A Forde Abbey Wedding with a Back Garden Reception

Bride and Groom by fountain at Forde Abbey Weedding

I am so excited to share this beautiful Forde Abbey wedding. Forde Abbey is the most beautiful venue. Formally a home for monks, the Abbey has a history spanning over 900 years. And includes an award-winning garden full of the most beautiful flowers. Perfect for love and romance.

Forde Abbey
Bride having her hair styled by bridesmaid

Excitement & Anticipation

Bride spraying perfume on wrists

The bride got ready for her wedding at a hotel nearby. Her Bridesmaids joined to help with all the wedding preparations. The bride wore her hair in a chic plaited updo. Fresh Flowers accessories her hairstyle.

Bride toasting champagne with bridesmaids
seasonal floral bouquet at Forde abbey wedding

Exquisite Details

Stunning david fielden wedding dress hanging on bed at forde abbey wedding

David Fielden designed the exquisite dress of silk and lace. It came from Carina Baverstock Couture. Kurt Geiger sandals and a stunning floor-length veil accessorised the look. To complete the ensemble In Bloom Devon supplied a gorgeous bouquet of seasonal local flowers

Brides Miss JG shoes sitting on window sill.
Bride getting into her wedding dress at forde abbey wedding

The bride utilised a plastic bag over her head to keep her hair in place whilst she slipped into her wedding dress. Her bridesmaids aided her, before putting the veil in her hair.

Bride having weddi9ng veil put in her hair by bridesmaids at forde abbey wedding
Bride in wedding dress standing in window light
Bridesmaids and bride walking down the aisle

A Forde Abbey Wedding

Bride and groom exchanging vows at Forde Abbey wedding

The wedding ceremony took place in the Great Hall of Forde Abbey. Magnificent gold chandeliers hung from the ceiling. And large lead windows illuminated the room as the couple said ‘I do’.

Bride and groom exchanging rings at forde abbey wedding
Bride and groom having first kiss at forde abbey wedding

There were emotional and heartfelt reading s by guests. Including Taylor Mali’s witty and sweet poem about ‘How falling in love is like owning a dog’.

bride and groom walking down the aisle together
Guests mingling at Forde abbey wedding

After the ceremony guests gathered in the stunning grounds and gardens to chat and enjoy drinks together.

guests chatting and drinking at wedding
Bride and groom standing together in hallway at forde abbey wedding

Romance By The Fountains

bride and groom standing together by lake with fountain in background at forde abbey wedding

Whilst guests went on ahead to the reception venue, the bride and groom stayed behind to enjoy a few photos. Making use of the beautiful Japanese garden and the lake with the centenary fountain. It reaches 160ft and is the highest powered fountain in England.

bride and groom in the japanese gardens at forde abbey wedding
Bride and groom walking together in gardens at Forde Abbey wedding
Bride and groom in white vintage car together

The Bride and Groom drove a vintage white car owned by the groom to their reception venue. They stopped off at a nearby cornfield overlooking their venue for a few extra romantic photos.

Bride and groom standing together in cornfield at forde abbey wedding
The family home

Garden Celebrations

Bride and groom having confetti thrown over them at Forde Abbey Wedding

The bride and groom arrived at the groom’s family home for the reception. Guests greeted the couple, showering them with organic petal confetti.

Bride and bridesmaids laughing together in group shot in field
Groom and groomsmen standing together for formal group shot

Before relaxing with friends and family for a hog roast BBQ and speeches the Bride and Groom took a few minutes to have a couple of formal group photos with their bridesmaids and groomsmen.

wooden doors and hail bail table and chairs at garden wedding
bridesmaids giving speeches

Outdoor Speeches

bride and groom sitting together with guests listenung to speeches

The bridesmaids, groom and bestman made speeches. Which had everyone in stitches with tears of laughter rolling down their cheeks. Then it was time for the hog roast BBQ.

groom and bestman giving speeches
Bride and groom smiling together during speeches

After the speeches, the couple cut their homemade wedding cake for guests to enjoy with teas and coffee.

drinks, cupcakes and wedding cake at wedding
Bride and groom cutting their wedding cake in the garden

The reception was held in the apple orchard of the Groom’s parents’ farm. Old doors were used to create tables. Whilst hay bales and blankets were used for chairs. Watering cans filled with homegrown flowers decorated the orchard. Whilst origami cranes hung from the branches of the trees.

flowers and wedding signage at wedding

Afternoon Guest Activities

guest juggling in field

The late afternoon was spent enjoying time with family and friends. French cricket and badminton was available for guests to play. With competitive spirits getting quite high.

bride and groom with guests chatting
guests chatting at wedding reception
Guests playing badminton

The high spirits continued well into the evening. With music and dancing for everyone to enjoy.

Bride and groom dancing together at wedding
bride and groom silhouetted by light in evening

Forde Abbey Wedding FAQ’s

Where is Forde Abbey?

Forde Abbey is situated in Chard, Somerset. The postcode is TA20 4AU

What type of venue is Forde Abbey?

Forde Abbey is an exclusive use venue. Operating with one wedding per weekend. You may have either your ceremony and reception at the Abbey of choose to have both.

Does Forde Abbey offer accommodation?

Accommodation is not available on site, but there are many hotels and B&B’s in Chard and the nearest town of Ilminster.

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