real wedding: DIY country marquee wedding {jo & nigel}

Morning everyone!

Today I’m thrilled to share a DIY wedding with lots of style!  Jo and Nigel held their wedding at Jo’s family home, a place important to them both and that gave them the opportunity and flexibility to really do things their way!  With a gorgeous bow-detailed dress (which you’ll never believe was pre-loved!), pretty as a picture styling and a yummy looking candy buffet, this wedding is full of cute country details.

Their day was captured by Surrey-based wedding photographer Eddie Judd, who’s work I have been eager to show on b.loved!   Her passion is evident, Eddie’s images frame those precious, fleeting moments and preserving them for you to re-live time and time again.

We met in 1997 at a  party, but lost contact.  We got together after pushing in front of him in a queue to a nightclub almost 10 years later!  Near where we live is a golf course and every year it gets covered in bluebells for just three weeks. In May 2010 I did a charity walk which was 42 miles, and the day after Nigel tried to drag me on a walk to see the bluebells and to take some photographs,  which I thought was pretty selfish being that I just done this 42 miles! We got up to the middle of the bluebell woods and he went down on one knee…

My  family home is very special to me and I’ve always wanted to have our reception there it is surrounded by fields with sheep and pigs. I have always had happy memories from my home and we wanted all of our friends and family to have a relaxing and comfortable day.  Being able to hold our reception at home really made this work for us, guests were able to camp in the fields, so we could party into the night. My sister bought 20 pairs of flip-flops from Primark which we left next to the dance floor.  This worked a treat and worked very well with my wedding dress!

It was important to both me and Nigel to have a very individual day.  We had a marquee in the field and our wedding party and family were involved immensely.   They spend the week before helping to set up, and tidy up the day after, enabling us to go straight off on a mini-moon in Cornwall and Devon.  Our reception flowers were arranged by a family friend, after a trip to Covent Garden Market with my mum.  My bouquet and a bridesmaid bouquet and the buttonholes were from a local florist in Wallingford.  My mother bought gingham material from Hobby Craft and set about making all of the napkins helped by her friend. She also bought Cath Kidston material and made metres and metres of bunting. My mother-in-law planted a huge amount of plants in pots in the months leading up to the day. We kept everything as a beautiful reminder of our wedding!

Our favourite food is curry and his Uncle used to own an Indian restaurant in Reading, so we decided that the curry would be the perfect food choice for our wedding!  At my best friend’s wedding last year she had a sweet buffet which I thought was perfect so we stole that idea!  I thought  we would be left with thousands of sweets (and having been on a diet for God knows how long I was looking forward to munching the lot in the days that followed!) but they all went within about an hour. she spent hours making the sweet buffet perfect for us with jars of traditional sweets, lollies marshmallows and Coca-Cola bottles!

Nigel coordinated most of the wedding, he spent a lot of time getting quotes and every day on arrival home I was met with lots of figures to go through! He was totally amazing with the organising and I definitely could not have done it without him.  Both of us had a particularly testing year during our wedding prep, I was in the mid of my PGCE and also dealing with the fact that I was being made redundant the month after our wedding, so I was trying to do assignments and look for jobs, meanwhile Nigel was writing his 10,000 word dissertation. Amid all of this he was still working so hard to make this wedding perfect. I know it’s a total cliché but I do feel like I am the luckiest girl alive to have found someone like him!!

Choosing my dress  was not my most favourite part of my wedding planning, I am not one for dressing up in dresses and as soon as Nigel proposed this was what filled me with dread! I tried a few dresses in local shops, until someone suggested I try Vivian at Berkshire Brides. She deals mainly with previously enjoyed dresses, which suited our budget, so I went along to try some on.  Scared by other dress shops that told me I needed six months to get a dress, and had left it too late, Vivian picked out a few in my size straight away.  She showed me another I didn’t think was ‘me’ but she and my mum convinced me to try it on, this was the dress!

What was your first dance and how did you choose the song?

Frank Sinatra’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” We had loads of problems trying to come up with a first song to dance to, I wanted to go for cheesy love songs but  Nigel was not keen! We ended up choosing this Frank Sinatra song because whenever it comes on the radio we always dance to it together and actually it would be the perfect song for us because it always makes us smile and always will now!



Photography ~ Eddie Judd

Dress ~ Berkshire Brides

Bridesmaids dresses – Debenhams

Catering –  Tamarind Tree, Basildon


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.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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