A Heartfelt, Handmade Oxfordshire Garden Wedding

by | Feb 5, 2018 | WEDDINGS | 2 comments

Bride and groom kiss at their garden wedding ceremony, in front of a wooden archway decorated with pale blue, lilac and white flowers

Nothing makes me happier than when my couples let their personalities shine through on their wedding day. Julia and Tim planned theirs to perfection, including so much thoughtful, handmade loveliness that I couldn’t help falling in love with them a little bit! It was clear to see that each and every one of their guests was having a truly wonderful time at this handmade Oxfordshire garden wedding, and had been catered for in a really meaningful way. These are the sorts of days that are remembered for years to come.

The couple chose to have a late afternoon ceremony, and hired the most beautiful venue to get ready and relax together with friends and family before the party got going. It was a rare treat for me to be able to spend so much time with the couple before their ceremony, and I felt truly welcomed by Julia, Tim and their families. Baldon House has to be one of my all time favourite spots for bridal (and groomly) preparations. This stunning 18th century manor house can be rented in its entirety. The rooms are gorgeous, and it’s got a staircase to die for – perfect for dramatic bridal entrances! The first time Tim set eyes on his bride was one of my favourite moments of the whole day. I’m a big fan of the idea of a ‘first look’ – a private moment for the two of you to take a deep breath together before you head down that all-important aisle. The joy on Tim’s face here makes me so happy every time I look at it!

The ceremony took place in the garden of the Seven Stars pub in Marsh Baldon – a short walk away from Baldon House. Julia and Tim were married in front of an arch adorned with lilac, purple and creamy blossoms. I can’t go very much further in this post without talking about the flowers at this wedding, and about the total heroine that is Julia’s mum. This amazing lady grew every last petal in her garden. But more than that, she created the bouquets to match the personalities of the people holding them. The end result was a riot of colour, and a beautifully unique and personal take on wedding flowers that made the whole bridal party feel very special indeed.

After the ceremony, guests relaxed in the garden, where Julia and Tim had created a host of games to play. These ranged from those you might expect, like giant Jenga, and those that were decidedly quirky…Rock-A-Roll and Monks.  These games all hailed from Tim and Julia’s younger years, and it was lovely to see childhood memories being incorporated into their wedding day. 

It’s been tough to select just a few favourites from this gorgeous wedding – I have loved reliving it here and I hope you will too. If you’re planning your wedding and like what you see here, why not get in touch and say hello?

Clockwise from left: The bride's vintage tea length dress hangs above the fireplace; the wedding rings are placed on a calligraphied envelope surrounded by fresh flowers; one of the colourful bouquets tied with twine.

Clockwise from left: A view through the door as the bridesmaids help each other with hair and makeup; one bridesmaid applies blusher to another's cheek; the two bridesmaids are ready for the wedding, wearing navy vintage style gowns.

The bride's mother finishes off the buttonholes while sitting at the kitchen table

The bride is fresh faced and gorgeous as she has her makeup and hair done for her Oxfordshire garden wedding

A guest with a colourful sleeve tattoo pins a buttonhole on one of the groomsmen

A close up of the buttonholes - pale pink blossoms and lush green leaves

Bride Julia smiles as her mum and bridesmaid help her into her dress.

A close up bridal portrait showing the lace detailing on Julia's dress, and her vintage style hair comb

The groom sees his bride for the first time, at the bottom of the sweeping staircase in Baldon House

A close up of the colourful bouquets. Each one represents the personality of its owner.

The bride and her bridesmaids smile together before the ceremony

Clockwise from left: A view from above looking down the staircase as the bride and groom greet each other; bride Julia shows off her twirls in her 50s style wedding dress; the couple gaze at each other and grin

The bride steals a kiss during the couple's portrait shoot in the Oxfordshire countryside

The groom twirls his bride in the fields.

The couple walk hand in hand in the grounds of Baldon House

The bride says hello to two horses in the courtyard, stroking one on the nose

The couple pose and grin at each other in a stableyard, with a pale blue tractor seen in the background

The bouquets are placed in a large bucket for safe keeping

The groom walks from Baldon House to the Seven Stars, accompanied by his groomsmen and ushers

The garden at The Seven Stars is decked out in chairs and bunting

Clockwise from left: A close up of the ceremony arch decked out in flowers; one of the quirky garden games - monks hoopla; a close up of some of the bright flowers in bud vases

The bride chats with her three bridesmaids

The bridal party walk from Baldon House to the ceremony at The Seven Stars in Marsh Baldon, Oxfordshire

The bride walks down the aisle with her father in the garden of the Seven Stars

The ceremony begins and the groom says his vows

That 'Just Married' feeling. The groom punches the air while the bride laughs

The three bridesmaids do a reading during the ceremony while holding their colourful homegrown flowers

Family and friends sit in the sunshine and watch the wedding ceremony

The bride cuddles a baby guest

A hoopla game action shot!

A close up of some of the thoughtful, handmade details. Cakes stamped with the couple's names, packets of wildflower seeds as favours, and a range of chilli jams including tasting notes!

The bride is caught mid-high-five after a game of giant connect 4

A chalkboard shows the high scorers in the garden games; the guestbook is presented on an old typewriter; hoopla rings lie scattered around the wooden monks

A female guest prepares to tackle one of the garden games

A tense giant Jenga action shot


The bride feeds her groom a slice of cake

The newlyweds take to the dancefloor.

The bride elaborately air kisses a friend

A couple of guests snuggle together with a blanket around themSave




  1. Lucy Griffen

    Thanks for helping to make Julia’s and Tim’s day so special. All who have seen your photos say how spontaneous and fresh they look. We were blessed with a beautiful venue, fine weather and wonderful family and friends. As julia’s parents we are immensely proud of what she and Tim organised in a relatively short time. The flowers were mainly grown by herself from seed, the array of seedlings and plants she grew on and planted out in beds she made especially, was a sight to see. Tim’s Mum also grew a good quantity as well. My contribution was to ferry down various pots, jars and ribbons (and planted up containers) during preceding months. I had help and ideas from friends and Julia as to the effect she wanted. I was especially pleased how the button holes and bridesmaids flowers turned out. So with combined effort from all family, friends and staff at The Seven Stars a great and memorable day was had by all.

    • Rachel Movitz

      Hi Lucy,
      Thank you for your message. I’m so happy you are pleased with the photographs. It’s always so lovely to hear. The wedding was absolutely one of my favourites of the season! Your flowers were so lovely and I loved how the bridesmaid flowers matched their personalities, what a lovely touch.