Claire and Guy’s Tipi Woodland Wedding in Wiltshire

Mellow warm sun, soft breezes in the oak trees, candles swinging in the branches, a giant tipi and the very best lemon tart I have ever tasted, thanks to http://www.bubbleandsqueakfood.com and their vegetarian feast!

Claire and Guy had a classic English Sumer wedding, outdoors on a perfect Summer’s day. Their wedding took place at Church Farm in Wiltshire.

I took a video from our long trestle table in the tipi of this suspended garland, spinning and swaying above us. It is mesmerising to watch. It sums up the day for me, relaxed, fragrant, floral and summery.

Soft Summer evening light

Although they have travelled extensively to all places and in all seasons, Claire said to me that, for her, an English Summer is always the very best of Summers. During the rehearsal the day before we had a downpour and I was able to tell everybody that in five years of Celebrating weddings outside I had never been rained off yet! I made a promise and crossed my fingers. Sure enough…we had a bright warm sunny day, not too hot with a gentle breeze. The gentle breeze did knock over a few urns of delphiniums and a tray full of Champagne flutes but apart from that there were no calamities. Claire and Guy went for a simple, elegant ceremony with enough sincerity and gravitas to make it deeply meaningful and enough humour to lighten it to an informality which even the children enjoyed. They wrote their own vows and asked both of their Mums do readings of their choice, including an excerpt from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

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