Jess and Sven’s weekend long Scandi-boho inspired festival wedding was as laidback as they are, and organised in just FOUR MONTHS! “We work abroad for most of the year, running a sailing boat in the Med,” said Jess. “So despite being engaged for well over a year, we hadn’t made any effort to even set a date.” On a whim in May 2017, they couple decided on that very September, and then planned and organised the whole thing from Mallorca!
The couple had a weekend-long wedding, officially marrying on the Friday at Worcester register office with just close family present. Their humanist ceremony on the Saturday was performed by an officiant (who happened to look like Father Christmas, NBD) and held in a field owned by the family of the bride.
As the wedding was held completely outside in England in September, of course the had the weather to contend with, although thunderstorms didn’t dampen their spirits throughout the day, even if the ceremony was very nearly completely delayed due to a massive thunderstorm. “Sven phoned to say all the guests had run inside the tipi to hide, and they were helping themselves to drinks, so they were fine, but I couldn’t get there!” After the storm passed, Jess, her bridesmaids and pageboy were transported to the venue in the most unique way – a ribbon decorated JCB digger! Planned by Jess and her Dad as a surprise for everyone else.
Kornelia and Gareth’s gorgeous Tuscan festival wedding is proof that the enormity of wedding planning is really worth it, as they were bringing friends and family from literally all over the world (they now reside in Shanghai, China, but met in London, and Kornelia is originally from Poland via Australia!) Their week-long “Charlo-palooza” – “a day is definitely not enough time!” – was essentially a holiday for all of the people they love, and they really got involved in all the small details to make it perfect. And they looked sensational whilst doing it – Kornelia’s Zac Posen-esque dress is the stuff of dreams.
Their week-long festival wedding was held at Villa Ulignano in Tuscany. “They have thought of pretty much everything – as well as having some EPIC bedrooms, the villa had so many facilities for guests (pool, two saunas, underground cinema, table tennis, billiards and even casino games tables),” Kornelia explains. “We put on a few events during the week so people could really get to know each other, like a pizza night by the pool. We sourced some cheap gingham fabric and made basic cushion covers to put over IKEA cushions, alongside gingham picnic rugs. The day after the wedding (when everyone was feeling slightly fragile), my parents hosted a Polish night which consisted of lots of Polish food, including pierogi and of course VODKA!”