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English Country Garden Wedding Ideas

By Claire

All the lovely pho­tos are by Judi Check­etts Pho­tog­ra­phy. The venue for the shoot was the beau­ti­ful Mer­riscourt Gal­leries. The shoot was cre­ated by Jeni from Vanilla Rose Wed­dings, an Oxford­shire wed­ding plan­ner. There are some fab­u­lous wed­ding sup­pli­ers (based around Oxford­shire) involved in this shoot, and all of their details are below for you. Do click on their links to find out more! Over to Jeni…

Eng­lish coun­try gar­den — a wed­ding ideas shoot

English country garden wedding ideas

I wanted to cre­ate an Eng­lish Coun­try Gar­den wed­ding in the heart of the Cotswolds for this photo shoot. The Mer­riscourt Gallery (located between the quin­tes­sen­tially Eng­lish vil­lages of Bur­ford and Chip­ping Nor­ton) has the per­fect set­ting for an Eng­lish wed­ding with sim­ply stun­ning views, won­der­fully friendly staff, and an array of spa­cious barns in which to cre­ate a dream wedding!

Cou­ples can take inspi­ra­tion from this shoot in see­ing that they don’t have to search far and wide for those lovely details — every­thing we used in this photo shoot has been sourced from within Oxford­shire from won­der­ful and rea­son­ably priced suppliers!

The gor­geous bou­quets from Fox­gloves & Roses bring the color scheme together and incor­po­rate a vari­ety of beau­ti­ful Eng­lish Gar­den flow­ers from the sum­mer sea­son, such as sweet peas, peonies and roses. Flo­ral bou­quets can be per­son­alised with the lace or rib­bon tied around the base, and can com­pletely trans­form the look to suit each bride.

The theme can be built upon depen­dent on the inspi­ra­tions of the cou­ple, per­haps with hand­made wed­ding sig­nage, pil­lar can­dle arrange­ments, and a neu­tral coloured table plan, with escort cards using the flo­ral fab­rics used within the sta­tionery. This accents the colours within the china, as well as high­light­ing the colours used in the cen­tre­pieces.

English country garden wedding ideas

Judi Check­etts Photography:

Judi Check­etts Pho­tog­ra­phy pro­vides wed­ding & lifestyle pho­tog­ra­phy pre­dom­i­nantly in Oxford­shire and the sur­round­ing area although will con­sider travel through the UK & abroad. With an artist’s eye on the details of your wed­ding day, Judi looks to pro­vide relaxed images with nar­ra­tive and emo­tional impact. To con­tact Judi for a wed­ding or other assign­ment please visit or email [email protected]

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Daisy Cakes Cupcakes:

Daisy’ was a whispy-white-haired, lit­tle old lady from a bygone era, with whom I was lucky enough to share my birth­days when I was younger. Her daughter-in-law, Kate, had pre­vi­ously run a tra­di­tional tea shop in the 1940s, and I was lucky enough to have both a mother and grand­mother with a tal­ent for baking.

Inspired by Daisy’s sto­ries of a life in ser­vice as a nanny and ‘after­noon tea in the nurs­ery’ Kate, Mum and Grandma always ensured that our birth­day teas were a tra­di­tional home­bak­ing heaven of cream-laden meringues, but­tery melt-in-the-mouth short­bread, dainty lit­tle cakes, and an amaz­ing cen­tre­piece birth­day cake. In June 2011, armed with this bak­ing legacy, a grow­ing obses­sion with all things cup­cake, and a plethora of appre­cia­tive com­ments from my ‘guinea pigs’ (friends and fam­ily!) I decided to take the com­mer­cial plunge, and Daisy Cakes was born.

What­ever your theme and color scheme, lose your­self in Vanilla, But­ter­scotch, Boozey Bakewell and Tra­di­tional Fruit Cake, adorned with del­i­cate Daisies, Roses, Chrysan­the­mums and Sparkles. Home­baked using sim­ple ingre­di­ents, dressed in the pret­ti­est cases and icing, and sparkling with fairy dust, Daisy Cakes make a beau­ti­ful tiered cen­tre­piece, or delight­ful table favours all per­son­alised to you and your wed­ding day… the icing on the cake for the most spe­cial of days.

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Paper Fudge Sta­tionery:

Paper Fudge cre­ates beau­ti­ful, hand­made wed­ding sta­tionery in a unique, rus­tic, vin­tage, coun­try style. Spe­cial­is­ing in bespoke designs, Paper Fudge offers a very per­sonal ser­vice work­ing closely with you to cre­ate an invi­ta­tion design that will suit your style of wed­ding and reflect you as a cou­ple. In addi­tion to invi­ta­tions Paper Fudge can also sup­ply match­ing place names, table plans, menus, favours, hand painted sig­nage and so much more — all lov­ingly hand­made and tai­lored to suit you and your wed­ding. Please see the Paper Fudge web­site for more infor­ma­tion.

