Amy and Phil’s delightful late May wedding was held at the beautiful and romantic Broadfield Court, nestled in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside.
The couple filled their day with pastel tones and embraced a sophisticated, outdoorsy countryside vibe. They hired a beautiful tipi from Java Tipi for hosting and partying with their guests in the sumptuous grounds of Broadfield court and worked with small, local businesses and suppliers wherever possible
Phil is from Sale, Cheshire, but I was born in Herefordshire, which is where we both live now, and our wedding was always going to be in Herefordshire with its beautiful countryside.
Not long after our engagement, we visited an open day at Broadfield Court and we instantly fell in love with the venue, the house and its elegant interior, the spacious grounds, amazing views, and the option to tailor the day to whatever suited our style. On the open day we loved the relaxed and welcoming nature of the family-owned venue.
Also, for me, I felt like Broadfield was a home from home, after growing up in Marden, a village only 4 miles from Broadfield, and having also lived in Bodenham just two miles away. We got married on a Bank Holiday weekend and we were blessed with amazing sunny weather on the day which made it all feel extra perfect.
We were able to accommodate our immediate family from Friday to Sunday and we were even able to invite our two spaniels along who got involved in our wedding photos!
They are easy to communicate with and have a genuine passion for what they do. You can never ask too many questions and they have an online booking system which makes it easy to plan appointments and fittings for the all-important dress.
I visited nine wedding dress shops and tried lots of dresses on! I was always leaning towards a long sleeved, fit and flare dress with a low neckline, which dramatically narrowed down my choices, but I found what I was looking for in the end. I definitely had the ‘this is it’ feeling when I tried it on which was lovely after such a lengthy search. I fell in love with the lace and the champagne underlayer really made the lace pop.
Flowers, Beauty & Accessories
I wore my Mum’s veil which she wore at her own wedding to my Dad back in 1973. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary two weeks before our wedding. Her veil was bright white and in pristine condition after 50 years of being in a box! It was an honour to wear it, especially as I have 3 sisters, all married, and none of them wore it.
I wore a lovely flower comb to match my bouquet which sat just above my Mum’s veil. Flowers provided by the talented Louise from May Rose Floral Design.
I absolutely adored my wedding shoes, again I had the longest search for these. I didn’t want to get my dress and the lovely lace hemmed so I had to go high on the heel! The shimmery toe and mother of pearl heel made me feel so glamorous. They were by Freya Rose and were the Monica Pearl Heel.
I knew I wouldn’t last all day in high heels, so I also got a pair of Kate Spade pumps which were glittery with an ivory ribbon lace.
Our florist was May Rose Floral Design. Florist Louise’s flowers just looked amazing and I just knew she would be able to bring my vision to life. I had seen so much inspiration on her instagram page and seeing her on open days, so I gave her an idea of the pastel colours I wanted, and named a couple of the flowers I liked, and Louise did the rest.
I wore Creed’s ‘Wind Flowers’ and Phil wore ‘Parfums de Marly – Layton. We went to Pulse of Perfumery in Knutsford, which offer a unique perfume shopping experience, they sit you down and help you find your fragrance! You are offered a number of options based on what you like and then sniff coffee beans in between to reset your sense of smell.
Anastasia Grikinis is a fantastic make up artist and had done my graduation make up 9 years ago. I had followed her work for some time, so I knew I would be in safe hands.
Rebecca Claire was great to have around in the morning of my wedding, she has a calm easy-going nature and nothing is too much of an ask.
I found Lily & Roo through my online browsing and just loved their jewellery collection. I chose my earrings as I felt they were so elegant and I loved the combination of diamond and freshwater pearl. Once I had found my earrings, I bought a necklace to complement and not overpower.
I chose a lariat necklace as I felt it suited the neckline of my dress and would also avoid the risk of the clasp sneaking around to the front and getting captured in photos.
I was a bit stuck on the bridesmaids’ dresses so asked Fran at Broadfield for a recommendation and she pointed me in the direction of Victoria Lou Bridal. This was just what I was looking for! It was a multi-style one-size dress which meant I could choose a colour and order 5 dresses, no swapping sizes etc.
I chose the colour ‘oyster’ and felt it complimented my own wedding dress and the overall colour scheme. Bridesmaids were given free range on their shoes and accessories, I only asked that their shoes were gold.
Phil really wanted a tweed suit as he felt it would fit in perfectly with the countryside venue and the outdoor theme of the wedding. He did not want a traditional colour suit, and so found this suit from Marc Darcy and felt it went well with tan shoes, tan tie and a gold pocket watch.
Phil’s groomsmen wore blue suits from Bill Child which brightened up the day and matched the blue stitching in Phil’s brown suit, the blue table runners and also I have some small blue flowers in my bouquet!
I wanted to go somewhere in person to find the perfect ring, and I found Mark A Linley in Worcester. I wanted a dainty ‘shaped’ ring with diamonds and this is exactly what I found in the window of this local independent goldsmith. I had the ring custom made in platinum so it matched my engagement ring.
We also had Phil’s ring custom made in matte platinum and he is still getting used to the extra weight on his finger. Mark was very knowledgeable and I would highly recommend him.
Our photographer was the talented David Liebst. We took a look at his work on his website and Instagram and his style was just what we wanted! We had a Zoom call with David, and we could tell straight away what a lovely guy he was and that he would be a pleasure to have around on the day.
