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I have the most gorgeous wedding to share with you today as we head over to Shropshire for Jenny and Antoni’s fun filled totally DIY garden Wedding. Jenny and Antoni were married on 14th September 2019. They had their Legal ceremony in the church in Wellington on the Friday night. It was an intimate ceremony with a totally different dress style with the official Ceremony in the Family’s house in Shropshire on Saturday 14th. The whole day was totally DIY with the flowers put together by a family friend and a bake off style cake table & locally sourced picnic baskets for the wedding breakfast. The day was full of colour and all the their friends and family mucked in to make the day as successful as it was, helping with the set up and making sure that everything looked perfect. What a fabulously fun day, all captured perfectly by Florence Fox.
Jenny & Antoni pulled off the absolute epitome of a DIY English garden wedding! Right from when I arrived in the morning it was all hands on deck to turn the space from family garden to wedding venue – there was people lugging bales, putting out decorations, setting up speakers, mowing the grass. Everything was happening to build them a personal and unique space to host their wedding guests.
They arranged and decorated everything themselves from the homemade signs, bunting, places names and the ceremony space too. The bouncy castle was a non-negotiable must (for Antoni!) he had ‘impressed’ Jenni by doing a backflip on their first date so obviously he had to recreate that on the bouncy castle too! There was also a ‘break in case of emergency’ bottle of whisky on the ceremony arch (Antoni is a big fan and had a whiskey tasting for his stag do as well.)
They chose a simple marquee for their guests decorating long trestle tables with seasonal flowers which a help yourself bar section on one end too.
The ceremony was conducted by a really good friend who wove their own ideas about marriage in with readings from some special people, and the exchange of rings too. They’d made a sign to let guests know they were hoping for a camera free ceremony which is great news for me as all I could see were smiling faces!
After the ceremony they walked back down the isle to a giant confetti throw with their lovely little dog too. During the reception, where they opted for an ice cream van instead of canapes – such a brilliant idea. There was garden games to keep everyone occupied in the sun. Jenny and her bridesmaids looked beautiful in their flower crowns and the girls wore yellow dresses from ASOS and carried colourful bouquets made by a family friend.
Instead of a traditional wedding breakfast they had made picnic hampers using local suppliers and produce which meant everything was laid back and relaxed for their guests to just serve themselves. They had a fabulous main cake (them in their VW wedding transport from the legal ceremony the day before) as well as a Bake Off style bring and share contest that they judged.
To get the party going in the evening they had Hijinx ceilidh band to play some songs which never fails to get people dancing, with a brief interlude to play their first dance song ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ by Chris Stapleton. Finally, to help line stomachs for the evening celebrations they had a wood fire pizza van come to really round off what was a super informal and fun wedding day.