A glorious English country garden wedding – complete with a classic cricket match!

WHO: Sarah & Isaac

WHERE: All Saints Church and a marquee on Holbeton village green

WHEN: August 2011

PHOTOS: © Matt Brown


The proposal

“We were on holiday in Montenegro climbing a mountain, following the ruined walls of a castle,” remembers Sarah. “On the way back down we followed a very overgrown path to get to a beautiful view point overlooking the Bay of Kotor – across the fjord and out to sea. It was here that Isaac got down on one knee and asked me to marry him,” beams Sarah

The bride’s outfit

“I had imagined I would wear something lacy, in a vintage style, but as I started trying them on, they looked too flat against my fair skin,” explains Sarah. “I tried on an ivory asymmetric David Fielden gown and although it wasn’t what I’d had in mind at all, I just loved the simplicity of it. It was soft, elegant and I could move so easily in it – perfect for dancing the night away!”

The groom’s outfit

“Isaac wore a grey Hugo Boss suit, a Reiss shirt and a pale pink tie,” recalls Sarah

The bridesmaids

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“I had four bridesmaids and Isaac’s niece Holly as my flowergirl,” recalls Sarah. “It was so easy to pick them – my sister and my closest friends. My sister worked tirelessly in the week before the wedding – helping with the food and the million and one other things that you realise need to be done when you don’t have a venue and their co-ordinator to help you!” says Sarah. The older girls’ pale green chiffon dresses were from Boden

The ceremony

“The ceremony took place in the village church where I grew up. It was the one thing that I always knew about my wedding – I would definitely get married there,” smiles Sarah. The service included a traditional bible reading and a sonnet by Shakespeare

The flowers

“Jenniflower created our wonderful bouquets and displays using cream roses and flowers in blousey pinks – they were delicious!” says Sarah

The reception

“We pitched our marquee in a field outside of Holbeton village. The field was part of a cricket pitch where there was a match going on. We sent a few bottles of Champagne over to the pavilion for the cricketers to enjoy with their afternoon tea,” recalls Sarah

The decor

“We had metres of bunting, and lots of pots of fresh flowers and lavender that my Mum and Dad had grown in their garden. We also made place cards out of sprigs of rosemary and lavender, again grown from their garden,” remembers Sarah

The honeymoon

“We went to Vietnam,” recalls Sarah. “We flew into Hanoi in the North and travelled South, ending in Ho Chi Min city two weeks later.”