A Secret Garden Wedding

A Secret Garden Wedding and Iranian Tradition: Shima and Ashley

Designing our Secret Garden was always one of the most exciting parts of our wedding venue journey.

Hidden down a twisting pathway, surrounded by trees and nested in Hertfordshire’s idyllic countryside, the garden makes for a wedding photographer’s dream and is the ideal blank canvas for an intimate outdoor ceremony.

Acoustic Wedding Music

The Secret Garden was at the heart of Shima and Ashley’s countryside wedding this July.

Shima took her guest’s breath away, walking from the farmhouse and into the garden to a live acoustic version of Elbow’s One Day Like This performed by one of our favourite local musicians.

Niamh has sung at a number of Lodge Farm weddings and once again, her voice only added to the beauty of the day. The couple also chose for Niamh to sing them out with a beautiful version of There She Goes.

Gorgeous Hertfordshire Flower Arch

Shima’s talented florist, Nicola stayed on site for the duration of the wedding and worked with Shima to meet her vision of beautiful bright hanging bouquets in the marquee and an archway of roses & dahlia’s to say vows beneath. The lovely Celebrant, Charlotte Roscow performed the personal and very intimate ceremony.

And as Shima and Ashley made their way from the ceremony towards the garden and marquee guests were handed hand dried petal confetti in wicker baskets to send the newly weds on their way. A glorious drinks reception followed on the terrace and guests were delighted to be served Sekanjebin – a traditional Iranian summer drink of honey, vinegar, mint syrup and cucumber along with firm favourites, peach bellini’s and elderflower spritz’s.

An Iranian Banquet

Entering the marquee guests were met with a lavish banquet artfully created by our fabulous caterers, Clark and Blackwell. The menu reflected perfectly the bringing together of the two cultures. Dishes included goats cheese arancini’, homemade taramasalata and Rose Harissa Beef Skewers amongst other!

Ashley’s beloved Beaverton beer was also in supply, quirkily served from a beautiful tin bath.

Shima’s vision of bright and beautiful flowers ran through the day and added the finishing touch to the three tier cake, which was decorated with delicate edible petals. Alongside the cake Clark and Blackwell catering served platefuls of Eton Mess and Rocky Road.

 

Wedding Glitter Station

Not to be outdone by the decor, guests made a beeline for a seat at the Glitter Station, where the team from Glitter Bar London applied plenty of sparkle and provided the perfect conversation starter for mingling guests.

Whilst not a wedding essential, the station created gorgeous photo opportunities (guests watching the sunset whilst doused in glitter!) and a fantastic wedding atmosphere.

Man’s Best Friend

We’re all familiar with a best man at the wedding – but what about man’s best friend? Our personal highlight of the day? A surprise guest in the form of Shima and Ashley’s beloved dog, Lola. Remind us never to leave a couple’s prized pooch off the invite list again!

Chloe and Darren’s Rustic Countryside Wedding at Lodge Farm, Hertfordshire

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Chloe and Darren’s vision of their big day? Rustic, adorned in flowers and embracing the best of British summertime.

Nestled in Hertfordshire countryside, Lodge Farm provided the ideal canvas for their picture perfect rural wedding.

Ideas for a garden venue

Maximising the outdoor space a three hat tipi transformed the garden to create a gorgeous summer festival feel.

Guests were greeted with champagne, canapés and an invitation to get competitive with a selection of traditional lawn games. Wedding guitarist, Rob Austen found a shady spot to play from whilst magician, Rob Austen entertained the couple’s friends and family.

Small touches created a relaxed and informal vibe; timings for the day were displayed on a reclaimed wooden pallet, bunting was hung tree to tree and a wrought iron flower stand created a nostalgic summer scene.

Tipi Wedding VenueA tipi wedding

Inside the tipi Chloe’s vision of a plentiful grazing table feast came to life. Guests built their own plates, choosing from a selection of salads, meats and cheeses to enjoy at long wooden trestle tables.

For dessert Chloe and Darren’s favourite cake was a must, decorated simply with a selection of summer berries.

Florist, Stephanie Rose used glass bottles to decorate the trestle tables with fairy lights and foliage. This perfectly complimented another of Chloe’s ideas for her big day; a truly unique floral display, as guests found their seat by way of a beautiful faux-flower framed mirror.

Picture perfect

Marking the occasion Bands for Hire’s, Soul Patrol filled the tipi with the sounds of Chloe and Darren’s chosen tracks.

Dusk settling marked an extra special moment as guests gathered on the lawn to light sparklers, whilst the band played the newlywed’s favourite song. And for those guests feeling the chill a bundle of warm and cosy blankets were provided.

Laura and Tom of Hertfordshire’s coveted wedding photographers, Love and Life Studio captured the moment beautifully.

Bespoke summer wedding with sparklers

A bespoke summer wedding

Working closely with Chloe and Darren in the lead up to their day ensured a bespoke celebration that reflected them as a couple, whilst making the most of our beautiful grounds.

Our top tip was to make the most of our tucked away Secret Garden; the perfect intimate setting for a photo opportunity that reflected the romance of the big day.

With the farm’s gorgeous gateways, rolling hills and equine residents as a backdrop, Chloe and Darren’s wedding album evokes memories of a relaxed summer’s day filled with family, friends and the most beautiful of summer time nuptials.

Photography Credit: Love and Life Studio