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Umbrella Boutique/Brollies Galore:

Umbrella Bou­tique spe­cialises in unique umbrel­las for red let­ter days and wed­dings. When it comes to your big day, you want every­thing look­ing per­fect– includ­ing your choice of wed­ding umbrella. With many beau­ti­ful designs to choose from and whether you’re look­ing for a para­sol to shade you from the sun or keep you and your guests dry in the rain in between venues, you will find a style which really com­ple­ments your wedding.

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Chrissy Tay­lor Jewellery:

All Boho Designs are one off pieces, hand­made in Oxford­shire by Chrissy Tay­lor, using gen­uine gem­stones and pre­cious met­als. Incor­po­rat­ing keep­sakes and fam­ily heir­looms into jew­ellery for that spe­cial day is a spe­cial­ity. Choose from the Boho range or have a bespoke piece made just for you. Boho Designs –beau­ti­ful gem­stone jew­ellery as indi­vid­ual as you…

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Fox­gloves and Roses Florist:

For brides that love the sea­sonal, fresh and nat­ural look of coun­try flow­ers, Oxford­shire based Fox­gloves & Roses cre­ates truly beau­ti­ful wed­ding flow­ers that look bring colour, life and charm to their happy day.

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The Favour House Cake Pops:

The Favour House is a fam­ily run busi­ness, we started TFH from the inspi­ra­tion of my own wed­ding last year. All our choco­lates, wed­ding table decor and fin­ish­ing touches were home made with love and atten­tion. We knew from the feed­back that our guests were impressed with the small details and the fun and fresh ideas for favours that matched the theme and feel of the wed­ding. All the per­sonal touches were so impor­tant and guests are still talk­ing about them today.

Our Wed­ding decor and choco­late favours went down a treat and so we started mak­ing choco­lates for fam­ily events and pur­chas­ing unique wed­ding favours for friends par­ties and chris­ten­ings. We thought if peo­ple are lov­ing these favours for their taste and design then why not make them avail­able for busy brides and wed­ding planners.

We hope that you enjoy our favours as much as we love mak­ing them. Our wed­ding favours are also locally sourced and we spend qual­ity time locat­ing new items and goods to sell to our grow­ing audi­ence.

Styl­ish Cen­tre­pieces:

Styl­ish Cen­tre­pieces can offer you a pro­fes­sional wed­ding and events table dec­o­ra­tion and cen­tre­piece hire ser­vice to help your wed­ding or event be even more spe­cial. We are located in south Oxford­shire and can cover most venues in Oxford­shire, Berk­shire, Buck­ing­hamshire, Hamp­shire and Wilt­shire.

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Sophie Kevlin Make Up Artist:

Sophie is an expe­ri­enced Make Up Artist based in South Oxford­shire. She stud­ied Media Make Up, and works through­out Oxford­shire trans­form­ing brides, brides­maids and flower girls. Sophie enjoys cre­at­ing a range of looks for her clients, and can sug­gest prod­ucts, styles and colours which will look just fab­u­lous!

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Cariad Bride:

Cariad Bride has been estab­lished in the pretty mar­ket town of Far­ing­don since 2003.We have one ethos and that is to pro­vide friendly advice and ser­vice in pri­vate sur­round­ings. No mad hus­sle and bus­tle, we see one bride at a time. Each one-to-one appoint­ment lasts two hours to give you plenty of time to choose the dress of your dreams, totally pressure-free.

Owner Sue is burst­ing with ideas which she shares gladly and is great at putting minds at rest, find­ing solu­tions to the tini­est con­cerns that brides-to-be have about look­ing their best. In addi­tion, we take care of the cloth­ing require­ments of the rest of your wed­ding party mak­ing the run-up to your spe­cial day easy and relaxed.

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Jolly Vin­tage Tea Party:

The Jolly Vin­tage Tea Party hires vin­tage china tea sets for your spe­cial occas­sion. We are based in Wheat­ley, Oxford­shire but we can deliver to Lon­don and beyond. I have had the most glo­ri­ous time col­lect­ing our vin­tage china tea sets from around the UK and have sourced a great selec­tion of beau­ti­ful designs which date from the 1920’s onwards.

Our col­lec­tion of pretty vin­tage china for hire really makes me smile! Most of the china tea sets I col­lected were in an almost pris­tine con­di­tion, and it struck me that those who had owned them before had prob­a­bly kept them in cab­i­nets and used them only on high days and holidays.

How lovely then that this vin­tage china will now be used for your spe­cial occa­sion bring­ing a real sense of style to any event. The vin­tage china is a real talk­ing point and your guests will just love the fact that the items are mis­matched rather than all one design, mak­ing for an inter­est­ing and colour­ful dis­play. Reusing items which oth­ers no longer have any use for is also recy­cling at its best.

Wed­ding bunting in the top image is by the lovely Oxford Bunting Com­pany

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With thanks to Jeni from Vanilla Rose Wed­dings & Events for shar­ing this lovely ideas shoot today. Find out more about Jeni and her wed­ding plan­ning ser­vices at

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