A Backyard Handfasting & Rock Festival Wedding: Becca & Gary

September 19, 2011

Becca & Gary’s wedding looks like it was a lot of fun, dispite the rain! The first part of the day was a handfasting ceremony and morning reception in the bride’s Gran’s back garden. Afterwards the couple went to the registry office for the ‘legal bit’ and the day was rounded off by them going to Nozstock Festival and staying in their very own honeymoon suite – a tipi!

“We knew straight away that we didn’t want a traditional wedding and we both loved the idea of running away together to get married in secret but at the same time we wanted all our friends there too,” the bride told me.”We’d both been to weddings that felt impersonal and where we’d both felt nervous and out of place so our mission was to try and make the day as chilled out and as comfortable for everyone as possible. Gary came up with idea of going to a festival instead of a wedding reception and it all sort of fell into place.”

“My Gran’s garden was 5 minutes away from Nozstock and as soon as Noz confirmed the festival dates we started to organise a wedding. Everything we did we did because we wanted to. We didn’t have a hen or a stag do because we didn’t want one, we didn’t have speeches at the wedding because neither of us wanted to make one and we fed everyone muesli and prunes because we like muesli and prunes!”

“Some ladies want to feel like a princess on their wedding day but I’ve got an obsession with 80’s hair metal and all I wanted really was to feel like a rock star for the day! I didn’t plan to wear aviators at all, I grabbed them at the last minute with the vague idea that by wearing them I might encourage the sun to come out… Looking at the photos I’m soooo glad I did though as they looked incredibly cool. Turning up at the registry office with muddy boots, slightly trashed wedding dress and tattoos with our two witnesses felt pretty Rock n Roll and then arriving at the festival with Sassy our photographer definitely fulfilled some of my rock star dreams.”

Becca wore an Ian Stuart dress which she bought second hand on eBay. “I was gutted when I woke up and it was raining but in the end we were glad that it did as the mist added to the magical atmosphere and meant there was no option of being precious about my dress,” she told me. “I think we well and truely rocked the outdoor rainy wedding with no plan B.”

Big love and thanks to Becca & Gary and their photographer Sassy of Assassynation for sharing these with us today.

Photography Credit: Assassynation
Ceremony Venue: Moors Meadow Gardens (Bride’s Gran’s garden)
Reception Venue: Moors Meadow Gardens & Nozstock Festival
Bride’s Dress: Ian Stuart, “Florence”
Bride’s Shoes: Ex army Firemans Rigger boots (bought on eBay)
Bride’s Headpiece: beautifulbliss on Etsy
Bride’s Jewellery: Topshop
Bride’s Bouquet: DIY
Groom’s Outfit: Various high street and vintage (waistcoat)
Flowergirl’s Dresses: ilovegorgeous.com
Cake: Leggs Bakery in Bromyard
Band: Artists at Nozstock Festival!
Officiant: Steph at Handfasting-Ceremony.com