Felicity and James created their dream summertime wedding in an English country garden.

Felicity White, 27, married James Bowen, 30, at St Swithun's Church in Woodbury, Devon, followed by a marquee reception in the mother-of-the-bride's garden on 18th June, 2016.

Felicity first met James through her brother. “They were friends but luckily my brother took the fact that we started dating very well!” Felicity tells us.

Seven years later, James popped the question with a well-planned surprise in the New Forest. “We were enjoying a romantic weekend away and had gone on a bicycle ride,”
recalls Felicity. “We stopped for a break and were lying on the grass in the sunshine when I felt something on my chest. I was about to swat it away thinking it was a leaf but suddenly realised it was a ring box! I surprised myself by crying (a lot) before saying ‘yes’,’” she says. “James’ granny lived just down the road so she had the honour of being the first to hear our happy news and sat with us while we excitedly called our parents and siblings. We found out afterwards that James’
parents had got engaged on the same date (years previously) just a few miles down the road.”

The couple chose the local village church, where they both grew up, for the ceremony. “It is a beautiful old stone church and the Reverend Karen Spray had previously conducted the weddings for both of our brothers and our niece’s christening so it was very special to us,” explains the bride.

“We wanted an English country wedding so decided to hire a marquee and work with local suppliers to create our dream day. My mum has such a beautiful garden so we chose this as the setting to tie in with our theme,” she tells us.

Here, Felicity shares more about their wedding, which she spent a year planning using bridal magazines and Pinterest to create moodboards to show their chosen suppliers.

Love in bloom: Image 1
My mum made the bridesmaids' dresses, which added such a special touch to our day.

 

Love in bloom: Image 2aMy dress was from the second bridal boutique that I visited, Days of Grace Vintage in Budleigh. It was a fully beaded design with a low back by Sottero and Midgley.

Love in bloom: Image 2 My pretty bouquet was made from pale pink roses and white gypsophilia.

 

Love in bloom: Image 3
We used bunting, signs, hearts and table confetti to decorate the marquee, all sourced from The Little Shop of Seasons in Honiton, Devon, that my bridesmaid very usefully owns.

 

Love in bloom: Image 4aOur cake was made from cheese and was decorated with colourful, edible flowers.

Love in bloom: Image 4 Our tableplan and place names were all handwritten in calligraphy.

 

Love in bloom: Image 5
We gave guests bright pink flip flops to dance the night away in.

 

Love in bloom: Image 6aWe had #SELFIE sticks on the tables that provided guests with a lot of fun!

Love in bloom: Image 6 We made a photo wall of our favourite pictures by simply pegging the snaps on to strips of hessian, which made a fabulous backdrop.

 

Love in bloom: Image 7
In place of a guest book, our loved ones left us heartfelt messages in bottles, for us to open on our first, second and fifth anniversaries.

 

Love in bloom: Image 8
As a wedding present, my brothers hired a band for us, The Ferrantes, who kept everyone up and dancing with Motown classics all evening. They also played our first dance, You've Got the Love by Florence + The Machine.

 
 
 

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