A DIY Burgundy Back Garden Wedding

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Seeing as it is wedding Wednesday i thought i’d give you a double wedding dose today, I’m nice like that see hehe ;-)

Juliet and Blake were married in June in a lovely Church ceremony followed by a back garden reception. They planned their wedding from Australia with the help of family and friends. They wanted their wedding to be a big party, and kept things simple yet very chic.

Juliet wore a beautiful Monsoon wedding dress and clutched the prettiest DIY blooms picked from the garden. They went for a mismatched feel to their wedding with gorgeous burgundy details crafted themselves. Enough from me, i’ll let you devour the day yourselves.

Thanks so much to Lizzy May Photography for sharing her gorgeous images today, here is what she had to say about the day;

“A few months ago I was at a wedding fayre at Rococco Gardens when this sparkly little lady asked if I’d shoot her daughter’s wedding. I don’t usually say yes before even meeting the bride, but in this case you’ll see why. It turned out that her daughter Juliet was coming over from Sydney to get married, and Blake her husband-to-be was from Durban. Well I couldn’t very well turn down an Australian, South African, English country garden wedding could I? Well it turned out to be one of the most special and personal weddings I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of. Juliet and Blake’s families were so relaxed and friendly, and made me feel right at home. I think they’re also one of the prettiest couples I’ve had to pleasure to photograph!”


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Names…. Juliet and Blake

Wedding Date…. 23 June 2012

The Proposal…. 16 June 2009

The Vision for the day…. One big family reunion and party with friends

The Planning process…. We live in Australia so the planning was done entirely online and over the phone, my mother and sisters were legends.

The Venue… St Marys Church, Painswick, Gloucester. And at home in the Garden, also in Painswick.

The Dress + Accessories… Dress from Monsoon. All accessories second hand from antique shops and preloved website.

Finding the dress…. I came home from Australia 2 years before the wedding and randomely tried on a dress so that my mum and sisters could at least see me try something on. I tried, it fitted, it was purchased, first and only dress tried on.

Groom’s attire… Blake’s suit was dark grey and his socks and tie were burgundy which was a colour that ran throughout the wedding. It was purchased the weekend before the wedding in London, the sales assistant thought we were mad.

The Readings + Music…. Sisters of the groom and bride read in the church. Corinthians 1-13, The Vow by Wendy Cope, I carry you in my heart by EE Cummings.

Beautiful bridesmaids….. Flowergirl – Zoe grooms niece, Made of honour – Venetia – brides sister, Pageboy – Ted brides nephew.

The Flowers… Hand picked from the garden, topped up with some help from Waitrose!

The Cake… PJ’s catering

Your Photographer…. The wonderful Lizzy May (Lizzy Cleverdon)

The Details + Decor…. The idea was to be relaxed not to matchy matchy. I love Moroccan colours and textiles so the vases were Middle Eastern brass vases from ebay, all mismatching.  Mum and sisters made hundreds of ivory and burgundy pom poms which hung from the centre of the marquee they looked fab.

The Honeymoon…. No honey moon sadly just a flight home to Sydney!

Memorable moments… The address by the Vicar was incredibly personal and special as well as the father of the brides speech and the best mans speech.

Advice for other couples… Relax – everything can be fixed, guests only see the smiles on your face so just SMILE. Take a moment during the evening to stop and look at your husband/wife and take it all in, it is over in seconds.

Credit where credit is due…

Band were amazing – Snappa (Bristol based)

PJ’s catering from Hereford

Lizzy May photographer Gloucester based



Thanks so much to Juliet and Blake for sharing their drop dead gorgeous wedding with us today XOXO Lou

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