Nature called for country-loving Amy and Harry, who spent the night celebrating under the stars at their summer wedding…
How they met
Sparks flew between Amy and Harry from their very first meeting. “We knew it was something special straight away,” Amy smiles. “There was no pressure or game-playing – everything was easy. We were just two people becoming best friends and falling in love, and I felt like the luckiest girl in the world.” The couple’s first date was to an Italian restaurant on a warm Summer’s evening. “It was just us and one old couple there, and we could hear the Italian chef swearing in the kitchen, which made us laugh,” Amy recalls.
The bride’s outfit
Amy travelled to the National Wedding Show in search of her perfect dress, and she wasn’t disappointed. “I tried on three dresses, and the third was ‘the one’,” she says. “I then arranged to visit the boutique, where I tried on several other styles, but I came back to the same one. I loved it, and thought it suited my figure.” Amy’s Naomi Neoh tea-length gown featured layers of silk chiffon with a pink tulle underskirt and a French lace jacket. She accessorised with a beaded flower hair clip and glittery belt from Debbie Carlisle, and Rachel Simpson shoes with pearl shoe clips to fit the vintage theme.
The groom’s outfit
Harry chose a dashing three-piece suit from Marks & Spencer, worn with a white shirt, green polka dot tie and pocket square and brown suede shoes. He and his ushers added bright green socks for a quirky finishing touch. “He looked so handsome,” sighs Amy.
The three bridesmaids wore head-turning, 50s-style green polka dot dresses with net underskirts, made to measure by Johnny Rocks Vintage Emporium. “I always wanted my bridesmaids in similar but different dresses, so we came up with designs that would suit each girl’s body shape,” Amy explains. The two little flowergirls were adorable in their lace dresses from Monsoon, with flower garlands in their hair.
Amy and Harry tied the knot in a religious service at St John Baptist Church, Eldersfield. “My dad walked me down the aisle – I think we were holding each other up!” laughs Amy. The service included a moving reading of Partners by Patience Strong, read by Harry’s brother.
Caroline at Petit Fleur created the beautiful bouquets and reception flowers, working with the bride to make her vision come to life. “Caroline filled decorated jars and galvanised watering cans with flowers, and even made some bunting out of leftover material from the bridesmaids’ dresses,” Amy says. The simple yet stunning table centres featured pansies planted in terracotta pots, with a slate label bearing the name of the table – all perfect choices for a summer wedding.
Amy and Harry celebrated with their guests in a tipi village in the field in which they got engaged. “I’ll never forget driving up to the tipis and seeing people drinking Pimm’s in the sun while the band played, and thinking, ‘We did it!’,” Amy recalls. The guests dined on caramelised onion and cheddar tarts, followed by roast beef and seasonal vegetables, with chocolate brownie and mixed berries for dessert.
Amy and Harry went back to nature with their relaxed and rustic wedding theme. “We wanted it to be quirky and fun and fit in with our personalities,” she explains. The couple decorated with oversized lanterns, candles and homemade bunting, and dressed the trees in the field with paper chains, paper hearts and ribbon. Creative bride Amy made signs out of wood slices and hanging lanterns from jars and bamboo canes. “I also bought lots of blankets from charity shops for people to sit on,” Amy adds.
Amy invested hours in making all the wedding stationery. “Our save the date cards featured a picture from our engagement shoot, with a heart-shaped magnet so people could stick them to their fridge,” she explains. “The invitations were decorated with a wooden heart and green buttons, with a hand- drawn map of the church and reception, all tied together with twine and a leaf-shaped tag.”
The couple chose a five- layer cheese cake from The Cheeseworks, which they served during the evening festivities, accompanied by pork pies, crackers, olives, bread and chutney, plus a selection of sugary treats including macaroons and homemade puddings for the sweet-toothed guests.
Each guest was given a brown paper bag with their name attached, sealed with a peg. “Inside was a postcard, and we asked guests to write us a note or draw a picture and peg it to our ‘wisdom washing line’,” Amy explains. “We also included sweet pea seeds in homemade packets.”
The couple spent four nights in Harptree Court near Bath, and followed it with a two- week tour of the USA later in the year.