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A relaxed home-held wedding in Cheshire

A relaxed home-held wedding in Cheshire

Written by Katie Byrne

Sarah and Simon held an intimate marquee garden-party celebration, complete with home-made favours and endless blooms


Sarah and Simon Williams celebrated their marriage at Sarah's parents home, in Manley, Cheshire.

Imagery: Delicious Photography

We wanted a relaxed, intimate wedding, full of love, laughter and wild flowers.

My parents' home was the obvious choice for our wedding venue, owing to its beautiful gardens and the sprawling surrounding countryside. Plus, having a marquee set-up in the garden gave us the freedom to really make the day our own.

We really wanted to do everything ourselves - although it got stressful at times! Sarah's parents and members of our wedding party helped us with some of the details, such as our favours, the table plan and the other personal touches.

My mum and I searched high-and-low for a bridal boutique with a relaxed vibe that would make us feel welcome and comfortable. The Case of the Curious Bride was exactly that! I fell in love with Johanna Hehir's designs as they are so relaxed and comfortable, as well as easy-to-wear and flattering. In the end, the Ava design won - I loved the lace and adored wearing it.

Simon wore a Cad and the Dandy suit, whilst his ushers wore their own suits and Reiss ties. Our bridesmaids wore dresses in shades of blue from J Crew, Hobbs and Jaegar.

We wanted the flowers to reflect our wedding day, and to have a 'just picked' country-garden look. Our florist was brilliant: she came the day before the wedding with armfuls of beautiful flowers and herbs, and transformed the marquee.

The bridal bouquets featured a huge variety of flowers, including nigella, sweet peas, mint, lilac limonium, gypsophilia, veronica, clematis, flowering mint, eucalyptus... And all held together with a gorgeous trailing ribbon!

We didn't really have centrepieces; we had lots of different pots and jars filled with flowers down the middles of the tables.

For favours, our guests received small bottles of homemade sloe gin, with luggage tags attached. Our tables were named after an assortment of our favourite restaurants from around the world!

I loved our first dance moment: we had a ceilidh, and doing an un-practised 'dance' in front of the whole wedding party when neither of you are particularly talented was a little challenging...

I also loved having our wedding photographs taken - the cows in the field behind my parents' house came over to say 'hello'!

Steal their style!

Wedding dress: The Case of the Curious Bride Flowers: Fletcher & Foley Groom's suit: Cad and the Dandy Cake: Cake of Cheese Marquee: Shent Events 

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