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A vintage-inspired garden marquee wedding in the Cotswolds

A vintage-inspired garden marquee wedding in the Cotswolds

Written by Katie Byrne

Felicity and John held their reception in the bride's aunt's garden - and filled their celebration with flowers and hand-made twists


Felicity, 26, an illustrator, and John, 27, a design engineer, married at St. George's Church in the Cotswolds, followed by a reception in Felicity's aunt's garden.

Budget: £16,000.

John proposed to me on the Isle of Islay in Scotland (this is where I grew up) on a sand dune – it was so romantic! He proposed with a dummy ring from Argos as this is where we met when we worked there as teenagers.

We collected mismatched teacups and cake stands from charity shops during the lead up to our wedding, and had plenty of traditional outdoor games to create an English country garden look with a vintage feel.

My dress was made by my super talented friend and bridesmaid, Debbie. We lived together at university and decided then that if I ever got married she would make my dress! We chose a floaty chiffon material for the skirt and chantilly lace for the bodice – it was beautiful.

My mum grew flowers especially for the wedding – we used a mixture of cosmos, gypsophila and lavender alongside plenty of foliage. I had a few stems of gypsophila in my hair while my bridesmaids wore lavender in theirs. I loved all of our flowers – namely because they complemented our pink, white and green palette perfectly!

John loves his ale so the bar was full of local ales. We also had a wedding ale specially brewed by our friend Craig, while our tables were named after whisky distilleries and beaches on the island to incorporate my love for Islay.

I designed all of our wedding stationery and our seating plan was a map of Islay – this was so everyone could see where their table's distillery was located!

We gave the best man and ushers personalised tankards as favours so they could drink their ale out of them throughout the evening, while the paddock at the back of the garden was used as a campsite for merry guests to pitch up – which went down well when they enjoyed bacon rolls and tea the next day!

My top tip for brides-to-be: Write an itinerary of timings and jobs to give to the wedding party a couple of days before – not only will it streamline the day, it will put your mind at ease and help to minimise the possibility of any last-minute dramas!

Steal their style!

Photography: Darren Edmunds and David McConaghy Marquee: Advanced Marquees Planner & stylist: Felicity French Illustration and Design Dress: Made by bride's friend, Debbie Vince Bridesmaids' dresses: Debenhams Groomswear: Moss Bros 

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