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Banham gets some Vegas glitz as Don't Tell the Bride films at Applewood Hall

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A Banham wedding planner thought it was a hoax when a groom taking part in a television show came to her for help.

Lee Sim and Anna Forder tie-the-knot at Applewood Hall, while filming Don’t Tell the Bride. (3595319)
Lee Sim and Anna Forder tie-the-knot at Applewood Hall, while filming Don’t Tell the Bride. (3595319)

Kiera Goymour, resident wedding planner at Applewood Hall, was surprised when she answered the phone to Lee Sim, from Thetford, who was taking part in E4's Don't Tell the Bride.

"I really thought it was a hoax," she said.

"Especially when Lee told me he only had three weeks to plan his wedding and he couldn't come to view the Hall for another week because he was away 'on a trip'.

"It all became clear when I finally met him and discovered his theme."

Lee recruited Kiera to create a Vegas-themed ceremony that wouldn't leave bride-to-be, Anna Forder, 'Crying in the Chapel'.

"I don't want to give too much away, but let's just say Elvis was a big hit," added Kiera.

"I thought he did so well to pull it all together on the budget he had left."

Armed with a £13,000 budget, Lee had to plan the wedding without any involvement from Anna.

Applewood Hall, once the grounds of the Grove Farm orchard, served as the store during the harvest season.

Now, the hall lends itself to various special occasion, with room for up to 200 guests.

However, Lee and Anna's ceremony seemed to add a dash of Vegas glitz to venue - complete with an Elvis Presley lookalike, a replica wedding chapel built in the grounds, 1958 Cadillac, red carpet, casino tables and Vegas selfie backdrop for photographs.

"I treated it like any normal wedding," added Kiera.

"It was just I dealt with the groom rather the bride -which made things quite unique. To be part of something like this was really lovely and shows what can be done on a budget."

The episode aired on Wednesday, August 15, and is now available on 4OD for the next 25 days.

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