a gorgeous garden tipi wedding with an Alice Temperley gown | uk wedding blog

facebook-profile-picture By Phoebe
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Good morning all! We are starting the week with our first Babb wedding of the year. The reason I love Laura’s work is that you can tell the wedding is hers. The way she captures the little moments that may otherwise go unnoticed is inimitable. She always brings out the smiles in everyone, and her couple portraits are always stunning. (This isn’t a sponsored post, I just really love her!!). Rosie and Robert’s day is a gorgeous example of that, the images are so good and you can see the couples personalities shine through. I hope you enjoy. Have a lovely Monday!

photography by Laura at Babb Photo

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Rosie wore Willow Dress by Alice Temperley – a long, 1920s-esq dress embellished with pearls, which she managed to pick up in a sample sale 6 months beforehand, and ivory shoes from LK Bennett.

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Family Ceremony: Fyfield Church, Fyfield, Marlborough

Friends garden ceremony:  Fyfield House garden

Reception: Fyfield House (Rosie’s parents’ house)

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Rob loves to look smart since he never gets to in his normal day to day life. He therefore elected to get married in a morning suit (Moss Bros) with a jazzy off-cuts waistcoat (SirPlus) but then get changed before dinner into a blue three piece lounge suit (the Cad and the Dandy) which his brother gave him as a wedding gift. To complete the look: blue shoes.

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Our florist was Rob’s aunt, ably supported by Megan Jackson, a local florist. She (Rob’s Aunt) worked tirelessly for days to create beautiful table centre pieces in jam jars and milk bottles. 

However, the really impressive flowers were in the garden, which Rosie’s mum worked tirelessly for months to bring on. She was eventually dead heading roses with nail scissors.

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Laura was just incredible and surprising from the moment we first contacted her. She was so professional as well as creative and original, start to finish. Her online presence is enormous, a lot of our planning and idea’s were derived from her blog posts, and her questions and suggestions about how we should run our day were all spot on (she obviously had much more experience than us!).

We decided to have an engagement shoot to help overcome Rosie’s natural camera shyness, and were so glad we did. Getting to know Laura a bit better and seeing her fun arty “style” was such fun for us as well, and when we got the photo’s we were blown away.

On the day, we really didn’t know Laura or Alice were there for most of the time, with the exception of the excellent crowd domination needed to get the “all the guests” shot. We then got to sneak off with her for half an hour for a quick couple shoot as the sun was setting, a time we now treasure since its the only moment it was just us.

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The church ceremony was quick and not too dirty – we asked Rob’s father to read John 4: 7-12 which roughly translates as God = Love which helped Rosie overcome her objections to a church wedding.

What was really the most special moments of our lives was a short garden ceremony with all our guests. A family friend introduced us, Rob’s mother read “captain corelli’s mandolin”, three of our mutual friends performed a love song based on “postcards from italy” by beruit. We then read our own vows together with tears rolling down our cheeks under a maple tree. Not a dry eye in the house.

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The many bridesmaids, aka flower things, all wore beautiful white dresses with colourful sashes matching the sweet-pea flower theme. The dresses were Mathilda by Nicki Macfalane, who lives in the same village. 

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Whole spit-roast lamb. Sophie Meredith (Foxy Ladies) and the cake by Made by Miranda Child-Villiers

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We had a live band (Vintage Roots) who played two amazing 45 minute sets. The dance floor was packed and the music not too wedding musicy. The fun then really kicked off when our friend took over as a dj and played on to the very small hours. At 1.30am we switched to a silent disco, much to the relief of Rosie’s Mum.

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If you can get married somewhere special to you, do it. The garden was just big enough, but it made the whole day feel personal to us. It was a lot more work an probably not any cheaper than going to a commercial wedding venue, but we definitely wouldn’t have changed it for the world.

We wouldn’t change a thing! But if we wanted to save money, we wouldn’t have bothered with a marquee heater in july. Also, although we loved our wedding tent, we actually spent pretty much all of our wedding day on the dance floor, collapsed in the bed for 4 hours, and then were up again at 8.30am, so the special wedding bell tent did was very expensive per hour!

  • Such a warm wedding, everyone looked so relaxed and content.Congratulations!

  • Luma Cinematography

    Love the flowers and the evening photography, everything comes alive and has so much atmosphere. Great venue too. Congrats!