Leo & Douglas' English Country Garden Wedding
As a day of pure joy and celebration with all your nearest and dearest, we truly can't think of a better place to host a wedding than one that has sentimental value in it's very structure. Newlyweds Leo and Douglas were extremely fortunate to be able to host their special day in the grounds of a gorgeous country house in Somerset that was previously owned by Leo's grandmother. To add to the familiarity of the day, the wedding photographer Helen Abraham had actually worked professionally alongside the bride Leo on multiple projects previously, which enabled the wedding day photographs to truly feel relaxed and at ease.
As we all know, the glorious British countryside and our not so glorious weather can often combine to make for a rather messy outcome (just Google Glastonbury Festival!) so a few days before the wedding, guests were called and told to arm themselves with wellies due to the downpour of rain. The bad weather meant there was an actual river running through the field and the marquee - so all hands were on deck with pipes being laid, flooring being dried out and alternatives being organised! Thankfully the weather cleared up and the bride and groom woke up to find bright, sunny skies and their original plans could recommence!
Getting ready at home, the gorgeous bridal party had a lovely, chilled start to the day. Leo the bride wowed in a intricate cap-sleeved lace, beaded dress that dipped to a 'v' at the back. In shades of duck egg blue and white, the bridesmaids wore beautiful embellished dresses that suited the English countryside setting down to a tee. Both the bride and the bridesmaids clutched bunches of flowers that consisted of white and pink peonies, blue nigella, pink astilbe, garden roses and scabiosa with lovely seasonal foliage. The groom wore a traditional kilt and suit in shades of navy and green with a delicate white and lilac buttonhole.
In traditional British fashion, the reception consisted of some classic favourites of lawn games, champers, cake and a great British barbeque. The cake was a layered 'naked' cake, decked out in berries, flowers and bunting that would make even Mary Berry proud. The white marquee was sprinkled in colour with bunting hanging from the ceiling and colourful flowers, napkins and glassware adorning the tables. Walls and pathways around the grounds were laced with strings of polaroid photographs and white lanterns that really helped to set the romantic and laid-back tone. The evening finished with a good old fashioned knees up in celebration of such a truly memorable day.
If you could like to book the photographer Helen Abraham for your special day, you can take a look at her profile here.
Bridesmaids dresses: Monsoon
Caterers: Charlotte Archer in Bruton
Wedding Dress: second hand through Louise Selby who did the alterations
Hair: Louise Alway
Make up: Jenny Dayton
Flowers: Windmill Farm Flowers
Cake: baked by their friend Fran
Ceilidh band: Csus4
Marquee: Affordable Marquees
Loos: West Country Water Closets who also helped to pump out the marquee when it flooded