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A country-chic wedding at Aynhoe Park in Oxford

A country-chic wedding at Aynhoe Park in Oxford

Lucy and Simon picked an elegant countryside theme to set the scene for their beautiful wedding...


Lucy Waring, 28, a writer, and Simon Winthrop, 32, a ship broker, held their civil ceremony and reception at Aynhoe Park, Banbury, Oxford.

Photography: Lucy Davenport 

Budget: £30,000-£40,000

Flower budget: £1,000

We first met at Loughborough University in 2006; I was in my first year and Simon was in his last. We were friends for years before we started dating when we were both living in London. We got engaged on holiday in Japan; we were in Tokyo and went to Shinjuku Park to walk through the beautiful pink and white cherry blossom – and that's where he proposed!

The theme of our day was English country elegance surrounded by wild flowers in the Cotswolds. We live in Singapore now, and this is how we always think of the UK. Nothing can beat a sunny day in the English countryside!

We fell in love with our venue at first sight; it had plenty of room for dancing and the location was perfect. We loved the traditional exterior, but quirky interior and the fact that it could accommodate all of our family and friends.

Flowers were hugely important to us as they symbolised the beautiful English countryside that we are so in love with. We wanted our arrangements to look casual and wild. Peonies are my absolute favourite, with their delicate layers of petals and frilly beauty, so my bouquet was made up exclusively of them.

We also love gypsophila and the simplicity of this tiny flower that goes so well with so many other blooms. I love bouquets of just gypsophila, which my bridesmaids carried. Our florist also created small gypsophila crowns for our flower girls, which looked so pretty.

We decided early on that we wanted a flower arch to be the focal point for our wedding ceremony in the orangery. After discussing this with our florist, they created the most jaw-dropping arch full of peonies, 'Bombastic' roses, lisianthus, white hydrangea, wax flowers, blooming white carnations and a mix of foliage including eucalyptus and olive tree foliage.

My mum had spent months in the lead-up to the wedding picking rose petals from her garden and drying them to make homemade natural confetti. Not only did it look absolutely beautiful, but it was such a special addition to our day, knowing that mum had spent so much time and care creating it.

Our flowers were displayed in cut glass vases which my mum had collected throughout the year from charity shops. These wonderfully varied vases were the perfect chalice for our wild flowers, some of which were picked from my mum's garden the day before the wedding.

Our Mr and Mrs cocktails were a huge hit; the Mr was a frozen strawberry daiquiri made in a Slush Puppy machine and the Mrs was an Espresso Martini, which was the best we've ever tasted! One of my favourite moments from the day was taking a walk outside together in the middle of the dancing to watch all of our guests enjoying themselves – and almost everyone had an espresso martini!

My tip for brides-to-be? Don't get too caught up on the little things! Also, take a few moments out from the evening as a newly-married couple to just be together and watch all of your loved ones.

Steal their style!

Florist: Whispers & Snippets Venue: Aynhoe Park Dress: Vivian Gowns Bespoke Bridesmaids' dresses: Monsoon Groomswear: Moss Bros Cake: Badgers Hall ( Make-up artist: Claire Bache