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Jenny and Matt

Jenny and Matt

Written by Katie Byrne

Beautiful gardens and a chic marquee set the backdrop to Jenny and Matt’s nuptials

Jenny White, 29, a PR and marketing freelancer and Matt Freeman, 32, a data architect, married in a religious ceremony with reception at a private residence in Cambridgeshire.

The atmosphere...

We had our wedding in a countryside location, but as both Matt and I have lived in London for 10 years, our style was definitely more chic and stylish than country vintage. A marquee allowed us to put our own stamp on the décor and  create an elegant area within the setting of my parents’ house. We mainly wanted our guests to feel at home on the day and have fun.

The look...

My dress had a princess element, which I’d always wanted, but I added my own little twists with the belt and lace jacket, which kept it modern. Even with the layers of lace, it was still light and comfortable to wear. My bouquet included roses, flowering mint and clematis. I love roses because they’re timeless and my florist suggested the flowering mint; it matched my colour scheme and smelled amazing. Each of my six bridesmaids wore bespoke dresses – the material was kept the same for consistency, but they each had a differently designed top to suit their individual styles.

The flowers...

The top table blooms featured a 22ft garland of ‘Memory Lane’ and ‘Secret Garden’ roses with mixed lilac, blue and green hydrangeas. It ran along the front and draped over the sides onto the floor.

For the church flowers, we opted for two urns on plinths which were filled with purple, lilac and blue hydrangeas, mixed with ‘Blue Bee’ delphiniums, garden roses and eucalyptus. Every other pew end featured a bouquet of clematis, stocks, ‘Secret Garden’ roses, spray roses and eucalyptus.

The details...

The gardens were spectacular thanks to my parents’ hard work. As an alternative to a tableplan, we tied name tags to the weeping birch tree in the garden. The tealight holders containing roses, which hung from the large apple tree, added a whimsical feel to the drinks reception. Inside, we had two walls featuring pictures of Matt and I, and a collage that featured every guest at the wedding.

We continued this theme by having photographs instead of typical placenames. Despite it taking us almost a year to find a photo of everyone, it was worth it! As it was a warm evening, we put the sides of the marquee up so people could play croquet on the lawn in between courses.

The address book...

Photographer: Duncan Kerridge
Florist: Wild at Heart
Dress: Pronovias
Bridesmaid dresses: S.L Sabrina (01763 244526)
Groomswear: Charlie Allen
Lighting and audio: Tim Spicer Events 

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