This is a real family affair with everybody pitching in to help create the perfect country celebration.
The gorgeously decorated rustic tipi full of homemade DIY chalkboard signs, bunting & and more stood in the open field of their friends farm, a simply breathtaking location for a breathtaking wedding. The surrounding estate was used to pitch tents for the guests so they could stay over, they called it the wedding village – so adorable!
Even more adorable are the ladies gowns. Beth’s spaghetti strap wedding dress with giant bow & full skirt looks amazing on her and she topped off her look perfectly with the cutest flower crown. But the bridesmaid dresses, well…. they are just the most gorgeous shade of blue and each one is different to flatter the ladies & suit their personalities.
There is literally still so much more to marvel at, swoon over and pin, so I’d better leave you to it, you’re going to LOVE it!
Beth The Bride: I decided on a cream taffeta gown by MiaMia Bridal with a bow sash. I wanted it to be elegant, minimal and timeless. I chose no lace or embellishment, as I wanted the flowers to be the main accessory. My veil was floor length veil with cream trim.
I didn’t wear any jewellery on the day apart from my engagement and wedding rings which our friend, Tom Lynall, made. Steve wore bespoke cufflinks Tom and I designed together which I surprised Steve with on the morning of the wedding. Tom works in the Jewellery quarter in Birmingham.
My shoes were from Clarks! (Don’t laugh! They were perfect and meant I could walk elegantly down an aisle, amble through corn fields while having photos taken and dance until 3AM!)
Our florist Sarah from Mrs Umbels Flowers did an amazing job in humid, thundery conditions! She gave us a lot of time before we finally chose the flowers and the look we wanted. We wanted a very informal English country garden feel to the flowers so decided on jam-jars on the tables in the Tipi and jugs in church – no pedestal, just informal. She also created my beautiful headpiece with individually wired leaves. It was perfect and lasted all day. I loved it so much I had to wear it to breakfast the next morning! She also created a beautiful arch over the entrance to the church made of white gypsophila and foliage.
My Gran, Verna Dakin, also created a display with the flowers in the watering cans. She owned.
Our ceremony was at St Leonard’s Church, Swithland in Leicestershire and we chose our ‘perfect field’ on our friends farm in Marston Trussell, Northamptonshire for the reception. We had tipi’s put up which were provided by Peak Tipis. They did a brilliant job setting them up and did everything possible to ensure we could have the tipi’s by a beautiful oak tree which was very important to us (we printed off many photos from the past 8 years Steve and I have been together, wrapped string around the trunk of the tree and hung the photos from tiny pegs to create a focal point. We bought LED lanterns from Ikea and hung them from branches. The automatically lit up once it was dark and created a fairytale look).
We spend out honeymoon night in an idyllic spot, privately tucked away where nobody could find us! Bell Tents were provided by Magical Camping.
During the ceremony my Sister, Abi Dakin, read out a poem she had written for our wedding day. It is one of our most special memories from the day and reduced me to tears (which doesn’t happen easily!)
Everything was personal to us and helped made possible by the wonderful Dakin and Tongue families.
Handmade signs by my Grandpa, Gilbert Dakin. We had them dotted around the field and on the drive up to the field.
He even made signs with our friends names on for outside their bell tents so they could remember which one was theirs as they staggered back at 4AM…
My Sister, Abi Dakin, wrote all the drinks signs, cocktail menu, blanket signs etc.
My Auntie, Dawn Healey-Dakin wrote the table plan cards, place names and table numbers/names.
The table cloths were made from sari material by Steve’s Aunties, Trisha Wildbore and Karen Tongue.
My Dad, John Dakin, surprised us with giant S&B initials positioned on the bank leading up to the bell tents, which he had made.
Photo Booth was in a beautiful wooden horse trailer that belonged to Chris Thresh, the farm manager. We created a wall of hay bales and using a camera and computer from Dad’s work we made a Photo Booth. All the props were things we had in dressing up boxes already!
Steve’s Dad and Mum, Gary and Nicky Tongue, spent days before the wedding hanging paper light shades from fishing wire and attaching lengths of ribbon for colour.
My Cousin, Hannah Beeching, and Auntie, Gail Langton, hung all the paper bunting.
