a beautiful, traditional english garden wedding | uk wedding blog

facebook-profile-picture By Phoebe

Morning!! Ohhh todays wedding..! Nicola and James’s day really does epitomise a pretty, English wedding. From the quaint village church to the blousy bouquets and formal attire. It is a dream!

photography | Sam Jayne Photography

I chose from the Watters separate selection: a silk skirt paired with an embellished corset, which I added straps to. I wore LK Bennett gold and silver sandals.

Hair accessories/veil: Single, floor length veil with tiny crystals stuck on. I wore crystal drop earrings and a silver necklace with a blue sapphire stone, which James had his brother deliver to me the morning of the wedding.

James wore a navy blue Austin Reed suit with tweed waste coat, with mint green ties and white silk pocket square.

Grooms outfits accessories: White silk hankie, engraved tie clip (which was a wedding present from the me).

One of our friends designed our invites and for the name places, James made polaroid photos for each guest.

James’ house is called Ivy House, and is covered in the stuff. We incorporated the Ivy into all elements: bouquets, tables, buttonholes, in and around the marquee and garden. We had touches of pink and ivory roses running throughout too.

Hair: My friend did my hair for me, although it had volume she created a fairly loose look (although it wasn’t – it remained in place for three days after).

Makeup: Nikki Hughes created a natural look, with definition around the eyes.

The perfume:

Jo Malone combination: the classic Lime, Basil & Mandarin body creme topped with the Orange Blossom cologne. I also had a couple of Jo Malone perfumes burning in the background when we were getting ready, so I’ll always associate the smell with the memories.

The girls wore dresses by Adrianna Papell, the mint green colour matched the Ivy theme. I added straps to the dress so it tied in with my dress. They also wore silver and gold sandals, with flowers in their hair and a pearl necklace.

My 2 year old niece would only wear a pink dress, she refused to try on ivory/white ones, so we found her an adorable pink one from Monsoon.

The ceremony was the highlight, one of our friends performed a selection of songs (including Somewhere over the Rainbow) and another adapted The Owl and The Pussycat poem about us. It was also the first time I’d seen my wedding ring, which I absolutely love. Sam, our photographer captured a great photo of my pleasantly surprised reaction.

The ceremony took place at St Andrews Church, Ombersley with the reception at James’ family home, which is a 5 minute walk from the church. We had a marquee in the garden, supplied by Fews Marquee.

Sam Jayne Photography. We wanted to capture the special moments very naturally, and Sam did not disappoint; we didn’t realise she was there a lot of the time but we have some beautiful photographic memories of the day.

We had little pots of skittles and M&Ms, out favourite sweet treats. 

We served Pie & Mash for the mains and had a hog roast in the evening. One of James cousin who is a chef made the canapes. For drink we had bubbles and beer for welcome drinks,

We were very lucky as James parents have a beautiful home and garden, which we complimented with diy pieces; my uncle made these incredible drinks stands and signs, my dad used a pallet to create the order of the day and the table plan. James aunty (the cake maker) also decorated the tables and did the flowers. We had lots of help in the week leading up.

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We do not share the same taste in cakes, so we had a multi-tiered cake, I chose three of the layers: fruit, lemon and carrot, and James insisted on having a chocolate layer. James’ aunty is an incredible baker and made the delicious cakes and decorated them beautifully too. The cake was served in the evening but we also boxed up many slices for guest to take some home.

Tips for planning process: We definitely utilised skills and expertise from family and friends, I think (hope) people were happy to help. Do as much as you can before (e.g. writing of signs, checking batteries in fairy lights work) so that you can enjoy the few days before. Celebrate milestones and make wedmin social, e.g. choosing the shoes or the MoB outfit and diy activity outside. Also, little touches make a huge difference, I didn’t really believe that before but that’s the main feedback we received. For a marquee wedding at a family home, we had someone there on the day to be the point of contact for the suppliers and ensure the day went according to plan, this was invaluable as it relieved that pressure from family. 

Where did you find inspiration: We’ve been to a lot of weddings so we incorporated our favourite elements of those. We wanted a traditional English wedding, and for it to be relaxed and for out friends and family have a good time. 

  • Evie Jones

    Such beautiful photographs. This reminds me of my wedding which we held in a perfect Oxford Wedding Venue at Aynhoe Park (http://aynhoepark.co.uk), I wouldn’t change that day for anything! Congratulations on the big day.