Inspired by the best bits from all their favourite festivals (but particularly Burning Man), Sophie and Carl planned a fully-immersive wedding with a focus on partying, celebrating and making it feel as close to a festival as they could. The bride got ready in a tent, they hired food trucks for catering and they had a killer line up of house and drum & base DJs to help them dance into the early hours of the morning. The dubbed the day “The Wild Wedding” and a wild time was certainly had by all!
The wedding was held at the location Wildwood Disco in Cambridgeshire, which provided them with a gorgeous woodland canopy to be married under. Their outdoor ceremony was led by a friend and in front of a nest-like structure around a stage, which was still there from the last festival.
“It didn’t really follow a formal structure for the ceremony”, said the bride. “We wrote all our own vows and we had all the children take part in an immersive reading by our best friend to Everybody’s Freeto Wear Sunscreen by Baz Luhrmann. They had all been given a craft project prior to the wedding to make signs with different words in the song. They all came up to the front one-by-one to display their signs during the ceremony. I walked down the aisle to my other best friend signing Zero 7 Somersault which was pretty special! We then walked out to Tender by Blur.”
“We themed the evening around Burning Man and made everything In the wood come to life with lighting, LEDS and props”, Sophie continued. “We named our tables after members of our family who’ve passed away – with pictures of them and short bios so that in some way we could carry on their story and have them present on the day.”
A funny moment was during the speeches when Sophie was presented with a giant pram (big enough for her to get in!) by Carl. She explains, “It’s always been a dream of mine to be pushed around in one and he already promised he’d make it one day but he came through as a surprise on the wedding day! It was such a highlight for me – you have to see it to believe it!”
The highlight of the day for them both was dancing as the sun went down with all their favourite people. “Everyone had changed into their evening outfits and we’d switched on the lights and lit up the trees. It was magic.”