This afternoon we’re off to the farm for a rustic wedding filled with family and lots of fun garden games. Buckettsland Farm sounds like it’s from a children’s story book and looks like a lovely venue for a laid back wedding.
Claire & Tom have a little boy, so keeping him and the other mini guests at the wedding was essential and to be honest, which grown up doesn’t enjoy giant connect four and a coconut shy?!?
Claire’s bouquet is divine too – filled with antique roses and lavender – it must have smelt absolutely delicious!
A Relaxed & Fun Day
Claire The Bride: Having a 2 year old son, we wanted a day that would involve him. We wanted the day to be really relaxed and fun, it isn’t often you have all your friends and family in one place at the same time. We wanted everyone to be involved in the day hence why we did a Wedding Bake Off. It was so much fun and everyone made such an effort in what they made. The day was perfect, the sun was shining, the venue was beautiful, the food was delicious and the music was great.
Our photographer and videographer captured the day perfectly and we couldn’t have asked for two nicer people to capture those special moments.
Ask family and friends to help by either making bunting or favours or bringing food. Everyone loves to feel that they contributed in some way to your wedding and it takes the stress off you.
I wanted something that I would feel comfortable in. I tried on loads of dresses at various boutiques but nothing felt right. I saw this dress in Coast and instantly fell in love with it. I loved the Grecian look of the dress and thought that the detail was very unusual. I had 2 pairs of shoes, one for the ceremony and a flat pair for dancing in the evening. Both were from Kurt Geiger. I wanted my hair to look natural with a few flowers as I didn’t want to take anything away from the dress. I wore a vintage pearl bracelet which was my husband’s mums.
Tom wanted a blue informal suit – no tails and not too dark! The shoes were tanned vintage Ted Baker shoes. Tom had cuff links made for himself and each of his groomsmen which they wore on the day. They decided to have some fun and wear colourful socks too.
We wanted a marquee and a place where we could have the ceremony and party together as we had lots of children and didn’t want people driving too far. Buckettsland Farm was perfect and Lorraine the owner was amazing. She, as well as the beautiful location are what made as choose the venue. We had our legal ceremony on the Thursday at St Albans registry office with close family only and then had a Humanist ceremony on the Saturday in front of all our friends and family. It was exactly what we wanted, nothing too formal. With the help of Lorraine we decorated the marquee the way we wanted on the Friday. Myself and the bridesmaids stayed over the night before the wedding and had a wonderful time swimming, drinking champagne and catching up. My husband and I stayed there on the night of the wedding and Lorraine made us a delicious breakfast the morning after. It was the ideal setting with perfect weather.
We wanted a country fete themed wedding with lots of English flowers. We made the bunting from various fabrics family members had. We borrowed the wood centre pieces from a friend. I love the smell of lavender so used this to decorate the napkins. I used the saucers from the teacup sets to make the place setting and used nailpolish to write the names on the plates. We made favours out of loads of jars we had asked friends and family members to save over the few months before the weddings. We filled them with pick n mix type sweets and used material left over for the lids and tied them with hessian – this went with the fete theme.
My sister lives in Cornwall and she used St Mellion Flowers for various weddings she had hosted at her restaurant over the years. We bought the jugs and centre piece flowers from here. They were all fake but you couldn’t tell. I bought loads of vintage teacups from various charity shops and filled them with pansies to have a few real flowers on the tables. My bouquet was beautiful and consisted of the lavender I bought for the napkins, baby breath and vuvezala roses which were also used in the groom and groomsmen buttonholes. The bridesmaid bouquets were made of baby breath simply tied with hessian.
The Wedding Party
The Bridesmaid dresses were from Mint Velvet. They were beautiful, very simple and the colour was perfect. The girls wore their own sandals. The Groomsmen wore suits with shoes they chose themselves. The flowergirls wore simple vintage dresses I bought online. My son was a pageboy and wore my husband’s family tartan with a pair of converse and a waistcoat.
We had two ceremonies as our venue wasn’t licensed for weddings. The registry office was very intimate with only close family. On the Saturday we had a humanist ceremony where we got to choose our own wordings and readings. My sister, Kylie read a poem on behalf of our son which was very emotional. We also had a poem read by my bridesmaid Kate which had to do with baking which was really funny and we have it framed in our kitchen.
We used Huff n Puff for the games during the afternoon. We had mini golf, hook a duck, guess the card and giant connect 4. This was fantastic as both the adults and kids had fun playing the games. We handed out raffle tickets to the winners and had a prize giving during the dinner. In the evening we had DJ Andy who I can’t recommend enough. He asked us for a list of songs we really wanted and he managed to play them all. The dance floor was full from start to end and at the end of the evening we had to ask people to leave the dance floor as people were having so much fun.
My sisters’ partners Dylan Williams and Jason Fry made the canapés. We hired The Stuffed Hog to do a BBQ as I am South African and wanted to incorporate a traditional South African braai into the wedding. There was loads of meat, we even had boreworse, a South African sausage with loads of salads, roasted mixed vegetables and potatoes.
We decided to do a bake-off and asked everyone to bring either a sweet or savoury dish. My husband, matron of honour, best man and I were the judges which was great fun as we tried everything! The creations were amazing and everyone really enjoyed been involved in the day. We used the sweets as dessert along with our cake made of cheese. The savoury food was used for the evening – there was everything from mini quiches to samosas!
Renata Fry was recommended to me via my Aunt. She was amazing and such a lovely person. She has twin boys so understands how important it was to have our son included within the wedding and took some beautiful family pictures. The best thing about Renata is that you didn’t even know that she was taking the pictures!! The whole day was very family orientated and the children played a big part in it and Renata’s pictures captured the day perfectly – even if our little boy was a little grumpy!
I found James on line and from the minute I spoke to him I knew he would be perfect. The video is beautiful. Tom proposed with fairy lights and we really wanted our first dance to be outside under the trees surrounded by fairy lights. We had to wait until it was dark to get the proper effect so our first dance was delayed until later in the evening and James stayed until the end and captured this very special moment for us.