Amy and Ned’s fun and relaxed wedding had two equally gorgeous elements. On day one, they held their ceremony at the picturesque Tintinhul National Trust Gardens in Somerset which features glittery pools and super colourful borders. A real gardener’s garden and the perfect place to say their ‘I Do’s’ surrounded by friends and family.
On the second day Amy and Ned’s reception was held at a family farm, also in Somerset and it looks like it was such a great party with all the joy captured perfectly by Andrew George Photography who also caught the lovely romantic mood of day one’s vows.
Amy and Ned live in Peru and took inspiration from this vibrant and uplifting country when setting the tone and style of their wedding. Their use of Peruvian blankets as tablecloths for their wedding was an inspired colour pop idea that we particularly love. The naturally bright seasonal flowers chosen by the couple simply added to the radiance of their day.
There’s so much more inspiration you can take from Amy and Ned’s wedding, so we’ll pass you straight over to Amy now to tell us more.
What was the style of your wedding?
I think it is fair to say we went for a clash of colours rather than a theme. Peruvian style is bright, contrasting colours, and we used Peruvian blankets as our table cloths, which were brilliant.
We had local, seasonal flowers of all different colours. We did try and offset all this contrast with some more neutral touches, so the Bridesmaids wore different shades of grey and had gypsophila flowers, and we had a dark blue backdrop for the ceremony.
The main barn was power hosed, so the natural wood and metal was our backdrop. We loved the contrasts. It was natural, comfortable, and fun.
How did you make your day feel really personal to you as a couple? Our friends and family and the help that they gave us. We pulled in favours from our nearest and dearest which made our day feel so personal.
How did you decide on your venue?
The first decision that we made was that we wanted a ceremony at the family farm. We were looking for a place we could have a celebration where we could have an open bar and people could camp for free.
That was the original idea. We were in Peru at the time so Amy’s mum visited a few places for us and then came to us with the idea of having the wedding at Uncle Phil’s farm. The farm has been in the family for many, many years, and once we made the decision we just knew it was the right one.
It felt like coming home. Deciding the official wedding ceremony was harder. When we saw Tintinhull on the National Trust website, we just knew it was right for us.It was such an intimate, beautiful space. After visiting and meeting Pippa, the organiser at the trust, we just fell in love with the whole feel of the place.
Tell us about your wedding outfits?
On the first day I wore a simple singlet from Topshop with a skirt from ASOS .
And on the second day I wore a Grace Loves Lace dress which I found second hand on preloved, and my shoes were from Office. I love Grace Loves Lace and had planned to go directly to them, and then I found the dress I liked on preloved!
The suit was handmade in Lima, Peru. I doubt many readers will be heading to Peru to get their suit made (!) but it is an absolutely brilliant place called Espana, on Calle Monte Rosa in Surco, Lima.
There were a lot of bridesmaids! So we ended up asking each of them to find their own dress. Between the bridesmaids and I, we agreed on a long, grey dress. I wanted them to feel comfortable in a dress that they liked and would wear again.
The flower girls wore simple white summer dresses from Zara and the flower boy wore a suit from Jojo Maman Bebe. The flower girls had ponchos and the bridesmaids had different coloured but similar styled pashminas for later in the day when it started getting cold, which we bought in Peru.
What was your standout moment of your day?
All the speeches! One of our oldest and best friends did the ceremony for us. His speech was a complete surprise to us. It was beautifully written, personal and so thoughtful the photos of the crowd laughing and crying are exactly how I remember feeling during his speech.
Amy’s dad and sister had found an old poem Amy had written which he read in his speech, which was a lovely, slightly embarrassing and very emotional surprise. Ned actually lost his notes for his speech, but luckily he loves public speaking and even without his notes, delivered a beautiful speech.
What are your top tips for other couples planning their wedding?
Keep people fed and watered! No-one cares about how pretty a centrepiece is if they are hungry or thirsty so invest in the guests! And go local.
Don’t spend time on the day worrying about perfect photos or staged group shots. Enjoy every moment, and trust the photographer to capture those moments that can’t be staged.
Find a quiet moment in all the chaos and fun, even if it is just for a few seconds, to tell each other how much you love each other. That is something you will treasure forever.
The Dream Team
The Photographer: Andrew George Photography
The Venue: Tintiunhull Garden
Portaloos: Griffin Toilet Hire
Lighting/generator: DJC Event Hire
Cider van: Tricky Cider
PA and sound: Stage Engage
Catering: By our wonderful and very talented friend Caroline Hopcroft
Hog Roast: Hilltop Hogroasts
Cheese: Local supplier James Hayman firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairs and tables: Southwest Marquees
Evening band: Area 52
Afternoon band: Cathy Judge
Invitation and stationary: Holly Smith Designs
Plates and cutlery: Little Cherry