When we got engaged, I knew immediately that I wanted to get married outside. It was definitely my number one goal in terms of looking for a venue. Both me and Dan are pretty laid back, relaxed people, so I felt like a church would of been too intimidating and not really ‘us’, the same for a registrar office.
I actually used to live close to Wentbridge House, our chosen venue, so I knew it really well, and I’d always admired the garden folly from afar. After searching around, we happened to make it fit our budget and booked a year in advance for the big day.
Over the year I was quite particular in terms of venue decor, I really didn’t like any bright carpets, chair covers or anything diamante, that was about as far as my ‘Bridezilla’ moment got I think! I just really wanted the space to look natural and beautiful.
We hired this antique mirror from a local company, Cherish (who were so accommodating and super lovely by the way!) and bought some Chalk pens off Amazon to write the Order of The Day on which would be stood outside for everyone to see the days agenda.
We actually picked up this table seating plan and the numbers from Sainsburys, which do a great wedding range that I’d definitely recommend having a look at. The candles and lanterns were bought from a local wholesale homeware store, and Ikea.
We also had a local florist who Dan knows very well do our flowers, and I chose something with a touch of pale pink, creams and lots of natural foiliage. Each table had a circular centre piece, whilst the long table at the top had a runner.
We were invited to see the room before everyone went to their seats and I was totally taken away by how incredibly stunning it looked, it was completely perfect and just what I had dreamed of. We also chose to use the same chairs as we had outside as we thought it suited the rest of the decor a lot better, so we were happy to pay a small charge for that to be possible.
My friend made our wedding cake, and I chose to go down the ‘natural’ cakes look as I just adore the style of them. We chose vanilla, lemon, and white chocolate and it was absolutely delicious! I wish I had a piece I could eat right now whilst writing this and reminiscing.
We picked up the ‘love’ cake topper from Homesense and all the balloons were from various places such as John Lewis, Sainsburys etc.
I just wanted to add a small note on to this to say I’m choosing not to share any of the wedding meal/speech pictures as they feature lots of family members, and I don’t feel its right to share pictures of people without their permission. Plus as I’m sharing everything else about the day it is nice to hold something small back, but let me tell you, it was the most nervous I’ve ever seen Dan! There was no need to be though as his speech was lovely, as the rest were too.
We had a melon fan, leek and potato soup for starter, I had the veggie option of a roasted pepper moneybag, the other option was chicken, and dessert was a white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake.
Tomorrow’s blog post will be about the dress, before we head on to the evening party!