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Carnival Hoedown Wedding on a Farm: Matthew & Jessica

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Carnival themed weddings might be nothing new, but when I see one as top notch as Matthew & Jessica’s I can’t help but want to share it with you. That dress! Those bridesmaids! That location! It’s just all so perfectly beautiful and utterly Rock n Roll.

“Neither of us really wanted a wedding to begin with, so when we made the choice to get married and have a celebration, we sat down and thought long and hard about why we were doing it, and what it meant to us.”, began the bride. “We threw all the rules out the window, started from scratch, and created the day we wanted to have. We always said that, if we were to have a wedding, that we’d throw a party and then, at some point in the evening, we’d get married. So we did just that.”

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One of the decisions we were most happy with was to get ready together. We had a big sleepover the night before with our ‘carnies’ (bridesmaids and groomsmen) and their partners. It meant we got to go to sleep together, wake up the morning of our wedding together, go and set up the venue together, help each other get dressed and then hold hands until the moment we were wed. I don’t know how I would’ve felt doing all those things without Matt sharing them with me.”

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Rustic Winter Wedding on a Farm: Katie & Nicholas

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Getting married on December 1st, Katie & Nicholas had a rustic winter themed wedding. The day was held at Karnes Stables in Florida. “According to our guests, our wedding felt like ‘Twilight’ meets ‘Pinterest’ which I am NOT offended by at all!” laughed the bride. “I wanted our day to feel magical and very comfortable and I think through the months of planning and creating, we achieved what we wanted perfectly. The hard work and creativity did not go unnoticed by our guests.”

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“We’ve always been very creative and didn’t want a normal clichĂ©d or traditional wedding. Pinterest was a huge inspiration but we didn’t want to copy what everyone else had done. So we just brainstormed a lot on ideas how to make it feel like ‘us’. We hunted down every item at the Salvation Army and second hand stores and turned other people’s trash into our treasures!”

“The seating chart was made of an old window pane that we found at a junkyard and painted with chalkboard paint (which was super easy to do). My vintage brooch bouquet was a lot of work. We thrifted most of the brooches and used a Styrofoam ball to wire them all in. It took A LOT of brooches though so if you’re thinking of making one start looking for them right away!”

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Homespun DIY Farm Wedding: Nicole & Greg

Nicole & Greg were married at home, at their own farm in Port Orchard, Washington. The wedding was a DIY family affair. The maid of honour’s mother baked the cake, Greg’s Aunt baked the pies and family and friends catered the event with home cooked food. A very good friend officiated the ceremony and Nicole’s mother played the harp for the processional. Greg’s mother made all the bouquets and boutonnieres and Nicole designed the invitations and RSVP cards, as well as all the decor and reception details!

“The scope of our wedding really was pretty huge”, began the bride. “Not only did we hold it at our farm, we did a ton of DIY. With all of the time and money it took us to whip the place into shape, I’m sure it would have been cheaper and easier to rent a venue. But I’m glad we did it the way we did for a lot of reasons. It made the day that much more special; we were inviting guests not just to our wedding, but to our home. We exchanged vows in front of the garden that my friends and I had cultivated and planted ourselves, and we played games in the yard while the barnyard animals looked on. Plus, it was a great excuse to do all those projects around the farm that had been neglected. The barn got all cleaned out and decorated so sweetly, we even replaced a fenceline! Every little touch was a true reflection of our vision for our perfect wedding. It was so satisfying to look around at what we had created and soak up the day with our beloveds.”

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A Festival Tipi Wedding on the Family Farm: Amy & Chris

Festival and tipi weddings have been big in 2012… like huge. Like they’re the wedding trend that just won’t quit. And that not necessarily a bad thing, because hell, who doesn’t love a festival and camping and toasting marshmallows over an open fire?

When Amy & Chris set to planning their July wedding, they decided that the groom’s family home, Laskey Farm in Thelwall, was a more than perfect spot. After a humanist ceremony performed by Kate Gee came a various bands and performances with the evening being rounded off with a silent disco!

