Meghan & Phil’s Hertfordshire wedding took place at Meghan’s Grandfather’s house, with a fantastic tipi in the garden and contributions from family and friends.

The couple had already legally ‘tied the knot’ during Covid restrictions, so this was the occasion to have a full celebration with a larger party. Lovely and chilled to be all in one place for the whole day and what a happy day it was!

The location was special for Meghan’s family, and she had spent many childhood holidays staying at the house. Did she dream about getting married here one day, we wonder? The bride’s hair was done by Bethany Alden. A good friend Sam helped do the make-up, which was nice. Plenty of bridesmaids on hand for support and champagne sipping. Check out the personalised label on the bottle!

Once all preparation was done, Meghan made a staircase descent to Phil, who’s beaming smile spoke volumes. She looked absolutely beautiful in her dress by French designer Elsa Gary.

The plan was to do family group photos before all guests arrived. The gardens had been wonderfully prepared and not too affected by the extreme heatwaves of late. A big input to that by Meghan’s cousin Jenner, who also did the stunning bouquets & table flowers. So we went walkabout, utilising shady spots.

Families had come far and wide – French & Canadian gangs on Meghan’s side and N Ireland with Phil’s relatives. The Canadian chaps were sporting assorted moustaches, which I thought might be a fashion over there (with Mounties hats etc), but I later learnt that it was homage to father of the bride, Bruce, who excels in the moustache dept. and imho won the contest.

The ceremony was a lovely relaxed informal affair, coordinated by friend Sam (multi-tasking). Plus contributions of music, reading and surprise singing, by various family members. Bruce rocked it on the guitar.  All v touching.

Time for the garden party to get properly underway, with plentiful champagne and musicians The High Rollers providing great ambient music. Superb speeches were given by Meghan’s mother, father and brother, plus Phil and bestman. It was so nice for everyone to be chilling in the garden for this and then just stroll over to the tipi for dinner.

The tipi was a fantastic, open sided construction supplied by Country Tipis. It had been wonderfully decorated by bride, friends and relatives all combining. The sumptuous wedding banquet was delivered by The Hungry Hog and liquid refreshments by Swig and Filly. A hearty time was had by one and all.

Moving on to cocktail hour, afternoon turning into evening, was another cool phase of the garden wedding experience. The gorgeous cake, created by a friend Tania, was ceremoniously cut (or stabbed?). All then into the marquee, to cheer on our couple’s first dance. The High Rollers then got seriously rock AND rolling (a truly outstanding wedding band btw) and guests couldn’t hold back demonstrating their best moves. I love capturing these moments of pure abandoned joy.

It was an absolute brilliant Hertfordshire wedding day. Thank you, Meghan & Phil, for having me along.

To see the whole wedding, check out the full gallery here

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