TNWC Real Brides Married! Sarah’s back to tell us all about her homemade child-friendly wedding


Izzy Burton illustration

The fifth of our six TNWC Real Brides is here today to tell us about her lovely summer wedding. Sarah married Lee back in August with a very homemade wedding full of child-friendly touches. After the seasonal wedding flowers all grown by Sarah’s mum, my favourite part is the duck race!

Over to Sarah…

Married at last! Our wedding was back in August. The chaos began on the eve of the wedding…

Sarah and Lee's homemade wedding

In the morning me and my now husband went to my mum’s house, where, along with my mum and dad, my brother, his wife and my mum’s best friend were all ready and raring to go with the wedding day prep. All of the flowers we used were homegrown by my mum so we set to work on bouquets, buttonholes and vase arrangements for the tables.  After a spot of lunch we loaded my dad’s van with all our wedding day goodies and headed to venue to set up.

Homegrown summer wedding flowers

As we arrived the caterers were already there, so along with them my mum laid out the tables and the centrepieces as I decorated my old wooden gate with pictures of me and Lee growing up and a kiddies corner, which turned out to be a big success with the children on the day.

Vintage floral wedding table plan

Children's corner at a wedding

Afterwards I headed back to my parents for the night. I was expecting a phone call from my friend who had moved to Australia back in February, I was gutted she wasn’t going to be there. But at the time she said she would call there was a knock on the door, and there she was with a bottle a champagne!

A couple of my other close friends came round and we sat in the garden drinking and having a natter, it was a lovely way to spend the evening and such a wonderful surprise to have my friend here for my wedding.

Bride Sarah

On the big day everything ran smoothly, I felt relaxed and barely any nerves at all, it had forecast rain but it stayed dry and warm until late evening. The service went well, although I did get a little giggly! And I had another little surprise that my mum had embroidered us a beautiful ring cushion.

Bride Sarah with bouquet of homegrown flowers

Sarah and Lee's wedding

Once out of the service guests were handed a cone of homemade natural confetti and the photos began.

Natural petal confetti in cones

There were garden games on the lawn for the children (and adults) to play with. After a couple of hours we headed into the marquee for afternoon tea, it looked perfect with homemade bunting and all our pretty china.

Vintage teacup with luggage label place name

Homemade wedding

Older children had some activity boxes on the table, babies had some cute handmade doggies, and the bridesmaids and page boy had some gorgeous crochet bunnies all made by very crafty mum! I do often wish I was as good at crafting as her.

Crocheted toy children's wedding favours

From there the day flowed perfectly. After the afternoon tea we all headed outside for the duck race, which involved me donning a pair of lovely wellies, a fishing net and heading into the stream – Lee braved it barefoot! Each table had a different coloured rubber duck and threw it off the bridge, whose ever duck I caught first that table won a bottle of bubbly.

Wedding duck race

Wedding duck race

Shortly after the duck race our evening guests began to arrive. We cut our cake, which was a gorgeous Victoria sponge cake draped in lots of lovely fresh fruit. We had our first dance which was Ho Hey by The Lumineers, and then the BBQ and dancing begun.

Tiered Victoria sponge weddinng cake

Wedding marquee

It was truly an amazing day and I feel so  lucky to have such wonderful and talented parents who helped with absolutely everything.

Images: (1) Illustration by Izzy Burton; (2 – 16) Brides own pictures


Sarah Want on 24. January, 2014

Really cute confetti cones and that cake looks incredible-bet it didn’t last long!

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