Saturday 25 July 2015

A Perfect English Summer Wedding with a Teepee! - Part 2

This summer wedding season has been all about the teepee marquee, and I'm happy to wager the trend will last us all the way into 2013. I love their rustic simplicity, and the fact you don't have to buy in expensive draping and lighting. Add in family style dining tables, big vessels of wildflowers and hay bale seats snaffled from a local farmer, and your all set for your wedding reception. Cheryl and Richard celebrated their big day on the perfect English summer's day, with tonnes of beautiful wedding details. I love how they themed their tables with personal photographs, and DIY'd their place-markers with bird stamps. Their wedding cake is work of white chocolate art, hiding a rather delicious chocolate biscuit interior, and their flowers were DIY'd by one of their bridesmaids. Huge thanks to Cheryl for all her lovely recommendations on how to plan your wedding, and big love to wedding photographer Hester Marriott, for her amazing pictures from the day. Don't miss Part 1.

My flatmate at the time, Charlotte Bromley Davenport is a wedding photographer, and she recommended Hester Marriott who is not only local to the church but a brilliant wedding photographer. We were adamant that we wanted someone with a great eye and reportage style as well as a warm and likeable personality, so soon as we met and she showed us her portfolio it was clear she was our photographer. 

On the day itself Hester was a true professional yet sensitive and gentle with us all; we hardly saw her and yet we were given the most beautiful shots which perfectly captured our day.

I have so may wonderful memories from the day - standing at the back of the church on the hottest day of the year seeing all my favourite people in one place, having our photographs taken as a family in the gorgeous sunshine whilst our friends sipped champagne, standing barefoot on a hay bale as my new husband gave his speech, my new husband grabbing my hand and pulling me out of the tipi to see fireworks overhead....I could go on and on!

I'm a country girl at heart so it felt only right that we have a country-style wedding. Richard was wonderful and really let me indulge my little-girl dream of a tipi outside the church overlooking the farm, hay bales, lanterns and a fire. It was rustic and beautiful - everything I had hoped for on my wedding day.

One of my bridesmaids offered to do the flowers, which was brilliant. I was pretty specific about the look that I wanted; traditional mismatched English flowers tumbling from vintage jugs, watering cans & enamel buckets.

We were kindly lent the vases for the table decorations so deliberately chose a mismatched rustic look. We wove ivy around the beams in the tipis and hung lanterns everywhere which were lit as the sun set.

Our photographer, Hester Marriott, recommended the caterers Mange 2 who are local to the church. As soon as we met Georgie and had our tasting session it was clear they were the ones for us. They worked with such sensitivity to give us our dream wedding, with hessian baskets for the sweet jacket potatoes, the most incredible hog roast and fantastic staff to serve it all. 

The food was absolutely exceptional; literally every single guest commented on it, especially our fabulous canapes and our beautiful chocolate biscuit wedding cake covered in white chocolate.

I loved planning our wedding day. We had five months to pull it all together and it far surpassed everything we had hoped. I had to find my dress pretty swiftly to ensure it was made in time but everything else fell into place. I'm a huge fan of lists (!) and found that a detailed plan for the day was crucial, to enable the ushers to follow your instructions on the day without overloading anyone.

Our wedding band Saloon Star came through a recommendation from a friend; we were absolutely DELIGHTED as they encapsulated the folksy, lively, rustic feel to the wedding. Everyone danced their socks off!

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  1. what a great photo. So hard to capture such a large group in such a great way!

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  2. You have a awesome collection of photos.....and wat a camera do u use in wedding capture you catch all emotions and they have so much character.....won­der­ful colours and great moments cap­tured. Great shots.

  3. good shot you have done beatiful shot thanks for shearing this....!!

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