Sophie and Chris’s wedding has the lightness, prettiness and creative flair I love. It’s gorgeous and charming with an English country flavour… think buttercup fields and Mary Berry, jam and cakes, cottage garden flowers and laughter in the May sunshine and you’re halfway there.
I hope you’ll enjoy this beautiful wedding on the blog today – even more, I hope you’ll take some ideas from it to style your own day. The flowers really make it for me: you can’t go wrong with peonies, and the hydrangeas are spectacular too. Bride Sophie is stunning and the images are wonderful.
Thanks to Surrey photographer Eddie Judd for submitting this lovely English country garden wedding to the blog today. Enjoy!
Our wedding report: Sophie and Chris
Wedding photographer’s website
Marquee in my parents’ garden in Farnham, Surrey
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A traditional English country garden wedding with a contemporary twist.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time? Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Yes, very pleased – the photos really brought back every element of the day. I much preferred the “non-posed” ones and enjoyed seeing parts of the day I didn’t see at the time – the boys in the morning, the church filling up and guests enjoying the canapés etc.
Your wedding style and theme:
English country garden wedding. Our colour was purple.
Any happy tears on the day?
Only once – My friend sang “Stand By Me” with her fiancé on guitar as we signed the register and it was just beautiful.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Best bit of budget advice?
Get creative – we made favours (So. Much. Jam.) the pom poms for the marquee, the menus, the table plans, table names etc. It saves money and is good fun.
Invitations and stationery:
We chose our invitations in Papyrus while in the US – the selection is infinitely better than the UK and much more reasonably priced.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Of course! Finding the dress was one of the easiest parts of my wedding preparation. On a cold Saturday just after Christmas I went to two shops with my mum and got lucky in the second shop – I knew it was it as soon as I tried it on.
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
I wore a gorgeous tiara which was my something borrowed from my cousin. It had been handmade for her wedding four years ago and matched my outfit perfectly.
The groom wore:
Herringbone tails from Impeccable in Weybridge.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
They all looked beautiful in Alfred Angelo bridesmaid dresses in “Victorian lilac” (from The Ivory Boutique in Farnham) and Phase Eight boleros. I thought finding a dress that suited all 6 girls would be impossible but in fact it was easy – the choice of colour and styles out there is amazing.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Toni & Guy for hair (9 of us in there on the wedding morning…!) and I had Vanessa Greenough from Chez Toi Beauty to do my makeup while the girls did their own.
Lots and lots..! Russell New from Blomster Designs did them for us. We had lots of peonies (my favourite flower) as well as hydrangeas, roses, stocks, delphiniums and rosemary foliage.
All Saints Church, Tilford, Surrey
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Louis de Bernières), 1 Corinthians 13 and A House of Stone (Carmen Bugan)
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Yes, definitely – I think styling is really important to make a wedding your own. For the drinks reception outside we rented vintage garden furniture from Stress Free Hire (whom I would recommend) and the caterers created drinks stands from old ladders and wheelbarrows to give it a proper garden party vibe.
Inside the marquee we decorated with pom poms, vintage posters, photos and lots of flowers.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
We had two flavours of cupcakes with a more traditional cutting cake on top.
Estilo String Quartet for the drinks reception and Chemistry Band in the evening.
On the day tips and advice:
Make sure everything is planned before the day and that all your suppliers know each other so that on the day you can trust them to sort out any problems. That way it allows you to enjoy the day, speak to all your guests and spend time with your partner.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Having someone to go home to at night to talk to, laugh with and support you, no matter what the world throws at you.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
- Pink Pumpkin Wedding Design
- Kalm Kitchen (Jen Middlehurst)
- Eddie Judd Photography
- Blomster Designs
- Carron Marquees
- Shoot It Yourself
- Estilo String Quartet
- Stress Free Hire
- Chemistry Band
- Leslie’s Cakes
- Measured Events (Cocktail Bar)
- Red Carpet Security
- Country Style Wedding Cars
- Majestic Wines