Lucienne and Peter wanted a wedding day that perfectly reflected their own personal style. It was held on Fairoaks Farm in West Sussex and was a laid back day full of fun details. “We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding, so that shaped how the whole day felt and how we planned it”, began the bride. “We wanted it to be fun, colourful, relaxed, rustic, in tune with nature and handmade!”
“We had a Pagan handfasting ritual ceremony which was very much in line with our surroundings and with the place itself. We wanted it to be more inclusive and welcoming than a regular church wedding so the ceremony itself involved our friends and they had parts to play within it. The four bridesmaids called the elemental corners and the groom’s sister carried incense to cleanse the sacred space. It was very much a new but welcoming experience for our guests. We also jumped a besom (broom) at the close of the ceremony, this is a tradition that signifies the couple leaping into their new life together. The photos from this part are breathtaking!”
Lara and Gav were married in Lara’s parent’s back garden. They set up a marquee and decorated it with collected and borrowed items from friends and junk shops. “The garden was beyond perfect despite the rain”, explained the bride. “It has been lovingly created and maintained by my parents since they moved in 15 years ago. It has always played host to whimsical parties, and lent itself brilliantly to the occasion.”
“We wanted the day to be as communal as possible and accordingly roped in as many guests as we possibly could”, she continued. “Everyone was most happy to oblige, and this communal feeling was ultimately the theme and what really made the day for both of us, and everyone involved.”
What could be more ‘quirky-Brit’ than Morris Dancing? For my foreign friends, Morris Dancing is a traditional form of English folk dance dating back to the 15th Century. Dancers adorn their bodies with bells and whistles whilst wielding handkerchiefs, sticks and even swords… It’s certainly a niche form of fun, but one that that initially brought Bev & Ed together.
“I met Ed met when I joined the Border Morris Dancing Side Ryknild Rabble,” began the bride. “Our first dance was our favourite Morris dance which we danced on the cobbles outside our reception venue, the Kings Head in Lichfield. It was a fantastic moment to share our wedding dance with the all the Ryknild Rabble and the people of Lichfield who watched from the side.”
“We decided to have a day that would be relaxed based around the things we enjoyed – beer, live music, good friends, great traditional dance and honest basic grub. We wanted people to have the option to come and go as they pleased.”
The couple planned the entire wedding themselves, spending just £3000. “We loved our free flowing day and so many people have commented that they did too”, Bev continued. “Some of my friends from work are Muslim and they commented how much they enjoyed it too. We were so pleased to create a fantastic party that also crossed over cultural boundaries.”