Ian and Laura’s village tea party wedding in Payhembury

Ian and Laura explained to us when we met that they had planned a wedding around a ‘village tea party’ theme and just wanted to make sure everyone would be able to feel relaxed and have a really fun day. The day also had a strong link to family – Laura grew up in Payhembury in the house where her parents still live, so the ceremony was at the family church and the reception was in the village hall. Laura’s mums wedding dress was brought out, the same one her mother had become a married woman in back in the 1960s. Bridal prep was at Laura’s family home where her childhood bedroom was still filled spectacularly with rosettes and ribbons hanging from the wooden beams, after many years of horse riding competitions.

The couple spent a year living in and touring South Africa, they then spent eight months driving back in their beloved Landrover (eight months together confined in a car has to be the perfect test of marriage compatibility ever) so it was the perfect choice of wedding car for them.

After the ceremony lawn games were organised at the village hall, although it took a little while to get going (shout out to the great British weather). As people were waiting to splat the rat, hoopla and play skittles they amused themselves by sipping at the drinks and catching up with friends. Eventually there was a break in the weather and everyone rushed for the games. During the reception there were drinking games and lots of laughter which was the point we knew that we were part of a great crowd.

Like most, we love a great party and it seems that everyone at Laura and Ian’s wedding did too – once the first dance was over there was practically a rush for the dance floor and nobody was shy of the cameras – just the sort of evening party that Henley and I adore!

There is a lot of love at Limeleaf for these two, it was so much fun to be a part of such a gorgeous day.

– Laura

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