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English garden marquee

The occasion was a spring wedding reception.

The venue was a croquet lawn in the grounds of a manor house, plenty of room though the logistics were a little awkward.

The bride's thinking: “As the Wedding was in May, it was really important that the weather did not interfere with the fun of the day. So we designed the marquee in a way that ensured everything could happen inside should the weather not co-operate! This included having separate areas for eating, dancing and relaxing and also having the toilets covered and integral to the marquee so people would not have to go outside.

We wanted to create a relaxed, informal atmosphere with lots of entertainment for the guests - including music played throughout the day, candy bar with cupcakes, photo frame guest book and fancy dress accessories.

All the good photos courtesy of Sarah Gawler

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Sofas in chill out area

I handmade the bunting, table runners and soft furnishings in material I found and loved which inspired the colours of the wedding...

Marquee with bunting

... and the stationary e.g. sage polka dot, mocha and raspberry
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Flowers in jam jars

The informal feel ran through the table flowers decorations

Fabric used for table runners

The stunning table runners with sage polka dot background and raspberry-coloured roses

Seating plan in picture frames

On the look and feel of the marquee, we wanted to ensure the marquee complemented the beautiful grounds of the venue on the croquet lawn of the country manor house...

Photo frames on the table

...so this meant shabby-chic accessories, vintage books and antique croquet sets. The picture frames were a decorative alternative to the usual table plan and names.

Wedding cake

More shabby chic for the wedding cake, with Mr. and Mrs. Mouse

Frame marquee on the croquet lawn

The marquee on the croquet lawn of the country manor house

Hidden dance area

The dancing area, blacked out with starlight ceiling, was hidden early on.

Dancing later

Bride and groom make a splash with their first dance in the hidden dance area.
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Contact us if you would like to find out more about celebrating a wedding in a marquee.

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