Real wedding… An English country garden theme made special with vintage finds and DIY

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There are so many aspects to Charlotte and Mike’s English country garden wedding that make it special and personal, so I’m excited to share it with you.

The couple were married at the magnificent minster in Beverley, East Yorkshire, and could walk from there to the reception in a marquee in Charlotte’s parents garden. For months before the celebration, Charlotte’s Dad lovingly tended and prepared the garden while she and her mum scoured local charity shops and car boot sales to add authentic vintage touches to their garden party theme.

 Charlotte’s parents’ house stands in the shadow of Beverley Minster ~ you can even see the historic church from the garden. Charlotte said walking to the Minster with her Dad and sisters was one of her most special memories of the day.

Among Charlotte’s second-hand finds were a host of vintage crockery, wooden crates, old suitcases, cake stands, lace tablecloths and glass jars, which were filled with sweets.

After the collection, came the DIY ~ jars were wrapped in lace, tied with string and used to hold candles; tin vase centrepieces, crates and even baskets on old bikes were filled with fresh garden flowers.

The couple added to the garden party theme with bunting made by Goodwill Bunting and elderflower juice for the non-drinkers. Charlotte’s beautiful lace Cymbeline gown which she decorated with a vintage brooch matched perfectly.

The marquee sat right on Charlotte’s Dad’s veg patch so tables were named after vegetables, and favours were plantable seed sticks.

Charlotte says: “We did almost everything ourselves, we made all the invitations, orders of service and place settings ~ we kept these really simple using stamper sets and did the printing at home.”

The couple are big music-lovers, so had two live bands to entertain guests. In the afternoon, there was a folk band which plays at their local pub and the evening band played well-known covers to get everyone dancing.

Thank you so much to Charlotte and Mike, and their wonderful photographer Claire Morris, for sharing this special wedding.

Need to know:
Bride’s gown: Cymbeline from Brides of York
Bride’s headpiece: Glitzy Secrets
Bride’s jewellery: diamond earrings, gift from Mike’s dad and stepmum; brooch worn on dress, from vintage fair in York
Bride’s shoes: Rainbow
Bride’s hair: Urban Quarter, Beverley
Bride’s make up: did own
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Monsoon
Bridesmaids’ hair accessories: Glitzy Secrets
Bridesmaids’ jewellery: pearl bracelets,
Groom’s suit: made on Savile Row
Flowers: Val Ions, friend of the groom’s family
Invitations: home made using a heart stamp
Place names: home made using stamp and paper luggage tags, tied to cutlery with string
Catering: Lisa Anderson ~ Finer Catering
Cake: Marks and Spencer
Honeymoon: Sicily


3 Comments (+add yours?)

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  3. boo radley
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 20:19:28

    I recognise those crates!


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