a pastel garden party with foodie delights and the most beautiful engagement ring | uk wedding blog

facebook-profile-picture By Phoebe


Morning! I am not quite sure how this week will be able to top last week (though the apprentice does start on Tuesday!), what I do know is that we have another week full of beautiful weddings, inspiration and some beauty on Friday. I like that I have finally (4 years later) managed to get in to a blog routine, and from what I can gather you do too!

This wedding is rather perfect for a rainy monday, and just you wait till you see Pam’s engagement ring…

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001 002 003The GroomDuchamp suit, Jeffrey West boots, Tie from Moss Bros. The only accessory James wore was his gold Michael Kors watch, which was his 30th birthday gift from me.

004 005 006 007 008 009 010 011 012 013 014 015 016The Hair and MakeupBride’s hair /makeup: Hair – Emily at The Hair Gallery, Brackley www.thehairgalleryuk.com. Emily has been my hair dresser since I got together with James, so she knows the whole story! I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else doing my hair.

Makeup – all Bobbi Brown, but my sister applied it on the day, which was really special. She did an amazing job – I didn’t reapply once!

017 018 019 020 021 022 023 024 025 026 027 028The BrideDress – Bespoke blush gown from Angela Vickers, Nottingham. I am lucky that one of my best friends, Lottie works for Angela and designed and made my bespoke veil and lace jacket. The dress I chose was the first I tried on (after trying others, I always came back to that one). Shoes – Rainbow Club.

Accessories – I wore my beautiful antique engagement ring (which was the inspiration for the pastel colour scheme), matching Astley Clarke necklace and earrings. My something olds were two gold bracelets belonging to my Grandmother and a beautiful Nottingham Lace garter, which was a gift from Lottie.

029 030 031 032 033 034 035 036 037 038 039 040 041 042 043 044 045 The VenueCeremony – The Temple of Venus, Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckinghamshire (a place I loved visiting as a child and holds lots of special memories. Reception – Pam’s parents’ back garden in Brackley, Northamptonshire.

With a special mention to Karen and Peter at Highcroft House, Towcester (http://www.highcrofthouse.co.uk/index.html) , where we stayed on our wedding night and where I stayed the night before – what a beautiful place and such lovely people !

046 047 048 049 The FlowersJade Flower Boutique www.jadeflowerboutique.co.uk/ I was introduced to Georgianna through my Maid of Honour Anneka. Georgianna provided the best service and most beautiful flowers for the day. She is so creative and worked really hard to give us what we wanted!

050 051 052 053 054 055 The PhotographerOur friends at Beaulieu Wedding Photography. We know Lou and Tim through friends and have always known there was no one else for us! They work as a brilliant team… Lou spent the morning with me and the girls while we got ready at Highcroft House, while Tim was back in Nottingham at our house with James and friends. They are discreet, comforting, friendly, flexible, creative and their photos captured the movement, magic and happiness of the day perfectly.

056 057 058 059 060 061 062 Favourite MomentToo many to choose from! Either being driven to the venue by my dad in the Rover 110 he had hired (a bumpy but special moment), watching everyone enjoying their food so much at the reception, or seeing James’ face as I walked into the Temple – I will never forget how proud and happy he looked.

The groom says: I had so many amazing moments throughout the day, it would be impossible to choose just one.  Seeing how stunning Pam looked as she walked into the Temple. The drinks reception back at John and Sheila’s when the Sun came out and everyone was out on the lawn enjoying the Prosecco, beer and canapés.  Giving the speech that I had been so nervous about that went so smoothly when it came to it. Or dancing with my bride and our friends and family late into the evening.

063 064 065 066 067 068 069 070 071 072 073 074 075 076 077 078 079 080 081 082 083 084 085 086 087 The DecorThe wedding was really centred around our two favourite things, music and food. We didn’t really mean to have a theme to our decor, but it turned into a kind of garden party… quite rustic, with lots of vintage pastel colours and as much done by us as possible. We spent all our weekends leading up to the wedding gardening at my mum and dad’s house (which James pointed out in his speech was probably my dad’s plan all along when offering the garden to us!). The marquee was named “pompom heaven” as we decorated it with as many paper pompoms we could find! We wanted to bring as much of the outside inside, so had pots full of flowers inside the marquee. Flowers were arranged in vintage glass bottles I had collected over the years and placed on hessian table runners, cut by my sister. The cake was displayed on sections of freshly cut pieces of tree trunk. My sister and her boyfriend bought us an olive tree and asked everyone to write a message to us, as a fun alternative to a guest book – by the end of the night it was covered with tags, which we had a lot of fun reading when we got to the Lake District the next day!

088 089 090 091 092 The CakeCakes By Shelly http://www.cakesbyshelly.co.uk/ – a lovely gift from our friends Anneka and Joeri. Anneka and I had planned to make the cake, but thank goodness we didn’t in the end! Shelly made an amazing three tier sponge cake, frosted with fresh Swiss meringue icing.

093 094 The StationeryFeel Good Invites http://www.feelgoodinvites.com/

095 096 097 098 099 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 The FoodThe important bit!! We both work in the food industry and made sure we got all our food friends involved! The catering was done by our good friend James Moulson and his brilliant team at Mash Catering (mashcatering.co.uk/), James’ food blew everyone away on the day, it was like we had created our own little pop up restaurant! Cheese was supplied by my older brother and his girlfriend at Mons UK www.mons-cheese.co.uk/. Our friend Evin at The Kernel Brewery (www.thekernelbrewery.com) ensured there was a never ending supply of his amazing Table Beer and IPA. Wine and Prosseco was provided by the brilliant Guillaume Aubert at Aubert & Mascoli (http://www.aubertandmascoli.com/). The bar was run by my brother’s friends, serving cocktails containing homemade liquors made by James while they charmed all the ladies!

109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 The EntertainmentRita Schindler (www.ritaschindler.com/) played the harp during the ceremony in the Temple. She was absolutely brilliant and gave the whole ceremony such an ethereal, magical feel! She was so great to work with and even learned two new pieces especially for our ceremony, including Here Comes the Sun by George Harrison, which is a special song for my dad and I and is what I walked down the aisle to (ironically as it started to poor with rain outside!).

Evening entertainment – House and DnB DJ sets, performed by James (groom), Alistair (bride’s brother / usher) and Mark Leish (close friend) – in the words of my dad, “not your average wedding disco”.

132 133 134 135 136 137 the budget£20K – £25K

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AdviceMy top tip would be to think about the skills and contacts your friends might have – it is surprising how many talented people you know if you really think about it! 



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