Think of a quintessential country garden summer wedding and I’m pretty sure you’ll conjure up an image super close to this fine wedding today.
WWW readers Andy and Rachel were married on the 17th June 2017 and held their marquee reception at Sugnall Walled Garden in Staffordshire. A relaxed and fun party was order of the day and by the looks of these utterly stunning images courtesy of Rosie Kelly Photography, everyone had a right jolly old time. Being held in mid summer, the weather was glorious and the days long and light. Perfect for a weekend of frolics with loved ones, celebrating two families coming together.
The day was a real DIY affair, with home made bunting, pallet signs and even garden games. Bringing the outdoors in, there were herbs and flowers all over the shop. They must have smelt rather extraordinary. Other touches I love include the quirky transport, the uber tall cake and confetti bomb first dance. What a gorgeous wedding and a stunning couple.
THE PROPOSAL | In February 2016, we went on a dream trip to Iceland. Whilst on the side of a mountain in the middle of nowhere, Andy popped the question under the northern lights. It couldn’t have been a more perfect proposal!
THE VISION | We hoped to create a relaxed feel to our day and wanted to just have a fun party with all our family and friends.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | I (Rachel) stumbled across Sugnall Walled Garden and tea room whilst at a plant hunters fair with mum and thought it would make a lovely venue for a wedding (before we were even engaged). We went back to the venue together and fell in love with the venue for our wedding. We loved the walled garden setting and the freedom to do whatever we wanted within the grounds.
We sought lots of ideas from Pinterest and set about planning a vintage themed wedding. We made most of the things at our wedding ourselves to keep the costs down. Mums 300m of homemade bunting was the biggest triumph!
THE VENUE | Ceremony at Eccleshall Holy Trinity church.
Wedding reception at Sugnall Walled Garden. The wedding team consisting of Andrew, Emma and Ellie were fantastic and willing to help at any time during the planning process. They also specialise in artisan gins and have their own Sugnall Garden Rhubarb gin, which was another selling point when choosing the venue! We were also able to have a number of real ales on draft, which was another bonus. The caterers working for the venue were also brilliant and people continue to comment on how good the food was.
Weekend stay, as family were travelling from all over the country, we wanted somewhere for all the immediate wedding party to stay. Sugnall Hall has just been renovated to an extremely high standard and is able to accommodate 28 people comfortably and is only across the cross roads from the wedding venue. We all stayed over Friday to Sunday and its period decor provided a perfect backdrop for the pre-wedding photos!
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress was Lusan Mandongus from Tiffanys Wardrobe in Crewe. Hair vine was handmade by Joan Brown Vintage, using pearls from my great grandmas necklace. Mum also had the rest of her necklace made into a bracelet for me, which I also wore on the day.
FINDING THE DRESS | Before going dress shopping, I had an idea of the style of dress I thought I would like. I knew I wanted a style that I would be comfortable in all day and not too big or structured. Mum and I booked into a number of dress shops locally. I was encouraged to try on all different styles of dress before narrowing my choices and successfully rejected many, ending up with the original style I thought I’d like. Things got tricky as I then liked all the dresses I tried however couldn’t decide on the one. Finally, we went to Tiffanys Wardrobe in Crewe where I picked a dress with more detail on than I imagined I would like and fell in love with.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Andy wanted a tweed looking suit but with the wedding being in the summer we didn’t want it to be too thick and heavy. We came across the perfect suit from Remus Uomo at Duncan James menswear in Walsall. It wasn’t too thick but gave the style we wanted especially with the tweed tie and pocket square. The shoes were brown brogue style from the House Of Fraser. Accessories, watch from late grandad. Pocket watch, wedding present from Rachel.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Church, entry music, A Thousand Years by Piano Guys, exit, Over The Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.
Church reading, The Apache Wedding Blessing read by Andy’s sister Nicola.
Reception, band co.uk from Garston Entertainment, played a mixture of music to suit all ages.
1st dance, I’m yours by Jason Mraz.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Three bridesmaids. Dresses from Next. Small hair pins to tie in with brides handmade again by Joan Brown Vintage.
THE FLOWERS | Main flowers, table decorations, bouquets and button holes by Flowers by Breige. Flowers dotted around the venue DIY. We wanted the flowers to look as if they had been just picked from the garden, incorporating summer flowers in pastel colours and herbs.
THE CAKE | Four tiered cake by Tickety Boo based in Leek. Sponge naked/rustic styled cake. Decorated with flowers. Cake stand, large log, which Andy carved with heart and initials.
We also had a tiered cake of cheese from the Godminster Cheese Company.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The brilliant Rosie Kelly Photography. We stumbled upon Rosie at a wedding fair in Birmingham and loved her relaxed style. Rosie and Kye (her 2nd photographer) made us feel relaxed on the day and we didn’t even notice they were there for the majority of the day! We opted to not have too many staged photos (Andy hates having his picture taken) and wanted more natural pictures to capture all the moments during the day. They also provide a photo booth option, which was so much fun and we love the pictures.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We wanted a vintage garden party feel to our venue. The venue has a marquee that they put up between April-October and also has extensive grounds that can be used in any way during the wedding day.
We wanted to feeling of bringing the garden inside. We chose to have our tables named after herbs and had a step ladder outside with pots of herbs on as our table plan. We also incorporated the herbs into the table flowers. We used a wooden garden fork as the entry sign to the venue and had watering cans filled with flowers outside.
We used mums bunting within the marquee and also dotted around outside. We also added paper lanterns in the middle of the marquee to finish the look. The card box was an old leather suitcase from a charity shop that we relined and added photos in the lid to personalise.
We wanted to keep costs as low as possible and chose to use pallets outside with photos on to decorate the large outside space and dotted crates and flowers around also. Andy also made the many signs out of pallets. We also had a firepit with haybales, which was used by many at night to play acoustic guitar around and toast marshmallows.
Finally, we wanted to have outdoor games outside as we had a large grass area. Andy built the hoop throwing game and we created a golf pong game with large red buckets and golf clubs (by the end of the night the guests had all created their own games but it was all good fun).
THE HONEYMOON | Canada, we wanted an adventure holiday and have always wanted to go to the rockies. We hired a camper van and travelled from Calgary to Vancouver staying at numerous campsites. We were lucky enough to see black and grizzly bears and killer whales on our trip!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The whole day!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Enjoy every minute, it flies by! Take time together when you can, we cooled off for 5mins in the car on our way back to the venue from the church and sat in a lay-by having a chat and a glass of prosecco. Its probably the only time during the day that we got to spend time talking to each other properly.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Rosie Kelly Photography
Dress and Seamstress | Tiffanys Wardrobe
Hair | Hayley Bland
Make up | Lisa Stead
Suits | Duncan James
Cake | Tickety Boo Cakes
Cheese Cake | Godminster
Car | Endon Wedding Cars
Vintage Bus | Potteries Omnibus (Charity donation)
Florist | Flowers by Breige
Stationery | Nicola Winstanley
Woah so lovely!
Andy and Rachel, thank you both so much for sharing your wonderful story with us and thanks to Rosie for sharing these sensational shots xo Lou