Amy & Phil’s Spring Woodland Wedding at Broadfield Court

Written by Emma Hla
Broadfield Court in Herefordshire was the perfect backdrop for Amy & Phil’s dreamy May wedding! They loved its elegant grounds and beautiful countryside setting, and the family-owned vibe made it feel super welcoming.

Amy wore a stunning long-sleeved dress with her mum’s veil from the ’70s, while Phil rocked a tan tweed three-piece suit to match the outdoor theme. Their favourite moment? Sipping drinks in the rose garden after the ceremony and basking in the sunshine as the new Mr and Mrs!

Notes from the Bride

Amy says…

Phil is from Sale, Cheshire, but I was born in Herefordshire, where we both live now, and our wedding was always going to be in Herefordshire with its beautiful countryside. Not long after our engagement, we visited an open day at Broadfield Court, and we instantly fell in love with the venue, the house and its elegant interior, the spacious grounds, amazing views, and the option to tailor the day to whatever suited our style. On the open day, we loved the relaxed and welcoming nature of the family-owned venue. Also, I felt like Broadfield was a home from home after growing up in Marden, a village only 4 miles from Broadfield and having lived in Bodenham just 2 miles away. We married on a Bank Holiday weekend and were blessed with amazing sunny weather that made it all feel extra perfect. We could accommodate our immediate family from Friday to Sunday and even invite our two Spaniels along, who got involved in our wedding photos!

The tipi was hired from Java Tipi. We went for a two-hat tipi, so we had one side to dine and one to dance on. The tipi looked amazing and complemented the venue well. We had most of the sides open due to the fab weather, and it looked so beautiful all lit up in the evening.

Across nine wedding dress shops, lots of dresses were tried on! I was always leaning towards a long-sleeved, fit-and-flare dress with a low neckline, which dramatically narrowed down my choices, but I found what I was looking for in the end. I had the ‘this is it’ feeling when I tried it on, which was lovely after a lengthy search. I fell in love with the lace, and the champagne underlayer made the lace pop. I wore my Mum’s veil, which she wore at her own wedding to my Dad back in 1973. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary two weeks before our wedding. Her veil was bright white and pristine after 50 years of being in a box!

I adored my wedding shoes; I had the longest search for them. I didn’t want to get my dress and the lovely lace hemmed, so I had to go high on the heel! The shimmery toe and mother-of-pearl heel on my Freya Rose shoes made me feel so glamorous (it pains me to see these in the sale now!). I knew I wouldn’t last all day in high heels, so I also got a pair of glittery Kate Spade pumps with an ivory ribbon lace.

I was stuck on the bridesmaids’ dresses, so I asked Fran at Broadfield for a recommendation, and she pointed me toward Victoria Lou Bridal. This was just what I was looking for! It was a multi-style one-size dress, which meant I could simply choose a colour and order five! I chose the oyster colour and felt it complemented my wedding dress and the overall colour scheme.

Phil wanted a tweed suit, as he felt it fit perfectly with the countryside venue and the outdoor theme of the wedding. So he found this tan tweed three-piece suit by Marc Darcy and paired it with tan shoes and a gold pocket watch. Phil’s groomsmen wore blue suits from Bill Child.

Anastasia is a fantastic makeup artist. She did my graduation makeup nine years ago. I had followed her work for some time, so I knew I would be in safe hands. Rebecca was great to have around on the morning of my wedding. She is calm and easygoing, and nothing is too much of an ask.

We booked Dress to Impress by Julie for some of our tableware and decor, which brought our desired look to life. Our tableware looked fab with the gold cutlery, nude napkins and woven placemats. We also hired an arch and some fabric which helped dress the signage.

Louise, May Rose Floral Design, did our flowers, and they looked amazing; I knew she would be able to bring my vision to life. I had seen so much inspiration on her Instagram page, and when I saw her on open days, I gave her an idea of the pastel colours I wanted and named a couple of the flowers I liked, and Louise did the rest.

My Mum has always made the most fantastic cakes and has had a lot of practice over the years. She made the wedding cake for two of my sister’s weddings, so she got the job! The cake had three tiers (Victoria sponge, lemon drizzle, and carrot cake) and was decorated with icing flowers. We had previously been on a cake decorating course and learnt how to make the icing flowers, so I helped put them together in the week leading up to the big day. We had a wooden ‘The Harrisons’ sign made on Etsy as a topper that looked great. My Mum also made some icing figurines of our two spaniels to sit at the bottom of the cake!

A to Zest was fantastic, and our guests gave us great feedback on how excellent the food was! But we knew that after seeing them on open days and having had a taster session.

Our photographer was the talented David Liebst. We looked at his work on his website and Instagram, and his style was just what we wanted! We had a Zoom call with David, and we could tell immediately what a lovely guy he was and that he would be a pleasure to have around on the day. We highly recommend David; he captured our day perfectly and effortlessly and was able to strike a balance between getting great shots and letting us enjoy the day.

We booked Adam Lyduch as our wedding videographer, but as he could no longer make our wedding date, we had the pleasure of Libby’s company on our wedding day. Libby shot all the footage for Adam to edit.

The best part of the day

My favourite part of the day was straight after the ceremony. We had just done our confetti walk, and we strolled into the rose garden for the drinks reception. We chatted to the guests with a drink in hand. The sun was shining, and we had the whole day ahead of us as the new Mr and Mrs!

From one couple to another…

There’s a lot to organise, and it can seem a bit overwhelming at times, with the constant flow of emails, decisions, and budget, but it all comes together in the end and is worth all the effort. I recommend sharing the load, asking your other half to make enquiries, being the point of contact with some vendors, or hiring a wedding planner! Snap your suppliers up quickly; it’s wild how far in advance they get booked! If you’re on the fence about booking a videographer – do it! A video will bring it back to life and can be cherished for years.


Venue Broadfield

Tipi Java Tipis

Photography David Liebst Photography

Film Adam Lyduch Films and Libby Blunt Videography

Catering A to Zest

Tableware and Styling Dress to Impress by Julie

Flowers May Rose Floral Design

Makeup Anastasia

Hair Rebecca Clare

Bridal Boutique Perfections Bridal Studio

Bridal Designer Essense of Australia

Jewellery Lily & Roo

Groom’s Suit Marc Darcy

Groomsmen Bill Child

Bridesmaid Dresses Victoria Lou Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Hair Jennifer’s Dressing Table

Bridesmaid’s Makeup Amy M

Dancefloor and Confetti Canons The Little Lighting Co.

Cellist Isabella Dembinska

Photobooth Fancy Pants Events

Wedding Golf The Birdie Club

Chocolate Favours Fingalix Chocolates

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