Pretty & Rustic Clear Marquee Wedding on the Family Farm

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I don’t think we’ve ever featured a clear marquee wedding reception before, but that all changes today courtesy of Lauren and John! We are featuring their very pretty summer nuptials which were held on the 3rd August 2019, with a church ceremony followed by a clear marquee wedding reception at the family farm. Oh was it just idyllic, the weather was perfect and the views just stunning. The clear marquee really made the most of the setting and come evening it looked magical lit in fairy lights, just you wait!

They had a wonderfully rustic vibe to their décor with wooden touches, chalkboard signs and flowers everywhere. The cake table in particular was really lovely, with a wooden window frame was used as a backdrop. There was also really stylish attire, reams of bunting, fete games and smiles all day long. Magical.

Sarah Brookes Photography, thank you so much for sharing with us these really beautiful images today. Enjoy.

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The Proposal

John and I had often visited the beautiful Cotswolds and he decided we were due another visit. We went back in late October 2017 and embarked on a very steep walk (in the driving rain may I add). We had walked this route before however not in this type of weather. You can imagine how grumpy I was? John was determined to reach the top of this high walk and kept offering me snacks, you can imagine my blunt reply.

We eventually reached a familiar spot on our walk and John ask me to hold his bag whilst he dug around the bottom for his snacks (still in the sideways rain)…After a while, he handed me a postcard sized box which confused me. I opened the box where a message was staring at me, “Will you marry me?”

The rest is history!

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Your Outfits & Accessories

Lauren – I found my perfect dress at Brides by Solo in Newmarket. My big sister ended up choosing the dress due to it’s elegance and fit. I tried it on and just knew it was the right dress. My mum, sister and mother in law all adored it when I tried it on. I’ll never forget that moment.

John – I knew that the theme of the wedding was farm/rustic/vintage so a few friends had recommended Vintage Suit Hire in Bedford and I was not disappointed. The style perfectly suited the day.

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The Vision

We always knew we wanted to get married on his parent’s farm, so that was our style from the go. Dolly’s Vintage Tea Party married in beautifully with this rustic farm style.

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The Planning Process

VERY chilled. We had 18 months to plan and we were very organised from the go, we were very lucky and already knew that we were going to book Hayley Thurston (Dolly’s Vintage) and she was fab with recommending people.

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The Readings & Music

Reading –

On your Wedding Day Read by Aaron

1 Corinthians 13 Read by Susie

Music –

Processional Trumpet Voluntary – Jeremiah Clarke

Hymn:  Give me joy in my heart (Ancient and Modern 459)

Signing: Canon in D, Pachelbel

Hymn: One more step along the world I go,

Recessional Music: Wedding March, Mendelssohn

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Bridesmaids

Cara – Dress from Monsoon

Rachel– Dress from Monsoon

Ben (Bridesman) – own suit

Flower girls – dress from John Lewis

Lucie, Emily, Bella, Isla

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Beauty

Cambridge Makeup Artist – Kerry Curl

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The Venue

Downing Farm, Swaffham Bulbeck (family farm).

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The Flowers

Dolly’s Vintage Tea Party

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The Details & Décor

Dolly’s Vintage Tea Party

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Groomsmen

Phil, Stuart, Dan, Chris, Aaron, James, Andrew

Suits from Vintage Suit Hire – Bedford

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Your Photographer

Sarah Brookes photography

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The Honeymoon

South Africa

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The Cake

Made by family friend, Angela

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Memorable Moments

Leaving the church in the Landrover and having some time alone.

The firework display (which was a surprise – my husband kept this quiet!).

Dancing!!

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Advice For Other Couples

Take a step back during the day, just to take it all in!

Don’t worry if you don’t get to have an in depth conversation with everyone, no one will mind!!!

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Credit Where Credit Is Due

Oh so wonderful.

Lauren and John thank you both so much for sharing your divine wedding with us, what a feast for the eyes xo Lou

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3 Comments

  • I photograph lots of weddings in the Cotswolds and this one sums it up beautifully, A classic English garden wedding complete with all the rustic details and the clean beautiful photography.

    I loved looking through this and it has me excited for my 2020 wedding season.

    Thank you,

    Bryan.

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