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A Lace Gown for a Vintage Wedding on the Family Farm – Sophie & Jack

Sarah Symonds

With a ceremony at the local church, the official afterparty on the groom’s family farm and heaps of English country details, we’re totally in love with Sophie and Jack’s big day!

When it’s your day, your way, why limit yourself to just one cool vintage vehicle? From a traditional Land Rover Defender, a beautiful, classic Triumph Herald and a proper country-style tractor (driven by some bonafide local farmers!) this is certainly a farmyard wedding with panache!

It’s not just all about the various modes of transport either! We’ve fallen head over heels for Sophie’s stunning bridal style, simple and elegant in her slim-fit gown. The perfect wedding colour scheme of duck egg blue, sage green and ivory works so well with the rustic, laid back venue and outdoor celebration, and the whole day is packed with pretty touches and personal undertones. Utterly gorgeous!

With photography by 166 Photography


On my 21st Birthday, Jack made my favourite breakfast – which I thought was just because it was my birthday – so I was caught completely off guard when he got down on one knee! Obviously I said yes! We had been together for almost 6 years at that point! We got together when we were both 15! It was definitely a birthday I’ll never forget!


We were married on the 26th of June 2021. Due to lockdown and Covid it was the only date that everyone was able to come together to make it happen! We would have loved to get married on the 4th of the 4th, as 4 is our lucky number, but it just wasn’t to be!

We got married at Bicker Church, Lincolnshire, followed by the reception in the most beautiful marquee on Jack’s parent’s farm land, a few minutes from the church. We wanted something a little different and very rustic, for it to fit in with the countryside surroundings. We used Tilly’s Garden Party & Marquee Hire, with the Barn Wall Marquee and it looked absolutely stunning. So many of the guests commented how beautiful and different it looked!


We went with a rustic, vintage theme as I have always been very interested in vintage looking things with a 1920s feel. As we were getting married in the 2020s we wanted to incorporate a little of that! The rustic style tied in with the countryside farm feel of the wedding and it worked perfectly together!

Our palette was duck egg blue, sage green and ivory as these are my absolute favourite colours which I’m obsessed with!


My dress was a slim fit gown with a beautiful train and lots of stunning lace work. With lace sleeves and a V back. It was the dress I’d always dreamt of, the exact dress I had in my head, but I never actually thought I’d find an exact match! The first dress shop I looked in, I found so many beautiful ones but none were the one. My mum recommended The Wedding Room at the old Bowling Green in Little Hale and although we went with little hope in finding my dress, as soon as I arrived and saw the sleeve poking through and I just knew it was the one!

Jo at The Wedding Room was incredible and helped me choose all the accessories to match! It was so relaxing and easy and I absolutely loved saying “yes to the dress”! I wasn’t bothered by who the designer was because it just felt right! It gave me vintage vibes and I knew it would fit perfectly with the theme and my style!


Jack got his suit and the groomsmen’s suits from Moss Bros in Lincoln. He went with a navy, slim fit suit by Ted Baker with a gorgeous paisley print inside and paired with a duck egg coloured tie.

We hired them which made it more affordable and as they came from Moss Bros the groomsmen could return them to whichever branch was closest to them!


My two bridesmaids wore sage green dresses with some beautiful lace detail at the top with a V back to match mine. We got it from Red Carpet Ready in Branston and the dress was made by Mascara.

My flower girls wore matching ivory dresses from Monsoon that also incorporated lace detail at the top!


My hairdresser Lydia at Asylum in Boston did my hair and my bridesmaids’ hair, and as I love to do makeup, I did mine, my bridesmaids’ and my mum’s makeup too! It was definitely ‘go go go!’ on the day – especially having three babies under one and a three year old, but we absolutely smashed it and were actually ahead of the schedule!


I traveled in my dad’s Land Rover Defender, which he had recently re-sprayed ready, which tied in perfectly with the farm rustic theme. My older flower girls travelled in my mum’s Triumph Herald which incorporated the vintage aspect of the theme.

