Amy and John wanted to be married outside and for their wedding to have a bohemian and rustic vibe. Both being massive music lovers, that was also always going to be a big part of the celebrations. They had a rock and blues band (who are all their friends) as their entertainment and the bride sang with them in the evening too!
“We met 11 years ago working at the same hospital”, began Amy. “We dated for a few months but decided to just remain friends. We stayed in contact over the years and then in 2014 we got back together and five months later we got engaged. Despite our years apart with always knew we’d end up together… And so did our friends and family!”
The day was held at Lemore Manor in Herefordshire. “We didn’t want a traditional wedding in a church or indoors so when we found our venue we fell in love with being able to get married outside underneath the bandstand and for all our guests to be seated on hay bales. We also didn’t want a standard wedding band, so we had a rock and blues band play for us who just so happened to be our family friends. I guess what made it more unique is that I’d sang with the band before and I was able to sing with them on our wedding day. Most of the music played throughout the day was rock, blues and acoustic.”
Amy wore an Essense of Australia dress which she paired with an enormous peony flower crown. “I had originally bought a vintage headpiece to wear but two weeks before the wedding I phoned my florist and said I had changed my mind and that I needed a massive statement flower crown. She said OK and made me the most amazing headpiece.”
“Rather than having a guest book that would be put in a drawer never to be seen again, we decided to have a guitar that people could sign and we could hang up on the wall. A year and a half before the wedding I started collecting vintage medicine bottles from bric-a-brac shops to use as our centrepieces. My mum’s garden was full of succulents so I knew I wanted to incorporate those into our wedding so we planted nearly 40 of them to use as favours for all of our girl guests to take home to grow.”
“As a surprise, my mum had made us a mini succulent garden as our initials to use as decor. For our table plan the guests names were written in calligraphy and mounted in different styles of frames that we’d bought. We then hung them on an old pallet my dad had found in the garden. John’s grandad also grew hundreds of dahlias that we used for our centrepieces and other vases in the orangery.”
“The best thing about planning our wedding was being able to have what we wanted for our special day and to finally get married after a two year engagement”, Amy concluded. “We enjoyed every single second of our day, spending it with our most favourite people, it’s just a shame it just goes so fast!”