We’re crazy about the details in Natalie and Matthew’s summer wedding in the countryside, complete with Morris dancer, ice cream, cricket and miles and miles of bunting…
How they met
Natalie and Matthew were introduced by mutual friends, and the feelings between them soon began to grow. “I’d always had a soft spot for him, and fancied him too,” smiles Natalie. “On our first date, he took me round to his house to meet his parents, which was rather nerve-wracking!”
Matthew surprised Natalie by proposing on Christmas day. “We’d spent the day with our families, before finally coming home to enjoy each others’ company,” Natalie recalls. “I was just about to crash out on the sofa when he got down on one knee, with our two border terriers looking on. They’re a big part of our family, so Mat wanted them to be there when he proposed to me!”
The bride’s outfit
Natalie wouldn’t settle for anything less than perfection in her hunt for her dream gown, and tried on over 40 dresses before making a decision! “My gown was one of the most important parts of the day for me, so I was getting quite stressed about not being able to find what I wanted,” she explains. Finally, she found her match in an Eternity Bridal gown with a lace bodice and organza ruffles. “I loved it from the moment I tried it on, but to give it that extra wow factor, I had a beautiful satin bow added to the back, and the neckline adjusted to a sweetheart shape,” Natalie says.
The groom’s outfit
Matthew rocked the smart-casual look in a three-piece suit from Next. “It was such a hot and sunny day, so he only wore the jacket for the ceremony, and just wore the waistcoat and trousers with his shirt sleeves rolled up for the rest of the day – a very relaxed look that suited his usual style,” says Natalie.
The five bridesmaids looked pretty as a picture in lemon yellow, chiffon dresses from an Ebay shop. “I was really pleased to find just what I wanted at a bargain price of £40 each,” Natalie explains. The flowergirl wore a dress from Next with a bow at the back to match the bride’s gown.
Natalie and Matthew were married in a religious ceremony at All Saints Church in Weymouth. “I think my dad was as nervous as me as we walked down the aisle!” laughs Natalie. The church choir sang two hymns during the signing of the register, including Love Divine which was sung at Natalie’s parents’ wedding.
Sunflowers in Weymouth created the perfect bouquets to fit Natalie’s vision. “I wanted beautiful pastel coloured flowers, but also some striking blue ones to complement the venue and the meadows around it,” explains Natalie. The bouquets included yellow and pink roses, nigella and cornflowers, with pale pink roses for Matthew and his best man’s buttonholes.
Natalie and Matthew chose a marquee reception at Lorton house. The guests were served with high tea, including scones, mini bagels, quiche and a selection of delicious sandwiches.
“Mat and I always wanted a country-style wedding with lots of personality, where guests could relax and enjoy themselves,” says Natalie. “We worked hard creating homemade touches, including favours, cake labels, the table plan and moustaches on sticks for the guests for table entertainment. Our families helped make the invites and bunting, and I painted the guests’ names onto pebbles as a keepsake of the day.” The entertainment included Morris dancers, ice creams served from a vintage bicycle and a barn dance by the Black Sheep band.
Made by Dorset Catering, the cake featured three tiers of Victoria sponge topped with fresh flowers and peg doll figures representing the happy couple and their dogs.
The lucky ladies were given Cath Kidston handbag mirrors, while the men were spoiled with a selection of retro penny sweets in paper bags.
The couple had a minimoon in the Cotswolds, where they soaked up the sun, enjoyed picnics and Champagne from their guests.