Rachel and Luke were married in a field at Fernhill Farm in Somerset. They had their ceremony outside and their reception and after party in she sheep shearing barn! “Our legal ceremony was very low key at a registry office in Bristol the day before the wedding so we could have a personal ceremony at the wedding venue”, began the bride. “We asked our friend Doug Francisco, Ringmaster of the The Invisible Circus, to guide our unofficial vows.”
“It was important for us to create a party for all of our friends. We have so many people that are important to us in our lives – especially because of Luke’s festival work – we wanted to find a way to involve as many of them as we could. Creating a festival style wedding seemed the perfect solution, enabling us to use our contacts. I guess lots of people would consider this alternative, but to us it is quite normal.”
Rachel wore a 1920s style sequinned, beaded dress which came from a high street store. Her shoes were from New Look and in her hair she wore simple silk flowers. Luke dressed very casually, in his favourite hat, jeans and a black jacket. They both wanted to feel comfortable and like themselves.
“Luke worked very hard to make the wedding happen”, she continued, “he was on site for days fencing and hanging festoon lighting. He was so busy he turned up at home just before we were due at the registry office covered in mud! The stationery and table plan were all handmade by me, all of the event organisation, bookings, infrastructure and build was done by Luke. It was a huge amount of work but he is very experienced and enjoyed the build with the boys.”
“We had a small budget but we achieved a huge amount thanks to help and support from so many wonderful people. The biggest expense was our fantastic venue, but it made all the difference.”