This beautiful couple had a glorious countryside wedding day with an English Country Garden theme…
How they met
“Our first date was to Wetherspoons in Salisbury – we got together when I was about to leave school back in 2004. We went out for a quick drink while I was supposed to be revising for my A Levels!” laughs Jen.
Adam proposed while the couple were away for the weekend staying at Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons Hotel in Oxfordshire. “When we arrived and settled in, we went for a walk and Adam got down on one knee in the Japanese garden as it was getting dark,” remembers Jen. “We phoned our families and some friends, drank far too much Champagne and had a delicious nine-course meal in the hotel’s restaurant. The next evening was Adam’s birthday party – so we were very lucky and had a double celebration with all our friends!”
The bride’s outfit
Jen found her stunning Benjamin Roberts dress (style 2302) at London Bride. It was two dresses in one – a silver, satin strapless gown underneath, with an ivory lace, capped sleeve, and a scalloped neckline on top.
“Mum sent me the link to the perfect dress from Benjamin Roberts’ new collection when it went online, which I loved the look of – and London Bride were the nearest stockists to me. The whole of the lace layer, including the long train, came off to reveal a silver fishtail, sweetheart dress – I made the change just before our first dance so I had a more traditional, romantic look for church then something less fussy for the evening,” explains Jen.
The groom’s outfit
“He chose his wedding outfit all by himself,” beams Jen. “He wore a black morning suit – he had one already from going to other weddings and racing but wanted to buy a beautiful waistcoat and pair of trousers from Hackett to have something new. He looked so smart and handsome. I had seen him in similar outfits lots of times before, but the new one was so nice and really fitted him so well.”
After the original bridesmaid dresses Jen had picked didn’t work out so well, there was a bit of a mad dash to find a replacement. Luckily Jen’s mum came to the rescue again and found a gorgeous design from Coast that both of Jen’s sisters and best girls loved. “I found their shoes in Kurt Geiger and was so jealous of them on the day!” laughs Jen. Our bride also gave the girls matching bracelets from Stella & Dot as gifts.
“We chose a religious Church of England service, with my dad walking me down the aisle. He then proceeded to cry his way through the service,” says Jen. “All the music was played by local organist Jonathan Delbridge. We had the Prince of Denmark’s March as I walked down the aisle, Canon in D for the signing of the register and The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba for the procession. Hymns were All Things Bright and Beautiful, Lord of all Hopefulness and Thine Be the Glory. We loved them all and everyone belted them out. I found listening to everyone singing quite overwhelming – my lip wobbled a few times!”
Jen chose local florist Elaine and Emma from Delabole in Bruallen to create their big-day blooms. Bridesmaids Robyn and Georgia also wore fresh flowers in their hair.
The reception was held in Adam’s parents’ field. “Adam’s stepmother Lanie is a wedding caterer, and his brother Ollie is a chef, so between the two of them they were in charge of all the food. Lanie did have to be dragged out of the kitchen a couple of times, though!” says Jen. Her catering company is Punnets Gourmet Catering.
“The table centres were created by our florists Bruallen, and displayed in square short mirrored vases, which Lanie already had. We used the church flowers, too, including the pew ends, which we spread out along the top of the walls. We had very simple crockery and glasses with white table cloths and lining for the marquee, plus whitewashed rustic-looking chairs and lilac swags. We also had a green carpet, which really helped to bring the outside in,” remembers Jen. Their entertainment was an incredible live band called Taylor and the Made Gentlemen.
The cake was made by Lanie and her friend Sarah. “It was prepared in secret and a lovely surprise for us on the wedding day,” says Jen.
The couple took a luxurious trip to Bali.