A Quintessentially English Country Garden Wedding: Liz & Blake

Liz moved to America from the UK where she met Blake while he was singing in a bar. After dating for a while he proposed while on holiday in Rome.

Although well-traveled, Liz wanted to have her wedding in her hometown of Brize Norton, in her parent’s back garden. She had to rely on her parents, sister and bridesmaids a lot for help during the planning,

“I¬†arrived in the UK 3 days before the wedding and immediately had to go and meet our vicar, after that we had to fight the jet lag to start decorating the marquee,” Liz told me. “I didn‚Äôt realise how much stuff I ¬†had collected over the year and when I saw it all piled up in my parent’s dining room I felt really overwhelmed by it all. Luckily my sister and bridesmaid were on hand to keep everything on track we knuckled down and started hanging and arranging.”

The wedding had a¬†quintessential¬†English feel. “I¬†have always wanted to get married in Mum and Dad‚Äôs garden, Blake and I wanted our wedding to be casual, colourful and fun,” the bride continued. “I knew I wanted a vintage garden party feel to the wedding and I started collecting stuff. Mum and Dad were travelling around the UK picking up my eBay purchases. Dad would talk to me on the phone and say that his shed had been over taken with all my ‘junk’….”

“My mum has really green fingers so she started planting flowers to bloom in August. When my Mum and sister came over to NY for my hen party they went home with 2 huge suitcases full of stuff I had collected for the wedding – mason jars, oil lamps, vintage table cloths, vintage napkins, homemade bunting and of course my bird cages…”

“I love everything vintage, especially vintage jewelry, I started collecting vintage brooches initially to use as the escort cards. I found so many amazing enamel flower brooches that they inspired me to use them as my bouquet. It took quite a few attempts to get it to look good, but eventually what worked the best was treating each brooch as an individual flower. I attached florist wire to each brooch by simply twisting it around the pin. I didn‚Äôt want to ruin any of the brooches, all of them can be taken off the wire and worn as a brooch.”

“Once I had my bouquet together in a vase I arranged it and gathered them all up and selotaped them together. I then trimmed all the ends of wire so they were straight and bent the brooch flowers until I had an attractive bouquet with no holes. I then folded about a yard of 1‚ÄĚ ribbon in a concertina pattern about 3‚ÄĚ long and sewed it together at one end. I then attached this to the top of the wire stems, just below the flower heads and fluffed it out. I then took the rest of my ribbon and wound it around the rest of the wire stem attaching it with pearl dress pins. My Dad then put some mastic over the sharp ends of wire.”

Liz wore a vintage dress which she found in a shop in Cornwall. “I¬†found it when I was out with Mum. Had no intention of buying a dress but I fell in love with it. My Mother in ¬†law (Kim) then made me the bolero out of the fabric she cut off the bottom of the dress and shortened it. I turned out perfect, exactly what I wanted.”

Thank you so much to Liz & Blake and their photographer Assassynation for sharing this with us today

Photography Credit: Assassynation
Ceremony Venue: St Britius Church, Brize Norton
Reception Venue: Bride’s Parent’s House
Bride’s Dress: vintage
Bride’s Shoes:¬†Bally
Bride’s Headpiece: Alexandra Vintage
Groom’s Outfit:¬†J Crew
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: DIY (pattern from the V&A website, made by bride’s Mum, fabric from Mood Fabrics)
Cake: DIY
Flowers: DIY
Hair: Elaine’s mobile hairdressing
Band: Hair of the Dog (no website)
Photo Booth: Rentabooth

17 comments

  1. Signature Events by Tania Aguayo

    Lovely! Took my breath away! Love her shoes and the bouquets. So simple, so chic, so refreshing. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Everything about this wedding is just perfection. So many details! Sassy did such a great job with the photography; so beautiful. I’m sure I say this every time but this really is my perfect wedding!

  3. Wowee!!! I cant decide which aspect of this wedding is my favourite! I love love LOVE Liz’s shoes! And the flowers are devine.. and the colours.. and the cake… and the bridesmaid shoes.. The list just goes on! Thanks for sharing! :D x

  4. Lindsey

    The photographer did an amazing job illustrating the wedding. I feel like I was there looking at this blog post and reading along with the headlines. The wedding is perfect and the layout is very colorful. I love the details of the wedding everything seems to be very elaborate! I am impressed to see a photo story with so many different items. This is great!

  5. I like the use of garden flowers in the marquee. it’s a nice touch with a splash of colour for a simple garden wedding marquee.

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