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A Quintessential English Rose Wedding


Issue 47: When Time Stood Still

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A Quintessential English Rose Wedding

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This wedding will leave you completely speechless and completely inspired. The beautiful bride Sarah talks us through her pretty as a picture, English country fete wedding day:

“We got married in the pretty parish church of St George’s in Barton-in-Fabis, the village where I grew up, just south of Nottingham. We held the reception in a traditional pole tent marquee on the lawns of Thrumpton Hall provided by  Bond Marquees. The marquee was so beautiful it made me gasp when I went inside for the first time.

Just fabulous, complete with  wooden poles and flooring and rustic ropes wrapped around the central posts. It was perfect. Thrumpton Hall itself is also spectacular. A stunning backdrop for any event, we used the grass to the side of the marquee for lawn games, including giant jenga, croquet, badminton and boules. These were a great hit with both young and old.


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I think it is safe to say that we are anglophiles through and through and love all things traditionally old and English.

We therefore wanted a nod to the simple things that make England great- hog roasts, lawn games, Pimms, roses, cow parsley, bunting and ale! So the style was quintessentially ‘english’ and countrified. I guess you could say a little bit ‘traditional english country fete’ with all the cow parsley, bunting and lawngames but quite low key, natural-looking and informal with a home-made feeling too.

I became mildly obsessed with Pinterest when planning my wedding- the essential tool for any bride and pinned a million pictures! One of the very first dresses I pinned on to my Big Day board was ‘the one’. I went for – the exquisite Parma Opal, by Jenny Packham, and got it from the lovely ladies at

I am well aware of the fact I was so lucky to be able to wear such a beautiful creation.

The silhouette was a little bit ‘Downton’, with the empire line  shape, but also very art deco, encrusted with millions of the milkiest, delicate crystals that appealed the insatiable magpie in me. One of the things I liked most about the dress is that it covered my upper arms (my least favourite part of me) with the prettiest cape.

We used Beetle Days  for our ivory wedding camper van, ‘Brocky’. Daniel who runs the business there was great. Very reliable, friendly and helpful and the van was a real beauty.

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I have to say that our wedding was a little ‘DIY’ and we didn’t use too many suppliers. We are lucky to be blessed with some very talented friends and family who we took full advantage of, in the nicest possible way! They were so generous with their time, support and creativity! My husband’s very good family friend, Sally Marshall, was responsible for the stunning bouquets and table decorations.

We picked bucket loads of cow parsley from the verges in the village and church yard that was then used to adorn vintage crates, jugs, bread bins and fire pails (sourced from ikea, family friendly neighbours!) Sophie at Sophie’s Flower Company did the 3 beautiful bouquets we presented to our mothers and my aunt as thank you gifts on the day.


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A family friend, Will Smith from Barn Bacon sourced our wedding ‘cake’, which was a wonderful stack of locally-sourced cheeses. My talented brother Mark Bowerman  was responsible for our save the date luggage tag, invitations and order of service designs. We went for a cow parsley logo that was repeated (everywhere!) and made into stamps and printed on recycled brown paper, luggage tags and envelopes.

I went all out and got my shoes and hair piece from Emmy Shoes in Islington. They were bespoke, due to the fact I wanted a low heel, so as not to tower over my husband to be!


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I was the last one standing and danced all night in my shoes so well worth every penny in my books!

The lovely Bekki Mitchell did my hair and managed to almost exactly replicate the picture I found online. She was very understanding and calm as I chopped and changed my mind every few seconds on the day!

Our photographer Lee Garland is not only a talented photographer, but just the nicest chap to have at your wedding- everyone loved him! His service is personal and attentive and of a very high standard.

From the moment we saw Lee’s work, we knew that he would do our wedding day justice. He and his colleague Emma were so unobtrusive, friendly (and busy!) on the day. They took nearly 6000 shots throughout the day (?!), which Lee cleverly whittled down to 1500 that we then took away with us on a memory stick, in both black and white and colour. The other genius service Lee offers is his vintage photo booth which was a massive hit with all our guests.

My advice to any future bride would be that DIY is fun, satisfying and can save you money, create a board on Pinterest and search the web for inspiration and don’t be afraid to mix and match your styles- if you like it, go with it!

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