Emma & Patrick
“Patrick proposed in Jakolsarlon, a lagoon full of huge blue chunks of glacial ice. I was surprised but humbled too. It is an incredibly raw and overwhelming moment when someone tells you they want to be with you for the rest of their life”.
David’s Bridal Boutique in Stratford West eld were so warm and welcoming, I knew I was in good hands as soon as I walked in. I loved the low back and waterfall of chiffon down the back of the gown.
The bridesmaids and I wore fresh garlands in our hair made by Pel Mercer. Jo, one of my bridesmaids, met Pel selling fresh flower garlands at a festival, and we asked if she would make them for us.
Patrick wanted to feel relaxed and comfortable in his outfit. We had agreed on being barefoot and knew our outfits needed to t in with the orchard setting and rustic feel we were going for. He wore a tweed waistcoat and bow tie with a white shirt and a pair of blue trousers.
I’m so lucky in that I had three of my most favourite people to support me. Because they are so unique and brilliant in different ways I wanted them to stand out in their outfits. I decided on white gowns as the tradition went that originally bridesmaids were all dressed in white to confuse evil spirits and to protect the bride for the day. I loved the idea!
We created our own ceremony, conducted by Patrick’s brother Hugh. I walked down the aisle with my Dad to the song ‘Love Someone’ by Jason Mraz. Getting married in Patrick’s parent’s orchard meant we could create exactly the ceremony that would suit us as we were doing the legal ceremony the following day at the Town Hall in Herefordshire. Hugh had put lots of thought into what he would say and suggested that we had our rings passed around to all the guests to hold in their hands and bestow love and good wishes on them. We had my dad and Patrick’s mum tie our hands together for the vows, inspired by hand tying ceremonies and then exchanged rings and vows. All of our guests were seated in a circle around us on hay bales as we stood in the middle.
Because we were outdoors we didn’t need much decoration. We had several marquees set up in case of rain. We draped lots of ivy and white fabric everywhere and had flowers in jam jars. We created an enchanted forest by draping white fabric in the trees, using prayer flags and creating a wish tree for people to write and hang their wishes on.
WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR YOUR WEDDING BREAKFAST?
Patrick’s parents make award-winning cider at ‘Once Upon a Tree’, which we had on a self- service tap as well as local beer from Ledbury Real Ales. We loved the idea of being able to keep our food and drink local. Serving a hog roast from Squeeky Pig on a hot summer’s day just screamed chilled at us! We also did a help yourself Eton Mess from locally sourced berries, had a cheese cake and even Patrick’s awesome homemade banana bread. I made fudge for the dessert table.
I bought lots of flowers from Colombia Road Flower Market in London and Patrick’s mum’s friend also gave us loads of sweet peas from her garden. My friend Clare made my bouquet and Patrick’s aunt and his mum’s friends were fantastic at putting together flowers in jam jars.
My grandmother and her friend provided a delicious two-tiered cake.
Patrick’s mum makes and sells chutney in her cider shop, Once Upon a Tree in Herefordshire and so made us special wedding edition chutneys for the favours.
Luckily one of my bridesmaids is a professional Latin dancer and kindly provided a half hour salsa class for everyone. It was a lot of fun and the dance floor was packed! We also set up our own photo booth.
THE FIRST DANCE
We had ‘How Long Will I Love You’ sung live by our friend Niamh Perry and accompanied on guitar by Rich Storry. The arrangement was based on Ellie Goulding’s version.
I vividly remember the scent of our confetti filling the air. I had found the idea from a feature in Wedding Ideas to make my own confetti with dried flowers that everyone from work had donated from old bouquets. I also put some dried lavender into the mix. It was beautiful and smelt amazing.
VENUE Dragon Orchard, Putley, Herefordshire | CATERING Cider by Once Upon a Tree DRESS David’s Bridal Boutique, Stratford Westfield | ACCESSORIES Pel Mercer | FAVOURS Chutneys by Once Upon a Tree | FLOWERS Columbia Road Flower Market CAKE For similar, try Fiona Cairns | PHOTOGRAPHER Richard Crompton