A Country Vintage, Festival Inspired Wedding: Nichola & Jay

I’m loving the fact that the gorgeous country vintage/ festival-inspired wedding of Nichola & Jay is brightening up Monday morning on my blog! Talk about heading into a brand new week with some gusto!

The August wedding was held at New House Organic Farm in Derbyshire. The farm is not a wedding venue (the couple were legally married at the resister office after their handfasting ceremony in the field) but they chose it to host their celebration here because it’s a place that’s very special to them. Their theme was chosen to not only compliment the farm setting, but because they love Glastonbury music festival – they met there and were engaged there (not in the same year!)

“We spend a lot of our time camping during the summer months and the farm is our quick getaway place,” Nichola told me. “We’ve spent many happy weekends there and I always imaged getting married to Jay in the top field looking over the most amazing views of the Derbyshire countryside. We wrote to the farmer (a proper handwritten letter!) asking if we could hire the field for our wedding. Being a farmer and very busy he didn’t get right back to us. I looked at many other venues but none matched my idea of our farm. Eventually Jay called him and asked the question… He agreed although I don’t think he quite understood why we wanted a bare field when he’s surrounded by traditional wedding venues!”

The bride wore a genuine vintage wedding dress which she bought from The Vintage Wedding Fair, a fair that travels all around the UK. “I love vintage clothes, I literally have over a hundred vintage dresses and we regularly go to vintage fairs,” the bride continued. “That being said I didn’t think I wanted a vintage dress for my wedding but I did the usual bridal places and got more fed up with each dress I tried on. Nobody understood my style or what I wanted. We’d planned to visit The Vintage Wedding Fair for a look round and immediately I realised I had been kidding myself and I wanted a vintage dress. I tried on a couple and then found my dress. It was the dress I had in my mind, I went to the fitting room (a room full of other vintage brides…very different to the bridal shop experience) and the dress fit perfectly. I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face. A friend’s aunty did a couple of little alterations but it was always perfect.”

To compliment their countryside festival theme, the couple decorated the field and their marquee with bunting, vintage crockery and even vintage floral napkins and wooden cutlery tied in brown string. They managed to find many items in charity shops, car boot fairs and even in their local pound shop. “Never underestimate the local pound shop,” Nichola laughed, “we found little windmills, seeds, rainbow umbrellas (luckily not needed) and hooks for the aisle etc!”

Gorgeous! Thank you to Nichola & Jay for sharing their fab wedding with us today.

Supporting Cast:

Photography Credit: Graeme Oxby Photography
Venue: New House Organic Farm, Derbyshire
Bride’s Dress: The Vintage Wedding Fair
Bride’s Headpiece: eBay (customised)
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Electric Gypsy
Cake: DIY
Flowers: DIY
Entertainment: Richard Cook, Darren Bell and In Fear of Olive
Stationery: Paper Fudge
Caterers: Liberty Foods Farm Shop

12 comments

  1. victoria

    Fab pictures, looks like you all had a ball.
    I’d love to know where the groom’s suit was from? x

  2. This is completely the wedding we have in mind (down to the register office bit and the handfasting), absolutely beautiful!

  3. Rachel

    Beautiful! Looks like you had an absolute blast of a day – just the way it should be!

  4. Nichola Thomas

    Ah thanks, it was such a good day and this brings it all back! Victoria the suit was from a website called Bob Parratt, it’s a shooting suit! xx

  5. Emma

    Love the favours & little details like the table plan. Looks like you had a fab fun day!

  6. mark

    hi. we are wanting a field to hire for a wedding. Would it be possible for the contact details of where the wedding was held or any other suggestions where we can locate a tipi for a wedding. Many thanks

  7. Ellie

    Hi Nichola – I love the arch you used for your ceremony and am looking for something similar for our open-air ceremony later this year. Do you have the details of who made it? Thanks! Ellie

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