A surprise marquee country garden wedding

This story made me smile. Seven months pregnant, Kelly and her childhood sweetheart, John, were discussing weddings and they might never be able to afford to get married. With a big family and another baby on the way, the couple didn’t want to wait until the kids were grown up to have their dream day.

The couple decided to forego the fuss (and expense) of a traditional wedding day – and combine the service with their daughter’s christening. The catch? The whole thing would be a big surprise. Only the priest and the couple were in on the plans.

On the day, Kelly and John put up a marquee in their garden and decorated it with pretty bunting and vintage teacups. Kelly made favours and uses candle holders, birdcages and vases filled with carnations as finishing touches.

Towards the end of the christening, the priest told the congregation that John had something he would like to share! John proudly announced the pair were engaged after seven years, which was received by many cheers. And then he dropped a bombshell – the guests were also there for a wedding!

Naturally, the guests were shocked – an new order of service was handed and Kelly and John became man and wife! They ended the service by finishing their daughter’s christening.


Kelly ended up having the perfect day: “We came back to our home and celebrated with our friends and family – there were off-the-cuff speeches and tears and lots of hugs and I cant believe your married!  A perfect perfect day. (we didnt get into tooo much trouble).”

Kelly also runs Vintage Fancies – a vintage accessories and crockery hire company. Some of her gorgeous work is below.

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