The rural panoramas of Harefield Barn made a picture-perfect backdrop for Livy and Jack's flower-filled festivities
'We're both teachers and met on a school trip!' reveals Livy of her and Jack's fortuitous first meeting. 'It was a Duke of Edinburgh expedition that I was organising. I'd asked a friend to help out and he suggested that Jack come along too. After two days of walking in the countryside trying to keep track of 100 teenagers we stayed in touch and went on our first date a few weeks later,' she reveals.
'We decided at Christmas that we wanted to get married in the summer,' continues Livy. 'Jack then realised that that would mean he needed to get a move on with proposing and he got down on one knee on 2nd January whilst out on a walk in the Surrey Hills.'
The couple set about planning a relaxed celebration at Harefield Barn, where friends and family pitched in to help create a wedding filled with bold and bright colours, most notable Livy's favourite: turquoise!
'We planned and made most of it ourselves with the help of some very creative friends and family,' explains Livy. She made the invitations and orders of service inspired by some paintings by one of her bridesmaids, while Livy's sister, mum and gran grew and arranged the flowers for the tables and dÃ©cor. The rich hues of the bouquets popped beautifully against Livy's Charlie Brear gown and the bridesmaids' dresses.
Following the church ceremony, the party commenced amidst the rural panoramas of Harefield Barn with canapÃ©s, drinks, lawn games and a bouncy castle before the speeches ' one of the couple's most memorable moments ' were delivered.
'Jack's dad's speech was a real highlight for us both as it was the perfect combination of heartfelt and hilarious!' says Livy. 'One of the most entertaining parts was him producing a reply he had to the letter he had sent to the Earl of Wessex (as patron on the Duke of Edinburgh Awards) telling him about how it was as a result of a D of E trip that we had first met!'
After a magical evening of ceilidh dancing, the newly-weds exited to the dazzle of sparklers as they cycled away on their bicycles. 'Pretty hair-raising in the dark!' laughs Livy.
'I really loved the snippets of time we were able to have with each other throughout the day, first in the car on the way to Harefield Barn and then as we wandered through the cornfield having our photos taken,' reminisces Jack. 'It was also just so much fun being able to spend time outside in the sunshine with all our friends playing croquet, Jenga and on the bouncy castle!'
'The ceremony was such a special part of the day, I loved arriving at the church and seeing all our friends and family,' says Livy of her highlights. 'As Christians it was wonderful to have some of our favourite songs and a really special talk from a good friend, full of lots of wisdom from the Bible!'
And her top tip? 'Don't let the stress of planning take away from the excitement of getting married!' she says. 'Oh ' and definitely get a wedding video!'
Photography Catherine Spiller Photography catherinespiller.co.uk
Venue St Leonard's Church, Exeter Harefield Barn harefieldbarn.co.uk
Catering DJ Haggett hogroastsdevon.com
Dress Charlie Brear from Lovely Bridal lovelybridal.co.uk
Groom's outfit Young's Hire youngs-hire.co.uk
Hair & make-up Laura Elizabeth Avery lauraelisabethmua.co.uk
Bouquets & buttonholes Flowers by Sophie Millington flowersbysophiemillington.com
Transport Devon County Wedding Cars devoncountyweddingcars.co.uk
Cake Crafty Cakes craftycakes.com
Place names Faye East instagram.com artanddesignbyfaye
Entertainment Scallywag facebook.com/ScallywagCeilidhBand
Videography Paul Parsons pauloparsons.com