Bouquets
Bouquets
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Love
Love
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Reception
Reception
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Swing
Swing
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Maids
Maids
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Decor
Decor
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Marquee
Marquee
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Wedding Party
Wedding Party
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Becky & Tom

I guarantee this gorgeous summer wedding will put a smile on your face this morning. Beautiful pastel pink and peach blush blooms against gorgeous fresh minty green bridesmaid dresses and the cutest mini entourage of flowers girls and page boy you ever did see.

Plus the biggest WOW of all the truly spectacular lace wedding dress designed and made by non other than the bride herself; and completing her classically beautiful bridal look a delicate floral crown previously worn by her Mother on her wedding day.

The craft, love & attention to detail doesn’t stop there though. As the wonderful marquee reception took place in Becky’s parents garden, it left the perfect blank canvas to inspire the wonderful ‘secret garden’ theme that involved an abundance of DIY decor and personal touches all lovingly helped come to life by supportive family & friends.

Becky The Bride: Our wedding was a truly personal occasion and is a compete reflection of us.

Tom and I have known each other since primary school. Tom’s Sister Karina and I were in the same class and used to have joint birthday parties, Tom is a few years older than us, but I can remember him from then.

The Beginning

We started dating when I was 19 and he was 23. Our parents knew each other, and we had some of the same friends. We were together for four and a half years when Tom proposed (in a very romantic way!) And we had an 18 month engagement – which I found was the perfect amount of time to plan and do all the things we wanted for the wedding ourselves.

The Marriage

We got married at St Marys church is Buckden, Cambridgeshire. It’s a beautiful church, set off the main street with blooming rose bushes lining the path up to the church door. We were undecided about where to have the actual ceremony, as we had decided from the beginning that we would have the reception at my parent’s house.

We chose St Marys because the Vicar, a lovely lady called Ally was so welcoming. I have been brought up catholic, but I don’t go to church much, and Tom wasn’t keen on the churchy bit because he didn’t want to feel out of place. That’s the thing about Ally though; she didn’t question our beliefs and made it very clear to us that our love for each other was all that mattered. The whole church was so light and simple and she made it really relaxed and emphasised marriage rather than religion.
I walked down the aisle to Pacabell’s canon played by the string quartet. Our readings where 1 corinthians 13 read by my cousin Paul, and a sweet poem ‘the promise’ By Eileen Rafter.

The Suits

Tom went for a hired slim fitting petrol blue three piece suit and brown brogues. The ties were mint green to match the Bridesmaids and the pocket squares where pink. All the boys including our Dads wore the same.

The Dress

I made my dress myself, with the incredible help of one of my closest friends from School, Catherine. At first, I was determined not to make it – I am a costume maker as my job, and I didn’t want it to feel like work, and there are so many dresses out there I was sure I could find ‘the one’. After A LOT of trying on, I couldn’t find one dress that I loved completely, just bits of lots of them. It was Catherine (she is a fabric technician with a background in pattern cutting) who offered her help to make me my perfect dress.
I designed it, thinking all the time about how I wanted it to move and fit in with the day. I also wanted it to be comfortable and for our guests to be able to hug me! I wanted to be in the thick of it, walking through the meadow not worrying about keeping pristine. I made a mock up of my dress in cotton, and then took it all apart again. Then Catherine made the pattern from the pieces. The lace was all hand sewn on, but I’m so glad we took the time to do it. It was an amazing feeling wearing something made by us. Since making it, I have gone on to start my own business in bridal wear and accessories, ’love from Becky’. I had enquiries after the wedding asking me about our flower crowns and my dress, and I loved making them so much, I am lucky enough to be successfully making bridal adornments alongside my full time job.

My flower crown was my something ‘old’. It was my Mum’s at her wedding, and I lovingly restored it. My Mum throughout the whole process was so totally amazing. Most weekends my whole family spent time working on the garden and sorting the house making it look great for the wedding, but it was Mum that helped with all the details and making cups of tea on craft days. Mum went on a cake icing course too so she could make iced flowers for the cake that was made by Catherine’s Mum.

The Bridesmaids

I knew when we got engaged exactly who I wanted to have as my Bridesmaids. Lauren, and my Sister Jen where my absolute rocks throughout the lead up to the wedding and being similar minded to me, I knew I could leave them in charge of things and they would always be perfect. They threw me a fantastic hen do and spent hours helping with the details. The girls wore mint green floor length dresses, with Handmade pink flower crowns which we made together. I also had my Cousin’s on both sides children as flower girls and page boy. They wore flower crowns and simple white dresses and Louie wore braces and a mint green bowtie.

