Polly and Joe’s wedding is so gorgeous and extra special because both of them have Down’s Syndrome. With the help of their family and their 200 guests, they had the most magical celebration of their dreams! They were married in May at Brewerstreet Farmhouse in Surrey.
“We met 8 years ago when we were both students at Central Sussex College and were instantly attracted to each other”, explained Polly. “We wanted to achieve a festival feel for our wedding that our guests would be excited to be going to.”
“The main things that made our wedding different are that we both have Down’s Syndrome. Also we had a unicorn throne to sit on which was the most amazing talking point of the day! We also had the Rat Pack Boys as singing waiters and they brought the house down with their antics. We had a family band in the afternoon which got the whole thing going too – everyone dancing chatting and having a good time.”
Dan and Sophie’s wedding was dubbed ‘Leicestival’ (based on their surname). They wanted the wedding to reflect a live music vibe as they both love music, festivals in particular.
“The inspiration for Leicestival was our mutual love of live music!”, began the bride. “Not only did we meet through music (Dan was in a band and I was a big fan!) but we also met a lot of our closest friends through music too. We love the atmosphere of music festivals; how relaxed you feel when you’re in a field paired with great music, food, drink and surrounded by the best company. That’s what we wanted, and we wanted everyone else to feel that way.”
They really wanted an informal wedding that all their guests would enjoy. “I went to town on branding everythingl. I’m a digital designer so I designed everything I possibly could. I was definitely more excited about creating wristbands and invites rather than my wedding dress! I designed tonnes of merchandise; plectrums, badges, wristbands, t-shirts, lanyards, stickers etc. and put up ‘Merch Desk’ for all the guests to collect and keep memorabilia from our special day!”
Georgia and Mark did everything themselves for their festival inspired August wedding. They budget was just £4000 and the day was held in a field in the Lake District.
“It didn’t feel like there was a theme to the wedding”, the bride explained. “It just reminded me of the parties that my parents have been throwing since I can remember. Our inspiration was to have nice people, having a nice time. Nothing too structured and very chilled out.”
“Instead of gifts, each guest gave us £20 towards the cost of the field, alcohol and food”, she continued. “We compared it to having a bar and having to pay for a hotel. This helped a lot and we are still very grateful. Our guests set up tents on the afternoon of the wedding then got ready for things to kick off. Everyone camped overnight, even people that have never slept in tents or visited the countryside. There were no strangers involved in the wedding. We knew every single person that was there.”