Walled Garden Wedding at Cowdray

Gemma and Ed’s Walled Garden Wedding at Cowdray

When I first laid eyes on Gemma and Ed’s beautiful wedding photos, I instantly fell in love with them. Not only because of the exquisite photography of David and Richard of Galloway photography but also because of their stunning wedding venue, The beautiful Walled Garden at Cowdray. It epitomises, as Gemma and Ed quite rightly said, ‘the perfect image of an English country garden.’

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Gemma knew that I had a ring, as we’d been window shopping and spontaneously fell in love with a beautiful antique ring. Gem was there when we bought it so she knew that I was going to ask her to marry me, but she didn’t know when.

I surprised Gemma in the summer. We’d gone for a picnic in the Rose Garden in Regent’s Park, which was a short walk from our flat, and a place that we’ve spent a reasonable amount of time in, that was relevant to us as a couple. Now it is a place we can re-visit with happy memories! We were already lying down on a blanket, enjoying drinks and food, and I rolled over and produced the ring in my hand and asked Gem to marry me. Friends joined us a little later to celebrate, and remarkably one of the girls noticed the ring instantly.

When it came to planning the wedding, both Gemma and I work in creative jobs, and had a really strong sense of what we wanted (fortunately we agree). We chose our venue, The Walled Garden at Cowdray because It is a simply beautiful setting, a colourful Jacobean walled garden, lovingly restored and bursting with flowers. It was our perfect image of an English country garden.

For our wedding day, the dress I chose was ‘Marie Louise’ by Jenny Packham. It’s a beautiful Grecian style dress with a dramatic embellished diamante belt. My shoes were pale gold peep toes by Christian Louboutin.

My hair was styled by Michel Van Clarke and was platted with white rose buds and ribbon weaved through,

Ed wore pale blue trousers by Faconnable, an Ozwald Boateng shirt, black bow tie from Agnes B and a black 1930's style dinner Jacket by Social Suicide.

My 2 brides maids wore blush pink and grey Marc Jacobs dresses with gold vintage shoes.

Our wedding ceremony was held at St Mary’s church, in Easebourne (pronounced Ezbourne) it’s a beautiful village in the Cowdray Estate, in the heart of West Sussex. Following on from the ceremony we had our reception at The Walled Garden at Cowdray in Midhurst, less than a mile from the church, overlooking the grounds of the Cowdray Castle ruins and the manicured polo fields.

We took the risk (it was Glastonbury weekend after all!) to have the reception in the garden and therefore opted for a beautiful Indian style tent, supplied by the Pearl Tent company. We had long tables with pale grey table linen, white carpet, miss matched jam jars and vases with English wild flowers including white roses, stocks, gypsophelia and hydrangeas.

(The florist tells me my flower theme was ‘hedgerow chic!’) We also had gypsophilia spheres hanging from the ceiling of the marquee, and a disco ball.

During our drinks reception, a 3 piece jazz band played for our guests as they sipped prosecco and home made lemonade in little vintage bottles. They were served canapes and ice cream by waiters carrying old fashioned style attendance trays.

The wedding breakfast was an informal Mediterranean style meal of lamb cooked on the BBQ with salad and couscous. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, we had cake stands mounded with macaroons in pastel colours, mini raspberry tarts and elderflower and champagne jelly's.

Keeping with the break from tradition, we didn't have traditional wedding favours either, but instead had 2 large baskets with blush pink, white and grey pashmina's and white Havaiana flip flops that we brought back from Brazil for our guests to wear and take home.

We had an amazing wedding day and followed this with a honeymoon to Tuscany and The Cote d’Azur. We flew to Florence and stayed in the centre for two nights, before driving to Provence, stopping off in St Jean Cap Ferrat, just outside Monte Carlo - an unforgettable finale to our wonderful wedding.

Wedding Photography: David and Richard Galloway http://www.gallowayphotography.uk.com

Wedding Dress: Designed by Jenny Packham, from Jenny Packham London http://www.jennypackham.com

Hair by Michale Van Clarke http://www.vanclarke.com

Bouquet & flowers: Wedding Flowers by Spriggs Florist http://www.spriggs-florist.co.uk

Marquee by The Pearl Tent Company http://www.thepearltentcompany.co.uk

Catering and linens supplied by Caper and Berry http://www.caperandberry.co.uk

  • 2 comments "Walled Garden Wedding at Cowdray"

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  • Lucy Boyle says

    22nd November 2010 at 10:34 pm

    A wonderful set of photographs. Stylish and understated.

  • Heartty Pat says

    28th December 2010 at 11:35 am

    this looks great! It's just oozing of that English countryside charm!

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