We would highly recommend David, he captured our day perfectly and effortlessly, and was able to strike a balance between getting great shots and letting us enjoy the day.
David Liebst Photography.
We booked Adam Lyduch as our wedding videographer and as he could no longer make our wedding date, we had the pleasure of Libby Blunt’s company on our wedding day as Libby shot all the footage for Adam to edit. We haven’t seen any footage yet, but we are really looking forward to seeing some of the day in action again and being reminded of our special day.
My very favourite part of the day was straight after the ceremony, we had just done our confetti walk and we strolled into the rose garden for the drinks reception, we were chatting to the guests with a drink in hand, sun was shining and we had the whole day ahead of us as the new Mr & Mrs!
How They Met
We met the contemporary way – on a dating app called Bumble! I had an aversion to dating but there was something about Phil and how easy he was to talk to, and of course, his dashing good looks, that I just had to meet him and see if it went anywhere! So, in early 2018 we went on our first date, and we got on really well. Phil was keen to secure the follow up dates and then the rest was history.
Four years later in March 2022, Phil proposed to me at our home with our two spaniels, just days before his dream holiday was planned to Denver, Colorado, so he knew we would have an extra reason to celebrate on our upcoming holiday!
We booked our wedding date 12 months in advance, so we were only engaged for 15 months. We didn’t want a long run up to the big day, but we now realise how quickly 12 months can go when it comes to planning and paying for a wedding!
When you’re engaged and it’s your turn to plan a wedding, I think it’s hard not to be inspired by all things wedding related, there is now so much inspiration online and so many different styles to admire.
I would say all my wedding browsing and research collectively inspired me, if I liked what I saw, I’d see if it could be included in our day.
I love pastel colours, so I wanted to keep a pastel tone throughout the day, and the outdoorsy countryside vibes of Broadfield inspired a calm and sophisticated style. I tried to use small, local businesses wherever possible.
“The tipi was hired from Java Tipi – we went for a 2-hat tipi, so we had one side to dine and one side to dance. The tipi looked amazing and complemented the venue really well. We had most of the sides open due to the fab weather and it looked so beautiful all lit up in the evening.”
Reception, Decor and Details
Etsy is so so good when you’re planning a wedding. All smaller wedding items were ordered from Etsy. I ordered our save the dates, invitations and thank you cards with Tavern Creative. They have some lovely designs and fonts and it is so easy (and satisfying) to create your own look and submit for print.
I used The Invite Shack for our welcome sign, table plan and menus. The process was so easy to design and they came out exactly as I had hoped! I was really pleased with these as they looked great and I could have a running theme throughout.
Our caterers, A to Zest, were fantastic and we had great feedback from our guests on how amazing the food was! But we knew that already, after having seen them on open days and also having had a taster session.
My Mum has always made the most fantastic cakes and has had a lot of practice over the years. She made the wedding cake for two of my sister’s weddings and so she got the job!
The cake was 3 tiers (Victoria sponge, lemon drizzle, and carrot cake) and was decorated with icing flowers. We had previously been on a cake decorating course together and learnt how to make the icing flowers, so I helped put them together in the week leading up to the big day.
We had a wooden ‘The Harrisons’ sign made on Etsy as a topper and it looked great. My Mum also made some icing figurines of our two spaniels to sit at the bottom of the cake.
I came across a chocolatier on instagram, Fingalix Chocolates, who made our bespoke handmade wedding favours. We had little ribboned boxes with two chocolates in, one chocolate was lemon cheesecake and the other was a s’mores!
We had the letter ‘H’ on one of our chocolates and it also came with a little card to confirm what the chocolates were. They were so cute and I love supporting local businesses.
Evening & Entertainment
Our first dance was to Frankie Valli – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. I chose this song as it played in a pub at Christmas and everyone (myself included) loved it and sang along.
The words were fitting and it had the best of both worlds, the slow intro and then it speeds up to the perfect crescendo, which is the point I wanted the confetti cannons to go off! I gave the DJ the exact song and the time I wanted the cannons to go off.
Our venue Broadfield provided some garden games, such as crochet and giant jenga, which the guests loved! Dress To Impress By Julie also provided the giant connect 4.
We also booked golf putting just days before the wedding and we are so pleased we added this last-minute booking on to the day. The Birdie Club were at Broadfields open day two weeks before our wedding and we had such fun playing, we knew our guests would too! It was a great way for them to spend time during the drinks reception and after the wedding breakfast. All ages approved!
We booked Boutique DJ for our evening entertainment and they were brilliant. I loved the vibes on their instagram page and knew they would get guests on the dancefloor.
We booked Fancy Pants Events as our photobooth for the evening which was popular with our guests.
The very first thing I booked for our wedding was the light up dance floor from The Little Lighting Co. I had seen it on instagram and thought it looked amazing! I also booked the confetti cannons and so glad I decided to add this into the day, it was so fun having the confetti go off during our first dance.
Words of Wedded Wisdom
There’s a lot to organise and it can seem a bit overwhelming at times, with the constant flow of emails, decisions, budget monitoring etc. but it all comes together in the end and is so worth all the effort. I would recommend sharing the load, asking your other half to make enquiries and be the point of contact with some vendors, or better yet, hire a wedding planner! Snap your vendors up quick as it’s crazy how far in advance they get booked!
If you’re on the fence about booking a videographer – do it! A video will bring it back to life and can be cherished for years to come.
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