Today I am thrilled to share a stunning intimate Wiltshire Winter Wedding at Larmer Tree Gardens with pretty white and blue details.
Images were captured by Zara Davis Photography.
Zara is based in Leonard Stanley, and captures beautiful, relaxed, warm and natural wedding photography in Gloucestershire, the Cotswolds, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Stroud and all over the UK.
The couple say of their beautiful Wiltshire Winter Wedding…
How did you meet?
We are both huge fantasy and sci-fi fans and met on a Doctor Who fan forum.
We chatted for quite a while before deciding to meet up and go on a date – to the V&A (we both also have a passion for history).
We laughed all day and never looked back.
How did you get engaged?
I brought Sara breakfast in bed on our 9th anniversary (in 2017) and then got down on one knee in my dressing gown and asked if she would do me the honour of becoming my wife.
We had talked about getting married for quite a while, but I’m an Ent (see Lord of the Rings) and it took us ages to get there.
How did Covid change your wedding plans?
Luckily for us we were able to get married on our original date of 13th December, which was our 12th anniversary and very special to us.
Our Wiltshire Winter Wedding was however, a much smaller affair than we had originally planned.
We had booked Larmer Tree Gardens back in 2018, so initially all of the changes we needed to make were very disappointing.
One big downside was that Sara’s brother and his family were unable to attend as they had to self-isolate following some in-person work meetings the previous week after which two colleagues tested positive.
We did have a fabulous day with those who were able to attend.
We have a big celebration planned (at Larmer Tree again) close to our first anniversary this year so we hope that we can celebrate with all our family and friends as originally planned.
All our providers were excellent, whether we had to amend things for the wedding or postpone them to this year for the party.
The wedding staff at Larmer Tree, particularly Francesca and Katy, were amazing and nothing was too much trouble for them.
Mike and the catering team at Forking Out put together a Micro Wedding Menu for us, as they were so accommodating that we could select from any of their fabulous menus.
Our florist Ellen, at Bright Blooms, was equally fantastic and helped us to alter our floral designs to suit a small wedding (we have lots of ideas between us to carry some of these over to this year too).
We altered our wedding cake (to be seen this year) to cupcakes and Premier Carriages assisted us in finding a slightly more modern car as we had a longer journey to the venue as we could no longer rent the cottage we had planned for the bridal party (again postponed to this year without any fuss or problems by Sykes Holiday Cottages).
Sara made all the stationery herself which she varied for our December 2020 Wedding.
She is planning to use the Order of the Day and Menu cards which match the Invitations at our Big Celebration later this year.
She is into crafting and has either made or is making more accessories for the party, including napkin rings, confetti cones and hanging paper and fabric floral hoops.
We spent our wedding night at the very beautiful Museum Inn, Farnham, Blandford Forum but sadly had to postpone our February honeymoon to New Zealand until next year.
All involved made what could have been a very stressful situation far easier to deal with.
We are really looking forward to being able to get dressed up and do everything again this year, including the ceremony, just without the legal bit.
What was your favourite part of the day?
We loved our whole day, but for Sara her absolute favourite was the part of the ceremony when we became a married couple and for me it was when I saw Sara in her wedding dress coming up the staircase to the Upper Indian Room.
The speeches were excellent too – very unique, just like us.
Is there any advice you would give to couples getting married now?
We are sure that the world and his wife is trying to give advice to couples planning their weddings at the moment.
We would just say that you have to go with your feelings and what you can afford to do.
Our best advice is to do what you feel comfortable with and not to stress, otherwise you won’t enjoy one of the most amazing days of your lives.
Wiltshire Winter Wedding Suppliers
Venue – Larmer Tree Gardens
Photography – Zara Davis Photography
Catering – Forking Out at Larmer Tree Gardens
Florist – Bright Blooms Floral Boutique
Wedding Dress / Bridal Head Dress – Valerie Lynette by Rebecca Ingram for Maggie Sottero – Romsey Bridal Boutique
Wedding Dress Alterations – Buttons & Bows
Bride’s and Matron of Honour’s Shoes – John Lewis
Bride’s and Matron of Honour’s Wellies – Regatta at Amazon
Bride’s and Matron of Honour’s Wraps – Lace and Favour
Groom’s Suit – Squires of Shaftesbury
Engagement Ring – Fraser Hart / Wedding Rings – Orla James (Orla James run ‘Help to Make Your Own Wedding Ring’ workshops which we were still able to attend with social distancing measures in place. We would highly recommend these even if you aren’t particularly crafty. It was a wonderful way to make our wedding rings even more special.)
Stationery – Bride
Cake – Sweet Cakes by Marie
Make-up – Beth Cox Beauty Therapist / Bride did own hair
Car – Premier Carriage
Favours – The Little Lollipop Shop
Chairs and Tables – DP Marquees Ltd (Larmer Tree do provide their own tables and chairs but we wanted something a little different for this year and hired rustic tables and chairs)
Wedding Night Accommodation – Museum Inn
Wedding Website – Getting Married (We found this to be very helpful, particularly with everything going on at the moment. We were able to post updates for our guests to keep them informed, although we did send postponements via Royal mail too. We are still using the site to count down to the Big Celebration this year.)
To Contact Zara Davis Photography
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