Continuing on from this morning’s post, here is part two of the most wonderfully styled festival wedding. Did I mention that the groom did it alllll as a surprise for his wife to be? How brilliant is he?!
How and where did you meet?
We met on a blind date that had been organised through a school friend of mine who was at Uni with Laura. She commuted down from Nottingham at the weekend for the first 8 months of our relationship before luckily she ended up coming down to London to study.
What was the wedding theme/style?
The wedding was named ‘Wedstock’ as we both love festivals and thought that having a festival wedding would do away with a lot of the formalities of traditional weddings. I organised the day as a surprise for laura almost in a ‘don’t tell the bride style.’ She picked her dress and knew we were going to be in tepees but that was about it- I organised everything else from the decorations to making the cake. I made sure there was lots of live music from friends singing at the beginning to a steel band, an acoustic duo and the brilliant Jose Vanders who came (as a massive surprise for Laura) and performed her song ‘New Ride’ for our first dance.
Why did you choose to do your wedding the way you did?
I wanted to do it a a gift to Laura so I could put my efforts into something that she would appreciate. Also I didn’t want to have anyone organise it as I had a vision in my mind and am never sure that another person will be able to pull off what I was thinking. The suits for the boys were made for the wedding and we kept them a surprise from Laura (I wasn’t allowed to see the dress)! We had a coconut shy and ball in the buckets games, a bouncy castle, afternoon tea, a BBQ in the evening, a brilliant bar, fire pits and an ice cream van that we rode back into the field in during the BBQ in the evening for everyone’s dessert! Doing it this was meant that we could do whatever we wanted (including Magie the dog walking down the isle). Having the ceremony and whole day in the tepee made the day very special. We had 80 guests for the ceremony and afternoon tea and over 200 in the afternoon and evening. The party went on late and we had the guitars out until the early AM around the campfire once the disco had wound up. A lot of out guests camped over in the true festival style and we put on breakfast the next morning!
What was handmade?
The cake! It took me three weeks to bake and make all the decorations having never tried anything like it before! I thought it couldn’t be that hard (never again on that scale!). All of the flowers for bouquets and corsages we made by my mum. The decorations for the field and venue were all set up by us! There was a picture board with the faces cut out of a bride and groom that we painted which went down very well! We spent a year at car boots buying vintage china etc for the tea sets. It took 2 days to build the site with one massive disaster when 4 marquees blew down and broke in one gust of wind the day before the wedding! Cue a fast trip to but one more for house the catering and the farmer who owns North Hill Farm lending us his horse box which we spend the afternoon transforming from animal carrier into the bar! The arch we got married under was done by a brilliant carpenter from our local area. We had wedding wristbands and lanyards (as every festival should). We also had one of our friends act as the MC.
What advice would you give to couples planning their wedding?
Do it yourself to a point! Ours would not have been possible without all of our families and friends lending their time. I made sure that everything I wanted was there and even though things do add up you can save at a few places such as an early morning trip to the new cover garden flower market!