Laura the Bride:
Bob and I had been together for 15 years, when he asked me to marry him!
It took us 6 months to arrange our wedding day, we were desperate to get wed in Autumn, our favourite season, we wanted the leaves to be turning and for there be pumpkins everywhere.
We chose the Olde Bell because it's a beautiful old coaching inn, it feels private and has lovely grounds for photographs. It's interiors are designed by Ilse Crawford, and so they are beautifully calm and stylish.
I am a food photographer, so I pulled in a few favours to help with the wedding. I work with both Tabitha Hawkins and Polly Webb Wilson on shoots, and I asked them to be stylist and florist.
We wanted the day to be as seasonal as possible, so all the flowers and fauna were collected in the woods, and we gathered as many pumpkins as we could. My bouquet was full of dahlias and rose hips, fennel and rosemary. My bridesmaids, flower girls and I had dahlias in our hair. And the groomsmen's button holes were made using a flower called old mans beard which grows in the hedgerows.
We strung up strips of silk in mustard, ivory and purple and pegged up old pictures of me and Bob, as well as flowers. We also strung up beautiful vintage bunting inside the Malt House where we got married, and had vintage penguin books everywhere. Along the tables we had small pumpkins, conkers, autumn leaves and pears. The names of our guests were written on magnolia leaves which had turned brown and then been varnished.
I asked Lizzie Kamenetzky, a food stylist I regulalry work with, to make the cake. We don't like anything too trendy and kept the breif very open. She made 2 cakes, a carrot and parsnip cake with rose icing, and a lemon verbena and poppyseed cake with moussaline buttercream. And we just put lots of dahlias on top!
Being a photographer, I thought it would be hard to choose our wedding photographers, but actually it was the easiest thing. On a reccomendation we went with Pen and Cam
after meeting them, they were the loveliest of people and take beautiful honest pictures.