WEDDINGS

it’s all in the details: country garden

Oooh, there’s some super pretty inspiration coming your way today!  With the wedding season upon us I’m sure you’re beginning to think of all those finishing touches, details and DIY’s to make your wedding truly your own, so this week’s It’s all in the Detail’s is dedicated to the most popular of UK wedding themes, Country Garden.  Whether in the grounds of a magnificent country mansion, or in the homely surrounds of the garden of your family home, a country garden theme can be anything from elegant, to rustic, modern or vintage!  British brides seem to love all that is pretty, delicate and feminine, so it’s really no wonder we are naturally drawn to this style of wedding too!

colours

Pretty pinks, minty greens and splashes of yellow and aqua are the perfect colours for a summer wedding, my top tip is to choose floral details (chintzy fabrics and vintage teacups) to bring the outside in, add texture, pattern and a few unexpected colours.

stationery

Rustic, natural textures and fresh, soft colours work beautifully.  If your budget allows, printing onto fabric with a delicate pattern, like these stunning pieces seen on Style Me Pretty, achieves beautiful results with a difference.

{linen printed stationery by Public Image Photograph via Style Me Pretty}

A pretty motif, such as a mason jar adds a personal touch your invites, hinting at your wedding theme without giving too much away!  This is the perfect choice if you are planning a thrify DIY wedding, collecting mason jars to use as floral and drinks containers, tied with vintage lace or ribbons.

{1. mason jar invite by John W Photography via The Lovliest Day, 2. pink peony suite by Pantry Press via Martha Stewart Weddings}

Or, for a more floral option, pick one of your favourite flowers and use different images or sketches to adorn each piece.  This pretty peony suite from Pantry Press is a beautiful choice for a wedding filled with these stunning, bold blooms.

{Summer Garden stationery by Paper Pleasures}

For a simple DIY alternative to add a floral touch to your suite, use elegant, printed stationery and add a background of floral paper or fabric for a pretty detail.  Tie each set of invites together with a cordinating piece of ribbon or lace for the final touch!

decor & props

{Jo & Nigel’s DIY Country Marquee Wedding by Eddie Judd Photography via b.loved}

The classic look for an English summer garden wedding, a marquee is a pretty, practical and budget-friendly option.  A blank canvas for you to add your own personality, the bright, white interior lends itself to a pretty floral explosion!  Use floral and patterened bunting (you can buy, hire or even make your own) to add colour and interest at head height, and coordinate with the same fabrics at table level using napkins and table linen.

{1. floral bunting by Public Image Photography via Style Me Pretty, 2. hanging mason jars by Paul Hopper via Casa Sugar, 3. mason jar aisle decor by Charlotte Geary Photography}

The beautiful thing about using an outdoor venue, is the abundance of objects to decorate, hang, drape and adorn with colourful bunting, or hang mason jars (or collect old jam jars for the same effect) from trees or crooks for a classic country touch.  Fill with floral arrangements, single blooms or tealights for a pretty glow as the sun sets.

{1. vintage china floral arrangement by Elisha Clarke Photography via Pearl & Godiva, 2. vintage floral place setting by Sweet Tea Photography via Bayside Bride}

Continually popular, vintage teasets are the mainstay of this wedding style.  Whether matching or mismatched patterns, or using sparingly with lots of white crockery, this is another pretty way to bring colour and floral details into your decor.  If you have enough, use as place settings, topped with a coordinating napkin, or for an idea that uses less, fill with flower arrangements and use as table centres.

{1. DIY table number via Wedding Chicks, 2. framed floral table number by Diana Lupu via Elizabeth Anne Designs}

Finally, add a fun and playful touch to your table with these DIY fabric table number ideas.

Flowers & Bouquets

{rustic peony bouquet by Eric Kelley Photography via Bridal Musings}

If you’re one of the lucky brides planning for a late spring or early summer wedding, make the most of the striking, romantic, soft and ruffly peonies available during this short season.  They are big, bold and full of texture, but the soft pink hues keep them feeling light and feminine.  Because of their size, you don’t need to add much to a peony bouquet, I love the pairing with the silvery softness of dusty miller in this stunning bouquet by Easton Events featured on Bridal Musings last week!

{1. natural peony bouquet by Diana Lupu via Elizabeth Anne Designs, 2. rustic garden rose bouquet by Lisa Fellows Photography via Boho Weddings}

Bouquets of seasonal garden blooms work best in loose, hand-tied and natural looking bouquets.  Add foliage and greenery for texture and contrasting colours.

{sweet pea table centres by Lisa Fellows Photography via Boho Weddings}

For a simple do-it-yourself option, fill bottles, mason jars and other vintage containers with a single type of flower.  Teamed with floral or patterned table cloth or runner this will create a simple, but effective look.

{rustic garden table arrangements by Dave Richards Photography via enfianced}

For a full-on floral style, team garden roses with stocks and sweetpeas, adding foliage and greenery for texture, to create table centres both that look and smell amazing!

cake & dessert tables

Dessert tables are a popular choice for country garden weddings.  Displayed at one end of your venue or marquee, they make a beautiful focal point throughout your reception.  Create a delicious mini-feast of macarons, cupcakes, retro sweets and desserts, you could even ask talented family and friends to contribute by baking their signature dish to add to your table.

{1. Peach sugar rose wedding cake by Portraits By Lucinda via Elizabeth Anne Designs, 2. floral garden garden cake by Cake Ink}

If you still love the idea of cutting the cake with your new husband, then a statement cake, adorned in real or sugar flowers is a pretty choice.  The cake on the left, by Rebekah Cake Artist, is a delicate peach beauty, adorned with dainty sugar paste petals and roses.  On the right, a simple iced cake (which could even be shop-bought) provides the perfect base for a gorgeous floral garland.

Are you planning a country garden wedding?  I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s inspiration! Tell me all about your plans in the comments below!

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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