Somerset marquee wedding: Natalie & Don

Groom hugging bride with backless dress

 

Natalie and Don had the most beautiful Somerset wedding day last September. I was particularly reminded of it, as they celebrated their first wedding anniversary last weekend, and I thought that it would be really lovely to look back at their day and put a blog post together.

I will try not to write too much, as the photographs tell the story so much better. But I absolutely loved the connection between Natalie and Don, and the shared sense of humour that was so wonderful to photograph. There was a huge amount of belly laughing throughout the day, including the point where Natalie arrived at the church without her bouquet and her dad had to hail a passing neighbour’s car and do an heroic dash home to retrieve it. And also, at the point where best man Andy fainted at the altar and had to be replaced by one of the ushers – the image of Natalie and Don laughing with him after signing the register still makes me crack a smile every time I see it.

To attempt to sum up the rest of it succinctly… this really was the most wonderful celebration, both incredibly warm and filled with joy, and also a particularly stylish and beautiful day. And so much of it was put together by friends and family, from all the gorgeous flowers arranged by Don’s mum Alison, to the beautiful signs, written by Natalie and her brother George. The piece de resistance had to be the incredible bar, created entirely by Natalie’s dad John, and I love the photo of him in the post below, leaning proudly on his creation (while Don gets working on it in the background!). Right from the very beginning of the day, this was just an enormous celebration, with endless friends and family pouring in and out of Natalie’s house during the preparations, and massive hugs and excitement all round, all day long. The speeches were hilarious, heartfelt, raucous and brilliant, and the partying was particularly impressive! The whole day was completely joyous to photograph and I loved everything about it. So apologies if there are rather a lot of images here, but I couldn’t help it. I hope you enjoy looking through them as much as I enjoyed photographing it!

 

Welcome sign with beautiful typographyGreenhouse with giant pompom decorationsLong trestle table with greenery and rustic place settingsGiant white pompom decorationsBride and groom walking along path with veil flying in the windBride and groom by gate with Pensford viaduct behindBride and groom kissingBridal party group photo at The Grange Belluton, with Pensford Viaduct behindGroom and groomsmen group photo with Pensford Viaduct behindBride and bridesmaids group photo with Pensford Viaduct behindWedding guests standing on the lawn at The Grange BellutonWedding guests chatting and laughing in sunshineWedding guests entering a marquee at The Grange BellutonLong tables laid out in wedding marquee with beautiful greenery and candlesSuspended chalkboard table planWedding guests looking at table planWedding bar made from salvage materialsGuests laughing inside a marqueeTwo women hanging their wedding hats from pegsGuests laughing inside a marqueeBride and groom entering their wedding marqueeGuests cheering bride and groom into marqueeWedding guests laughing inside a marqueeThe Grange Belluton in SomersetGreen and white wedding bouquetFather of the bride and groom, standing by homemade wedding barFather of the bride giving wedding speechGuests laughing at wedding speeches inside a marqueeGuests laughing at wedding speeches inside a marqueeBride giving wedding speech in a marqueeGuests laughing at wedding speeches inside a marqueeGuests laughing at wedding speeches inside a marqueeGuests laughing at wedding speeches inside a marqueeGuests laughing at wedding speeches inside a marqueeMother of the bride listening to wedding speechBride laughing and giving wedding speechGuests laughing at wedding speeches inside a marqueeGroom smiling at brideBride giving a speechGuests laughing at wedding speeches inside a marqueeGuests raising toasts at wedding speeches inside a marqueeGroom giving speechBride laughing at groom's speechGroom giving wedding speechGuests laughing at wedding speeches inside a marqueeGuests laughing at wedding speeches inside a marqueeGuests laughing at wedding speeches inside a marqueeGuests laughing at wedding speeches inside a marqueeGuests laughing at wedding speeches inside a marqueeWedding speeches inside a marqueeGroom giving speech in a marqueeWedding speeches inside a marqueeWedding speeches inside a marqueeGroom laughing with bride in marqueeA wedding marquee in a garden settingPensford Viaduct at duskBride and wedding guests laughing in a marqueeWedding guests chatting in a marqueeBride laughing with family in a marqueeWedding guests laughing in a marqueeGroup of men in kilts throwing a knifeBride and groom cuddling together in greenhouseBride and groom cuddling together in greenhouseGroom holding bride with backless dressBride and groom cuddling together in greenhouseBride and groom laughing together in glasshouseBride and groom together with Pensford Viaduct behindBride and groom cuddling and looking across Somerset hillsMarquee with pretty lights at duskBride and groom cutting cakeBottles of port and candles lit at nightCandles and fairy lights at nightWedding guests on the dance floorWedding guests on the dance floorWedding guests on the dance floorWedding guests on the dance floorWedding guests on the dance floorGroup of men drinking shotsWedding guests on the dance floorGroup of men with ties around their headsWedding guests on the dance floorWedding guests on the dance floorBride hugging a friendGroup of men holding groom on their shouldersBride and groom on dance floorBride and groom on dance floorBride and groom on dance floor

 

You might also like to look at these other weddings on my blog:

Thomas & Tilly’s marquee wedding at River Cottage

Anna & Iggy’s Dartmoor wedding at Neadon Barn

Helen & Sheppy’s marquee wedding in Noss Mayo

 

Fabulous suppliers involved in Natalie & Don’s wedding day:

Venue: The Grange Belluton, Somerset

Catering: The Clementine Kitchen

Natalie’s dress: Paloma Blanca, fitted by Lace & Grace

Natalie’s shoes: Dune

Don’s suit: Suitsupply

Bridesmaid dresses: H&M & Dorothy Perkins

Florist: Don’s mum Alison

Make up: Powder and Paint

Hairdresser: Lucy Knight

Evening entertainment: The Wedding Players

Marquee: Oakleaf Marquees

 

 

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