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Summer Daze

Sam and Matt accessorised all areas (indoors and out!) to create a relaxed party, packed with personal touches...

Sam and Matt: In the beginning…

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Sam Habgood and Matt Jenkins’ student days were the start of something special. “Our first date involved a bottle of wine in my hall of residence. We talked all night and have been inseparable ever since,” reveals Sam. After dating for eight years, Matt popped the question. “Matt got down on one knee in the garden. It was perfect.”

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Photographs by Rosie Parsons at rosieparsons.com.

Sam and Matt: close to home

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It didn’t take long to find their dream wedding destination, as they tied the knot in a traditional ceremony at a church close to their home in Thame, Buckinghamshire. “We found it a couple of weeks after we started looking,” says Sam. “We wanted a typical English feeling wedding – a cross between a garden/fête party and the venue fitted it perfectly.”

Sam and Matt: Personalised affair

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Inspired by “village fêtes, flowers and summer”, the pair chose a reception venue that gave them creative freedom. “We looked at a couple, but nowhere gave us as much scope to completely individualise our wedding as Nether Winchendon House,” explains the bride. “We wanted a day where our guests would go home having genuinely loved it.”

Sam and Matt: The Dress

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Sam found her beaded Justin Alexander dress at Anna McDonald Bridal Gallery just two minutes from her house. “Whenever I walked past, I pressed my nose against the window trying to see it!” she laughs.

Sam and Matt: solemates

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Sam wore Rosa by Rainbow Club heels. “I have very wide feet and was a bit worried about finding shoes,” says the bride. For the evening, she slipped into a pair of Cocorose fold-up pumps. “I had no problem dancing all night in those!”

Sam and Matt: something old

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Sam added a pearl necklace with a statement side piece, stud earrings, a matching headband and hairpins by Magpie Vintage.

Sam and Matt: something blue

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She dressed her girls in handmade tea-length dresses by Elaine Mathews (07880 973252). The groomsmen sported blue handkerchiefs made from the same silk fabric.

Sam and Matt: Savile Row savvy

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The groom donned a grey three-piece Sartoriani suit with a light lilac lining and a matching pale pinstriped shirt.

Sam and Matt: Floral fantasy

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Sam’s Joanna Carter bouquet was made up of dark purple roses, lisianthus, pink freesia, heaven roses, rosemary and dark green ruscus foliage. “I loved the colours!” says Sam. “I specified to Joanna that I wanted bright, fun but traditional looking flowers and definitely wanted fresias (my favourite flower).”

Sam and Matt: perfect posy

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They tied similar arrangements to the chairs at the reception venue, which Sam adds, made the room smell fab.

Sam and Matt: Household names

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Keen to personalise all areas, the couple called their tables King Louis (after their dog Louis), True Romance (after the first film they saw together) and Marmite vs. Peanut Butter (because Matt loves Marmite but Sam prefers peanut butter).

Sam and Matt: Recipe for romance

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Amanda Baird from The Utterly Sexy Café created the three-tier wedding cake. “I fell in love with her kissing songbird cake,” says Sam. “It was beautifully decorated and all hand painted.”

Sam and Matt: mismatch making

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The wedding was a picture of vintage elegance, with hired mismatched china, plus flower, bird and flower-shaped tealights from Cox & Cox and Cargo, respectively. “I also filled big jars with retro sweets,” says Sam. “The guy in the shop said he’d never seen someone spend so much on sweets.”

Sam and Matt: Paper perfection

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Sam made all the stationery with card from Cards & Pockets, while one of her bridesmaids wrote the mini luggage-tag place settings.

Sam and Matt: finishing touches

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The couple brought their fun ideas outdoors, too. “We made jars of candles for the evening, tied bows on the railings and hung hearts in trees,” says Sam. “I included two hearts from my hen weekend, when we went pottery painting.” They also set up Jenga and skittles from Classic Garden Games.

Sam and Matt: Away we go

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Sam recommends slipping away for some you-and-groom time. “Our photographer took us off for some pictures on the most beautiful bridge,” says Sam. “The sun was setting and it was so peaceful – that moment will stay with me forever.”

Photographs by Rosie Parsons at rosieparsons.com.

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