Bride and groom sitting on back of VW Beetle

A bride in a gorgeous 1950’s style tea-length wedding dress, a groom with a yellow bow tie, a VW Beetle, loads of wild flowers, origami bird backdrop, giant illuminated letters and a village hall set for a banquet all feature in today’s real wedding, and it’s just so pretty.

We love that Sarah and Phil created a beautiful, relaxed, fun wedding whilst making sure they incorporated things they love into their day.

Our thanks go to Jen Marino Photography who captured this gorgeous wedding in all its glory…

“We wrote a brief for our wedding and treated it like a project. We wanted our wedding day to be an amplification of our life – fun, relaxed, with people we love and a whole lot of food.

“We avoided a theme or colour scheme, however we’re both creative and admire 1950’s style and a bit of DIY. We focused on a few key showstoppers, like the big letters, lots of in season wild flowers and a banquet hall set up.

“My dress was one of my favourite pieces – a modern, romantic, tea length dress in blush. I loved not being restricted to a huge trailing dress and could dance without anyone standing on it.

“We’ve had the Beetle for four years and it was lovely to feature it in the wedding. Phil, not knowing what my dress was like, took the passenger seat out and we decorated the bumpers with flowers and foliage. Our friend drove the car and surprised us with a mini hamper of strawberries and champagne for the journey.

“The thing that I loved the most and think about nearly a year later was going to sit in a pub garden just around the corner of the venue to have our first G&T as Mr and Mrs. Getting time together to take it all in was so important.”

Keep Calm and Wedding On sign

Handbag and wedding shoes

Wedding dress

Wedding shoes

Bride tag on bag

Woman peering out from behind screen

Bride looking in mirror

Bride putting veil on

Bridesmaid reflected in mirror

Bride drinking champagne



Bow tie

Hip flask

Groom buttoning waistcoat

Groom's pocket watch

Groomsmen walking with pints

Groomsmen raising toast


Groom waiting at altar


VW Beetle wedding car

Father walking bride from car

Bride and bridesmaids holding bouquets

Jar of flowers hanging in church

Wedding flowers

Bride and father entering church

Wedding ceremony

Bride and groom kiss

Newly married bride and groom smiling

Groom signing register

Wedding confetti shot

Double decker bus for wedding

Bride walking down country lane

Bride standing in front of VW Beetle

Bride and groom kissing in front of VW Beetle

Bride and groom sitting on back of VW Beetle

Bride and groom

Bride and groom laughing

Bride and groom kissing Bride holding bouquet

Bride and groom kiss

Great Barrington Village Hall

Bride and groom kissing on wall

Bride and groom kissing

Wedding guests in field

Long wedding tables in village hall

Long wedding tables

Long wedding table

Decorations on long wedding table

Floral wedding table decorations

Royal Scot Crystal box

Jug of drink on wedding table

Swarovski box Rosemary jelly

Back to the Future wedding table name

Flowers on wedding table Small flowers on wedding table

Jam jar with flower

Dirty Dancing wedding table name

Get your tatts out sign

Chalkboard sign at wedding

Bowl of wedding name cards


Wall of coloured paper cranes

Coloured paper cranes

Bride and groom walking in to reception

Bride and groom sitting at table

Father of the bride speech

Bride and groom raising glasses

Groom speech

Bride and groom kiss

Best man speech

Bride laughing

Wedding toast

Wedding cake with flowers Bride and groom cutting wedding cake

Bride with hands on hips on dance floor

Bride and groom dancing

Bride and groom kissing

Just married sign in back of car

Photography: Jen Marino Photography

Reception Venue: Great Barrington Village Hall, Burford, Oxfordshire

Wedding Dress: Naomi Neoh, from The Little Bridal Boutique

Bride’s Shoes: Lara by Kurt Geiger

Groom’s Suit: Moss Bros

Bow Tie: Summer Sunset from Mrs Bow Tie

Shoes: Walker Brown Calf from John White of London

Bridesmaids: Dessy After Six Bridesmaids Style 6639 in Celadon, from RK Bridal, New York

Flowers: Green and Gorgeous Flowers

Cake: Gluten Free, made by a friend

Catering: Sophie Stanek Food

Stationery: Designed by the couple, Letterpress by Richard Lawrence

Transport: Couple’s VW Beetle, Vintage Double Decker Bus from Nostalgia Travel

Styling Details and Finishing Touches: 1m S&P Letters, 1,000 Origami Birds

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