a perfect English country garden wedding | uk wedding blog

facebook-profile-picture By Phoebe

A simply beautiful wedding on the blog today, Kathryn makes such a beautiful bride and I am loving her choice of Pronovias gown. I adore the feel of the whole day, lots of floral goodness, bunting and love, just how it should be. I think more weddings need a shoe shot next to a garden gnome though. Hope you enjoy!

Photography by Richmond Pictures


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Venue:  Woodthorpe Hall – Sue and Dick Shepley are the owners and wonderful hosts. Dick helps set up the venue and Sue is the most professional and organised event manager who ensures everything on the day runs smoothly. They are a working farm, as well as a producer of cider.

Wedding photographer: Richmond Pictures – The wonderful Karina Lax and Tom Collier who did the best job. They listened to what we wanted and worked so hard to give us a beautiful memory of the day

Flowers – The bouquet, button holes and Cider Press area (where the registrar married us) was done by Petalis in Sheffield, but the marquee decorating was done by my Mum and I and all my friends the day before. We raided her work colleague’s garden of all their wonderful summer flowers and herbs. On the drive from her house to the venue the car looked like a moving greenhouse! We also got up at the crack of dawn to visit the wholesale flower market.

Bride’s dress /shoes The dress was discovered hidden on the sale rail at Blissful Daze wedding shop in Sheffield. It’s from the 2008 Barcelona collection by Pronovias and I just fell in love with it the moment I put it on. The lace looks really vintage and the keyhole back was just what I was looking for. The shoes were an old vintage gold pair I found on ebay.

Bride’s hair accessories/veil The veil was a waterfall style satin edged one. It was my borrowed item as a friend from work lent me hers.

Bride’s hair /makeup My hair was done at Hair Union in Sheffield and makeup I did myself using Laura Mercier and Chanel.

Bridesmaids’/dresses/shoes/accessories Dresses and shoes were from Monsoon and the scarves/shrugs were from M&S.

Groom’s outfit/accessories/shoes Suit and tie was Mr Start at Start in London. The groom’s brown brogues were also from Start. The tie pin was vintage and a gift I gave to my husband the night before the wedding.

Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories Suits and ties also from Mr Start at Start in London.

Cake – We had several rounds of cheese as our cake which was provided by PJ Taste and used as the evening supper for people. They decorated the cheeses and provided biscuits and locally made chutneys to go with  it.

DJ/entertainment We had an afternoon brass jazz band called The Gentlemen of Jazz play following the ceremony whilst people milled around the gardens and enjoyed the sunshine. Then in the evening we booked a rock n roll band called The Milkshakers who don’t usually play outside of London but were friends of friends who did us a favour. They were brilliant and everyone was up dancing.

Before the band in the evening and after dinner we wanted a couple of things to entertain people and to be inclusive. We used our talented friends to help us set-up a photo booth area complete with a painted backdrop of rolling hills, hay bales from the farm for seats and a huge trunk full of fancy dress costumes borrowed from my Mum’s amateur dramatic group. The camera was set up with a tripod and shutter release button so people could go in, get dressed up with their friends and snap away taking lots of daft pictures. The resulting album was great to look at once we got back from our honeymoon, especially the pictures from the end of the evening when people were more and more drunk.

The second bit of entertainment was a game of BINGO organised by Karen and Gerry Lax. They had a special Bingo dance and provided bingo tickets, pens and prizes and brought with them a professional ball spinner. The weirdest thing was, Joe and I won full houses 2 out of the 3 games we played…..and there was NO fixing involved despite no one believing us!

Stationery – I lino cut and hand printed the invites in our lounge (over several very long evenings) which I designed myself.  All tied together with velvet ribbon.

Décor/wedding details The whole day was very loosely themed around an English Garden. We used bunting made from numerous offcuts of vintage fabric which hung from the marquee roof. The tables were all covered in white linen and white dinnerwear. All the flowers were from my Mum’s friend’s garden and were a real mix, including fresh herbs. We used an old decorators ladder which my Mum painted, to hang flowers from. All the vases were old ones we found at car boots and vintage/ charity shops and ranged from enamel milk urns to ceramic coffee pots.

The table numbers I made using old terracota plant pots filled with plaster of paris holding a twig which had a peg twined to the top which I painted all white. The pegs held the cardboard table numbers. We love gardening and have our own alottment so this tied in with that theme. The wedding favours and place names were small envelopes filled with sunflower seeds and a tin plant marker (the ones you usually use to mark in the soil where you’ve planted some seeds).

Catering/food/drink – PJ Taste did the catering all using locally sourced and seasonal produce. We had roast chicken, citrus baked pollock, wild mushroom risotto and summer ratatouille all served with a selection of salads and new potatoes. Dessert was local strawberries and cream, yorkshire curd tart and handmade truffles by my friend.

For drinks we had freshly squeezed lemonade, red Italian Oriano Nero D’Avola, White Bacaro Pinot Grigio and Sheffield roasted fairtrade tea & coffee.

The venue Woodthorpe Hall not only a working farm but it also produces its own cider which we had on the bar. It was a lethal 9% alcohol but delicious. We also provided local beer from Bradfield brewery, Farmers Blonde and Farmers Bitter.

Wedding favours were as above.

Honeymoon Destination – Woodthorpe Hall provides a field for camping in once the party is over. The owner, Dick Shepley set up a camp fire for us which around 20 of my closest friends all stayed around and camped that evening. We hired a campervan which we then took to the lake district for our honeymoon.


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