At home weddings are so special on so many levels. Not only do you get to celebrate in the place that you are probably most at ease, but you also get do things your way.
Freya & Harry’s intimate marquee reception in her parents garden was inspired by their wedding two years previous. Shying away from a larger scale venue and being the centre of attention and opting for a budget friendly, low key and down to earth approach full of fun, family, friends and DIY.
I love that every last detail was crafted and put together by the Bride & Groom themselves. Even handpicking flowers for the collected jam jars as table centrepieces and cleverly sourcing a sample Mori Lee wedding dress off eBay, which Freya looks utterly divine wearing.
Although some very clever money saving decisions were made in the run up to this wedding, the out come is simply priceless…..
Freya The Bride: My parents got married two years ago and had their reception in the marquee in their garden at Phipps farm…it was a fantastic, casual and intimate doo. I hate being centre of attention and the thought of splashing out on a fancy venue wasn’t my cup of tea…So after a 6 year engagement, 2 children and a whole lotta’ history my partner made the step of asking my parents one Christmas if we could marry here.
After 2 years of getting their garden perfect and us slowly and steadily collecting, cleaning and decorating jars, making signs using wood from our old kitchen and old shed we managed to bring all the bits up and it came together perfectly. We wanted it intimate casual and family friendly and well…fun! We had around 80 guests. We live in Maidstone, Kent so the grooms family and the majority of our friends came from there and the Brides family came from Barnard Castle, Durham. We thought the my Parents home Phipps farm, Worcestershire as well as having the amazing space…was a perfect mid-point for everyone.
We wanted to feel like everyone would have something to do – I hate the ‘lull’ at a Wedding….the whole day was set up so there was no waiting around for anyone. There was lots to see and do.
I wanted a very simple dress and I didn’t want to spend too much. I thought I wanted a fishtail lace dress but it did not suit me at all. In the end I found this dress on ebay – A sample from the previous season for £300!
I bought a new belt from a bridal boutique in Worcester and had the dress altered and belt tacked on by a friend.
It was all tulle, zip back with a sequin layer underneath for a bit of sparkle and was very comfortable….and filthy by the end of the night!
I had a low ponytail to cover a tattoo on my back. It was very loosely pinned and back combed and had a small piece of tulle pinned to my hair for a veil, which was a last minute decision. My earrings were a drop Swarovski design with necklace set.
The Bridesmaids dresses were from Jane Norman – I originally wanted blush but I fell in love with this lace dress for £50 each! Sandals were £12 from New Look. They all chose their own hairstyles. I just wanted them to have it mostly up to show off the gorgeous lace top on the dresses.
The groom wore a 3 piece blue suit from Red Herring at Debenhams. His shoes were from Next in a modern brogue design and he wore a Rotary rose gold watch that was a gift. He also had cufflinks from Marks and Spencer to match the Best Men.
We bought the Best Man & Usher’s suits from Dobell. The quality was fab and suits were hard to get as Jack the Best Man is ridiculously tall and Ben the Usher is quite short.
All the flowers were picked on Friday (the day before the Wedding) from the garden and we just made up selections of wild flower inspired selections of flowers, using whites ,pinks, purples and greens including lavender for scent, gypsophila for ‘froth’, eucalyptus, giant daisies, cosmos, echinacea, echinops and hydrangeas’.
We went for fake bouquet’s due to well – cost! And not being able to see a florist due to living in Kent.
The venue was my parents’ field – Julian and Sandra Bennett at Phipps Farm, Mamble, Worcestershire. Lovingly mowed for months by Julian.
3 marquees put together the week of the Wedding evening with the torrential downpour the day before the wedding.
Coconut matting was used as flooring for two of the marquees which was purchased second hand and created a feel of a separation from the field to the marquees
Hundreds of lights were used to illuminate the roof line and inside the marquees along with the bunting around the two oval marquees.
Hessian was used to wrap around the marquee poles with faux rose vines laid over the top to hide the bare metal poles.
In the food tent at the back of the two oval tents there was organza hung around the roof line along with handmade hanging card hearts on fishing line all the way to the floor.
Decorated with jars, decorated with hessian and lace, handmade little labels and using a stamp set little sayings about ‘LOVE’
Jars with flowers and candles really made an amazing display on the hessian runners, scattered hearts hand stamped from old 99p books picked up in Oxfam.
A very old corrugated barn was filled with a light curtain from ceiling to floor. A wall of old photos of the couple over the past 10 years and also ‘marriage advice’ handmade cards to put into a memory book after the big day with unofficial photos.
-Handmade Red Post box – for cards and gifts
-Reception drinks table; choice of Rose or Blanco Heretat El Padruell Brut, with a ‘Pop your cork’ jar …and probably make something with them ☺
– Sweetie table with sign ‘love is Sweet’ made by our children
The hard stand outside the barn had swinging chairs, straw bales and blankets for later, a chimera.
-Father Daughter dance joined by children and family – Lean on me
-First dance – Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran
The field had more tables and chairs, candles in jars (and for cheeky wasps) straw bales and games – coconut shy game with hessian backdrop, giant jenga (home-made) giant noughts and crosses, giant balloons and our old door-cum-prop frame – with a ‘games’ sign made by Oscar ☺
We all enjoyed a buffet. All country, homemade and amazing!
Quiches, cheeses, breads,salads od all shapes and sizes- potato salad, quinoa salad, rice salad, chilli-jam, green bean chutney, tomato chutney, beef, ham, pearl barley salads, coleslaws, olives, coronation chicken.
For dessert we had trifle, summer berries and meringues, cakes, cheese and crackers and in the evening pulled pork rolls with stuffing, apple sauce and of course crackling! (hangover food)
We chose Amy Woodward-Taylor due to her country wedding, lad back style. I found her blog and fell in love! The way she captures the moment and the feel of the occasion in an image. Her photos of children melted my heart and I am so happy she was available or our Day! So far I have not been disappointed!
We worked very hard, especially the week before the Wedding setting everything up but a DIY Wedding was so us – and so totally worth it! People are already asking to hire or buy loads of stuff after the Wedding…which gives us a great sense of pride. One of my favourite pieves was the ‘love story’ I painted on the barn door 2 weeks before the Wedding…it had been a mustard yellow colour so I mixed a black gloss and undercoat to cove the door…then I thought ‘This would be perfect as a chalkboard effect sign’ I used Pinterest (A LOT) when planning the wedding and found some ideas….it took 6 hours but it looked fab!
My advice is think of the touches you want and set yourself a time to do it….know when to say that’s it now don’t keep trying to add things…believe in your vision and it will all come together…use Pinterest, research sellers and don’t tell everyone what you are doing.
Photography by Amy Taylor Imaging Photography
- Dress Designer Mori Lee
- Sample Dress Ebay
- Jewellery Swarovski
- Headpiece Etsy – Kuty Jewelry
- Bridal Shoes Office
- Bridesmaid Dresses Jane Norman
- Bridesmaid Shoes New Look
- Grooms Suit Red Herring at Debenhams
- Groomsmen Suits Dobell
- Ties Next
- Page Boy Suits Marks & Spencer
- Flower Girl Dresses Sainsbury’s
- Flowers Poppets Posies
- Signs Shabby Chic Wooden Signs by Freya
- Toilet Hire Posh Potties
- Chairs Hampton Hire
- Bunting Jilpi
- Hessian Mix The Bunting Bar
- DJ Disco Stu and a Touch of Class
- Custom Made Wedding Rings Charmain Beaton