I thee Wed – Nicola & Marcus
On this rather cloudy Wednesday, we bring you a wedding which has country garden chic written all over it. From the hay bales in the marquee to the beautiful flowers and gorgeous bride and groom, this wedding just makes me want to go out for a long picnic with bunting hanging from the trees, listening to the birds singing …. over to the lovely bride, Nicola:
We got married on the 4th September 2010 in a village called Hamstall Ridware (in Rugeley in Staffordshire). We got married in St Michael & All Angels Church, a quaint 11th century church on a hill! Our reception was held in a marquee in the garden of Marcus’ mum’s farmhouse.
After looking at numerous venues and discussing that none of them seemed suitable with Marcus’ mum, out of the blue she said why don’t you have it in her garden?! We thought she was joking, but she was deadly serious, we didn’t have to think twice we said yes straight away before she could change her mind – it’s a beautiful old English country garden about an acre in size with little archways leading to different parts! We knew it would take a lot more organising than having a traditional venue but what really appealed was that it was a blank canvas and we could therefore make it completely personal to us.
I had this idea I wanted a dress that covered my shoulders & arms, but when I started to try some on, the choice was quite limited and this style didn’t suit me as well as I expected. I’d booked 4 bridal shops to visit with my mum, sister and sister-in-law trying on numerous styles and colours and on the visit to no3, Lori G in Allestree, Derby, I tried on this satin/lace strapless gown – it was lilac & black (only colour they had) and was too small but immediately we knew it was the one – sweetheart neckline with a slimline fit to show off my curves with a unique gather/train to the left of the dress, it was perfect! Although, when we ordered it I went for traditional ivory!
First of all I had a meeting with Leah from Your wedding Angel to discuss ideas, although we had picked where we wanted to have our reception we weren’t sure what theme we wanted. We took Leah to the venue and immediately Leah suggested it had to be a Country Garden theme as that would look amazing and totally match the surroundings and tradition of the house and garden! So we went from there…..we had a large marquee, decorated with country bunting, Cath Kidston fabrics, old fashioned birdcages & vases/jugs filled with lots of colourful flowers (many from the garden as well as the florist) & lots of pretty hanging decorations etc. Around the garden, Leah had made focal points and decorated with lanterns and tea lights along with pretty hanging decorations – the place looked beautiful and really exceeded our expectations! Our guests loved it too and we got lots of great feedback.
There were many quirky bits and bobs, especially with it being our own venue, but 3 stand out for me…..
1 The seating Plan – Leah designed this, it was a 6ft wooden trellis, decorated with ivy, coloured gerberas & decorative birds. From one end to the other were wooden letters reading TABLE PLAN with each table listing made from a birdcage design in between each of the letters – gorgeous and totally fitted with the theme!
2 The Hay Bales seating – we had a chill out area near the bar in a separate section of the marquee, we used hay bales as a seating area covered by blankets – they were perfect and what was even better, they were donated by the farm down the road!
3 The wedding cake – We bought the 3 tiered cake from M&S, and a friend of the family, Ann, decorated it to fit in with our theme with sugar iced flowers of all designs and colours – it was amazing and totally unique!!
Wow, what a wedding. Doesn’t it just make you want to head off to your nearest Hobby Craft and get creating!?
A huge thank you to the lovely Nicola for her words and to the amazingly talented Leah Lyons from Your Wedding Angel for her inspirational creativity (and for letting us know about this fabulous wedding!)
All the fabulous photography by The Studio, Mickelover