Our rustic country wedding – setting up the garden on morning of the wedding


It has been so lovely to have our wedding featured on Love My Dress, but I know that some of my readers would like to see more detail, and there’s so many lovely photos it seems a shame not to share more of them.

Our wedding ceremony was due to start at 4.30pm, but we’d invited our guests to have afternoon tea in the garden from 3pm.  This meant we had all morning to get ready, which for a wedding at home was all about everyone pitching in to help set up.  So with less than an hour before people were due to start arriving this is what we were doing…

The tents were already up, but we had to get all the tables laid up. This is our lovely friend Kate, who along with her husband Tim set out all the crockery and place settings (among a long list of other things!)…

We hung lots of the jam jar lanterns we’d made from the tents, tying them on with twine…

Here’s Tim setting out more lanterns around the garden and hanging them from trees…

Nick and the boys went round the village putting up the ‘parking’ and ‘wedding’ signs that I’d painted – I love this photo with the church in the background…

My little sister Izzy was busy making up the table plan and sorting out table numbers…

Here’s the final table plan – a sort of mini version of the real thing.  I made all the tiny flags and will share a ‘how to’ on this in the future…

I was busy setting out the afternoon tea tables…

Nick and I had made raspberry jam the summer before – we’d even done PYO to get the raspberries, you can read about it here

My dad was busy doing things like…winding up the grandfather clock and fixing his water feature…dads!

The men taking a “well-earned rest”…

I love this photo of Kate hanging lanterns from the old apple tree in my parents garden – I used to play with my Sylvanian families in this tree when I was little…

These are the buttonholes that had been carefully delivered by Charlie Ryrie from The Real Cut Flower Garden the day before and kept in the fridge overnight!

My gorgeous cousin Emily trying on her pretty flower garland – she was so excited as it was her first time being a bridesmaid…

I’ve always liked those wedding photos that just capture ‘real life’ scenes, and I love this one in my mum’s kitchen, with the pretty pink paint and family photos, and the huge pile of teabags!

This is my little brother and sister starting to hang photos in the apple tree – we had a huge selection of childhood and University photos which we hung with tiny wooden pegs from twine strung between the branches…

Looking down the garden from the house with all the tents up, the sun shining and bunting flapping in the breeze…

All images: Mark Tattersall Photography

I also wanted to include this photo my little sister Izzy took – we set up a table in my parent’s hall to put the cakes people would be bringing on.  Izzy did this fab chalk board sign to tell people what to do…

Image: Izzy Burton Photography


Karina Anne on 8. July, 2011

These are lovely pictures, I love the theme and I also really love the garden!! Could we have some more shots of the lovely plants and trees at some time in the future? Really enjoying your wedding pictures Charlie :O)

CharlieB on 12. July, 2011

Hi Karina, I will let my mom know you like her garden, I think she was quite worried that their house and garden wouldn’t be ‘posh’ enough for a wedding, but I think it was lovely. She’ll be so pleased to hear someone thought it looked so nice :) Will have to have a look and see what other photos I have! xXx

photohand on 8. July, 2011

Nice pictures!

Loveaudrey on 8. July, 2011

i love these, thank you for sharing. I can’t wait for the buzz of preperation on the morning of our wedding, it must be so exciting to finally start seeing everything come together.

Loveaudrey xxx

Anne Bradshaw on 8. July, 2011

So nice to see even more pictures of your truly delightful wedding – thank you. x

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Evelyn Bookwalter on 10. July, 2011

Truly lovely! Please continue to share details, especially on the tent! It’s beautiful!

Ida on 10. July, 2011

What a lovely wedding!
It is really inspiring..

Where did you get the jute table runners from?


CharlieB on 12. July, 2011

Thanks for all the lovely messages – it really is so exciting to see that people loved what we did :)

Ida – the table runners I made from hessian that I bought off Ebay – will share more details on this soon


Katherine @ Florist in the Forest on 13. July, 2011

Beautiful pictures. They really capture the natural, relaxed setting, I can’t believe you managed to do all that on the morning! I love the lining on the tents too. All so pretty.

CharlieB on 22. July, 2011

Hi Katherine, aren’t the tents gorgeous? So many people have commented on how lovely and unusual they are – my parents were sad to see them go. I’d like to think I might have a garden big enough one day to buy one for myself and put it up in the summer for dinner parties :) Was a bit mad doing so much the morning of the wedding, I was so hot by the time I went to get ready I had to sit with cold, wet towels on my face! Luckily there’s no pictures of that!!

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sophia on 18. September, 2011

Your wedding looked beautiful. Where did you get your tents?

CharlieB on 20. September, 2011

Hi Sophia, the tents are from a small family run business in Gloucestershire called Lakshmi ( – I would advice giving them a call rather than emailing. Aren’t they so beautiful? I wanted to buy one for myself :)

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