Sophie & Gary’s natural, floral and rustic Granary Estates wedding, with Becky Harley Photography

Published by Claire Gould on

A beautiful and relaxed 2019 wedding from our fave, Hertfordshire wedding photographer Becky Harley. Sophie and Gary’s day was elegant and rustic, with divine florals and smiles from beginning to end – it’s wonderful to see joy and crowds at weddings… a sign of the summer to come!

Wedding photographer’s website:

How did you choose your photographer?

We chose our photographer based on the candid documentary style offered. I didn’t want anything posed or staged but natural and laid back. I could see that this was the exact style from our photographer’s galleries.

We were delighted with Becky Harley Photography and couldn’t have asked for anything more! Becky made us feel at ease all day, especially as neither of us are particularly comfortable in front of the camera. Becky had everything under control and made us feel calm and relaxed – our guests thought she was great too!

Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?

We were so excited! I waited until we both got home from work – my husband couldn’t! It brought the whole day back again and it was wonderful to see unseen moments. We were so happy with the finished results!

Wedding venue:

Granary Estates, Newmarket

Wedding month:


Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

A laidback day with everyone we love

Your wedding style or theme:

Natural, floral and rustic

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

Some were recommended by friends/family or the venue

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Do as much yourself as possible. We got married on a weekday to keep costs down but to spend money on areas we found the most important

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

Photography and food and drinks.

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

We ordered a template off of Etsy and edited them. We then got them printed and we tied them together ourselves.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes but it was a difficult choice still!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Justin Alexander
Bella Sposa boutique

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

Jewellery from Swarovski
Shoes – Debut from Debenhams and flats from Office

And what did the groom wear?

Suit from Moss Bros

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Pink dresses from Oasis

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

Botias hair and makeup

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)

Becky Frost – feathers and ferns
Loose seasonal flowers in pink and white with lots of foliage

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

Flowers were the main decoration. I wanted to keep things as natural as possible so not much decor needed

Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?

I made and supplied a sweet table, photos and little bits and pieces!

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

Two tier with buttercream frosting and fresh flowers to fit in with the style

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

We hired the City Folk band and had a confetti cannon in the first dance

Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:

Don’t let the wedding become too big and enjoy the planning – the little things don’t matter on the day!

What’s the best thing about being married?


Granary Estates wedding photographer Becky Harley is an English Wedding member

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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 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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