“We wanted an informal, English country wedding with lots of personality. It was very important that it felt personal and homemade. We made all of the stationary ourselves and Michael’s sister baked the wedding cake.
I have always wanted to get married on the family farm. There’s a cornfield between the village church and home, which meant we could walk from the ceremony to the reception. We had to pick a wedding date just before harvest so my father could mow a pathway.
My dress was a bargain found on a chance shopping trip to Harrods. It was originally four sizes too big but after a few alterations, it fitted perfectly.
We did the flowers for the church and reception ourselves. We bought them wholesale from New Covent Garden Market in London and added flowers from the hedgerows on the farm.
A family friend let us borrow their vintage bus, which we turned into a photo booth with lots of props.
Our band was our biggest expense but worth every penny. They’re a gypsy swing jazz band, so really versatile. The lead singer is also a professional bagpiper, so he led us out of church to the reception.
My top tip: Don’t forget VAT! Suppliers don’t always include it in their initial quotes, so there were a few shocks.”