Phil & Karla’s New Forest Afternoon Tea Wedding

I had another trip to Gaddens Manor in August for Phil and Karla’s beautiful big day; an outdoorsy and pretty afternoon tea wedding, with lashings of casual elegance. It was the couple’s dream to be married outdoors in the beautiful Gaddens gardens, but all morning the weather wasn’t playing ball, so we set up for the ceremony in the marquee and waited…

And the sun came out ten minutes before the ceremony! All the guests picked up their chairs and took them outside- a mad dash, but totally worth it to make the dream come true. I had just enough time to move some of the flowers outside, and watched the ceremony unfold perfectly, as if there hadn’t been a scrabble at all… It was gorgeous.

Muted pinks, greens and creams with a splash of hot pink-tipped roses gave a great look for the flowers; subtle but with some depth and interest.


A vintage feel for the bouquets was complemented by a stunning fresh rose hair comb for the bride…


All set up in the marquee waiting to see what the weather would do…


But outside we went…


I made cones of fresh flower petal confetti to be handed out after the ceremony, for that all important photo opportunity:


And informal arrangements of flowers and candles were scattered all over the tables in-between the rather yummy looking afternoon tea. The gorgeous painted cake got the floral treatment too, with a cute topper and bundles of flowers down the tiers…


It was such a pleasure to be involved in Phil and Karla’s wedding. I even got to see my buddies from Rebecca Frost Photography (cannot WAIT to see the pro pics!), Weddings by Engagement, Amazing Face Wedding Hair and Makeup and Grace the Day. What a team!

Big congratulations to the gorgeous newlyweds.

JP x

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