Becky & Ollie
Becky & Ollie
A wedding gown by Enzoani for an English back garden DIY wedding in Surrey. With hand picked flowers and Bridesmaids dresses from French Connection and Alfred Sung. The Groom wears a classic morning suit. Dogs at weddings
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Flowers
A wedding gown by Enzoani for an English back garden DIY wedding in Surrey. With hand picked flowers and Bridesmaids dresses from French Connection and Alfred Sung. The Groom wears a classic morning suit. Home grown wedding flowers.
Becky
Becky
A wedding gown by Enzoani for an English back garden DIY wedding in Surrey. With hand picked flowers and Bridesmaids dresses from French Connection and Alfred Sung. The Groom wears a classic morning suit.
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Tipi
A wedding gown by Enzoani for an English back garden DIY wedding in Surrey. With hand picked flowers and Bridesmaids dresses from French Connection and Alfred Sung. The Groom wears a classic morning suit. Tipi wedding
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Favours
A wedding gown by Enzoani for an English back garden DIY wedding in Surrey. With hand picked flowers and Bridesmaids dresses from French Connection and Alfred Sung. The Groom wears a classic morning suit. Slow Gin favours. wedding favours.
Confetti
Confetti
A wedding gown by Enzoani for an English back garden DIY wedding in Surrey. With hand picked flowers and Bridesmaids dresses from French Connection and Alfred Sung. The Groom wears a classic morning suit.
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Shoes
A wedding gown by Enzoani for an English back garden DIY wedding in Surrey. With hand picked flowers and Bridesmaids dresses from French Connection and Alfred Sung. The Groom wears a classic morning suit. Rachel Simpson shoes.
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Stationery
A wedding gown by Enzoani for an English back garden DIY wedding in Surrey. With hand picked flowers and Bridesmaids dresses from French Connection and Alfred Sung. The Groom wears a classic morning suit. wedding stationery.
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Becky & Ollie

Isn’t it ruddy fabulous when a brides parents have a big enough garden for her to hold her wedding there? Could there be anything more personal? Becky’s Mum planted ALL of the flowers used in the wedding when she and Ollie got engaged. Yes, all of them. And she (along with a little bit of help) put together all the bouquets too. Immense. I’m actually a little lost for words at this wedding. Wait until you see the aisle. I’m pretty sure it’s a certified wedding venue, not a back garden.

The dress, the hair, those gorgeous freckles, the DIY elements… it is all perfect. Oh, and the dog. Don’t even get me started. Let’s not forget Ollie who looks super dapper in his classic morning suit.

Becky found the wonderful Lola Rose Photography on our Love Lust List which makes us super happy indeed. Enjoy my lovelies, it’s a good one.

Becky The Bride: My parents house in Cranleigh, Surrey was the perfect setting for the outdoor ceremony and reception that we had dreamed of. We were extremely lucky to have somewhere so beautiful to get married and that enabled us to personalise it completely. Also for the fact that my parents were so laid back and kind in allowing us to do so! Organising the wedding at home wasn’t as daunting as I first thought it might be and actually bringing together all our ideas and all the suppliers was fairly straightforward, if not time consuming! We did have to make a plan B for bad weather, but it didn’t put us off the idea and thankfully the sun shone.

The Dress

I always knew I wanted to wear something light, relaxed and unstructured that would fit into our garden wedding and I felt happy and comfortable in the lacy dress I chose by Enzoani.

Finding shoes I liked was a struggle until I came across the designer Rachel Simpson. I loved her collection and the Elodie shoe in ivory was perfect! My drop earrings were a gift from Ollie and they were from Swarovski. I also opted for a plain waist length veil.

Ollie

Ollie found his morning suit at Oliver Brown and purchased gorgeous yellow and blue/grey waistcoats and ties from David Saxby for him and his groomsmen. The mixed colours looked great and they all chose a different lining on the back. A few months before the wedding, my mum kindly reconditioned her great grandfather’s gold pocket watch for me to give to Ollie to wear, which looked stunning and was really special.

Themes & Colour Schemes

We didn’t set out with a particular theme or colour scheme initially. The garden was a stunning setting and so the flowers were always going to be a big feature. From the time we got engaged, my mum carefully planned and created the MOST beautiful flowers. She planted rose bushes, huge pots of lilies and lavender, beds of gorgeous wild flowers and the loads of sweet pea towers! The most impressive creation was the willow half-dome that she made for the ceremony lawn, which gave us a gorgeous back drop. Along with the sweet peas and the straw bale seating, with lots of borrowed colourful throws, it was the most perfect setting to say our vows. Mum (and some other helpful hands) also put together all of the pretty bouquets, button holes and table flower arrangements. We were so grateful to have help from our brilliant friends and family with all the finishing touches, and in particular my mum and dad who worked flat out! We couldn’t have done it without them!

