Floral details and vintage props created Michelle and Haroon's relaxed outdoor wedding
It’s hard not to believe in destiny when you hear about love stories from the likes of Michelle and Haroon. “We happened to start our new jobs at the same company on the same day so we got talking on the induction course,” says Michelle. “It turned out not only did we both grow up in Cambridge and went to the same university – we also had mutual friends and lived in the same block of flats! Everything just kind of fell into place.”
Photography by Ria Mishaal
Michelle and Haroon only needed to visit South Farm in Hertfordshire once to know it was their dream venue. “It really set out the theme for the day – a classic English countryside do with vintage, floral details,” says Michelle.
Michelle looked every inch an English rose bride in an intricately designed lace number from Justin Alexander.
To match the dress, she wore a pair of open-toe ivory shoes from Next, complete with diamanté bow details on the front for extra sparkle.
“We didn’t have set colours as such,” says Michelle. “We mixed up pastel shades to match the fresh, countryside look. The bridesmaids wore dresses in different shades of cream, pink and peach.”
Similar colours were picked for the bridal bouquet, made up of large open spray roses, hydrangeas and eucalyptus for a classic feel.
Haroon and his groomsmen rocked a traditional vibe with matching morning suits from Moss Bros Hire.
Cones filled with dried petals made for pretty confetti on the day.
What’s an English country garden themed wedding without floral bunting? Michelle made hers from scratch for a super personal feel. “It was hard work hunting for fabrics and involved one too many late nights sewing, cutting and gluing everything but when it all came together it was so worth it,” she says.
The same DIY skills were applied to the table plan, which Michelle made using pretty floral fabric.
Michelle decorated birdcages she bought from eBay with pearls, foliage and fresh flowers and used these as table centres at the reception.
For funky favours, Michelle and Haroon filled jam jars with their favourite sweets. They were covered with print fabric and labelled with luggage tags.
Michelle and Haroon carried the sweetie theme through to their table names. “We love sweets and thought incorporating them into the wedding would fit well with the overall theme,” says Michelle.
The couple decorated the top table with a larger arrangement of roses, eucalyptus and hydrangeas as well as foliage and candles to set the mood.
“I handmade all of the stationery,” says Michelle. “I went to Hobbycraft and local markets to buy loads of ribbon, fabric and lace. It was such fun designing everything myself. The invitations were pocket-fold with a simple lace and ribbon design.”
Michelle and Haroon’s pretty wedding cake was made up of two tiers of vanilla sponge with buttercream and jam filling and one tier of chocolate with Belgian chocolate ganache.
“Looking back, it’s hard to pinpoint specific moments because the whole day was a magical blur!” says Michelle. “But I’ll never forget walking around the gardens with Haroon and realising for the first time – we’re married!”
Photography by Ria Mishaal