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With a dream of getting married at her family farm, Sarah and her fiancé Dylan spent seven months giving the place a facelift, with the help of family and friends. It was no small feat, but everything was perfect on the day, says Sarah…

I was very close to my grandmother who had recently passed away so I chose to base our day around things she enjoyed and that reminded me of her. This included embroidered linen, doilies, crystal glassware, lavender candles, teapots and tea boxes with succulents inside, and flowers from her garden – all of which decorated the tables.

I wore the headpiece that my mother wore to her wedding, the necklace my great grandmother wore to hers, and Nanny’s earrings.

Our stationery for the ceremony contained a template for how to fold a paper plane and instructed guests to use this during a group photo. This was an ode to my grandfather who couldn’t make it to the wedding. The shed that Dad had built 20 years ago held our 190 guests at the reception and was decorated with vintage, rustic pieces my mother had collected through the years, pinecone garlands and wreaths my sister made, and deer antlers my uncle had collected. Our backdrop consisted of vintage wooden doors, with one from my grandfather’s childhood home. The pieces used throughout our day definitely added to the emotion of the occasion and enhanced the focus on family.

I walked out of the lounge arm in arm with my mum and dad, and married my best friend in my childhood garden, in front of our family and friends. It doesn’t get more special than that!

Guests ate food and played games on the lawn outside the house while we traipsed around the farm and forest getting photos. Family speeches, handwritten poems and family-written songs were highlights for me, as was the food lovingly created by Mum and Dad’s good friends who catered our reception. The bottom tier of our wedding cake was my nanny’s recipe, made by my sister, and the rest was made and decorated by our good friend.

Everyone ate, drank and danced until the wee hours of the morning. It was the perfect end to an already perfect day.

Photos: Jake Thomas Photography
Others that made their wedding special: Munns Formal Suit Hire, Rue De Seine, Lee Smith, Amy Broadhurst, Putts Green Florist, Paper Wedding, DJ Keiran, Annette Woods

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