Tag Archives: Outdoors

Festival Wedding with Celtic Druid Ceremony & a Spray Painted Dress!

Coleen and Gavin’s jawdropping wedding day was held at their farmhouse in Margherafelt, Northern Ireland. The ceremony was performed by a druid and the full-day reception was essentially a festival, with 25 acts over three stages (yep, you read that right!). And on top of that, just wait til you see Coleen’s spray painted rainbow dress!

“We hold this little festival at our farmhouse every year, and thought it would be the perfect place to have our wedding,” Coleen explains. “All our friends and family will already be there and we’ve always said that we wanted an outdoor wedding. What could be more perfect than having it at our own home?”

Having their wedding at home meant they could totally personalise the details of the day and make it unique to them. “We had an old Celtic ceremony done by The Order of The Druids in Ulster that took place in a stone circle,” Coleen continues. “We had a stone marking each of the compass points and an element at each direction: a small bowl with earth in it, a small fire pit burning charcoal, incense for air and a bowl filled with water. We were blessed at each compass point by the druid, who then joined our hands together with the cord, and then together we lit our hand fasting candle, which is re-lit every year on our wedding anniversary. At the end of the ceremony, everyone tied gifts to the branches of the tree as an offering, and we all had a good boogie to Groove is in the Heart by Deelite. Everyone laughed, cried, and spoke of how beautiful and unique a ceremony it was!”

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Southern Gothic Wiccan Wedding in the Rain

The weather doesn’t always play ball and even though the heavens well and truly opened on Kelley and Jeff’s wedding day they didn’t let it stop them having the outdoor ceremony they always wanted!

They were married on October 29th and had a Halloween themed Wiccan celebration at The Glasgow Farm in Fredericksburg, Virginia. ” Our wedding theme was southern gothic, laid-back swampy”, said the bride, “the place where beauty and decay meet. We wanted a Halloween wedding that the ghosts of our ancestors would have felt at home attending.”

“Our inspiration was Harper Lee, Anne Rice and William Faulkner. Also, hoodoo, dark romanticism, nightmares, New Orleans, Savannah, the blues, jazz, Edgar Allan Poe, cemeteries, plantation, abandoned places, ghosts and magick!”

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Bright Mexican Inspired DIY Lawn Wedding

Liz and Ade decided to have a wedding that totally reflected what they wanted, getting rid of ALL the traditions they didn’t find important – and we have ALL the love for their beautiful day! They transformed their dry hire venue into a bright and relaxed fiesta, held outdoors in some gorgeous (and unusual!) June sunshine.

“I’d always wanted to get married outside, but it’s not as easy as you’d think in England!” Liz warns. Despite this, once they found their dream outdoors venue – Huntsmill Farm in Buckingham – everything fell into place. “We chose to have a handfasting ceremony in the gorgeous grounds of Huntsmill Farm, having legally married at a pretty registry office one month previous. Martin and Rhiannon from Perfect Handfastings were amazing and lead such a meaningful ceremony – everyone commented on how beautiful it was! No one had been to a handfasting before and all enjoyed something a little different.” During the ceremony, they handed out cake and mead to everyone. They also chose to have an unplugged ceremony: “It means so much to me that you can see everyone enjoying the ceremony rather than looking through their phones.”

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Bohemian Forest Wedding Inspired by the South American Sunset (with the Bride in a Hand-Painted Dress!)

I don’t usually like to make assumptions about which weddings might be the most popular ones that we publish, but I’m pretty confident to state that I think you are all going to lose your collective shit when you see Lisa and Tom’s wedding. Why? Well would you get a load of her DRESS!!! Before we move onto discussing anything else about this one, we need to talk about that immediately!

Unbelievably, the dress was actually upcycled from an inexpensive secondhand gown by one of the bridesmaids! Lisa explained, “My dress, shoes, decorations were all down to my most incredible bridesmaids and mum, with a huge shout out to the most bad ass bridesmaid, Katy. She doubled up as my dressmaker/ graphic designer/ sign maker/ temporary tattooist! I’d been spamming the bessies from half way across the world with colour schemes and dress ideas. Katy then surprised me on my birthday by sending me a photo of the most incredible ‘prototype dress’ that she had lovingly adopted from a charity shop and painstakingly painted and sewn back together.”

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Orange, Purple & Geometric Wedding with Smoke Bombs!

Belinda, from Australia, met J, from New Zealand, in 2014 at a Halloween party. They now live in the UK together. They originally planned a big wedding for 80 guests in Auckland, but changed their minds and decided to do something small in the UK when the costs were just mounting too high.

“Our only big mistake during wedding planning was starting down the path of planning an expensive wedding in my home country of New Zealand”, the groom began. “Not only was the cost of hosting a large wedding daunting, but trying to arrange it all from another country made things really stressful.”

“We were very close to booking a venue, when Belinda’s mum suggested we scale things way back and have a small garden wedding in the UK. The more we thought about it the more it made sense, and once we changed plans everything started to fall in place. While it was hard to drastically reduce the number of guests, our friends and family were all really supportive.”

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Natural & Outdoorsy Scottish Wedding

Both lovers of nature and being outdoors, Katie and Andy wanted their Scottish wedding to have a really natural feel. It was also really important to them that all their guests were relaxed and that the venue they chose could accommodate everyone they wanted to invite – including their four legged fur-babies!

“Our love of nature and being outside was the inspiration for our wedding”, said the bride. “It was very laid back and informal. Some of our guests wore elegant dresses and suits and others were in jeans and t-shirts. There was little structure to the day and was just about people mingling together and having fun in a beautiful setting.”

The day was held at Taymouth Estate near Aberfeldy. They had a hand-fasting ceremony performed by an interfaith minister. “Angie lead our ceremony. She included a story of how we met and our hopes and wishes for the future. We had a hand-fasting, with each of our bridesmaids and groomsmen draping a different coloured ribbon over our clasped hands, to represent our hopes for our marriage. We spoke personalised vows and placed our rings on our fingers with our hands still tied.”

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