Gorgeous bride Jenna and new hubby Oliver took on a mammoth task when they bought a beautiful country home, renovated it and then held their wedding in the garden just 5 months later! But what a glorious way to celebrate a marriage… their English country garden wedding is so charming and has tons of inspiring little homemade touches from friends and family.
Jenna and her mother in law created miles of homemade bunting from vintage fabrics sourced from charity shops – a wonderful use for all those preloved old curtains and bedspreads 🙂 as well as recruiting the entire family to collect vintage crockery from charity shops and car boots, on which a delicious afternoon tea was served!
Images are by the very lovely Beth Moseley Photography, and you can read the full wedding report at the end of the feature below. I hope you love it as much as I do!
Our wedding report: Jenna and Oliver
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Beth was awesome and captured our day perfectly
Married at St Margaret’s Church Saxlingham Nethergate and then our reception was in a marquee in our garden – we bought the house at the end of April 2013, renovated the house and garden, moved into the house at the end of July and then had our wedding reception in the garden on the 21st September 2013 – busy times!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Loved reminiscing about the day as it goes far too quickly!
Your wedding style and theme:
Traditional English Country Garden Party with Afternoon Tea
Any happy tears on the day?
Bride was a little choked up when trying to sing the first Hymn after just walking down the aisle and seeing her husband to be!
How did the two of you meet?
Young Farmers Club!
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Best bit of budget advice?
Try and get as many friends and family involved with helping to make, bake and create things for you!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
It was perfect
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Maggie Sottero, dress was Bronwyn from Pure, 8-10 Lower Goat Lane, Norwich
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
Beautiful Pearl and Diamante Brooch and pretty veil with tiny pearls (Ebay!), own Pearl earrings, necklace and bracelet (my something old)
The groom wore:
Black Morning Suits with cream waistcoats and sage green cravats hired from Moss Bros Norwich-brilliant service.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Sage Green dresses with cream ribbon belt from Coast and pearl accessories
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Sisters and Mum did hair and makeup
Family and friends all helped put the flowers together – a group of 10 ladies were in the Church the day before the wedding
St Margaret’s Church, Saxlingham Nethergate, Norwich
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
With the help of my Mother in Law we handmade 80 metres of bunting using pretty floral prints from old curtains, sheets, fabrics mostly from charity shops, in creams, sage greens and dusky pinks. We decorated the marquee with the bunting, ivy from the garden and we had a patchwork quilt that was handmade by an Aunt that was aptly named ‘Double Wedding Ring’ as a back drop behind the top table.
Hurricane Lanterns and large candles with a flower circle around the base were the table decorations, with homemade fudge as gifts for our guests. Afternoon tea was served on tiered cake stands with cups and saucers and side plates using vintage crockery that was collected by family from charity shops and car boot sales and TW Gaze Auction Rooms.
There was also a sweet cart (handmade by the mother of the bride’s partner) with lots of treats for our guests, followed by a hog roast and also a cheese board of massive proportions handmade by the groom’s uncle!
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Traditional 3-tier cake with sugar icing flowers, made by our cousin
The Foolish Band -brilliant fun and really got the guests and Bride and Groom involved!
On the day tips and advice:
It is your big day so don’t get bogged down with what you should and shouldn’t do with regards to keeping family members happy!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being able to say ‘my husband’ or ‘my wife
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Dress – Pure, Norwich
Suits – Moss Bros, Norwich
Marquee – Party On Marquees, Acle
Photographer – bethmoseleyphotography.co.uk
Band – The Foolish
Hog Roast – Sheltonfarms.co.uk
Toilets – Mortonevents.co.uk
Glasses and Cutlery – Anglia Elite Banqueting Hire, Ashwellthorpe, Norwich