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Garden Couture. A magical at home wedding in Lincoln – Olivia & Gareth

27th January 2019 | Alexis Forsyth

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Like many brides, newlywed Olivia took plenty of inspiration from Pinterest – using the site to craft her perfect garden style wedding last September. And now, we’re thrilled to say that it’s her turn to have photos from her fabulous day inspiring the next batch of you lucky brides-to-be!

After a beautiful ceremony at Our Lady of Lincoln church, the party got underway at Olivia’s family home, with the couple plumping for a super personal wedding and cost-effective marquee. And we think you’ll agree, it looks amazing with its myriad of pretty fairy lights, confetti canons and ribbons draped among the trees.

In keeping with the informal vibes for the day, they ditched the traditional wedding breakfast and dished up Italian antipasti boards to start, followed by pizza made onsite from a wood-fired pizza oven. Sounds like the perfect spread to us! So, ladies, Pinterest buttons at the ready as we hand the blog over to Olivia to tell us all the details.

With images by Charlotte Maddison Photography.


Olivia says: Matt proposed outside of Lincoln’s stunning cathedral, while on a picnic one evening in July. We had been for a walk and were sat on the grass under the cathedral arches when Gareth got down on one knee!


We tied the knot on 1st September. There was no real reason for this date, we both just decided that the end of the summer would be lovely for the weather, and after the craziness of holidays.

We got married in our local Catholic church – Our Lady of Lincoln – and had our reception in the garden at my family home. The main reason we chose to have a garden reception was largely down to cost. Having a marquee in the garden was a lot more cost effective. We were able to really personalise it too, and it allowed us more flexibility when it came to the number of guests, and we could bring in our own choice of catering, entertainment, photography and florists. We weren’t tied to anything, like you often can be when choosing certain venues. It was also a really lovely sentiment!

Our theme was chic garden party and we got most of our ideas from Pinterest! And “I just want a Pinterest wedding” was said more than once! We went very floral and sparkly (my favourite things!). We had lots of fairy lights, confetti canons, ribbons in trees – the whole lot!

We went for a sage and soft pink, mauve colour scheme. I was really keen to have Memory Lane roses in the bouquets, which are a smoky mauve colour, so that’s where we started. The sage green came in when Gareth chose his suit. The colours just complemented each other so well.

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I chose a Viva Bride dress from Wed2be. I just loved it! It was the first one I tried on, and after trying on another 20 or so dresses, I went back to my first dress. It was the complete opposite of what I originally wanted, but I felt so good when I had it on. It was very unique and really different to other wedding dresses I’d seen. The embroidery on the bodice was just stunning and that’s what really drew me to the gown.


Gareth wore a sage green, two-piece suit from Next, with a champagne coloured waistcoat from Noose and Monkey, finished with a pink floral tie and matching pocket square to bring the whole thing together!

The best man had a matching suit to Gareth, and the groomsmen all wore their own suits, in matching blue, with the same floral ties.


The bridesmaids all wore the Maya sequin dresses, bought on Asos. My maid of honour wore an Asos own brand wedding dress, which was just stunning. Originally I wanted them all to wear the same dress, but I struggled to get the same dress in enough sizes. The flower girls wore dresses from Monsoon.


Laure Eddy MUA of Tiger Eye Makeup Studio did our makeup, and all the girls did their own hair.

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Charlotte Maddison Photography captured our day. We would 100% recommend Charlotte, she was brilliant! We felt so relaxed and comfortable; she made us completely at ease. The time taking photos didn’t feel intrusive to our day, and she was happy to just get involved. The photos are stunning and everyone who has seen them says how they perfectly capture the day.


The Arbour Florist supplied all our flowers. The bouquets and arrangements all featured Memory Lane roses. The bouquets also featured succulents, peony roses, and lots of greenery. The table arrangements had the addition of hydrangeas, in an array of colours, with lots of greenery too.


We chose a simple vanilla sponge cake, with a jam and buttercream filling, with an all over pink marble fondant and gold leaf, made by Crumb and Candle.


We went for Italian antipasti boards to start, followed by pizza made onsite from a wood-fired pizza oven, with sides of home made coleslaw, green beans in garlic and Greek salad. We had passionfruit and honeycomb cheesecake for dessert. Cheesecake is Gareth’s favourite, so he insisted it featured in the wedding! All of the food was provided by Salted Orange Food company.


We decided not to have a band but hired Q.L.Discos and they were fab! Everyone enjoyed the mix of music, and the dancefloor was full all evening!

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Special touches

We had photos from our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding, all framed around our cake. We also used my parents’ tandem bike for decoration, filling the basket on the front with flowers, which a lot of guests ended up taking for a ride!

We had love lights, which were supplied by Q.L Discos. Our harpist, Thea Butterworth played as guests arrived too. We didn’t have an official, photobooth, but our brother-in-law built us a backdrop for people to have their photos in front of, it looked great!

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Having a marquee wedding allows you so much freedom. You can really personalise it, make it like no other wedding. It lets you choose exactly what you want and how you want it.

Best bit

Our service was just amazing, as Catholics we had a full nuptial service. It was just the most beautiful and surreal experience.


We went to Madeira for our honeymoon. It has gorgeous scenery, great food, and great wine. Our hotel – The Orca Praia – was brilliant; very modern with sea views. We spent days by the pool, by the beach and walking through the old town. We loved it!


My top tip for other Brides Up North is, be organised and don’t let the small stuff stress you out. Get the big stuff done early, it’ll be a weight off your mind! Most importantly just enjoy it together, your planning one of the most special days, it’s not something to get worked up over.

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