names also acting as place cards and each table was named after a Mexican location close to our hearts. The party went on until people stopped to dance and the sun rose! 

Honestly the entire week was filled with so many events. The Thursday we had a Polterabend which is a tradition in Bavaria where people come to the Parents home and smash plates outside the house! Everyone was dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing, women in dirndls men in Lederhosen. It is supposed to be the first thing you do together - cleaning up! The weather was somewhat challenging as strangely it started to snow!! The following day was the civil ceremony in Manuel’s home town in Polling. It was truly magical as we sat inside the monastery getting legally married with the snow falling outside. Obviously the next day we were a little worried for the church wedding but thankfully the sun shone! 

As for my dress (the stunning Justin Alexander 8903 from Anna McDonald Bridal Gallery in Oxfordshire) I tried so many dresses from so many locations and from a variety of designers. Justin Alexander has the perfect designs which are full of elegance and give the wow factor! The alterations by Katherine allowed the dress to be completely sculpted to me! I loved it! Thank you so much xx
My hair was done by a friend and hair stylist from the Aylesbury area, Melissa Hird. 
Make up done by beautician and best friend Claire Khalique also living in Aylesbury. 
Shoes from no 1 Jenny Packham.
Jewellery already owned.
Garter: Isle of Man traditional tartan! My dad is a Manx man and it was a gift from him. 
Manuel’s suit from Moss Bros with cravat and waistcoat bought online.
Flowers created by a personal friend, Rosi.
My amazing photographs are by Photographer Julia Milberger from Munich.
Posted: 28/06/2017 15:19:22

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