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


Bride and groom kissing on dance floor in silly hats


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…



Boats moored at The Cobb at Lyme RegisA seaside shop and side street in Lyme RegisSeagulls and crab sandwichesBride to be, laughing while having hair doneGroup of women laughing togetherBridesmaids hanging up a wedding dressBride smiling and having make up doneFather of the bride laughingBride and mother laughingA group having breakfast in a large gardenPeople chatting and laughingA man ironing a shirtGroom putting on cufflinksGroom looking at speechGroomsmen receiving gifts from groomGroomsman smiling at groomGroom with groomsmen preparing for weddingHip flasks with bottle of whiskyRiver Cottage farmhouseWedding guests outside River Cottage farmhouseGroom cuddling flower girlBridesmaids arriving at River CottageBride and father arriving from tractorGroom with best manFlower girl laughingBride and father, and bridesmaids, walking through River Cottage kitchen gardenBride's father walking her up the aisle for outdoor ceremonyFlower girl holding ring boxesBride and groom exchanging rings in outdoor ceremonyBride's parents smiling during wedding ceremonyMother of the groom smiling during wedding ceremonyBride and groom smiling at each other during wedding ceremonyOutdoor wedding ceremony at River CottageBride and groom clapping and laughingBride and groom walking down the aisle in kitchen gardenBride and groom walk towards River Cottage farmhouseBride and groom with guests throwing confettiBride and groom in kitchen garden at River CottageWedding guests in field with River Cottage farmhouse behindMan throwing skittle ball high in the airThree men standing by skittlesCanapés Wedding guests welly wanging at River CottageWedding guests playing skittles at River CottageMother of the groom laughing with usherGuests throwing wellies at River Cottage weddingBride dancing in a field Wedding guests dancing in a fieldWedding guests laughing in a fieldWedding marquee at River CottageWedding marquee at River CottageMusicians leading guestsMusicians leading guests to marqueeBride and groom enter wedding marqueeGuests cheering and clapping as bride and groom enter marqueeBride giving wedding speechMother of the groom wavingGroom smiling at bride's speechBride and groom kissing Bride's father giving speechWedding guests laughing at speechesMain course being served at River CottageAlliums at River CottageFarm animals at River CottageFlower girl peeking through wedding marqueeWedding marquee in a fieldWedding guests cheeringGroom giving wedding speechWedding guests laughing at speechesBride laughing Guests in wedding marquee listening to groom's speechBride kissing groom in marqueeGroom at the top of a human pyramidBride and groom cuddling and watching the sun setBride and groom kissing with a sunsetBride and groom with a sunset Bride and groom walking across a field Wedding guests throwing groom up in the air Wedding guests watching the sunsetWedding guests watching a screen and laughing Two wedding guests sitting outside a marqueeFire pits in a field Bride and groom doing first dance with guests watching Bride and groom smiling on dance floor Two men preparing mojitosTwo women smiling on the dance floor Images of guests on the dance floor Bride dancing with wedding guestsBride and groom dancing with silly hatsGroup of wedding guests on the dance floor Bride and groom dancing on guests shouldersBride 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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