OH MY GOD, oh my god, oh my god. Let me COUNT THE WAYS in which I absolutely adore this wedding. Lusea and Nancy’s incredible wedding style just radiates on pure JOY and their day perfectly bridges the gap between tongue-in-cheek and hand-in-heart. Plus, they had McDonalds as their wedding meal. RELATABLE ICONS.
“We didn’t have a set mind of what kind of wedding we wanted,” Lusea and Nancy say, “we knew more of what we didn’t want. We didn’t care for wedding favours, fancy cars or flowers, so we didn’t have any. The things that were important to us both were our dads walking us down the aisle, and having a space where all 22 kids could run riot.”
They were even open about where in the world to get married. “After looking at a few in Cornwall, Kent and London, and even considering eloping in Las Vegas we came across The Old Dairy in Hackney. We said yes to our venue after the first visit, even though it was really hard to see what we were working with as they had a set built in it at the time. It just had the right vibe for us. We loved how raw and stripped back it was, and knew it could handle how much colour we wanted to inject into it without it feeling too much.”
As fantasy cosplayers in their spare time, there was no doubt in their minds that Joana and Maria’s wedding would be a fantastical fairytale! Drawing inspiration from all different areas – their participation in medieval festivals, their love of steampunk and all things rustic and fairytales; they didn’t want to be constrained by one particular genre so they just chose all the things they love.
They brought their vision to life by DIYing practically everything for their big day – from their stationery to their ceremony and reception decor, they even made their own outfits, painstakingly keeping them secret from one another and stealing moments to sew when the other one was out.
“It made it quite complicated and stressful at times, but sewing our own outfits was my favourite part of planning the wedding,” said Maria. “We really wanted to surprise each other and have the first moment we saw each other’s outfits at the ceremony.”
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.”