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Home sweet home

Flo & Chris added romantic rustic touches to the family farm for a pretty, personal day

Flo and Chris: In the Beginning

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Although they met at school, Flo and Chris were never high-school sweethearts. “Chris was in the year above and we only spoke for the first time the day he left!” she recalls. But they made up for lost time, and eight years later, Chris surprised Flo with a proposal on her favourite island of Bryher in the Isles of Scilly, appearing just before dinner with two glasses of champagne and a beautiful ring.

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Photography: Marianne Taylor

Flo and Chris: I Do, I Do, I Do

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There was only one place the couple could imagine celebrating their marriage: at Flo’s family’s farm in Radwinter, Essex. After saying their vows at St Mary The Virgin Church, the couple and their guests were ferried to the farm in a tractor-pulled trailer decorated with bunting and wicker hearts. Gorgeously low-key stationery from Hello!Lucky set the tone for the homespun but beautiful backyard reception.

Flo and Chris: Simply Chic

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Flo found her beaded silk dress at Temperley London. “From the moment I tried it on, I felt like it was made for me,” she says of the empire-line design. Lace sleeves for the church and a sparkly jacket for the evening kept the look demure (and Flo warm!).

Flo and Chris: A Bit of Glam

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Flo’s outfit and the wedding’s setting may have been simple, but her shoes added a flash of high-octane glamour to proceedings. The gold glittery Jimmy Choo peep-toes were just the thing to set off the rustic setting.

Flo and Chris: Best Girls

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The three bridesmaids went for toned-down elegance in pale layered creations from Coast.

Flo and Chris: Smart Thinking

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Chris looked dapper and super-smart in a navy blue tailored three-piece from Favourbrook, complete with an elegant six-button contrasting waistcoat.

Flo and Chris: The Look

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“We wanted to keep things informal and include the rural surroundings as much as possible,” says Flo of the reception at her parents’ farm. “It’s the house that I grew up in and a beautiful setting – there were no other contenders!” To make the most of the indoors-outdoors feel, mismatched glass vases and jars were filled with peonies, David Austin roses, sweet peas, hydrangeas and delphiniums by florist Scarlet & Violet.

Flo and Chris: Marquee Magic

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Two adjoining marquees in the field housed long tables for dinner and a sofa area, as well as the ‘bandstand’ where the bar and dancefloor were. Guests sat at long tables to enjoy their Thai-inspired meal of seabass with tom ka soup, chicken with Thai mousse and lemon posset by caterers Jacaranda. “My mum is an artist and paints bone china,” says Flo. “She hand-painted 100 beautiful china cups for our favours with real gold paint and our names and wedding date. We put them in cardboard boxes, tied up with string and name tags which doubled as place names. They were amazing!”

Flo and Chris: Please Be Seated

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Guests found their seats with the help of escort cards, which were pinned to a rustic burlap-covered hay bale.

Flo and chris: Garden Delights

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“We found some Scandinavian lanterns which we hung in trees in the garden, along with wicker hearts and paper lanterns,” says Flo. “They lit up at night with strings of fairy lights.”

Flo and Chris: A Night to Remember

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“After the meal, a local folk band – the Walden Buskers – played,” says Flo. “Then for the evening we had a rock band, The Glory. Once they kicked in, everyone headed for the dancefloor and didn’t stop until after Chris and I left! We danced to the Maccabees Toothpaste Kisses for our first dance: it was the song that we used for our Save The Date animation. Looking around the garden in the evening, with all the candles and fairy lights and everyone dancing and laughing was a sight we will never forget.”