The wedding theme for Catherine and Tom’s summer celebration was simply all their favourite things coming together into a colourful mish-mash. This translated to colourful flowers, homemade cakes, high street outfits and a fun-filled barn reception. They tied up lots of greenery from the woods with ribbons along one wall of the space and because the barn didn’t have lighting, they strung up loads of festoon and fairy lights for the evening.
The day started with a humanist ceremony in the woods (they were legally married at the register office the day before). Catherine explains, “We were married under a gorgeous gnarly tree that we later climbed. After Liz, our friend who lead the ceremony, welcomed everyone, two friends read poems, a John Betjemen poem about jellyfish that seemed to perfectly describe the day we got engaged, and the other, I Carry Your Heart by E.E. Cummings, which was a favourite of mine from a book that belonged to my mum. Then we read promises to each other and exchanged our rings, which we had had made from family gold and had Walk with me Always engraved inside. We hung a hoop to the tree and invited everyone to tie a knot (the fabric we’d used for our bunting) to create a colourful rag wreath that we can use to remember the day. Then finally we all sang Wild Mountain Thyme, a folk song that Tom and I have many happy memories of singing together. I played guitar (very amateurishly) and our friend Ali played cello (very professionally).”
Festival weddings aren’t going anywhere and I for one couldn’t be happier about it! I mean what’s not to love about all this colour, creativity and fun!? And when a wedding is lovingly DIYed entirely by the couple themselves, well, you better believe we’re going to want to share it with our readers!
Lily and Jacob were hitched in August at Duncton Mill Fishery in West Sussex. It ended up being the biggest cost of their £14,000 budget (£2500 for the hire and £2500 for the marquee) but it was the perfect spot for what they wanted their wedding to be. “When I first created the dreaded wedding Pinterest page I named it ‘botanical rainbow'”, began the bride. “I wanted lots of fresh natural greenery but its of bright colours too!”
“Jacob and I love colour and quirkiness, we wanted it to be a celebration. We love the outdoors and are forever walking with our rescue dogs, so knew it had to be an outdoor wedding but that it had to be full of as much colour as physically possible. We didn’t want the traditional stuffy church wedding and white and purple colour scheme, we wanted it to be an explosion of colour!”
Em and Tam were married in August at Court Farm in Standerwick, a lovingly restored 16th Century farmhouse set in ten acres of gardens and grounds in the heart of the English countryside. It was the perfect backdrop for their laid back day. They wanted their wedding to feel vibrant yet folky and they were inspired by vintage Americana, retro elements and Mexico.
“The inspiration for our wedding was each other and the all things that we both love doing, wearing; eating and seeing”, they began.
They were legally married a few days before so on the day they actually considered to be their wedding, Tam’s brother was able to lead a non-legal ceremony in the barn. “Court Farm is a really gorgeous site with two barns – a rustic barn and then a wool shed. We hired the venue from Friday to Monday, and then we organised everything ourselves and just built on the beautiful canvas Court Farm provided. They also had a fire pit which was really nice to gather around in the evening. The Host’s, Roger and Yvonne, are so lovely and helpful – they even lent us some hay bales! Court Farm is also dog friendly, so we were able to involve our fur-babies in the day, which was really important to us.”