Our rustic country wedding – afternoon tea in the garden before the ceremony ~ part 2


If you missed it, yesterday there was part 1 of our pre-wedding afternoon tea in my parents garden – do check it out before reading on or it all might be a bit confusing!

So we’d set up our afternoon tea tent, the scrummy scones and strawberries were out, and pots of stripey paper straws alongside old-fashioned lemonade were ready.

When our family and friends began to arrive, me and Izzy happened to be getting ready in a room above my parents drive, so we could see people arriving.  This is one of my favourite photos from the wedding – check out Alex’s stunning dress (she’s getting married next April in Cornwall – I can’t wait for their wedding!)…

Here is some of the lovely photos Mark shot of people enjoy afternoon tea in the garden – 18 months of hard work starts to come to fruition…

Love this one of Nick’s friends from work…what do they look like…

On the left is my gorgeous friend Michiko, we were housemates when we were studying in Canada and have remained friends ever since.  Her family live in Kyoto, but she’s a flight attendant for Emirates and lives in Dubai.  And on the right is my lovely mommy, she looks so happy in this picture :0)

I love that people were balancing their scones on their saucers…

The glamorous Anna…

I know it means more to me than you guys to see photos of our family and friends, so I’ll try not to do too many more!  This is my uncle and my granny, she’s the one who lives in Devon and who made the most stunning wedding cake for us, iced with cow parsley flowers and our initials (you can see a glimpse of it in the cake table photo below).

We even invited our vicar, Craig, and his family – his adorable little girls gave my mom a gorgeous bunch of roses from their garden…

Another of my top favourite photos from the wedding, Nick and the vicar (he married Kate Moss we believe!)…

My sweet flower girls before they’d got ready (couldn’t risk jam on pretty dresses!), Emily loading up the jam on her scone and trying on her pretty flower headband…

And Isla demonstrating how great the stripey paper straws are and with her poor broken arm in its snazzy pink cast…

As people arrived, most of them came bearing their beautiful homemade cakes for later in the evening.  We set up a ‘cake table’ in my parents hall, decorated with a gorgeous vase of lupins (grown just down the road The Garden & Plant Company) and some vintage jelly moulds – I was determined to find somewhere to use them as I love them so much…

Izzy wrote up instructions on what to do with their cakes on a chalkboard…

People wrote labels of what kind of cake it was and who it was from/made by.  Then I asked my lovely friend Sophia to write these out onto paper flags that I’d made.  I’ll try and remember to do a future post on how I made these.

So for about an hour and half our family and friends had a chance to unwind after their journeys and enjoy tea and scones in the sun.  I was really sad to miss this, to not have experienced the atmosphere in the garden of people arriving and chatting, but luckily my brother Freddie and one of my uncles took a bit of film that appeared after the wedding.

Images from top: (1-13 + 15) Mark Tattersall Photography; (14) Izzy Burton Photography


Ann on 8. May, 2013

Hi am dying to know where I can source one of those gorgeous afternoon tea tents?


CharlieB on 17. May, 2013

Hi Ann, it’s lovely to hear you like our the tents we had for our wedding. They are available to hire from but from your email address I’m wondering if you are based in Australia, in which case I’m not familiar with any businesses in that neck of the world :)

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