Sunday, 22 January 2012

Our English Country Garden Wedding

I can't quite believe that it has already been five months since Matt and I said our vows. How quickly the time has flown!
In the lead up to our wedding I had no nerves whatsoever. I was cool and calm up until the night before the big day, when during a meal with our families, they hit me full on and I could barely eat a thing! My bridemaids and mum did a fantastic job on the day of soothing my nerves, ensuring I ate (and had a little champagne!) and keeping me stress free. I had waves of butterflies dancing in my stomach throughout the morning as I was getting ready, it all seemed quite surreal, but when I was ready and the bridal car was waiting outside to take my parents and I to the Church, all my nerves just melted away and I was left with pure excitement. Hearing the Church bells chime as I stepped out the bridal car added to joy of the moment and I was filled with such happiness. 

I clutched my bouquet as my bridesmaids arranged my dress. Before us were the double doors leading to all our closest friends and family and of course, the altar where Matt awaited me. Pachelbel's Canon in D began to play, I slipped my arm into my father's and the doors opened. As I saw Matt standing at the altar, my face broke into a huge smile and as I took each step down the aisle towards my best friend, my face was a mix between pure elated joy and getting a little teary eyed with the emotion of it all. 

Holding hands as we recited our vows was such a special moment, and before we knew it the Reverend was pronouncing us husband and wife. I've never felt such happiness (I think my face says it all in one of the photo's below!) After four years together and patiently waiting, we were finally married!

Our reception was everything we'd hoped it to be; informal and fun. The marquee looked beautiful and I'll always treasure the memories of the day before when my parents, Matt and I spent the most gloriously sunny day surrounded by trees, flowers and greenery, setting everything up and seeing our plans come to life. The marquee was a vision of pastel pinks, neutrals and lilacs. Perfect for an outdoor August wedding in a marquee! You can read more about the planning behind the wedding and our inspiration here

The evening was filled with fun, laughter and dancing to our favourite Motown and Rock n Roll classics. The dance floor was packed all night long and it was fantastic to see everyone we cared about having such a good time. It's true what they say, the day passes by so quickly. One of my favourite memories is when Matt and I took a moment together to savour the magic of the day. We snuck off to sit by the pond as the sun was setting just before our first dance to reflect on the day and revel in each other's company as husband and wife. 


So after two years of planning, here's how our English Country Garden wedding came to fruition....

 

 

























Nobody quite prepares you (nor can they) for the comedown after your own wedding. It is such a magnificent day filled with love, laughter and happy memories that the days afterwards can be a little bittersweet. Even five months on, whilst watching the highlights of our wedding video, I shed a little tear over how such an incredible day is now over. If only we could do it all again! Here's to our beginning as a married couple, and our journey through life together filled with many more happy memories to come. 


"I have found the one whom my soul loves" - Song of Solomon 3:4


Photography: Rachael Connerton
Florist: Floraldeco
Cupcakes: Yummy Little Cakes
Hair: Jarah Hair & Day Spa

106 comments:

  1. This is one of the most beautiful things ive EVER seen!

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  2. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

    Looked like such a lovely day, your dress is stunning! xx

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  3. omg Amy, such a beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple. I have no words!
    hope you have an amazing life filled with happiness together :)
    xx

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  4. this photos are outstanding. looks like you had an amazing day!

    i want to get married now haha!

    Marie x

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  5. absolutely beautiful post, i almost cried at how beautiful the photos are! you looked lovely and i hope you had a magnificent day! xx

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  6. Beyond gorgeous and perfect! You looked absolutely beautiful! Photography is amazing too! x

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  7. I just completely welled up reading this. Your wedding looked amazing, and you looked absolutely stunning! So glad you had an amazing day xxx

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  8. Gorgeous photos, gorgeous dress and gorgeous bride! xx

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  9. lovely post, you looked absolutely stunning!! xx

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  10. wow it looks so perfect, you look beautiful! xx

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  11. You look amazing, and all the little touches! You must have spent so long planning these, I bet this was the most truly amazing day, to pledge yourself to someone and be with your family in such an amazing setting!
    This makes me even more excited for my wedding (a year away!) But we had our engagement photo shoot here in Brighton a couple of weeks ago and it's suddenly very real!
    Thanks so much for sharing these pictures with us! Belle du Brightonxx

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  12. I love every picture! I think I orginally found your blog after someone wrote how romantic your proposal was (I think it was your blog). Its been so lovely to come along your journey with you and read about it. You look stunning- made for each other! :) Thank you for sharing the day with us xxx

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  13. What a beautiful wedding, definitely welled up reading this. You were a gorgeous bride! x

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  14. this is probably the most perfect wedding ive ever seen, and you are such a beautiful couple! congratulations :)

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  15. Oh just realised I commented me with my other account! Just wanted to add Congratulations!! xx

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  16. Oh wow looks like a fab day! You picked an amazing photographer, everyone looks great :)

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  17. Beautiful photos. I absolutely love all the little details, the wish tree, the cupcakes, the plant box. The decorations are amazing, you did a bloody good job! And of course, you looked stunning... and so happy!

