I did a little happy dance when this landed in my inbox! Lydia from Lydia Stamps Photography sent me this lovely, simple secret garden weddings. No frills needed! Chris & Kate were married in June 2011 at the Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal in Dorset. They had a picnic reception at the gardens with garden games followed by dinner at The King John Inn Tollard Royal.
All images © Lydia Stamps Photography
Here’s the lovely bride, Kate to tell you all about her big day!:
“It’s safe to say my husband and I don’t like a fuss and are uncomfortable being the centre of attention. Because of this, when we first got engaged, we discussed the possibility of getting married abroad or sneaking off to a registry office with just our parents in attendance. However there were so many other people we wanted to include and, as a result, we decided to have a garden party for thirty of our closest friends and family – but decided that many of the traditional wedding customs weren’t for us.”
“There was no best man, no speeches, no cake cutting and no first dance. My flowers were cut from a hydrangea plant on the morning of the wedding and put into a ribbon-wrapped Sherbert Fountain pot to keep them fresh. We filled picnic baskets with lovely fresh food for the guests to eat on the lawn and brought Pimms, wine, lager and cider from the local supermarket for them to drink. As part of my hen weekend my bridesmaid and ‘bridesman’ made their own fascinator and button hole with the help of a local seamstress.”
“A few months after booking the wedding, and 7 months before the big day, I discovered I was pregnant. My vintage 1930s dress (an ebay bargain) was packed away and replaced with a Grecian maternity maxi from Tiffany Rose. We wrote our own vows to include our little boy and, now he has been born, show him the photos of our wedding and tell him how he was there with us on such a special day.”
“Although it was often difficult to explain our wedding to our more traditional guests, once they knew what to expect we had many positive comments about the day. And we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect start to married life.”
I was really struck by how beautiful a wedding can be with no detail and no frills attached. This gorgeous couple did things their way and didn’t let anyone pressure them into having anything but the simple, stunning wedding of their dreams. I wish them a lifetime of happiness together and want to thank them for sharing these touching pictures with me.