Victoria and Richard tied the knot in a colourful outdoors celebration, completed with elegantly understated decor
Victoria Anderson, 29, a media planning director, and Richard Trimmer, 31, a client relationship manager, held both their ceremony and reception at Larmer Tree Gardens in South Wiltshire.
I'd always wanted an outdoor garden wedding, but was worried as the British weather was so unreliable! But when we saw Larmer Tree Gardens, it was so beautiful, we felt it was worth the gamble. I wanted the day to be fun, yet classy.
We were both inspired, and limited by, the venue and the gardens. Being a Victorian pleasure garden meant a super modern dress or flowers wouldn't have worked. So instead, we opted for an eclectic mix of styles, going for a vibrant palette while keeping additional decor simple but bold.
Our venue offered plenty of outdoor space and indoor rooms, so it was perfect for us. We held our ceremony in the Roman Temple, followed by a drinks reception and lawn games.
After the wedding breakfast and speeches in the Pavilion, we moved outside to enjoy 'dusk in a deckchair' with personalised cocktails, before dancing in the Jubilee Hall.
The gardens themselves didn't need any decoration, but we brought the indoors in for our wedding breakfast: we hung eucalyptus, populus and salal garlands around the Pavilion, while our simple tablecentres, which varied in shape and size, lined the middle of our tables, creating a runner of vibrant colour - complementing our simple yet elegant setting.
For our favours, we chose mini bottles of dessert wine, Vin Santon (a sweet wine from Italy to reflect my Italian heritage) and Madeira from Portugal (to reflect Richard's heritage). We ordered the personalised bottles and labels from Etsy.
I loved the moment just after the ceremony: we waited at the end of the lawn with glasses of bubbly, and watched as our guests walked towards us to congratulate us. At that point I just wanted to relax and enjoy the party.
My tip for brides-to-be - get a wedding planner! Having ours there on the day meant everything ran to time and we didn't have to think about anything other than enjoying our day. If you don't have a wedding planner at the venue, I'd definitely recommend finding a trusted friend or family member to be in charge on the day.
Steal their style!