Tag Archives: Outdoors

Nature Inspired Family-Centric Wedding with Wind in the Willows References

Chrissy and Dave wanted their wedding to be a place where their families could meet and really get to know each other. With the bride growing up in Brighton and the groom in Liverpool, they’d never had the opportunity to meet before so the wedding was planned to be like a mini family holiday for everyone.

They chose Folly Farm in Bristol as their venue. They loved it because not only could they stay there with 20 of their nearest and dearest all weekend (plus space for campers!) but they could decorate it exactly as they wished.

“Dave’s family hold annual holidays where we all stay in an Airbnb and its really informal, fun, relaxed and special”, began the bride. “When we found Folly Farm it meant we could have everyone for two nights, everyone had to travel so it meant they would have the time to relax, enjoy and get to know the family they are now part of.”

This was a real DIY wedding with everyone pitching in to help. Chrissy painted all the signs and their photographer (and friend) Adrian, made them a personalised canvas to act as a guestbook which he designed himself. They had shepard hooks holding glass jars that were decorated by the groom’s mum, candles and fairy lights to decorate the courtyard and hay bales for people to sit on during the picnic lunch. They purchased lots of picnic blankets and cushions from lots of different places (mostly in the sales and from charity shops).

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A Hailstorm, A Hidden PG Tips Monkey & All The Fun of The Fair!

Do you ever look at a wedding online and think “Ah man, I would have loved to have been at that wedding!?” I do this all the time and Amy and Dave’s day looks like it was a total HOOT! From a freak pre-ceremony rain storm, to real life fun fair amusements to all their guests, their main goal was to enjoy the day as much as physically possible. And oh boy, did they!?

Married at Marleybrook House in Canterbury, Amy and Dave’s main objective was simple: “Fun! Fun! Fun!” said the bride. “We wanted to organise something that felt like us. Neither of us are religious so we knew we wouldn’t want a church or anything, and a big stately home or country hotel just didn’t feel right. I was also conscious that sometimes weddings can feel a bit stale and formulaic so we wanted to avoid doing anything traditional for the sake of it. When looking for a venue I was trying to find something with a fun edge, and well, it doesn’t get much more ‘fun’ than a vintage fun fair and dodgems right?!”

Despite the rain, they still managed to have their dream of an outdoor ceremony, under the pagoda in the grounds of their venue. “We’d planned to hold our ceremony in the outdoor walled garden as it is absolutely gorgeous”, Amy explained. “Our florist had also built a fab floral asymmetric arch on the gazebo so I was desperate to make sure we could actually get married outside. On the day, first thing in the morning was glorious sunshine! The girls and me were so excited. Then it turned. We were getting ready in the onsite studio just behind the walled garden and could hear the crazy hailstorms coming down on the roof. The staff kept coming in to update us, absolutely soaked through. We ended up delaying a little as it was so on and off. I hadn’t realised, but Dave and the venue staff had all of our guests out with umbrellas and rolls of blue paper towel wiping ice and rain off of the seats minutes before the ceremony. Just as we thought we’d have to give in and move inside, they came to get us and said – we have to go NOW. So we abandoned our freshly poured glasses of champagne and went for it.”

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Psychedelic Formal Festival Wedding with 3D Printed Neon Dinosaurs!

Married on the bride’s family’s farm, Levon and Casey had a summer wedding that was full of their favourite things: Colour, dinosaurs and legalised marijuana! Casey designed and made so much for the wedding, even designed own dress. She created the succulent pattern, had it printed and then assembled the dress herself. She used the same patterned fabric for the wedding party’s outfits and Levon’s tie.

“We were inspired by camping, electronic music culture, psychedelia, technology, and neo-paganism for our wedding”, began Casey. ” We both felt like the way to make the wedding as sincere and meaningful as possible was to make ourselves as present in the ceremony, creation, and celebration as possible, so that everyone would be able to recognise us, see how serious we were, and how important it was to both of us.”

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Intimate Wedding by Loch Awe with the Bride in a £25 Thrift Store Dress!

For Rachel and Jamie, there was only one way they wanted to say their I do’s… outside, by a Loch, surrounded by the beautiful Scottish countryside. They were married on April 13th 2018 (happy anniversary guys!!) on the shores of Loch Awe, opposite Kilchurn Castle in in Argyll and Bute, Scotland.

“We didn’t really have a theme other than wanting it to be simple and do as much of it as we could ourselves”, said Rachel. We wanted the beautiful Scottish backdrop to be the star. Scotland is what inspired us. We visited two years previously, almost to the day, and knew we wanted to get hitched outside (regardless of the unpredictable weather). The land is beautiful and felt very magical once we were there.”

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Three-Day Festival Wedding… at a Real Festival!

This is the kind of wedding that you wish you’d been invited to – it looks like it was a riot of fun from start to finish! Rachel and Scott were married on the 20th at Festival 8 in Lincolnshire. Their ceremony was officiated by Sean Atkinson, the festival organiser!

“Our budget wasn’t set out from the start”, began Rachel, “but we knew we weren’t going to go overboard. All in all we spent £4,000 for a three-day wedding. This included EVERYTHING! Venue, food and Pimms for 85 guests, all our outfits, tents, the marquee, gifts for bridal party… the whole shebang!”

Rachel’s stunning blue dress came from Chotronette and her shoes were found online for £10! “I can’t remember where I bought them from, I just knew I wanted a flat platform to give me height without feeling like I was wearing heels and not worrying about sinking in to the grass! I had a military hat made bespoke to me by Katy May at Super Trooperz on Etsy. I gave her a colour scheme and a few key things I wanted it to include (reversible sequins so we could create silly drawings and I wanted it to light up in the dark). I took it on my honeymoon and wore it to death!! I loooove it!”

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DIY-Heavy Sunshine Yellow Summer Picnic Wedding

If this wedding doesn’t turn your frown upside down there just may be no hope for you. Looking at these sunshine-filled shots almost makes me feel like its actually summer outside.

The wedding in question belongs to Carmel and Killian who were married last July on Rosedew Farm in South Wales. “Our wedding was inspired by British summer fairs and picnics”, began the bride. “Luckily it was the best summer that we’ve seen in years as well so it was perfect! We love how much we did for ourselves, it was really hard work but it paid off in the end and everything just felt that little bit more special that we’d put our heart and soul into it all. Literally everything, even down to the napkins, was hand made.”

With a budget of £10,000 (although in reality they spent closer to £14,000) they saved lots of money by having the bride’s dad do the catering (what a champ!) They also saved on Carmel’s dress (a vintage find that was only £60!), by everyone doing their own hair and make up and by the bride making the bridesmaid dresses herself! Their cake that was gifted to them by friends and they made all the stationery and did all the flower themselves too.

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