“Our ceremony was totally unique because of the lack of legal and religious stuff every minute of it was about us”, explained the bride. “My sister and I read Pablo Neruda’s Sonnet XVII in English and Spanish which sounded amazing even though I couldn’t understand what she was saying! My cousin Tom, who’s an actor, read a ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ which I’d chosen as a surprise for Chris because we tease him about looking like an owl! His friend Tom played some Beatles songs for the beginning and end of the ceremony, and in the middle we had an ‘alternative hymn’ – The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” which worked really well, everyone joined in and sang along! We both felt quite strongly about being atheist and not having a church wedding, so after a little research we found Kate Gee, a humanist celebrant and all round fantastic lady. She totally understood the way we felt about our wedding and took lots of time to get to know us both so that she could write and talk about us in detail and on a personal level throughout the ceremony. It was the ultimate way to personalise our wedding! She suggested the handfasting involving the colourful ribbons and it worked beautifully – we tied the ribbons to random chairs and at the end of the ceremony anyone with a ribbon was asked to come up and tie it around our hands, and wish us well. My mum had stitched my buttons from the collection I’d inherited from my Nana to the ends of the ribbons to weigh them down so that they hung beautifully and didn’t get tangled in the wind; after the ceremony we tied them into a tree on the lawn.”

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A Farm Engagement Shoot: Jo & James

I was married at 24, which is pretty young really, so I was by far the first of my friends to tie the knot. But now, getting scarily close to 30 (as Gareth likes to kindly tell me. Oi! I’m only 28 buster!) a lot of my friends are now walking down the aisle too. EXCITING.

So when Jo, who I used to work with at the shopping channel, got engaged to James, I was straight in there with my recommendations and ideas for her wedding… in fact I’m probably verging on annoying about the whole thing. But for Jo, wedding photographer David McNeil was the obvious choice. He also used to work at said shopping channel (!) and feeling comfortable in front of the camera was super important to Jo & James. David is a wizz at this. I can vouch for him.

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A Farm Engagement Shoot: Jo & James

I was married at 24, which is pretty young really, so I was by far the first of my friends to tie the knot. But now, getting scarily close to 30 (as Gareth likes to kindly tell me. Oi! I'm only 28 buster!) a lot of my friends are now walking down the aisle too. EXCITING. So when Jo, who I used to work with at the shopping channel, got engaged to James, I was straight in there with my recommendations and ideas for her wedding... in fact I'm probably verging on annoying about the whole thing. But for Jo, wedding photographer David McNeil was the obvious choice. He also used to work at said shopping channel (!) and feeling comfortable in front of the camera was super important to Jo & James. David is a wizz at this. I can vouch for him. "I was quite apprehensive before the shoot as I just wanted it to be perfect", Jo explained. "I know James isn't keen on having his photo taken (I'm not so bothered!) so I was nervous we wouldn't get any decent photos of us both, then when it came to the wedding day I'd be constantly stressing about it! But I need not have worried. David made us feel really comfortable from the get go. There was no awkward posing or cheesy smiles... it all felt really natural, which really shows in the photos (I think!) In the end we both really enjoyed the whole experience, we're both extremely happy with the photos... David was awesome and I can't wait to see what he does for the wedding! I'd definitely recommend an engagement shoot to any couple that are getting married as it prepares you for the big day."

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DIY Farm Wedding & the Wedding Photographer who Captured the Milky Way: Shirley & Waz

You’ve probably seen one of Shirley & Waz’ wedding photographs before, because it went kinda viral. Remember the wedding photograph that captured the actual milky way!? Yeah that one… (and if you didn’t – and where have you been? – it’s at the bottom of this post). Anyway after wedding photographer Lakshal Perera published that image and everyone calmed down and people stopped squealing “PhotoShop!” (it wasn’t by the way) every single wedding blogger on the planet (probably) waited with baited breath to see the rest of the images. And jeez I nearly fell off my chair when Lakshal emailed me to ask if I’d like to be the blog to share it… erm… let me think about that for like 2 seconds… HELL YES PLEASE!

The wedding took place at Kyalla, a farm about 15km south of Deniliquin in New South Wales, Australia. “We met in 2009, whilst we were both working at farm in England”, began the bride. “Warren had been working as a shepherd since November 2008, and I was working periodically in the manor house helping with cooking. The head chef, Vesta, who was Warren’s neighbour, had mentioned to me that there was a nice chap who lived next door and had a pet lamb. One afternoon we walked past each other and smiled at each other. A few days later I went to pat the pet lamb and met Warren when he got home from work. We chatted for a few hours, then met up after a couple of days and shared a bottle of wine and good conversation. I took a photo of Max the lamb and wrote a poem for Warren, which I then posted through his letterbox. Warren, who was impressed by my humour and thoughtfulness, then wrote a poem back and delivered it to me with some wild flowers. I was equally as impressed.”

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