real wedding –  Relaxed back garden wedding from McGlynn Sisters

3 May 2021

Today we’re bringing you some absolute joy via Louisa and Alex’s back garden wedding, captured by Lauren from McGlynn Sisters. Like so many people, their original wedding plans couldn’t go ahead – but they made the most of it with a stunning, intimate ceremony on their planned wedding date.

“We had envisaged and planned for something totally different, but with the restrictions we (and our families) wanted to go ahead with a small, intimate ceremony outdoors. The rule book was out of the window, which was quite refreshing!” they explain. “In amongst all the uncertainty of the previous months leading up to the wedding, the fact that we could go ahead with a small back garden wedding on our planned wedding day was amazing; we feel really lucky. The support from family and friends to get it all planned in under a month blew us away too. ”

With just 3 weeks to plan the wedding and an original wedding dress that hadn’t even been fitted yet, Louisa chose a white boat-necked Jay Godfrey jumpsuit as her wedding day outfit, which she wore with a sparkly Magnetic Midnight headband; Alex wore a dark blue suit he already owned. To reflect the beauty of Louisa’s parents’ back garden The Flower Pavilion in Montrose chose a sumptuous mix of pastels and greenery with a pop of summery yellow for their bouquet and buttonhole. Their friend Florence carried this colour palette through to the rest of the floral decorations, with magnificent arrangements flanking a bright table full of champagne glasses, and single stems hanging from the marquee’s ceiling. They also placed single stems in mismatched bottles along the table, interspersed with bold, colourful taper candles.

When we asked Louisa and Alex for something that the photos might not show, they let us into a couple of little secrets: “You can’t see, but there is a giant iron-shaped hole in the lining of my jumpsuit leg…! Plus, the photo of Louisa and her dad laughing as they walk down the garden ‘aisle’ was a result of him swallowing a fly at the critical moment.”

Furthermore, when we asked them for their advice for couples currently planning their wedding, they shared some pearls of wisdom. “I think this year has shown that all the best-laid plans need to be flexible; think about what really matters to you both! Whilst we have our fingers and toes crossed weddings can get back to normal this year, if the numbers remain small don’t worry – a smaller ceremony can be just as special and memorable as what you had in mind!”

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

Check out the beautiful images and the suppliers who made this summer back garden wedding happen below!