Wednesday 13 May 2015

A English Country Garden Wedding with Pretty Vintage Details - Part 2

A vintage tractor, bridesmaids in wellington boots, and military men in uniform - just a few of my favourite things about this quirky big day. Andy and Catherine planned their spring wedding with only four months to spare, and personalised every detail, thanks to the help of their friends and family. In the build-up to their big day, they held craft evenings to cut and sew the bunting, put covers on homemade jam jar wedding favours, and design the wedding stationery. They even prepared an Easter Egg hunt for their guests. Enjoy these fantastic pictures by Sarah Relf at Lawless Rose Photography, and don't miss my favourite wedding detail - the fabulous cake by Dippy Design.

We celebrated our wedding on Saturday 19th April at St Mary the Blessed Virgin Church in Brabourne, Kent. Our reception was at The Thatched Barn in Farthingloe, and we had an English Garden wedding theme.

We were only engaged for four and a half months, so planning our wedding was quite a rush. We partly chose our venue based on what was available at such short notice, but The Thatched Barn was a beautiful venue, which fitted perfectly with our theme.

My husband and the best man wore military uniform, and we had an usher who wore a morning suit with a blue tie. There was also a guard of honour of ten soldiers, who were also all in uniform.

I had six bridesmaids, they wore a floor length pale sage green dress, with capped sleeves and high necks, with a flower detail on the shoulders. They came from Debenhams - they fitted my theme perfectly and suited the various shapes and sizes of my bridesmaids.

We also gave all our bridesmaids wellies from Joules as a gift on the day - an in case it rained. These doubled up as fantastic props for the portrait pictures!

Our wedding florist was Sharon Foreman Flowers. They were English country garden in style. We included gypsophila, eryngium {for a Scottish feel} small pink roses, eucalyptus, and a whole load more. 

Our wedding photographer was Sarah Relf at Lawless Rose Photography. She's an old friend who has a fantastic flair for capturing beautiful pictures.

The way all my family and friends pulled together to make it come true in such a short space of time. We held craft evenings at friends’ houses to cut and sew the bunting together and had a few nights of a production line, putting the covers on the jam jar favours (which my mother in law made).

If my husband to be hadn't been so hands on, it would have made the short timeline quite stressful. However, delegating to him and my fabulous friends and family made the whole thing completely low stress and really enjoyable. People like having a job and a role to play, don't be scared of giving them something to do!

Our wedding cake was made by Dippy Design and it was STUNNING! It was a three-tier cake, with layers of fruit, chocolate and Victoria sponge, and it was covered from top-to-toes with garden flowers made from sugar. 

We topped it sugar wellington boots and a bunting flag. We also had a nod to Andy's military background with a 'drop zone flash' in the middle of the second tier. It was absolutely amazing.

I wanted our flowers to look like I’d gone out in the garden and picked them, and then shoved them in jam jars, wellington boots and various teapots and jugs. Nothing too formal or structured. They were wonderful.

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