Jack and the groomsmen travelled in a trailer on the back of a vintage tractor, which some of the farmers down Bicker Fen drove and sorted out for us at no cost at all!


We used 166 Photography, which was a recommendation from Jo at the Wedding Room. We first met them for our engagement shoot and we just knew they’d be perfect to capture our day. Carl and Lisa were both so chilled and calm, and just took natural pictures of us together with the odd posed picture.


I carried a beautiful bouquet of flowers with a lot of eucalyptus, roses and peonies. They were from Flowers and Gifts Just For You in Boston. The woman there was so helpful and even did a mock-up with us of what different combinations of flowers would look like, to make sure we picked the right ones!

From the same flower shop we got enough flowers for a pedestal and some for both the table in church to sign the book and the top table. We also made some traditional small arrangements for the end of the pews which was made up of eucalyptus, to fit with the vintage rustic theme.

I made the decorations with the help of my family, and I got most of the bits and bobs from Hobbycraft. Jack’s nan, Kath, is amazing at flower arranging and helped in this department, creating some stunning centerpieces, as well as helping with the flowers for the day!

The inspirational features on Brides Up North were great when we were deciding what we wanted our day to look like which helped to make many decisions!


We gave out mini pots of honey as my dad is a beekeeper (The Boston Beekeeper) so we felt it was very fitting. He sells his own honey from his house and does it as a hobby.


We chose a naked cake with lots of fresh fruit on, as I love fruit, but also because it was very fitting with the theme. We got it from Divas Cakes in Boston. She was very professional and it tasted divine!


We had Tess Rollinson at T R Catering. She was amazing from the offset and throughout! She met all of our dietary needs and our food requests! The food was exquisite and was organised so well throughout the day!

We brought our wine ourselves, which made things much cheaper! We then also hired a bar, the Old Exchange at Holbeach from Sean and Ann Taylor, who were incredible.


We had a DJ, Jonny Allen. We wanted to ensure we could have a range of music for both us and the guests, and we felt this was the best way!

Special touches

We provided flip flops for the evening for guests so they could remove uncomfortable shoes and still have a dance. We also provided activity bags for the children so they wouldn’t get bored during the speeches.

We set up a mini DIY photo station with an instant camera for our guests to use. We put deodorant, body spray and hand cream in the toilets too. And speaking of toilets, we also had posh portable toilets from Bates Environmental – they really were very posh!

Thanks to

We absolutely can’t thank Tilly’s Hire enough! It was beautiful and so unique! It looked absolutely stunning and was great value for money! If you have a plot of land or have somewhere in mind you must use Tilly’s!

166 Photography were absolutely incredible too, and we got so many comments on how smooth they allowed the day to run! They were so kind and calm which you absolutely need on your wedding day! They put us all at ease, without rushing, and they couldn’t do enough to ensure our day was perfect in every way! By the end, they felt like old friends! We are still in touch with them now and we cannot recommend them enough. They went above and beyond what we expected from our photographer, and have captured the day in the most beautiful light. We absolutely love looking through our pictures, reliving the day in the best possible way. Carl and Lisa were such a joy to have on our wedding day. So one piece of advice from us would be to get in contact with 166 Photography – you will not regret it! It was by far the best decision we made for our wedding!

Best bit

The best part was once we walked out of the church; the sun started shining just right at that moment, and coincided with the feeling of absolute sheer bliss knowing we were finally married! It was the purest moment there was!


We are yet to go due to COVID but we plan to go to parts of Italy and have a mix of city and beach time!


Our advice would be to pick your venue carefully with a set budget in mind, as this will likely be the biggest cost! Choose your photographer carefully, as I feel they’d make or ruin the day for you! 166 Photography made it what it was, and looking back we are so lucky that we stumbled across them!

Another top tip would be to follow a timeline plan of things to book and get done – this will help massively in keeping organised! DIY where you can to save money! And finally, enjoy it – it’ll be all over before you know it!

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