Country Garden Marquee Wedding Photos | Hannah & Sam

bride and groom with colourful flowers at their country garden wedding

“We wanted relaxed images that captured the raw emotion of the day. No ‘cheese’ please! Jonny provided everything we wanted.  He just fitted in, went with the flow and put us at ease throughout.”

HANNAH & SAM | FROM THE BEGINNING

Hannah & Sam both unintentionally ended up at a party at their local rowing club. Sam had missed his lift home after a gruelling training session. Hannah had popped in briefly to see some old school friends before heading off to a different soirée. She wouldn’t say it was love at first sight but they started chatting and began to realise they had a large number of mutual friends. It all spiralled from there!

Fast forward to the proposal. It was a quiet misty day in Lower Slaughter in the Cotswolds between Christmas and New year. Sam rarely does romantic or surprises. So looking back Hannah says he was acting a bit odd, yet at the time she was oblivious. Whilst out on a walk he asked to take a photo of her on a bridge. As she turned around he was on one knee and Hannah re-enacted the guy from the Vicar of Dibley- “no no no no no no no no……..YES!” Sam had not been prepared to hear a ‘no’ and apparently very nearly threw her off the bridge and into the river!

It was an absolute honour to be a part of their wedding. H&S from the bottom of my heart, thank you! x

HOME GROWN COUNTRY GARDEN MARQUEE WEDDING PHOTOS

We had always wanted something that embraced our countryside roots and was as laid back as we are. The photographer, band and food were really important for us! Sam was taken seriously ill in the lead up to the wedding so details were really not at the forefront of our minds. This said at very last minute we ordered some flip flops and almost every woman said they were a lifesaver! Most of the work we did ourselves with the help of fabulous suppliers and friends. Surrounded by the people we loved with beautiful weather. We couldn’t have asked for any more than that!

Hannah’s mum had always joked that the field next to their house was a ‘country garden marquee wedding field’ and it became just that! Having our wedding at home gave it a really relaxed feel. We had so much food and a free bar – many people commented on how perfectly chilled it was.

ELIZA JANE HOWELL WEDDING DRESS

The dress was Zenith by Eliza Jane Howell. I always said I’d like a simple dress, nothing too wide. Sam is over a foot taller than I am and I did not want to look like the doll of an old fashioned toilet roll cover! After trying on a number of different styles but never felt they were ‘the dress’. When I saw a similar dress by EJH on a blog and was desperate to seek out a stockist. My Mum, my Grandma and I went along and before I had tried it on my grandma exclaimed ‘that’s it’. We all loved it. In the end Marrime Bridalwear in Newcastle upon Tyne sourced the dress and veil. They couldn’t have been more helpful!

Sam had always dreamed of a tailor made suit and his wedding seemed the perfect opportunity. Sam’s suit was bespoke by King & Allen. Sam had his first measurements taken early January, by the end of February he had lost 3 stone! After some frantic emailing between myself and Karl and Daniel from King & Allen we got Sam back in at the end of April and re measured. They rebuilt the suit whilst still allowing Sam room to gain some of the much needed weight. By May, Sam had a perfectly fitting suit and shirt in time for the wedding.

My sister was my bridesmaid and her dress was from David’s Bridal, Birmingham and her shoes were from House of Fraser.

ADVICE TO THOSE PLANNING A WEDDING

Smile. Stop and look around you and take time to talk to your guests. Although we appreciated everyone’s concern, we found it exhausting trying to politely take on board everyone’s thoughts, advice and offers of help. A lot of people around you forget it’s just one day and it’s what happens after that truly counts. It’s cliche, but just do what makes you both happy and ignore everything else. Sam says in the build up get involved and help out. Be warned, your female relatives all start to go a bit crazy! Just savour every moment as it flies by.

The biggest surprise for us was that the sun shone . The forecast was heavy storms and a number of our guests arrived with wet weather gear having driven through torrential rain and flooding. It seemed we had the only pocket of good weather in the whole of the Midlands.

As a married couple we’re now most looking forward to hopefully having a puppy and spending the rest of our lives together. But mostly having a puppy!

 

Brides wedding dress by Eliza Jane Howell hanging in large window

Golden retriever dog relaxing in living room

black and white image of bridesmaids getting ready framed in doorway

postman delivers mail to the brides house

wedding guests and ice cream truck outside church

Church exterior with chicken enjoying the sun in grounds

Dog watching wedding guest from window

elderly wedding guest seated on pew as the ceremony begins

bride and bridesmaid adjust the dress before walking down the aisle

brides father hands her over to groom at the church alter

bride and groom share an intimate moment at the church alter

bride with long veil kisses tall groom outside church

wedding guests throw confetti the newly wedded couple outside church

bride and groom walk hand in hand with bouquet in the air

bride and groom have fun between bright green garden foliage

groom pulls funny face during portraits in the garden

 bride and groom pose in front of rustic garden wall with hobbit door

wedding guests mingle and tell stories at garden table

wedding guests enjoy a drinks on a bright and sunny day

wedding guests help themselves to canapes provided by sticky fig catering

bride kisses her mother on the cheek

cyclist speeds past wedding party as they gather outside red bricked country house

emotional bride thanks father for heartfelt speech

bride blushes as groom reads embarrassing speech in marquee

bride and groom kiss inside their garden marquee wedding venue

bride and groom walk hand in hand into the distance of a countryside field

bride and groom laughing in the Worcestershire countryside

bride and groom stand in front of rustic old green metal barn

bride and groom pose on tractor in the countryside

bride and groom joke with knife before cutting the cake

It's gin o' clock wedding drinks station

bride and groom share first dance in marquee as guests spectate

bride and groom first dance kiss on the marquee dance floor

wedding guests singing and having a good time

wedding guests dance to live music by apollo soul

bride wears flat sandals on wedding dance floor

night time lights at the country garden marquee wedding

SHOUT OUTS TO THE GARDEN MARQUEE WEDDING SUPPLIERS

Make up artists: Katrina Bate | Florists: The Flower Rooms Chaddesley  | Rings: Brides – inherited from her Grandma and Groom’s – F.Hinds | Cake: A friend from work made it for us | Catering Company: Sticky Fig https://www.stickyfigcatering.co.uk | Entertainment: Apollo Soul https://www.apollosoul.co.uk | Transport: Sam’s Mini! | Marquee hire: Burgoynes Marquees

 

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