The DIY

Ollie is very handy and so he made loads of the lovely features. We had a wooden signpost in the garden and a polaroid frame for guests to take pictures in for our guest book. This was a brilliant addition and a great way of capturing fun pictures of our guests! Ollie also made an awesome table plan stand out of a couple of pairs of vintage skis that we purchased, and he created a seating plan on photoshop based on our favourite ski runs, which formed our table names. Skiing was quite a big theme too, I suppose, as it is our greatest shared love! He also made a sofa out of straw bales and not to mention an epic chandelier for the drinks tipi, made out of real stag antlers that we had collected on our farm over the last 10 years!

The Bridesmaids

I had five bridesmaids, so finding the same dress that suited all of them was always going to be a challenge, as I found out! I initially bought five dresses from French Connection (the ‘acid zest’ colour) but on my 2 taller bridesmaids they were inappropriately short! So I returned them and found a different dress by Alfred Sung in the same shop I bought my dress. The ‘dove grey’ colour looked great with the other dresses, which then nicely set the theme for the guys waistcoats and ties.

The Ceremony

We chose the brilliant celebrant Christina Walker for our ceremony. We met with her initially before booking and she was so friendly and professional we knew she’d do a great job. She created the most personal ceremony for us that encompassed everything we wanted. It was really special and many of our guests mentioned how unique the ceremony and the setting were.

We had readings from two of our close friends, ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton and an extract from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres. Everyone also sang ‘Stand by Me’ by Ben E. King at the end. We had guitar and vocals by Jon Hart during the ceremony and drinks reception. He was A-Mazing and created such a great atmosphere. He played an acoustic version of ‘Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’ as I walked down the aisle and then Jackie Wilson’s (Your love keeps lifting me) Higher and Higher as we walked out. It was fab, and I remember feeling so relaxed and happy as the confetti was thrown!

One of the best surprises of the ceremony was seeing our gorgeous golden cocker spaniel Wilma sat at the end of the aisle with Ollie. She was so well behaved and sat beautifully posing for photos. It sounds silly, but it was amazing to have her there!

Time Alone

After the ceremony, drinks and canapés were served. Because we weren’t travelling anywhere afterwards, Ollie and I thought it was important to have 10 minutes to ourselves straight away, so we arranged for our caterers to leave us some bubbly and selection of canapés under a tree by the house. This was a lovely moment and meant we could take in all that just happened before the party began.

The Tipis

We chose gorgeous tipi’s from Beautiful World Tents for our reception. They fit into the setting perfectly, dwarfed by enormous willow and chestnut trees. At night they lit up beautifully, alongside lanterns, fire pits and up-lights in the trees and gave the garden an incredible atmosphere.

The food

Food was very important to us so this was one area that we didn’t scrimp on! Caper and Berry provided us with a really interesting and tasty selection of canapés and we opted for traditional British sharing platters to start, local lamb cooked over charcoal for main and the most delicious trio of shots and pots for pudding! We chose to have a cheese tower rather than a cake, and bought some fun little personalised wooden peg toppers from Etsy. In the evening we provided pulled pork baps and a sweets and cake table. We also gave mini bottles of homemade sloe gin, damson gin and blackcurrant vodka as favours.

The Entertainment

We found our band through a friend, and as soon as we saw them play one night in a pub months before we knew we had to have them! ‘The Chaps’ were absolutely incredible and I don’t think I’d seen a full dance floor from start to finish before. The 90’s garage medley (yes.. on guitars!) was just amazing and our friends couldn’t stop talking about how great they were. I’m not sure Ollie and I left the dance floor much ourselves to be honest!

The Photographer

Kelly, our photographer of Lola Rose Photography was absolutely wonderful. She was so friendly and unimposing and just blended in with our guests allowing her to take beautiful natural shots. We are so thrilled with the photos she took, and feel that they reflect the day perfectly. We would absolutely recommend her to anyone else!

Photography by Lola Rose Photography
Author: Becky Sappor
Becky is at her happiest when dunking a slightly chilled chocolate digestive into a very warm, very milky cup of tea. She also loves her job and pinches herself every day to make sure that she isn’t in a graphic design dreamworld.

4 thoughts on “Becky & Ollie

  1. Wow. How wonderful. I love just how personal this wedding is, mum planting the flowers, making the bouquets and Ollie making the lights for the tipis out of antlers! How fabulous. Becky looks amazing. What a gorgeous setting for a wedding. *well jeal* Congrats Becky & Ollie x

  2. This is just super spectacular-every little detail is beautiful . What a magic day for the gorgeous couple and the guests x

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