The Flowers

Our flowers were from The Flower Room. I could not recommend them enough! I had a very clear idea of what I wanted, but I also wanted the flowers to be in season and for them to look natural. David Austen roses are my absolute favourite, but apart from that I let the florist pick my flowers after showing her the theme and style of the day. They did an amazing job.

Photography

Suzy was at my School in the year below me, and via social media I saw her blossom into the budding professional photographer that she is. Her and her partner in life, and work, Alex where so amazing all day. I already knew her style and that it was exactly what we wanted. She listened to us and took note of all the lovely places to take photos and all the details that where so important to me. Our photos are so special to us, and I feel so lucky to have had someone who captured us and our wedding with such ease and honesty. A lot of our guests have gone on to book them!

Videographer

The budget didn’t stretch for a videographer, but as a surprise to us friends of ours brought a Gopro with them to the wedding and then edited the whole day’s footage into a five minute homemade video. We were so touched at the effort they went too, and it’s so personal. I just love it.

Reception

We were very lucky to have the wedding reception at my parents’ home in their garden. Their house is set in four acres, and split up by a field, meadow, small woodland, walled garden and the family garden. Tom and I are very creative, and the blank canvas of the garden was the perfect place to express ourselves and make our wedding how we wanted it.

The theme of the day was rustic garden party. I wanted lots of wild flowers and fresh pastel colours. We roped in all our friends and family to start the making process quite early on with the invites and jar collecting. Lauren and her Mum spent months filling their garage with jars for us to decorate! We had craft days where the girls would come over and we would have a production line! It was really important to us from the get go that everyone was involved. When two people get married, its not just an important day for them, its also the coming together of two families. We found the lead up to the wedding really brought our families together and a lot of our friends gave up free time to be involved.

We hired a traditional marquee which we had put up 3 days before the wedding, giving us plenty of time to decorate it. My Mum orchestrated the flower garlands that went around the poles , buying all the flowers wholesale and making the garlands the day before with friends on hand to help. We used lots of floral bunting, and lanterns to decorate the space, with giant helium balloons that filled the top of the marquee. Because the wedding was in July, the garden was in full bloom which meant it all looked pretty without us having to add anything. The days before where some of the most stressful! With a house full of people all doing different jobs, still making things, gardening, hanging bunting, it was all a bit crazy! But it was all so worth it, I have some amazing memories of the lead up to the big day.

Food

On the day we hired caterers and a bar company. We served cloudy lemonade and raspberry mojitos with wheel barrels full of beer at the reception. The weather was amazing; it was one of the hottest days of the year, so we were very lucky as everything was outside. Canapés where plentiful, and after a few hours in the secret walled garden with the string quartet, we walked everyone up to the marquee which was in the field and next to the meadow.

Decor

We kept the table decorations simple. Just jars with lavender and hessian table covers. Our wedding breakfast was sharing platters of antipasti all on slate boards down the centre of the long tables. We had Eaton mess for pudding, and our favours were shots of homemade skittle vodka and tiny jars of home reared honey from my Aunty and Uncle who keep bees. In the evening we had a hog roast. We didn’t want anyone to go hungry!
We used old crates, a vintage tractor, logs and watering cans as decoration and set up a living room amongst the trees with a sofa, chair, coffee table with book and flowers on.

Entertainment

We had a band in the evening, and my sister sung our first dance with them to start off the evening party. We had a DJ to follow who took us into the early hours of the morning, along with a bonfire and marshmallows. I never wanted it to end, it was such a perfect day and so overwhelming the support and love from everyone.

Advice

If I was to give brides to be any advice, it would be to utilise the people around you. Most people like to be involved, and although it’s just ‘one day’ the lead up is just as important and the time when you need your support network the most. It does fly by and we made a real effort to keep finding each other during the day. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, weddings are stressful and full of expectation. Remember that at the end of the day, as long as you’re both smiling and married, it went perfectly.

Photography by Suzy Wimbourne Photography
Author: Lorna Shaw
Lorna loves a new posh frock, is a hopeless romantic and is lucky enough to be living her ‘happily ever after’ with her wonderful husband & three beautiful children.
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