A Romantic Walled Garden Wedding for Kara & Thomas
Kara & Thomas tied the knot at The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields Golf Club and we're so excited to share their special day with you. We're handing you over to the beautiful bride-to-be so you can find out all about their wedding…
"Myself and my husband had agreed that we didn’t want a formal traditional wedding day, it’s just not us. So, we wanted a venue that could cater for a less traditional more laid-back theme. The Walled Garden was perfect for this, we got married in their garden, the rain stayed away! We decided to go for the less traditional longer tables, lots of foliage hanging from the ceiling and wherever we could put it really.
Our favours were mini Cacti and Succulents, we had a BBQ for our wedding breakfast, ice cream cones for dessert and Portuguese tarts for our wedding cake (we got engaged in Lisbon) and to top it off pizza for our evening food! Not to mention, beer pong, table football, giant Jenga and our amazing photobooth ‘Luxbooth’.
We had The Burgundy’s all day at the wedding, playing the ceremony up until DJ’ing at night – our first dance with 'Everywhere' by Fleetwood Mac and it was all captured perfectly by Emily and Katy Photography and ‘Shoot it yourself’ videographers. It really was perfect."
TELL US ABOUT YOUR VENUE…
“We fell in love with the Walled Garden straight away, we visited in October and already I could see how beautiful the garden was, and we were planning on a summer wedding, so it would be even better! Their offering was attuned to exactly what we wanted as there were alternatives to the 3 course sit down and we were very willing to cater for any bespoke requests we had.”
DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR WEDDING…
“We went for the natural green and white colour scheme to go with the theme of the garden, foliage and lanterns hanging from the ceiling and foliage and white flowers on the table, we had Cacti and Succulents as the favours with home made tags which also acted as place names, Portuguese tarts for the wedding cake (we got engaged in Lisbon and were pretty much eating them when we got engaged) and we stocked our own bar and created our own bar menu (we charged for drinks at a reduced price e.g. £3 for a double gin and tonic). We had beer pong and table football, along with lots of other garden games as we felt this really bought the laid back ‘bbq’ feel to the wedding and we are known for our beer pong BBQs.”
WHAT DID YOU ALL WEAR?
“I had no idea what type of dress I wanted, I’d never really thought about it before but ended up with a satin, quite big dress with embellished belt and straps, the finishing touch was a flower crown and veil. My bridesmaids wore green multiway dresses (£13 from eBay!) with gypsophila flower crowns and wild flower bouquets, they decided how they wanted to buy these – I also bought them greek embellished sandals and little daisy necklaces and jewellery.
The Flower Girls wore white dresses from Debenhams and had gypsophila flower crowns and bouquets. My Husband was adamant he was wearing a green suit, we looked everywhere but all the standard suit shops didn’t sell them or online they never had the right sizes. We’d given up and headed to Next for a grey suit, and there it was – the green suit he wanted – and the right size for all the Groomsmen! Tom went for the waistcoat to differentiate himself from the groomsman and I bought him personalised cufflinks to wear.”
WHAT DID EVERYBODY EAT AND DRINK?
“Canapés whilst we were having photos, BBQ for our wedding breakfast (burgers and marinated chicken kebabs with all the trimmings), ice cream for dessert (raspberry meringue, chocolate ripple and vanilla). We had Portuguese tarts for our cake and pizza, wedges and salad for the evening guests – we wanted people to dance and eat – not sit down. We paid corkage so we could stock the bar ourselves, we served Pimms, Wine and Beer as our arrival drinks, a mixture of wines on the tables (3 bottles per 6 people…woops) and Prosecco (including alcohol free for the pregnant ladies) as our toasts. We did our own bar menu and did a specific gin bar with most flavours you can think of. We charged our guests a reduced price so it covered the corkage fee but still pretty cheap!”
HOW DID YOU ENTERTAIN THE GUESTS?
“We had The Burgundys as our wedding band, we wanted them to sing live during the wedding ceremony and also had them entertain during the afternoon as well as live music in the evening followed by their DJ set. They were fantastic! We had absolutely wonderful photo booth supplied to us by our photographers and have a wonderful guest booked signed along with the photos. We are BIG beer pong fans and have our own table tennis table, so this had to feature on the day – along with table football, darts, homemade jenga and any other garden game you can think of.”
ANY WORDS OF ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES AND GROOMS?
“Don’t worry too much about the finer details on the days running up to the wedding, the venue know exactly what they’re doing (they do this literally every weekend!), so enjoy the run up and relax and they’ll do any of the stressing for you (without you evening realising!). This also applies to the day, I was worrying they found the fruit to create the Pimms or how’d they display my tarts – but these guys are professionals and thought of things I even didn’t.
Speak to your venue about recommendations, they know the trusted suppliers – use their knowledge. My band and florist were both recommended by our venue and both were perfect.
Take 10 minutes to take it all in, run off with your new husband/wife and watch your friends and family enjoying the day (it’s the last time all these people will ever be in the same place together).
Write your own promises, it’s a nice surprise on the day to hear what your husband comes up with and feels much more emotional, we both added a funny element which I really enjoyed – it made me relax!
I only had 9 months to plan my wedding and felt the whole thing quite easy and stress-free, once I made a decision I stuck to it and rolled with it. Didn’t change my mind and this made it so much easier. I asked for tips, I emailed around and spent a lot of time on Instagram and Pinterest but once I’d taken that screenshot, I didn’t go back.”