Star Wars Inspired Summer Festival Wedding

Camera Hannah

October 8, 2017

Sarah and Lukas’ summer wedding was held in a Barn in Oxfordshire. When they first met they bonded over a mutual love of Star Wars, so they added lots of Star Wars memorabilia to the day.

“It was fitting that the first wedding purchase we made were life-sized cardboard cut outs of R2D2 and C3PO!” laughed the bride. “They shared the stage with the band and spent the evening crowdsurfing during the set. We tried to make our day personal by including everything we love – bits of Star Wars, Middle Earth (specifically Bilbo Baggins’ 111th birthday party) pies, airstreams and of course, music.”

“Our wedding was over the August bank holiday, meaning we missed Reading Festival, so naturally our wedding took on a festival vibe. There were food trucks, live music and we spent the night camping in the fields surrounding the barn. We really wanted a laid back wedding where all our friends and family could relax and have a good time.”

There was a lot of ‘firsts’ in this wedding – they secured the first venue they visited and the bride wore the first dress she tried on! “I bought the dress from Heart Aflutter Bridal in London. It was the first dress I tried on! I didn’t feel that traditional wedding dresses were very me and thought I would really struggle to find a dress and the dress shops which I had peered in the windows of left me feeling uninspired. When I discovered Daughters of Simone I fell in love with the lace and the laid back designs. At the time, the Daughters of Simone ‘Jude’ dress I had my eye on was only stocked in two shops in the UK so I went to London to try it on. Heart Aflutter Bridal was full of unique and beautiful dresses, however I spotted the Jude dress as soon as we walked in. I tried it on and knew immediately it was the dress for me!”

Their reception was held at Cold Harbour Barn on Ginge Farm in Wantage. “I saw a photo of our wedding barn online and despite intense Googling I couldn’t find out the name of it. I showed the picture to Lukas who managed to find out what it was called and contacted the owner to arrange for us to view it. It actually turned out to be less than ten minutes from our house. It was the first and only venue we viewed – as soon as we walked up to the barn we knew it was perfect!”

“The barn didn’t have a kitchen so we decided on food trucks for the catering. As pie lovers, we were over the moon to find Pie in the Sky. an amazing pie van covered in fake grass and flowers which served Pieminister pies to our guests in cardboard boxes with wooden cutlery. This was great as it meant we didn’t need to hire any crockery and could all be recycled after the wedding. The pies were followed by ice creams from Daisy – the amazing vintage ice cream van. Instead of having a traditional wedding buffet in the evening The Happy Plaice, our local fish and chip van, agreed to come and serve late night chips to our guests.”

They homemade all the stationery and groom baked their rainbow wedding cake! “Lukas baked an amazing rainbow cake for us! It was covered in white buttercream icing which acted as the perfect Hoth snow scene for the AT-AT bride and groom cake toppers which I made. Lukas made signs for the wedding using old pallets and I painted them which turned out great and cost us nothing. We made our Lego table plan by spray painting a massive charity shop photo frame gold and covering the inside with chalkboard paint. Each table was a couple from our favourite films. It turned out to be a lot trickier than originally planned to track down each Lego mini-figure on eBay!”

“The best thing about the wedding planing was drinking all the ale to use as vases in the barn and eating all the cake samples at wedding fairs! But really, planning a wedding together, coming up with ideas and working together on DIY projects was just so much fun. There is nothing we’d have done differently. We love reminiscing about our wedding day and every time we look at our photos we are taken back to the day. We are in love with the video created by Camera Hannah which we received on the first day of our honeymoon. We went driving down Route 66 and we must have watched it at least once in all of the nine states we visited!”

“One bit of advice we read on Rock n Roll Bride was to take time out for the two of you on the day”, she concluded. “Doing this allowed us to really appreciate how everything we had planned had come together and take time to really be in the moment. We decided early on to not worry what other people thought and plan a day that really reflected us. We didn’t have anything there just because we felt we should.”