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).
Emily and Elliott’s M.O. for their wedding day was to keep everything low budget and low stress – not two things that often go hand in hand with wedding planning! Early on, though, they decided that they wanted to keep things very simple, with very little pomp and ceremony – just loads of love and laughter.
With a £6,000 budget. they knew they wanted to keep things local – as they met, live and love in south London it would’ve felt wrong for them to do it anywhere else! They held their reception at Asylum Chapel in Peckham and moved onto The Ivy House pub in Nunhead afterwards for hot dogs, chips and plenty of dancing.
Emily is in love with 1930s to 1950s fashion and all the glitz and glamour that old school Hollywood entails. She knew a fluffy white dress just wasn’t going to cut it for her, but was nervous to abandon tradition at first. After a visit to a bridal boutique to try on traditional dresses confirmed her suspicions, she tried on an amazing sequin dress last and whilst, being white the colour was wrong, the sparkles had her at hello. Furious searching online for something similar in a different colour was fruitless, so she made the snap decision to get something similar made on Etsy.
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.”