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Lazing on a sunny afternoon

Susie and Adam's relaxed, handcrafted day was bursting with pretty personal, touches...

Susie and Adam: Surprises in the snow

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An unsuspecting Susie nearly thwarted Adam’s romantic proposal when she refused to go on an icy walk one winter evening. Poor Adam had to pop the question the first time round in the car but it didn’t spoil the moment for Susie. “I was so excited that I pleaded with him to put the ring back in the box, saying ‘we will go for that walk’ like he had planned. He then proposed to me a second time: on one knee in the snow.”

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Susie and Adam: First time lucky

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When it came to dress shopping, it wasn’t long before Susie found The One. The strapless Stewart Parvin gown with a delicate lace bodice and floaty tulle skirt was one of the first she tried on. Adam looked dapper at the alter in a grey striped Paul Smith suit and floral tie from Liberty London.

Susie and Adam: Finishing touches

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Susie accessorised her look with delicate silver jewellery and lots of vintage pearls, a look that was echoed by her bridemaids. They followed her down the aisle in royal blue knee-length Pied A Terre dresses.

Susie and Adam: It must be fete

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The couple chose the rural Tithe Barn in Dunster, Somerset to say ‘I do’. With its pretty walled garden and bright white marquee, it was the perfect setting for the light-hearted village-fete-style reception. “The emphasis was on homemade trimmings and team games,” explains Susie. “It was important to us that our guests had a relaxed and fun day.”

Susie and Adam: String out the bunting

A wooden badminton kit, croquet set and skittle alley brought their vision to life. But their wedding was a team effort even before the big day games kicked off. Both families helped make and source goodies for the day – Susie’s mum even handmade 150 metres of white cotton bunting from sheets!

Susie and Adam: Time for tea

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The marquee was transformed with colourful country-cool details. Clashing printed teacups tapped into the home-spun style of the day.

Susie and Adam: Blooming lovely

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Scented sweetpeas and pretty English-garden blooms were loosely arranged in vintage vases, buckets and jugs by Rebekah Cairns at Marsh Mallow Flower Designs to give a carefree just-picked-from-the-field feel.

Susie and Adam: I’ll race you!

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Adam and Susie wanted to capture a real sense of fun throughout their celebration with unexpected details. Even the place names doubled as entertainment: each invited its owner to attach it to a bright balloon and join the newlyweds’ balloon race.

Susie and Adam: Gifts good enough to eat

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Keen to keep things personal and from the local area, Sue and Adam chose locally sourced favours. The ladies received yummy mini jars of jam and chutney and gents found retro-inspired bottles of traditional drinks to welcome them to their seats.

Susie and Adam: Cool for kids

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The fun wasn’t just reserved for the adults! Little ones were kept happy during the meal with cute little gifts like animal masks, bubbles and Etch-a-Skethes to entertain them.

Susie and Adam: My boy lollipop

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Tempting jars of sweeties added a pop of colour to tables and guests could help themselves to their favourites.

Susie and Adam: Cute cake

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After the meal, the newlyweds cut their wedding cake which was made by Adam’s mum. It was trimmed in paisley-printed ribbon to reflect the kitsch lampshade decorations Susie had hung in the marquee.

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Photography by Jodie Chapman. Visit jodiechapman.com
for more information.