Occasional furniture was provided by our families so we had an eclectic mix to make the venue feel homely and confortable. We borrowed a fire pit from Steve’s Auntie and Uncle, Pete and Trisha Wildbore, which our guests enjoyed sitting around outside once the sun had gone down.
My Mum, Kay Dakin, helped create the menu cards and order of service for the ceremony. She spent days printing, guillotining, sticking and creating! She hand picked Rosemary and Lavender from her garden to use to decorated the place settings a day before the wedding. Each one was arranged with a knife, fork, napkin and menu tied with a piece of string. We spent hours arranging each one!
Chris, the farm Manager, provided us with a large piece of oak tree, which they had sawed in half and mounted on hay bales. This became the table which drink dispensers were laded out on for guests when they first arrived and where we cut our cake.
This is only the tip of the ice-burg of all the things our families did for us to make our day perfect. The amount of effort and love that went into everything was overwhelming and both Steve and I are so proud of what we achieved and thankful to everyone for their hard work. We literally couldn’t have done it without them.
I also want to mention my lovely Grandma and Grandpa, Joan and Keith Langton, who kept us all well fed and watered throughout the setting up days with the lovely picnics they provided!
Our cake was provided by Lisa Sims from the Melbourne Cake Company. The wooden stand was from a tree cut down on the farm. Again, we wanted a very rustic and informal feel so we opted for a ‘naked cake’ with no icing. Lisa layeredd up victoria sponge with butter cream and jams. To decorate we had fresh berries and Sarah, the florist, created a floral top which complimented our table flowers.
Our caterers, Kemp and Kemp fitted the brief of ‘relaxed and informal’ through their ‘posh picnic’. The food was presented beautifully and tasted delicious.
Plato Catering Hire supplied all our tables, chairs, linen and crockery etc.
Bridesmaids dresses were designed and made by Clarabow Design a dressmakers in Leicester. She incorporated my Bridesmaids individual tastes and created three slightly different dresses, each one perfect for each Bridesmaid. We opted for pale dove grey chiffon which they all looked beautiful in!
Grooms suit, tie and handkerchief were from Reiss. We chose a summery blue coloured suit, which Steve had tailored to fit, with a crisp white shirt and pale pink and white striped tie. It complimented the Groomsmen and Bridesmaids dresses perfectly but made him stand out as the Groom.
Groomsmen suits cam e from Next. We opted for a different shade to the Grooms suit, as we wanted to distinguish Steve from them. They wore the same white shirts and we bought navy ties with small white polka dots from River Island which came with matching handkerchiefs.
We created our own music playlists on Spotify and Steve’s brothers, Craig and Andrew Tongue and our friends, Paul Cox and Dylan Woodhead took care of keeping everyone dancing (including my Grandpa who I have never seen dance before! One of my most precious memories seeing him have so much fun!)
We used a vintage Rolls-Royce to get us to the church, provided by Stonehurt Farm
Steve’s Dad, Gary Tongue, drove us from the church to the farm and then we changed into an open top Land Rover kindly lent to us by a friend of my Uncle Paul. Sarah, our florist, created an amazing display of flowers which sat in the spare wheel on the bonnet which Steve could only just see over as he drove up to the field
My Cousin Hannah Dakin kindly recorded things for us.
Sam Ward was our Photographer who we can’t thank enough.
The day after the wedding we invited everyone back for breakfast who had stayed in nearby hotels and fed the campers who had stayed with us on the farm. We set up some BBQs and cooked breakfast which was provided by Gary & Nicky Tongue and Pete & Trish Wildbore.
Photography by Samantha Ward Photography
- Dress Designer MiaMia Bridal
- Veil Mia Sposa
- Engagement Ring Lynall Jeweller
- Bridal Shoes Clarks
- Bridesmaid Dresses Clarabow Design
- Grooms Suit Reiss
- Groomsmen Next
- Ties River Island
- Tipi Peak Tipis
- Catering Kemp and Kemp
- Florist Mrs Umbels
- Cake Melbourne Cake
- Table Linen/ Crockery/ Tables/ Chairs Plato Hire
- Trailer Fridge & Toilet Hire Arrow Loos
- Bar hire Tonic Events
- Tent Magical Camping
- Transport Rolls-Royce provided by Stonehurst Farm