A Very Pretty English Country Garden Style Wedding In Oxfordshire
27th September 2017
by Marina Licht
The first thing that struck me about Elsie and Nick’s country garden style wedding in Oxfordshire was simply how pretty it was. From Elsie’s feminine Charlotte Balbier dress to the exquisite flowers by Green & Gorgeous, everything just tied together so well.
The couple’s English country garden style wedding took place on Saturday 25th June 2016 at Friars Court, Clanfield, Oxfordshire. ‘Jeffrey who runs Silver Pear Weddings, along with Charles (who owns the house) were integral to the wedding planning,’ explains Elsie. ‘Jeffrey especially helped with the many, many questions I had. He helped decorate the venue and provided all means of advice when required.’
Elsie and Nick were originally going to have an outside weather, but the unreliable summer weather in the UK halted that idea. Luckily there was a barn at the venue that the couple could use at the last minute. ‘Jeffrey worked his magic to make it look beautiful on the day,’ says Elsie. ‘The ceremony was so intimate in the barn and worked so well that we actually think it worked out for the best.’
Nick proposed unexpectedly to Elsie whilst they were on holiday in Italy in July 2015. ‘He surprised me by hiring a boat for just the two of us on Lake Como one day at the beginning of our break,’ explains Elsie. ‘He proposed surrounded by beautiful scenery, complete with a bottle of Prosecco and pop up glasses he had kept hidden ( and wrapped up!) in his hiking boots.’
Elsie’s ‘Lainey’ by Charlotte Balbier dress was the perfect choice for her English country garden style wedding. She bought it from Kudos Bridal in Edinburgh. The bridesmaids’s dresses were 905 in light blue by Wtoo by Watters, purchased from Ivory Whites in Perth, Scotland.
A lovely personal touch to the couple’s big day was that their cake was made as a wedding present by a friend from university. The three tier cake featured a passion fruit sponge, a carrot and ginger sponge and a chocolate and cardamon sponge. ‘It made a great breakfast the day after the wedding,’ says Elsie.
Rachel from Green and Gorgeous did the hair flowers, buttonholes, bouquets and blooms for two milk churns. ‘We had an abudance of local, seasonal flowers, which were in pinks, purples, white and blues, with lots of greenery,’ says Elsie. ‘I wanted an abundance of sweet peas and for the flowers to look like they had come from an English country garden.’
In the months leading up to their big day, Nick, Elsie, and their family and friends collected a variety of glass jars. Some were covered in gold glitter, whilst others were tied up with ribbon and holding flowers.
One of the highlights from the couple’s big day was the food, created by Sadlers Catering. ‘We got a compliment from a friend saying it was one of the best meals he’d ever had,’ says Elsie.
According to Elsie, it was almost impossible to pick a favourite moment from their country garden style wedding. ‘The whole thing was incredible,’ explains Eslie. ‘It is really hard to pick moments, but for both of us, the ceremony was definitely at the top.’
Elsie and Nick’s beautiful country garden style wedding was photographed by Scott Wood Photography.
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