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An English Country Garden Fete {The Wedding of Sarah & Tim}


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Issue 39: Blue Skies & Happy Days

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An English Country Garden Fete {The Wedding of Sarah & Tim}

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Sarah and Tim’s wedding was loosely based on an English garden party theme. With the help from some fabulous wedding suppliers, they made their perfect wedding day come alive.

Over to Sarah to tell you all about it…

“We got married at St Michael’s church in Linby, Tim’s family live in the area so it meant a lot to us to have it there. The church is in a lovely village location and was only a 5 minute drive from our reception venue.

We chose Cockcliffe House Hotel for our reception venue, it was perfect for us and we fell in love with it as soon as we went to visit. It is set in the countryside, has beautiful lawns and a pretty French style country house that dates back to the 17th century. We opted for a marquee on the lawn to create an English tea party theme; Buster Marquees provided the marquee and provided a friendly and professional service.

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We had exclusive use of the hotel, its 11 rooms and the grounds for the day which meant our families could stay over and we had the whole place to ourselves. The staff at Cockcliffe were so fantastic and went the extra mile to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves; we received so many compliments from our guests who thoroughly enjoyed their meals and commented on how friendly and accommodating the staff were.

We wanted our wedding to be relaxed and fun for all our guests, we made sure there was plenty of food, drink and entertainment. We had a loose theme of English tea party, the marquee was decorated with bunting and we had lawn games set up including a coconut shy and badminton court, these provided lots of entertainment. We had a band called Mellow Rebellion play in the evening, they were so much fun and managed to get most of our guests up on the dance floor, we also had one of our guests up singing with the band towards the end of the night!

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We had a photobooth in the evening and I would highly recommend this, looking back at the photos has given us hours of entertainment. Emma Cleverley provided ours; they had so many props and made it so much fun.

We wanted to make the wedding as personal as possible and did this by roping in friends and family to support where they could. My mum is an amazing baker so I asked her to bake our cake which was a naked cake decorated with fruit and flowers, she wowed us all with a four tiered cake with different flavoured sponges. My mum also filled favour boxes with mini sweet treats including fudge, tiffin, flapjack and shortbread biscuits.

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Flowers were done by Helen and her team at Helen’s Flowers in Grantham. I was probably one of the most difficult brides to work with as I didn’t have any specific flowers in mind but talked about how I wanted the flowers to look like they were from an English country garden. Helen had so many ideas and I loved her suggestion of decorated jars on a wooden block for the table centrepieces. Helen also decorated the venue for us with some quirky props, plants and huge milk urns filled with flowers, she understood exactly what we wanted and made the venue look stunning, I can’t thank her enough.

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Our photographer was Sarah Illingworth with her assistant Susan from Mirror Imaging; they were friendly and reassuring throughout the whole process. They met with us before for an engagement shoot; this helped us get to know them and made us feel at ease with having our photos taken by them. Sarah planned the timings and group shots with us before the wedding which made everything go smoothly on the day. The pictures are so beautiful, I would highly recommend Sarah and Susan as they put so much effort in to making sure we had a wonderful and memorable day, they were also willing to help out in any way they could above and beyond their role.

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My hair was by the very talented Amy Lee from Dillon and Lee Hairdressers in Nottingham who was happy to try out several different styles with us all before the big day. Doing the hair of 9 girls for a wedding is no small task but Amy was calm and made us all look amazing!

The car we used was a vintage Triumph Vitesse that belongs to our neighbours, Tim cheekily asked them if they would consider lending it to us one day and they said they would be happy to! Tim drove us both from the church to the venue, I loved having that bit of time together.”

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List of the lovely suppliers:

Venue: Cockliffe House Hotel
Church: St Michael’s
Marquees: Buster Marquees
Entertainment: Mellow Rebellion
Photo Booth: Emma Cleveley
Flowers & Styling: Helen’s Flowers
Photography: Mirror Imaging
Hair: Dillon & Lee Hairdressers

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