Well guys it’s officially Autumn! Whether you’re shivering at the thought or welcoming this beautiful season with open arms, we’re here to keep you happily inspired by another gorgeous real wedding. Today we bring you Sam and Poppy’s rustic and laidback garden wedding, captured by the effortlessly talented Caro Hutchings. Based in a pretty little place called Whitebrook in Monmouthshire, the couple got married in their local church followed by a stunning marquee reception in Poppy’s parent’s back garden. They created an idyllic wedding vibe that was laid back, authentic and simple. Using DIY décor, bunting, effective flower arrangements and hand-made damson gin favours, the couple managed to transform a blank canvas into an uncomplicated yet très chic marquee venue. Everything about this wedding is pure and simple, including their ‘boy-meets-girl’ introduction 7-years ago! Here’s bride Poppy to share more about her day….
We just wanted our wedding to be a super happy and relaxed day. It was very joyful and full of so much love. We were pretty lucky as one of my best friends and bridesmaids, Emily, works in events and so she helped us to plan the whole thing. She was incredible and made it all seem so easy. She inspired us by coming up with a ton of ideas. I’d certainly recommend having a planner!
A glowing love story and beach proposal
We bumped into each other at a festival in Sydney called Playground Weekender. The next day we hung out and there was just such a strong connection between… us it was weird! I wrote down my number for Sam and was pretty confident that I’d hear from him. However, a week went by, and I didn’t hear a thing. I was gutted! I remember calling my mum and saying ‘I just don’t get it, how can I have misread this so badly?’. Sam later befriended me on social media and it turned out that in my drunken haze, I’d written my number down wrong and he’d been trying to contact me for weeks! He had to scroll through every Poppy on Facebook to find me! For our engagement he took me away for the weekend to a place north of Sydney called Kilcare. We stayed in this beautiful beach house on stilts over the water called ‘The Writers Retreat’. It was completely covered in books and totally amazing! After dinner one night, he lit the whole place in candles, and proposed to me on the balcony overlooking the water. It was so lovely. We popped open the champagne and shared the news with our family. 7-years together with a beautiful baby boy brings us to our perfect wedding day!
Quaint village church ceremony and garden reception
We got married at Llandogo Church which is in a little place in Monmouthshire called Whitebrook. I’ve lived there my whole life and so there was never a doubt in my mind that I would get married anywhere else! The reception was in the back garden of my parent’s house which is also in Whitebrook. We hired a big marquee and transformed the space to our personal style for the wedding. It’s so beautiful and chilled there. It’s always been such a happy place for Sam and I.
Chic Parisian bohemian dress
My dress was by this fairly unknown yet amazing young Parisian designer called Laure de Sagazan. She’s certainly much more well-known these days, and her style was exactly what I was looking for! She uses French Calais Lace and creates gorgeous stunning dress shapes. I wanted pure and chic and this dress fit the bill. The shoes were from Topshop and I had very simple bohemian accessories, like the fake flower crown in my hair. Sam wore a Burberry suit and I ordered all of the bridesmaid’s dresses from ASOS.
Garden reception with damson gin
We turned my parents back garden into a perfectly relaxed and beautiful wedding reception venue. We hired a marquee, tables and chairs and used bunting and hessian runners to give it a décor overhaul. We added colour and detailing with wild flowers, which we entwined up and around the poles of the marquee. One of my favourite features of the reception décor was the wedding favours. My mum had made batches of yummy damson gin and bottled them up in small medicine bottles. They looked great on the tables and they added something a little vintage to the overall look. We tied pom poms and glass jars with candles to the trees which made our group shots so pretty. And as for the stationary, Sam made all it as he’s a Graphic Designer. So lucky!
Our incredible naked Victorian sponge cake was covered in flowers and kindly made by our amazingly talented neighbour Tori Briggs. All of the other catering was provided by Rococo Catering and they supplied a hog roast and Ottolenghi style salads.
Into the evening we had a fantastic band called ‘Easy’ and then put on our Spotify playlist!
Our best friend Emily found Caro and we absolutely loved her vibe. Her photography is so natural and just so so gorgeous. She was also amazing on the day. Her presence was lovely and she fit in really well. We absolutely adore the photos!
I think the church was really special just feeling soooo emotional looking out and seeing all of our loved ones in the crowd as we got married. I also loved all the speeches and my Dad’s was extra special. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the marquee after he’d finished!
Emily was a huge bonus I have to say. We were very fortunate that one of our best friends works in events! My advice would be to just let go on the day. Let go of control and soak it all up. It’s over before you know it. Oh, and how I wish we had gotten a video! I’d highly recommend organising a videographer…..
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