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Chloe and Kit’s classic English country garden marquee wedding in Gloucestershire, with Camilla Arnhold Photography

Chloe and Kit’s wedding is just beautiful: a classic English country garden theme in a light and prettily decorated marquee at home. Chloe is the most beautiful bride, looking amazing in a lace dress by Augusta Jones. All of the special touches and styling on the day come together to create a delicately pretty and romantic wedding style with a cream, white and light grey colour scheme.

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This is a classic English country garden wedding with some wonderful ideas for flowers, fairy lights, jam jars and candles which light up the enchanting garden to make it the prettiest setting for an evening reception… I’m sure you’ll love it. With thanks to Chloe and Kit for a lovely wedding report, and to Camilla Arnhold Photography for sharing her lovely images with us all today. Enjoy!
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Chloe and Kit: a classic English country garden wedding

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Our wedding report: Chloe and Kit

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://www.camillaarnholdphotography.com/

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Absolutely brilliant – friendly, calm, professional and captured everything we could have wanted.

Wedding venue:

St Lawrence Church, Lechlade, Gloucestershire.  Reception was in a marquee in my parents’ garden.

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

Just the best day ever, full of happiness, with all our family and friends together!

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

Loved them!  We literally couldn’t stop looking at them.  I still dip into them fairly frequently to cheer me up during a stressful day at work or something!

Your wedding style and theme:

It was a very classic wedding really with a cream, white and light grey colour scheme.  We tried to add a bit of wow factor with large flowers, a nice seating area and hundreds of little candles in jam jars around the garden.  We also lit up the giant cedar tree in the evening which looked amazing.

Any happy tears on the day?

Only one brief moment during my father’s speech but other than that I was far too happy and excited  to cry!

How did the two of you meet?

Through a mutual friend at a New Year’s Eve party.  We started chatting and that was it!

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

About nine months

Best bit of budget advice?

Not sure I was the most budget conscious bride in the world I have to admit!  Although we did make all our place name cards ourselves and had a friend design the Order of Service and the menus.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

Classic wedding invitations from Cirencester Letterpress in dark grey script.  We did include a hand drawn map to the church and reception to add a little bit of personalisation.  The Order of Service and menu were designed by an old friend of mine and Kit and I spent a whole weekend handmaking the name place cards and the seating plan.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Actually, I was a bit of a nightmare when dress buying.  I had tried on loads of dresses, including my eventual wedding dress and dismissed them.  I was set on having a very classic dress (with shoulders covered) but with wow factor.  It took Michaela at Clifton Brides to get me to try on my dress again and then talk through the extra things we could add to make it a bit more what I was after.  We lengthened the train and added very subtle sparkle on the lace on the shoulders and at the bottom of the gown.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Augusta Jones Mai dress from Clifton Brides in Bristol

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

Hair slides from Hermione Harbutt.

The earrings were mine, a 21st present from my godmother

The diamond ring was my something borrowed as it was my grandmother’s.

Shoes were Harriet Wilde

The groom wore:

His own morning suit with a new Gieves and Hawkes waistcoat so he had something new to wear on the day!

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Ruthie dress from J Crew in Aged Driftwood

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

I had lovely local professional do my hair as I am useless at taming it.  Katherine Jennings was brilliant and amazing at getting mine and my three bridesmaids’ hair done in time!

I did my own make-up, having spent a fortune testing out different cosmetics in the run up to the wedding.  It seemed to last absolutely fine and now I have loads of lovely make-up left over!

Wedding flowers:

I was very set on having quite simple but large flower arrangements consisting of lots of one or two types of flower.  I didn’t want much greenery (not good for the budget!)  A local lady called Hazel Harris came up trumps and not only tried her very best to accommodate my quite defined set of ideas but managed to keep it within budget as well.  She even provided not one but three prototypes in order to get it just right.  She was the most patient lady I’ve ever met!  We ended up with both tall and short arrangements with white hydrangea, baby’s breath and white delphiniums in the marquee and a beautiful arch and pillar arrangements in the church.

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

Walking down the aisle and seeing Kit and being far more relaxed than I thought I would be.  Oh and getting absolute hysterics during the sermon due to an outburst from my two year old niece!

Wedding readings?

“Love is a temporary madness” – Captain Corelli’s Mandolin read by my great friend from school

Colossians 3 v 12-17, read by my now sister-in-law

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

The marquee was obviously pretty plain but once the flowers, fairy lights and seating area were in, it looked great.  We put jam jars with candles around the garden to make it pretty at night and lit up the big tree.  Other than that, it was just an English country garden wedding so that served as the backdrop.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Very traditional wedding cake made by my mother.  It wasn’t fruit cake, however, but a gorgeous, almost brownie-like cake.  We just added fresh pink roses on it to make it look pretty.

Entertainment:

We had a jazz trio for the drinks reception straight after the wedding.  Unfortunately, because we were a bit uncertain of the weather and the band had to set up while we were at the church we told them to set up inside the marquee.  It actually turned out that the weather was fine when we returned from the ceremony and they could have been outside so more people would have heard them.  It didn’t matter too much and in the grand scheme of things, as this was the only thing to go even a bit wrong, we were very lucky!

For the after dinner dancing we had a band called The Guilty Pleasures who are just brilliant.  We knew of them because they had done my brother’s wedding a couple of years ago and nearly all of his friends’ weddings.  They are just fantastic and consequently very popular now.

On the day tips and advice:

Eat!  I was just too excited to eat anything much at all the whole day (which is very unlike me!) Consequently, by the end of the evening, I was absolutely shattered and I’d missed out on all the yummy food we’d spent so much time choosing!

Also, cheesy as it may sound, take a moment to just look around and appreciate the whole atmosphere for a moment.  On the day, you are flat out chatting to people, having photos taken etc.  It goes in a flash so take some time to enjoy it.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Just a lovely feeling of contentment of knowing you are with your favourite person for the rest of your life.  So exciting when you come back after your wedding and refer to yourself as “Mrs”, I’m still not used to it!

 

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

http://www.cliftonbrides.co.uk/

http://www.hermioneharbutt.com

http://www.harrietwilde.com/

www.jcrew.com

http://www.theguiltypleasures.co.uk/

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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