    Holli x
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  18. Totally beautiful, it all looks so perfect. You should definitely be featured on RockMyWedding!xxx

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  19. I still cant get over how perfect your wedding day was! I even love your dress and I am SO fussy about wedding dresses. completely jealous xo

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  20. What a beautiful post - you look gorgeous simply perfect love everything about it x congratulations again xx

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  21. Absolutley amazing and so beautiful! You had a fab photographer too. Congrats xx

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  22. lovely pictures, everything looks wonderful! best of luck to you and a married couple x

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  23. This has to be one of the most beautiful posts I have ever read and I truly mean that! Your day just seemed so magical and perfect. You looked truly beautiful and radiant :) such gorgeous photographs, congrats even though I am very late in saying so haha x

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  24. Your wedding day is pretty much exactly how I'd want mine to be! Your dress, decorations and photography are amazing!
    You two should definitely treat yourselves to a little one year anniversary get-away - something to look forward to after planning the wedding for so long!

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  25. O M G This has to be the most beautiful wedding blog post I have ever seen; simply beautiful. Everything is just perfection and spot on; your dress, the decorations, the theme, everything stunning :).

    Thank you for sharing your day :)

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  26. Oh wow, these photos are so beautiful! I'm getting married April 21st and this has just made me so much more excited!! x
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  27. Beautiful pictures! I'm getting married in less than 3 months. .. Did you do your make up? I was considering to do it myself... What would you recommend? Thanks. :)

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    1. Thank you! I did do my makeup myself, I thought that was the only way I'd be happy with it! Pick a long lasting foundation, preferably with no/a low SPF, and layering cream and powder blush so it's extra long lasting. I had a few practice goes but didn't decided anything definite, I just went with what I felt was right on the day itself! Good luck and I hope you have a wonderful wedding!

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    2. Thanks for your tips!! :)

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  28. Wow you and the wedding look soooo beautiful. The photos are fantastic. It's about 10 weeks until I get married and there are so many things in your wedding that I hope are similar to mine. I have bird cages, pink flowers/bridesmaid dresses, grey 3 piece suits with pink ties and suitcases. If mine looks anywhere near as beautiful as yours I will be happy. Where did you get your veil from? Or what make is it? I have a veil with a lace edge, but I'm worried it might overpower my dress, but yours looks perfect.
    xx

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    1. Thank you! And only 10 weeks to go for you, you must be getting so excited/nervous! My veil was by Richard Designs. If you're not sure about yours definitely have a look at others and see how they look with your dress. Whatever makes you feel most beautiful! xx

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    2. Thank you. I'm still waiting for my dress to arrive at the shop. It's getting a bit too close for comfort! x

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  29. OMG! Amy :D this looked such an amazing day, you look so pretty in all your photos. :D The dress is stunning & all the decorations you had i just love them hehe especially the cages with all the flowers in is so cute :)

    Did you have a cupcake cake ? they looked yummy :)

    xxx

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  30. Oh my goodness you are the most beautiful bride ever and this is literally the perfect wedding, everything is absolutely stunning. So many congratulations to you both xoxo

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  31. What a beautiful wedding. Gorgeous photography just makes everything look really glowy! Congratulations. I may leave this post showing to - not so subtly drop some hints! http://msl86.blogspot.com/

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  32. Oh Amy, this is so utterly perfect. You're wedding is JUST as I imagined it would be, every detail is so romantic, and so YOU. From what I know of you, and of Matt, from 'knowing' you online, it's so wonderful to see you so blissfully happy together. What a beautiful, wonderfully executed wedding. Perfect photographs too xxx Thank you for sharing xxx

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  33. Gorgeous Amy, I love the decorations so gorgeous and lovely! So classy too! Absolutely beautiful! x

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  34. What a perfect wedding! Your story was beautiful and the pictures are beautiful! I am sure it was just the most wonderful day!

