A Simple & Pretty Back Garden Wedding

back garden wedding

Adele and Liam decided to hold their wedding reception at Adele’s parents house, utilising their beautiful garden setting. They wanted a relaxed and simple affair, with an afternoon tea and plenty of live music.

Adele looked elegant in Stephanie Allin, while Liam looked dashing in Paul Smith. There were beautiful blooms, the most delicious looking cakes and a pinata. Brilliant.

Thanks so much to wonderful Martina Capodanno for sharing her images with us today.

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The Proposal… In New Zealand during a 4 month adventure around the world, we were under the stars during a full eclipse of the moon when Liam casually said ‘Baby? Will you marry me?’ How could I refuse…

The Vision for the Day… Our whole vision for our big day was that we really just wanted a really personal and relaxed day with our closest family and friends. We decided to opt for a simple classic style, our main focus was that we wanted our guests to just have a great day, so live music with plenty to eat and drink were key, lots of dancing eating and drinking and you can’t go wrong..

The Planning Process… Again we were quite relaxed, as the wedding was at home we knew the venue very well, which made things easy to visualise for me. Being a wedding musician himself, Liam’s main focus was the live music and we found a brilliant duo for the evening and had our friend perform during the afternoon tea and Pimm’s reception. We both shared the planning between us and decided on everything together. The main stress for my parents was to get the garden in tip top shape ready for the wedding; they worked so hard and did a fantastic job.

Budget… £5000

The Venue… We are very lucky that Adele’s Mum and Step Dad have a beautiful house with their garden overlooking a small lake, myself and Liam had spent many lovely weekends at the house in previous years and it felt very special to us, so there was no other place we would have wanted for our day. We married 5 minutes down the road in a beautiful church and then it was back to the house for a Pimm’s Reception in the garden then onto afternoon tea.

The Dress + Accessories…  Dress: Stephanie Allin – Chicago, Head Piece: Flo and Percy Shearer Headband, Diamond Earrings: Earnest Jones (a previous present from Liam, Shoes: Belle.

Finding the Dress… I have quite simple classic taste and for me there is nothing worse than ruffles so I had quite a simple dress in mind. I went along to a designer day and met Stephanie Allin herself, I loved her dresses and had a couple in mind from her new collection. But when I tried Chicago on it made me feel like a Hollywood Star, it was simple and elegant and very comfortable to wear, it was perfect.

Groom’s Attire… Liam loves fashion and I wanted his outfit to be just as important as mine, he found a lovely slim fit Paul Smith Suit and matched it with Armani tie and pocket square.

The Readings + Music… John read a chapter from Corinthians 13 and Steph read a beautiful passage from a John Lennon song.

Live music was a huge part of our day, the choir sang during ceremony whilst James Deane performed for us during the Pimm’s reception and afternoon tea. Everyone had a fantastic dance to Just John and Paul a Beatles tribute duo in the evening.

Beautiful Bridesmaids… Macy our beautiful niece.

The Flowers… I wanted quite understated flowers so I hired the local florist for the button holes, bouquets and centre pieces with a relaxed just gathered from the garden feel. I love the scent of lavender so we had 6 lavender trees to line the aisle in the church along with homemade dried lavender bouquets for the pew ends. The main event was the lovingly planted flowers in the garden at home.

The Cake…  A 3 tier strawberry and cream victoria sponge topped with mini Liam and Adele characters.

Your Photographer… Martina Capodanno, we wanted a relaxed feel for our photos without that posed for look, Martina captured what we wanted perfectly and just how relaxed and happy everyone was.

The Details + Décor… I opted for an English tea party feel, the main decoration was the garden itself, which was tended to by John and Lesley lovingly for many many months in the lead up to our day. We hung bunting and mismatched hearts from the trees and had lanterns and fairy lights for the evening. Afternoon tea was served on mismatched English tea plates and cups.

The Honeymoon… Neil and Steph (Adele’s Brother and Sister in Law) kindly let us borrow their beautiful house in Tusson  (France) for a week, we then stayed in a tree house near Bordeaux for a few nights before flying home.

Memorable Moments… Seeing everyone I love, all having a fantastic time together in one place.

Advice for Other Couples… Try to keep calm during the planning process and don’t worry if the odd thing goes wrong, everyone will be having so much fun they won’t even notice if it does!

Credit Where Credit is Due…

Photography: Martina Capodanno

Wedding Dress: http://www.stephanieallin.net/

Head Piece: http://www.floandpercy.com/

Liam’s Suit: http://www.paulsmith.co.uk/uk-en/shop/

Catering and China Hire: http://serendipitystreet.co.uk/

Make Up and Hair: http://www.josieheightontowers.co.uk/

Ice Cream Bike: http://www.icecreambike.net/

Live Music – Daytime: http://www.jamesdeanemusic.com/

Live Music – Evening: https://sites.google.com/site/justjohnandpaul/home

I so love the relaxed atmosphere to this lovely day. Thanks so much to Adele and Liam for sharing their beautiful wedding with us today XOXO Lou

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  • Such a pretty wedding, and what wonderful weather. The simple and personal ideas are perfect for the setting and I can imagine it was a special day for everyone. Beautifully shot too – love that first image! x

  • I am totally impressed! The wedding looks so beautiful and intimate. The bride looks stunning in her dress and they both look so happy. Everything simply looks wonderful.

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