They say home is where the heart is and that was exactly the case for Anna and Adam. After travelling up and down the country trying to find the perfect wedding venue, and failing to find anything that fitted their vision perfectly, they talked at length about what they both wanted and realised that they could actually create the perfect reception venue in their own back garden.
It was at this point that they got in touch with us at Just Bespoke and asked for our help as wedding planners to create their stunning marquee wedding in their Hertfordshire home.
Anna and Adam wanted an Elegant English Country Garden theme. Their garden backs on to woodland and is surrounded by beautiful countryside and so it seemed natural to work with these surroundings. They wanted their wedding to feel relaxed and enjoyable and were drawn to shabby chic elements, executed to a high standard.
The colour palette was sage green and dusky pink and this ran through everything that we did in terms of the styling of the day – from bridesmaid dresses through to florals.
The ceremony was held in the village church in Northaw where Anna’s parents live, and where she grew up. The drive from there back to the reception was very short and so it seemed perfect.
As guests arrived they were directed into the church by the ushers and handed Orders of Service created by Lilylou and You, who was responsible for all of the wedding stationery. Claire and Saph from Lily & May created all of the wedding flowers and they decorated the church beautifully with a large floral arch over the main door, pedestals and pew ends. The arrangements were pretty with a vintage edge which fitted the overall theme perfectly.
Anna arrived along with her father and bridesmaids in a vintage car, wearing a lace Sassi Holford gown. Her maids were all in sage green Maids to Measure dresses, whilst the groomsmen wore matching ties by the Maidsmen.
Following the ceremony, the original plan was to have photos taken by the Church but unfortunately, the heavens opened and it was very wet so instead, guests boarded vintage buses for the short drive back to the reception.
Fortunately, the sun started shining on the drive back and so as guests enjoyed drinks and canapés whilst listening to a jazz band in the garden, Anna and Adam sloped off for some couple shots down country lanes and in fields near to the house. It was a stunning backdrop for the English country garden wedding and Lucy Davenport captured some beautiful images.
The styling for the day was really important to both Anna and Adam and so we spent a long time ensuring that every detail was perfect.
Raj Tent Club were the chosen marquee provider as their tents are so beautiful and pretty and we were able to create bespoke interiors – linings and furniture – to match the overall style of the day.
Due to the unpredictable English weather, we opted for a sideless reception tent at the last minute and this was a great space for guests to gather under. We created an informal lounge area using armchairs, sofas and other items from Vintage Style Hire as well as a ‘Help Yourself’ drinks station for guests to create their own Pimms and Traditional Lemonade.
Rather than a traditional table plan, large helium balloons were used with guest names attached to flowing tassels in lace, cream, dusky pink and sage green. They looked great blowing in the wind and were a great talking point for guests.
The main dining space incorporated tables dressed in latte coloured linens which were accented with sage green napkins tied with lace. Each place setting also had silver etched glassware and mother of pearl cutlery from Couvert, as well as a small Laduree macaron favour box. Lily & May created unusual centerpieces using large urns which looked great on the tables as a contrast to the delicate tableware.
Guests enjoyed a three-course meal, including a trio of tasty desserts followed by speeches and cutting of the cake before the evening guests arrived and the party really got underway.
One of Anna’s and Adam’s friend is a great singer and as well as singing in the church, she also sang their first dance which was really special and was a great start to the evening celebrations.
They opted for both a live band and a DJ in the evening, which was a great way to create a real party atmosphere and get everyone up on the dance floor.
In between dancing, guests were able to enjoy the free bar, pizzas and a photo booth which all added to the atmosphere.
The party ended at 1am but just before this there was a sparkler send-off created by all of the guests which ended the evening perfectly.
We helped Anna and Adam plan every element of their English country garden wedding day. If you are looking for help planning your own wedding, then please do get in touch to see how we can help. We look forward to hearing from you.
Bride’s Dress: Sassi Holford // Bridesmaid Dresses: Maids to Measure // Photographer: Lucy Davenport // Videographer: From The Hip // Florist: Lily & May // Reception Band: The Blind Tigers // Photo Booth: The Photo Lounge // Evening Band: The Overtures // DJ: Sliding Vinyl // Marquee: Raj Tent Club // Vintage Furniture: Vintage Style Hire // Crockery and Linens: Couvert // Cake: Cakes By Shelly // Stationery: Lilylou & You // Evening Food: The Pizza Pod
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