When Summer arrives there is nothing more we love to see than a sun-filled country garden wedding gracing our pages. One Oake, who is a member of our handpicked wedding supplier directory The List, has planned and styled us a real beauty incorporating natural flowers, dreamy dresses and rustic details. The ultimate way to lose yourself this Thursday afternoon.
Welcome back for Part 2 of this relaxed country wedding with loads of steal-able ideas including casual florals and lots of fun touches.
Thanks again to Guy Collier for providing all the images.
My husband owns a florist in Wimbledon called Fleurtatious, so our flowers were done by Tam, who works there. We wanted plenty of colour – purples and pinks – and we wanted to have an English country garden feel.
My bouquet had purple calla lilies, Coolwater and aqua pink roses, mauve lisianthus and hydrangea blooms and tree fern and the bridesmaids had white peonies, white & lilac lisianthus, veronica and tree fern.
The table arrangements were made up of scabious, white & lilac larkspur, purple veronica, English stocks, white bouvardia, pink & purple lisianthus, tree fern and ivy. Instead of vases we used gorgeous shabby-chic cream tin watering cans which I found from a garden centre advertising on e-Bay.
A Guiding Photographer
Our photographer was Guy Collier. He is one of the photographers recommended on the Gate Street Barn website. We were very impressed by Guy’s photos on his website, and his personality also came across really well on the website too. He seemed like a relaxed, fun and personable man, so we decided to meet him, after which we had no hesitations to sign him up.
Tom and I are not great posers, so Guy did well to guide us through our photos. During the ceremony he was snapping away (we have the photos to prove it), but we didn’t even notice he was there. We love our photos, and I still look at them every day.
As mentioned, our theme was country garden and games, so our flowers were oozing out of watering cans and they looked great in the barn. We also had gorgeous twiggy hearts decorated with purple scabious and some ivy hanging on the beams against the front wall of the barn which added a romantic touch. For the table plan we used a large cream wire work heart and we used small single cream wire work hearts to hold the table names, both ordered online from Live, Laugh, Love.
We decided against favours, but instead put a few fun things on the tables for our guests to enjoy. We had two table trivia boxes per table and also some silver party blowouts. We thought it would be fun and all our friends love games and making some noise. Tom’s father made the name cards, table names and seating plan for us using Scrabble font which he downloaded from the internet. We used games as our table names – Scrabble, Monopoly, Balderdash etc.
Tom and I call each other “Woolly”, so as a joke we ordered two Wool pens for guests to sign the guest book with. We specifically chose a giraffe as Tom is often teased for having a long neck, and a frog, because Tom says I sometimes pull my face in a way that makes me look like a frog!
Our ceremony was very special as Tom and I had written our own vows, so saying them and hearing them was very emotional. We wanted our wedding day to reflect our personalities 100% and we wanted the day to feel relaxed and fun. To help create this atmosphere we went for bright and happy summery colours and played some Johnny Cash while guests were being seated.
We had the garden games to keep people busy (and so we could have a play!) and for our meal we chose to have a hog roast and a fun fondue style dessert. We were very lucky that the weather was lovely, warm and sunny so we spent a lot of time outdoors, which is what we wanted.
My best friend, Nina, made a “wedding newspaper” for us called “The Marston News”. It was full of funny photos and stories that our friends and family has sent Nina about Tom and I when we were young or about us as a couple.
It caused a number of laughs and was a really nice and personal touch. Our wedding day was by far the happiest and most special day of my life, and I would love to do it all over again! I wouldn’t change a thing about the day – it was perfect.
I Love the way this couple managed to make their wedding fun whilst still pretty and have so many details that really reflect them as a couple – those pens are fab!
Thanks so much to Melissa and Tom for sharing so many inspiring details.