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  35. These are absolutely stunning - it looks like a fairy tale wedding... I'm off now to show my other half!xxx

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  36. What a beautiful wedding wonderfully captured in these photos! I've been looking forward to this post for ages and thank you for finally writing this. Congrats to you two x

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  37. This is so beautiful. Congratulations xxx

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  38. Absolutely beautiful photos, even made me well up! X

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  39. This is so soooooo beautiful!!! This post actually made me cry! It looks like an amazing day and congratulations to you both <3

    Gem x
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  40. This literally looks like my dream wedding. Everything is so beautiful. The bridge is so picturesque. Your wedding dress is stunning. It's just all so perfect! xx

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  41. So beautiful.
    I've been looking forward to this since I found you got married.
    You look amazing. Really makes me what to get married, hehe.

    The thing I took for this is how genuinely happy you and Matt look.
    My favourite pictures are the one where people are throwing confetti.
    I've even seen a man more in love.
    Also the one of your mum and dad (i think) laughing. Genuine happy wedding.

    Annice

    ps. Like Gem I nearly cried

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  42. Oh gosh, your wedding looked so beautiful! I love your dress but all the little details are absolutely gorgeous. Your photographer did a great job with the pictures too. I love the pictures of you and Matt walking around the grounds!
    xx

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  43. I was trying to pick my favourite picture but their all so gorgeous! I feel a little teary after reading that, definitely picked my mood up a little :) hope you're as happy as you were on your day xx

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  44. Love this! Such an amazing wedding.
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  45. Wow, how very beautiful! I didn't want the pictures to end. It looks like the perfect day, and you described it so well and looked stunning. xxx

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  46. This is absolutely gorgeous! so many lovely ideas, and so original! I'm glad you had a great day, it looked fantastic. you look so so stunning in your dress! x

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  47. LOVE this post! You look absolutely gorgeous and your wedding looks amaaazing! Have just been showing the reception photos to my mum- all of the little touches just make it look beautiful x

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  48. You look absolutely beautiful Amy! I would love my wedding to be like yours (just need to find a husband first!). Your photos are simply stunning. You both look so happy, huge congratulations to you both xx

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  49. Amy, you look absolutely beautiful and I can just look at your photos for hours. I also love the color. It's pink, but not too pink like tacky pink. It looks soft, feminine and very easy on the eyes. Is it ok if I borrow some of your photos and blog about it? especailly the part where you did your own makeup. I'll link it to your blog of course. If you don't want to, then I totally understand.

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  50. These photos are absolutely beautiful. It sounds and looks like a perfect fairytale wedding.

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  51. Your wedding looks absolutely beautiful! You look lovely and you and your husband are the cutest couple. I have you have a fantastic married life! xx

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  52. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing xx

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  53. Lovely photos Amy, sounds like a fantastic day.

    Xx

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  54. I have worked with weddings for years, and as a result have become bored of them. But, your wedding looked absolutely stunning, and really original. I bet it was a beautiful day :)

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  55. absolutely beautiful, your dress is amazing! :)
    and a big congratulations to you both, xx

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  56. The photographs are beautiful, and it looks like you had the most perfect day. I'm just wondering if you would consider doing a post on maybe how to plan a wedding, and budgeting. I know it may sound kinda obvious, but I haven't a clue where to start lol! Thanks :) x

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  57. Oh wow, these pictures are absolutely beautiful. I'm amazed at how you've considered every single detail of your wedding. Lovely!

    Congratulations!

    xx

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  58. You planned such a beautiful wedding, congratulations!

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  59. Such beautiful photos, you look absolutely stunning and so so happy! I'm sure it was the most amazing day, congratulations to you both and all the best for a happy, healthy future together :-) xx

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  60. looks amazing!!!!! Am defo gonna 'Like' this post to come back and steal some ideas! x
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  61. Ahh you look stunning, and everything about your wedding looks amazing. I'm just planning my wedding, hope it turns out as well as yours. x

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  62. Wow, great article, I really appreciate your thought process and having it explained properly, thank you!


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  63. The pics are so beautiful! such a pretty wedding! wish u both the best in your marriage:)


    xo
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  64. WOW! It all looks so beautiful and the pictures are gorgeous too, such lovely things to treasure! Really like all the little details and glad you have such a good day. xx

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  65. bloody hell, how GORGEOUS are all of these photos?!? Looks like it was a beautiful day :) xx

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  66. OMG what a gorgeous wedding you had! Congrats and I wish you and Matt a wonderful life together xxx

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  67. These photos are seriously BEAUTIFUL :) You guys are a such gorgeous couple and what a stunning wedding you had! xx

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  68. I definitely just teared up reading this. I remember your engagement post being one of the first blog posts I ever read all those years ago! so happy for you! xxxxxx

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  69. Congratulations those pictures are stunning! I wish you all the best.

