Bride and groom laughing surrounded by sparklers

A brilliant marquee wedding at River Cottage: Thomas and Tilly’s wonderful day

Thomas and Tilly got married on Saturday, with the most fantastic wedding celebrations at River Cottage. They started the day in Lyme Regis, with the relaxed preparations including a swim in the sea (sadly before I got there, otherwise I might have been tempted to join them) and a lot of laughter. Then it was off to River Cottage, a tractor ride down the hill, and a really beautiful outdoor ceremony in the sunny kitchen garden. Thomas and Tilly are lucky enough to have talented musician friends, who accompanied the guests through some songs during the ceremony. I loved hearing everyone join together and sing acoustic versions of Yazoo’s Only Love, and The Beatles’ I Wanna Hold Your Hand. Such a brilliant way for Thomas and Tilly to give their ceremony a personal feel to it. The singing reminded me of Cos and Vicky’s humanist ceremony in Wiltshire a couple of years back.

After the ceremony, everyone spread out into the games field to enjoy champagne and canapés in the sunshine, with more music and a wonderful impromptu singalong and dance. There was also much fun with welly wanging and garden skittles. Thomas is French, as are his family and many of his friends, and it was so funny (and slightly terrifying!) to see the French contingent attempting skittles with a boules style throw!  At the end of the drinks reception, the musicians made like the Pied Piper, and led all the guests past the River Cottage farmhouse and into the back field for a completely brilliant marquee reception. There were wonderful speeches, and much hilarity at some of the French/English confusion, plus some good natured ribbing of English food – apart from the River Cottage feast, which was described by the French as ‘French style food’. The view from the marquee was quite incredible, with the sun setting over the valley and most of the guests heading outside at this point to enjoy it.

Then followed the party to end all parties! A fantastic night of dancing and singing and drinking and more dancing, with the excellent and highly entertaining Piano Factor providing the music. It was really great to photograph the dance floor right through to the sticky and emotional end, and capture Thomas and Tilly’s sparkler exit to finish. I had such a wonderful day, and really loved every part of it. I think that the relaxed and fun side of it all really shines through, and I’m so excited about editing the full set of images. For now, here is a selection for the blog…

Bride and groom kissing on dance floor in silly hats
Boats moored at The Cobb at Lyme Regis
A seaside shop and side street in Lyme Regis
Seagulls and crab sandwiches
Bride to be, laughing while having hair done
Group of women laughing together
Bridesmaids hanging up a wedding dress
Bride smiling and having make up done
Father of the bride laughing
Bride and mother laughing
A group having breakfast in a large garden
People chatting and laughing
A man ironing a shirt
Groom putting on cufflinks
Groom looking at speech
Groomsmen receiving gifts from groom
Groomsman smiling at groom
Groom with groomsmen preparing for wedding
Hip flasks with bottle of whisky
River Cottage farmhouse
Wedding guests outside River Cottage farmhouse
Groom cuddling flower girl
Bridesmaids arriving at River Cottage
Bride and father arriving from tractor
Groom with best man
Flower girl laughing
Bride and father, and bridesmaids, walking through River Cottage kitchen garden
Bride's father walking her up the aisle for outdoor ceremony
Flower girl holding ring boxes
Bride and groom exchanging rings in outdoor ceremony
Bride's parents smiling during wedding ceremony
Mother of the groom smiling during wedding ceremony
Bride and groom smiling at each other during wedding ceremony
Outdoor wedding ceremony at River Cottage
Bride and groom clapping and laughing
Bride and groom walking down the aisle in kitchen garden
Bride and groom walk towards River Cottage farmhouse
Bride and groom with guests throwing confetti
Bride and groom in kitchen garden at River Cottage
Wedding guests in field with River Cottage farmhouse behind
Man throwing skittle ball high in the air
Three men standing by skittles
Wedding guests welly wanging at River Cottage
Wedding guests playing skittles at River Cottage
Mother of the groom laughing with usher
Guests throwing wellies at River Cottage wedding
Bride dancing in a field
Wedding guests dancing in a field
Wedding guests laughing in a field
Wedding marquee at River Cottage
Wedding marquee at River Cottage
Musicians leading guests
Musicians leading guests to marquee
Bride and groom enter wedding marquee
Guests cheering and clapping as bride and groom enter marquee
Bride giving wedding speech
Mother of the groom waving
Groom smiling at bride's speech
Bride and groom kissing
Bride's father giving speech
Wedding guests laughing at speeches
Main course being served at River Cottage
Alliums at River Cottage
Farm animals at River Cottage
Flower girl peeking through wedding marquee
Wedding marquee in a field
Wedding guests cheering
Groom giving wedding speech
Wedding guests laughing at speeches
Bride laughing
Guests in wedding marquee listening to groom's speech
Bride kissing groom in marquee
Groom at the top of a human pyramid
Bride and groom cuddling and watching the sun set
Bride and groom kissing with a sunset
Bride and groom with a sunset
Bride and groom walking across a field
Wedding guests throwing groom up in the air
Wedding guests watching the sunset
Wedding guests watching a screen and laughing
Two wedding guests sitting outside a marquee
Fire pits in a field
Bride and groom doing first dance with guests watching
Bride and groom smiling on dance floor
Two men preparing mojitos
Two women smiling on the dance floor
Images of guests on the dance floor
Bride dancing with wedding guests
Bride and groom dancing with silly hats
Group of wedding guests on the dance floor
Bride and groom dancing on guests shoulders
Bride and groom hugging on dance floor
Bride and groom laughing surrounded by sparklers

Wonderful suppliers involved in this wedding:

Venue & catering: River Cottage

Tilly’s dress: designed by Rime Arodaky, from The Mews Bridal, Clifton

Tilly’s shoes: Patricia Blanchet

Thomas’ suit: Guide London and bowtie Colonel Moutarde

Florist: Luna in the Wild

Band: Piano Factor

Marquee & lighting: Abbas Marquees

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