Sam and Thea had a beautiful summer wedding with a marquee in Thea’s parents back garden. With a vision of a happy, country garden home made wedding day they crafted much of their wedding alongside family.
Thea looked beautiful in a dress from Monsoon, the bridesmaids wore duck egg blue dresses from Coast and Sam donned a Moss Bros suit; oh so lovely.
There was a brilliant indoor picnic for guests, a swing band, outdoor games and smiles throughout.
Thanks so very much to Samantha Ward for sharing her gorgeous images with us today.
The Proposal… We went for a romantic picnic sat next to the river Fowey at Lanhydrock near Bodmin. Sam took me for a day out and when he got down on one knee I couldn’t have been more surprised… or ecstatic!
The Vision for the Day… We dreamed of a country garden wedding, home-made, quirky, fun and happy.
The Planning Process… Was long…!!! We booked the church pretty much straight away, and because we used my parents garden for the reception we didn’t have to worry about a venue… everything else came together slowly but surely!
Budget… We were on a tight budget so tried to keep everything relatively simple or home made… We had lots of help from close family and friends-it was all hands on deck!
The Venue… I always wanted to get married in my local parish Church in the village where I grew up… I also dreamed of walking back from the church to the reception with all my guests… fortunately this all came true when we used my parents garden for our reception. We put a marquee up for shelter but everything else was outside!
The Dress + Accessories… I tried visiting a bridal store but didn’t see anything I liked… I walked into Monsoon just having a browse and for fun tried on one of their wedding dresses in the sale… it was perfect! I fell in love with it straight away… nothing too fussy … lacy and floaty and beautiful!
Groom’s Attire… We spent a fun afternoon in Moss Bros trying on ‘Penguin Suits’ before deciding we liked the simplicity of an plain well fitted suit and chose a fantastic suit by Ventuno. We went for the same suit but in a different colour for our ushers and best man so Sam stood out but they matched in every other respect.
The Readings + Music… We had a poem by A.A. Milne called ‘Us Two’ which summed us up perfectly and it was read beautifully by my sister who was also one of my bridesmaids.
Beautiful Bridesmaids… We found some lovely dresses in Coast for our bridesmaids… it quickly finalised our colour scheme when we got them as they were an unusual duck egg blue colour! We bought more dresses than bridesmaids so we could make them into matching cravats for the boys!
The Flowers… My mum and auntie did an amazing job on all the flower arrangements, at the church, in the garden, all our bouquets and big balls of flowers on poles that could be at both the church and in the garden!
The Cake… Home made and home decorated by Sam’s mum, it was a real work of art taking 6 months to complete the decorations!
Your Photographer… Our photographer is the best! She took such wonderful pictures giving us such precious memories of our best day! Everyone loved her relaxing and informal manner giving us some really beautiful and special pictures.
The Details + Décor… We decorated simply with home made bunting, dried rose petals scattered on the tables and huge jugs of flowers everywhere. We put out garden games for all our guests to enjoy in between and had a fabulous swing band providing live music. We love picnics and so shared a very informal picnic with our guests, our fabulous caterer handmade individual goodies which were packaged in brown paper and packed into different baskets for each table. Later in the afternoon we provided cream teas and champagne.
The Honeymoon… A romantic and peaceful break near in a Nice in the South of France. It was the best holiday ever!
Memorable Moments… Our favourite moments were the wedding ceremony where we committed our lives to each other as we said the vows and the brilliant sunshine. I will never forget the sudden downpour that happened during the speeches…. Yet was over so quickly when it was time for dancing!
Advice for Other Couples… People really love helping with your wedding… any help that’s offered accept it! They love to be part of your special day and delegating helps reduce stress levels too!!! We gave ourselves plenty of time and a lot for our wedding we did ourselves, saving a lot of money!
Credit Where Credit is Due…
Venue | Bride’s parents house in Bolney, West Sussex
Florist | Bride’s mum & aunty
Photographer | Samantha Ward
Wedding Dress | Monsoon
Bridesmaids Dresses | Coast
Caterers | Sylvia’s Kitchen
Entertainment | Tim Wade Trio
Ahh so pretty, and I just love those getaway shots.
Thanks so very much to Sam and Thea for sharing their super lovely wedding with us XOXO Lou