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  70. omg what a perfect wedding amy!! i love all the little details theyre so cute!! i want my wedding like this :)

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  71. Oh my god, this is so so beautiful. I love your hair (I've already told you that) but your dress and everything. I adore your venue and the bunting. I especially love the very french shabby chic style! Just love, I cant keep harping on about it lol.

    dp
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  72. This is my birthday!! Looks gorgeous! xx

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  73. I've just come across your wedding in Prefect Wedding magazine! It looked beautiful. x

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    1. Wedding in garden is excellent idea and all people enjoys a lot. I admire the valuable information you offer in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and have my friends check up here often. I am quite sure they will learn lots of new stuff here than anybody else!

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  74. WOW you are possibly one of the most beautifulist brides (even a word?!) I've ever seen. Your dress is gorgeous, and you look incredible!x

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  75. Beautiful! Stunning dress and couple.
    The theme is perfect and beautifully decorated.

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  76. wow,the award for best-looking newly-weds 2011 surely goes to you two! gorgeous photos x

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  77. wow! such a beautiful wedding!!!! amazing. congrats :) x

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  78. to chyba oczywiste, że uwielbiam!
    całość rewelacyjna!
    zapraszam do mnie, jeśli masz ochotę!
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  79. such a lovely wedding a gorgeous couple..wish you a very happy life togther and thanks for sharing with us. I have one question where did you get those cream and pink roses you have scattered around the tables. they look lovely ..thankx

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  80. these pictures are stunning! what a beautiful wedding you had:) xx

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  81. I couldn't agree more with the comments. Those photos are perfect. They are incredulously beautiful captured moments. I love the way the photographer did his job. Anyway, I love the concept you chose. Garden wedding is my dream wedding as well.

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  82. You look absolutely gorgeous! It's such a picture perfect wedding! Such a beautiful couple!

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  83. I love those beautiful details! All perfect!

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  84. Ive just come across your photos, and your wedding looks spectacular, the photos are stunning- fantastic photographer, I love all the clean creams and blush pinks you use, there is so much that you had that ive had similar ideas for in my scrap book. It looks like you had such a beautiful day, congratulations :) xx

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  85. What an absolutely gorgeous wedding! I have just made my partner look at the photos, read the blog and watch the video!! There are lots of similarities to what I have planned for our wedding in 8 weeks, such as the teacups, birdcages and bridesmaids dresses. I was just wondering if you could share where you bought/hired the men's pink ties? They are exactly the colour I am looking for but have had no luck.

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  86. Anonymous01 July, 2012

    Hi Amy,

    Warm greetings from South Africa!

    What a stunning, gorgeous, fabulous wedding! The prosposal photos were also absolutely lovely. What a guy!! That has to be one of the best proposals I have ever seen. So romantic, caring and thoughtful.

    Thanks so much for posting everything and for a terrific blog. I wish you and Matt every happiness and joy and a wonderful life together!

    :)

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  87. I appreciate if you don;'t remember, but where did you get the bunting from? And also were did you get the pink teacup from?

    Many thanks if you can help at all!

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    1. My mum made the bunting using some pretty fabric she had, and I'm not sure where the teacup is from I'm afraid as it was a gift. x

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  88. Hi Amy,
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful wedding pictures. I keep referring back to your blog for ideas. I wondered where you got your wish tree from?

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  89. Wow, what a beautiful wedding day. I loved my wedding day and you are so right about it being such a comedown when it is all over. Obviously it is just the beginning of your life together as Mr and Mrs, but the day itself; it's amazing. Beautiful photos!

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  90. Hi amy. such lovely photos. i wanted to ask what food you had on the day? As i'm doing a similar garden theme.
    its funny that i came across you again, i used to watch your yt channel just when you got engaged. glad you're both very happy together :-)
    M

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    1. Thank you :) We chose to have a summer buffet, which included sugar glazed ham, goats cheese and fig tart, lots of different salads and peach pavlova to finish. Everyone loved it! x

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  91. I have no words...this day looked incredibly beautiful :)
    You both look extremely happy together.

    Amy xx
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  92. You're pictures are breathe taking. I only hope my wedding looks this beautiful . So stunning xx

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  93. Hi Amy, I was wondering who supplied the wedding invitations? They are lovely!

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