Libby and Stephen were hitched in September at Tournerbury Woods Estate on the Hampshire/ West Sussex border. They didn’t set out to have a theme, but in throwing together all the things they liked it ended up being a super colourful, festival-esque day.
“Our wedding was an expression of our personalities and everything we love”, explained the bride. “We also had lots of colour! We wanted to create a day that was going to be fun for all our loved ones.”
“We were true to ourselves and didn’t have a theme and we created our own ceremony from scratch with our friend Harry. At the venue, they had this beautiful black metal pagoda which we decorated with ribbon and brightly coloured pots with beautiful plants and pink flamingos. Our guests were all sat on hay bales with crochet blankets sourced from various car boots and charity shops. As I walked down the aisle with my Dad and bridesmaids ahead of me to James Vincent McMorrow’s cover of Higher Love the sun came out and apparently dragonflies were flying around the guests! I was oblivious at this point as I must admit I was a little nervous.”
Geoff and Holly’s wedding was never going to be boring. They met at the Road Festival launch party and have gone to every festival together since. When it came to planning their West Sussex wedding they wanted to bring the thing that brought them together into the celebration.
“We were aiming for it to be relaxed and comfortable,” Holly said. “I loved looking at wedding blogs for ideas, and we were inspired by the countryside.”
“The main thing that made our wedding unique was that we made every guest wear a headpiece of some sort. We also held a competition for 1st, 2nd and 3rd this completion got very heated. This is what we put in our invite ‘HAT ARE MANDATORY FOR ALL WEDDING ATTENDEES. As all of you know, Geoff and I are hat people and what better way to acknowledge us a couple than have all of our friends and loved ones wear the best, most outrageous hats they can find. As for the rest of the dress code, we are happy if you are happy. But out of respect for Geoff’s secret surprise, please don’t come naked’.”
Who says only the bride can wear white? I think this all-white bridal party proves that isn’t the case! Don’t they all look FANTASTIC!?
The bridesmaids in the same colour as the bride wasn’t the only unique thing about Harriet and Jesse’s wedding though. They styled the day in a way that truly reflected them which meant pineapples, flamingos and fireworks! They day was also held at a friend’s house on the Scottish borders.
“Jesse and I met in bar 107 in downtown Los Angeles”, began the bride. “We then proceeded to go on the wildest and most fun night out together and that was that. Our wedding was rustic, magical, tropical and Scottish. We included all the things we like such as candles, pineapples, cactuses, unicorns, dancing, and lovely wine. We really just wanted our friends to have an amazing time so made sure that everything was top quality and lots of fun.”
Chris and Jen wanted a bohemian, outdoor wedding inspired by their love of festivals and each other. “We’re lucky to be able to have a pretty bohemian lifestyle”, the bride said. “We like to travel and we like to let our hair down at festivals. Many of our friends come from theses and other creative pools. Chris has African roots and we both wanted to acknowledge this in the symbolism and ceremony of our day. So I guess our theme was… us?”
“The inspiration for our wedding has to have been the party we envisioned throwing for all our family and friends. We knew from the various cabaret/ music tents we’ve hung out together in what kind of feel we wanted. First we found the venue, Wyresdale Park near Preston. We wanted somewhere that people would be able to stay for the full weekend and that we could have the reception outside.”
Music festival lovers Cris and Vlad wanted their Romanian wedding to reflect their love of going to, and playing at them. “The inspiration for our wedding was music festivals, Woodstock in particular”, said the bride. “My husband proposed at Sziget Festival, in a tent, at 3 am and I am in a band so it made perfect sense.”
“We had LOTS of little details at the wedding, all of which were inspired by music festivals and bands we love. Each guest received a wristband and we even had an ‘Official Merchandise’ stand where were had CDs, badges, cups and t-shirts for our guests to take away. We arrived in a VW van and most of our guests camped over.”
Jo and Jonathan were married in June at Wise Wedding Venue in Kent. They wanted an outdoor ceremony, and a laid back reception so a festival themed day it was!
“We set out and pretty much achieved our dream of a sustainable wedding themed around our love of Glastonbury Festival, New Orleans, music and movies”, said the bride. “We ensured everything was either second hand, locally sourced or would be used again. A lot of our guests camped to really keep that festival vibe alive and save on travel through the weekend.”
The bride’s outfit was comprised of a navy blue tulle skirt which she bought on Etsy and a top from Brighton Lace. The couple had a very unique idea for their rings too. “We always wanted to make our wedding rings together and we came up with the idea of finding metal which was special to us”, Jo said. “We took a long shot and wrote to Michael & Emily Eavis at Worthy Farm to politely ask if we could have some metal from the farm site to put in our rings to tap into that special feeling that runs through the ground in Glastonbury. To our amazement (and eternal gratitude) we were given a chunk from the old Pyramid Stage. We then struggled for months to find a jeweller who would work with the metal and luckily found Shelley Thomas at the Forge at London Museum of Steam & Water, who not only wanted to work with us but allowed us to create bespoke silver rings ourselves with the nuggets of Pyramid metal inside. So we now have a bit of the Glastonbury Festival, which has been such a massive part of our relationship, inside the rings we crafted together. Following our wedding day, we went straight to the festival this year and had an incredible honeymoon in the fields of Avalon!