A private garden set the scene for Rose and Tom’s vibrant alfresco celebration...
Rose, 27, a senior marketing executive, and Tom, 28, a project manager, married at St. Mary the Virgin Church in Ashbury, Oxfordshire, followed by a reception at Rose’s parents’ house.
We held our reception for 150 guests inside a marquee at my parents’ home. My dad spent months preparing the garden for our big day, and eventually a summer country theme evolved.
My family helped out with the decoration, simply by enhancing what was already there with lots of seasonal, blowsy blooms in a vibrant sunset-inspired palette.
I asked a local dressmaker to create my vintage-inspired lace gown, which I wore with a pair of mint-coloured Rachel Simpson peeptoes, Jenny Packham earrings and a simple cathedral-length veil.
Tom wore a suit from Next with a floral-print bow tie to complement his pastel-coloured shirt. My bridesmaids wore lace gowns from Zara and pretty pink roses in their up-dos.
For the décor, we hung handmade bunting around the marquee and placed large pots of homegrown sweet peas in each corner. For the tablecentres, we had a mix of vases filled with flowers on treetrunk cuttings, with each one surrounded by a selection of terracotta pots and milk bottles, all filled with mismatched flora.
Our simple cake was topped with fresh fruit, and to tie in with the rustic feel, we displayed more terracotta pots containing bedded plants on a vintage stepladder and finished them with luggage tags and guests’ names on lollipop sticks to create an alternative tableplan.
My favourite moment...
It’s so difficult to pick a favourite moment from the day, but I loved it when we were showered with confetti by our guests as we left the church.
My tip for brides-to-be...
Don’t be afraid to stray away from typical ‘wedding rules’, such as bridesmaids shouldn’t wear white! Do whatever works for your day.
Steal their style!
Photography: Kari Bellamy Photography
Marquee hire: Advanced Marquees
Flowers: Foxgloves & Roses
Catering: Clifford Brown Catering