A glorious summer day was the backdrop to this fun garden party wedding. Our WED2B Real Weddings feature reveals more…

Jennifer and Chris first met through a friend in 2010. “We were friends for a couple of years and got together in 2014,” says Jennifer. “We didn’t have a first date as such, as we were friends, to begin with!”

Jennifer and Chris’s garden party wedding Featuring 'Summer' by Heidi Hudson

A delayed proposal

Chris proposed on 7th August 2018 in Sri Lanka. “He originally planned to propose a few weeks earlier but I spoiled it by ending up in hospital!” says Jennifer. “He proposed at sunset on a really secluded and beautiful beach.”

Beautiful bridesmaids dresses for a garden party wedding Featuring 'Haven' Bridesmaids dresses by Infinite in light blue

Finding the dress

“I bought my dress in WED2B Liverpool,” says Jennifer. “The staff were fab and the whole experience was very relaxed and easy. Summer was the first dress I tried on and I absolutely loved it. We added a belt for some extra sparkle and topped it off with a three-tiered lace veil. While I was there I also fell in love with the bridesmaids' dresses too. So, the girls wore blue and picked their own styles.”

Ceremony wedding photo from Jennifer's garden party wedding Featuring 'Summer' by Heidi Hudson

The perfect setting

The couple married at Allerton Manor Golf Club. “It’s really close to where we live in Liverpool and we loved it as soon as we saw it,” says Jennifer. “The outdoor space was perfect for our garden party wedding. We got married on 1st August 2019 on the most glorious of days!”

The perfect barn setting for a garden party wedding Featuring 'Summer' wedding dress by Heidi Hudson & 'Maisie' veil by Amixi

The big day

“The morning was so relaxed, with the bridal party getting ready at my mum and dad’s house,” says Jennifer. “We just chilled, listened to music and had a few glasses of champagne. For the ceremony, our friend Roisin sang, while another friend, Adam, played the piano. I walked down the aisle to ‘Make You Feel My Love’ by Adele because it’s my nan’s favourite.

Light blue bridesmaids dresses for this garden party wedding Featuring 'Haven' Bridesmaids dresses by Infinite in light blue

We also had readings by two of our closest friends. One was from The Nightmare Before Christmas and the other was an extract from a book both Chris and I love. The ceremony was perfect for us, a bit of silliness and not too serious!”

Beautiful confetti shot at this garden party wedding

A garden party wedding

“We had a loose garden party wedding theme,” says Jennifer. “Chris’s mum did all the flowers for the tables, which looked absolutely gorgeous. The wedding cake was sentimental too, as it was made by my amazing cousin and auntie. We also made loads of things ourselves, including our photo booth, which went down a storm!

Beautiful wedding shot of the bridal party at this garden party wedding Featuring 'Summer' wedding dress by Heidi Hudson & Infinite Bridesmaids dresses in light blue

Chris is a teacher and when we went to the local park for the photos we saw lots of kids he teaches. One even managed to cycle past into one of the photos! We loved the whole day but the band in the evening just topped it off. We had a Liverpool-based band called New Power Soul Club and they had the dance floor packed.”

A wonderful wedding shot from Jennifer's garden party wedding

My top tips…

“We were incredibly laid-back throughout the whole planning process, as we just wanted to enjoy it,” says Jennifer. “We took the same attitude to the day itself and enjoyed every minute!”

A wedding speech photo from Jennifer's garden party wedding

Jennifer’s Dream Team:

Photos: Andrew Keher (andrewkeher.co.uk)

Venue: Allerton Manor Golf Club (allertonmanorgolfclub.com)

Bouquet: Booker Flowers (bookerflowersandgifts.co.uk)

Makeup: Angela Oatley (#angepaintsfaces)

Balloons: Beckoration (beckoration.co.uk)

Transport: Love and Carriage (loveandcarriage.co.uk)

Band: New Power Soul Club (newpowersoulclub.co.uk)

First dance for this happy couple at the garden party wedding

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