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Beautiful Garden Wedding in Suffolk

I had the pleasure this June (2023), on one of the hottest days of the year, of officiating the wedding of Dom and Lydia, in the garden of Lydia’s childhood home in Suffolk.

Ceremonies with Suzanne folder at a garden wedding.

Dom and Lydia had already booked a celebrant for their day but, unfortunately for them (and very fortunately for me!) things didn’t work out for them and I was asked to step in as their wedding celebrant six weeks before their big day.


A little background on Lydia and Dom…


They had been together for six years before their wedding day, when they met on a night out for a mutual friend’s birthday in Bury St Edmunds. They hit it off straight away but, rather than do things the old-fashioned way and ask for her number, Dom sent Lydia a Facebook friend request the next day and the rest, as they say, is history.


The Ceremony

Lydia and Dom’s chosen venue of her childhood family home was perfect. It had plenty of space, lots of greenery and its own lake with a bridge! When I arrived, it was easy to see why they had opted for this beautiful space rather than choose anywhere else.


Lydia looked absolutely stunning as she walked down the aisle with her father to the orchestral version of Say You’ll Remember Me by Taylor Swift, a piece of music I’d not heard prior to meeting Dom and Lydia, but one that suited the vibe of the day beautifully.


After the walk along the aisle, Lydia joined Dom and they stood in front of a gorgeous, subtly decorated, hexagonal wooden showpiece.

They had chosen to have a very traditional ceremony with no readings or added unity elements - it was simply beautiful and stylish. It told their love story perfectly, the lengths that Dom went through in an attempt to craft a proposal to rival all rom-com ones, and showed clearly just how much love and humour is shared between the two of them.


Dom and Lydia scripted their own vows, which spoke clearly from their hearts, exchanged rings, and sealed their beautiful partnership with a kiss before walking back up the aisle together to more orchestral music and some traditional confetti throwing.


The Rest of The Day

Once the ceremony was over, drinks and canapes were enjoyed in the marquee and the rest of the grounds as guests mingled and photographs were taken. Caterers laid on a large BBQ for the wedding breakfast which, I’m sure, was enjoyed by all!


The best touch of all? In one section of the garden, a crazy golf area, which tied in nicely with their proposal story, had been set up! Although I wasn’t there to see it, I can imagine that the remainder of the day was an absolute blast!



Photography - #francesfosterphoto

VW Camper Van - #retrobridesandvrooms



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