Quirky English Countryside Wedding: Sarah & James

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For their late summer wedding Sarah & James wanted something relaxed, quirky and quintessentially English  So they opted for a tea party style reception in the Suffolk countryside. The wedding was held at Otley Hall, a 16th Century moated hall surrounded by 10 acres of gardens and which has been voted one of the top 20 Historic Houses in the UK.

“We don’t like conform to the traditional”, began Sarah, “so we didn’t go for the big bank busting do to show off and invite hundreds of people we didn’t know. We wanted a day to celebrate our love for each other and to share it with the people we cared for. It was a day to show who we were as a couple in a setting that suited our individuality and to have a celebration! I suppose you could say our inspiration came from a collection of things we liked; we wanted it to be a celebration of us.”

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“Our theme was English country garden party with a vintage homemade feel. There wasn’t a specific colour palette, but we decided to go with blue scale for the wedding parties’ attire. We decorated the space ourselves including a sweet stand for jars of sweets made by James’ dad, with handmade doily cones (made by James!) I customised the stand with bunting to match the bunting around the room and outside space made by my sister Aime.”

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“The cake had figures of our dogs that couldn’t be with us on the day, handmade by my mum, with matching bunting as well! For the tables we had a collection of bottles and jars that we sourced from various places. Also old books, tea cups and tea pots from charity shops. We customised the jars with music paper, string, lace, buttons and paper flowers and Used doilies and oil cloth to create the place settings, and hand stamped name tags.”

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Beautiful. Thank you to Sarah & James for sharing with us today!



  1. Can’t beat a gorgeous wedding in Suffolk! My favourite place!
    I love all the little details – the cake and the stationery are very cute!!
    And that bouquet too!! I love that all of the flowers aren’t ‘matchy-matchy’, that can get boring sometimes! I love flowers, and I like to see lots of variety!


  2. emma

    What a great choice of fabrics for the dresses and I love the vintage style as well. The flower girls’ dresses actually reminded me of a dress I made for a friend of mine two years ago but this model is really brilliant. A few days ago I discovered a great fabric store here in my native Toronto called King Textiles that offers the world’s finest fabrics and I always go there when somebody asks me to make a dress or other decorations for them. And I have to say the dress in the picture is a great inspiration for me to improve my older pieces and to create a new one from the fabrics I buy in that shop. 🙂

  3. terri

    Beautiful wedding! This bride has such a gorgeous dress!! Would love to know where the stationery is from? Love the vintage styling! 🙂


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