Larmer Tree Wedding featured on Love My Dress

We are so thrilled to be featured on Love My Dress this month for Karen and David’s beautiful Victorian botany inspired wedding.

We chose this venue as it was quirky and unusual. It has multiple beautiful buildings, which enabled us to choose the structure of the day exactly how we wanted it, rather than conform to the norm. We chose to have our ceremony outside by the Roman Temple. This was a gamble for an October wedding but the indoor option would have been equally as nice.
— Karen and David | Love My Dress

We first met the couple back in April 2018 when they were just starting their wedding planning journey. Karen (a photographer) and David (a designer) had a great eye for style and had a clear vision of how they wanted their day to look and feel. They fell in love with our quirky outdoor ceremony options and were pleased that were only a short drive from their home in Christchurch, Dorset. The couple came to the viewing with Karen’s parents and all were excited to find out the history of Larmer Tree and the Pitt Rivers link to Oxford where Karen grew up.

The best part was that it was created by General Pitt Rivers, who also has a museum in Oxford. This is where I grew up and visited the museum as a child so it was a great connection. To top it off, they had a team of fantastic wedding planners, who were so on the ball in the planning and on the day, they even organised the sunniest October day too!
— Karen & David | Love My Dress

Karen & David chose incredible photographers Emma & Ian from Big bouquet photography, who have worked at Larmer Tree many times, to capture their day.

They blended in perfectly on the day. We absolutely love how they have captured the mood of the day. We can’t stop looking back at the photos and reliving the day, we have such great memories to look back on.
— Karen and David | Love My Dress

The 19th October arrived and Karen & David were blessed with a beautiful sunny October wedding, showcasing Larmer Tree’s quirky, elegant surroundings in the autumn sun. They were so lucky with the weather they enjoyed their ceremony, afternoon reception and speeches all outside before heading inside for their wedding breakfast and party.

The setting is a stunning landscape garden in Wiltshire, originally designed in the late 1800s, and our couple were inspired by the setting, and by the idea of Victorian botany with a modern twist. Not to mention they chose an outdoor ceremony – saying their vows to one another in the doorway of a Roman temple.
— Love my Dress

Florist Debra Marsh created Karen’s stunning bouquet which showcased some magnificent orchids. The choice of blooms and foliage worked beautifully with Larmer Tree’s green lush surroundings.


The incredibly talented Lucy from Sugar Shack and a frequent supplier at Larmer Tree created this show stopper which tasted every bit as good as it looked!

I knew Lucy was capable of creating a show-stopper. We wanted something that was big so that we could have it cut in the day to serve afternoon tea, but keep the bottom half for the evening guests to see intact. So we opted to have a terrarium to separate the top and bottom sections (it became the top of the cake in the evening). This also tied in with the table decoration for the wedding breakfast.
— Karen and David | Love My Dress

After a private tasting with chefs Mike & Nick the couple opted for a delicious shoulder of lamb with garlic & rosemary followed by lemon meringue pie. The guests enjoyed the feast in the beautiful Pavilion which was decorated with a mix of modern terrariums, succulents in terracotta pots and candles.


After dinner the evening reception got underway and the evening band Le freak got everyone up on their feet with their funk and disco.


From everyone at Larmer Tree we want to say a huge congratulations to Karen & David and we hope to see you at the gardens again very soon (perhaps for an anniversary picnic!?)