From the couple:
We wanted a relaxed, informal, homemade, outdoor folky feel wedding full of friends and family having fun. To achieve this we made and did as much as possible ourselves with help from friends and family in a rustic, but pretty style.
Al designed our wedding invitations, we then followed the font, style and palette through to other aspects of the wedding.
I wore a delicate lace ivory maxi dress with beaded straps and a low back – I loved it, it was figure hugging, delicate and detailed and best of all it was super comfortable. I found it in a small dress boutique, Alta Costura
in Maidstone, Kent. I wore flat beaded sandals, which matched perfectly, and was lucky enough to spot the last pair in the sale at House of Fraser. I did my own make up and my sister did my hair, I wore a floral headpiece made by one of the bridesmaids using gypsophila and lavender.
Al doesn’t do suits, and although neither of us wanted anything too formal, he liked the idea of a tweed style waistcoat. He wore lightweight blue denims from House of Fraser, a white shirt and blue waistcoat from White Stuff.
The Wedding Party
The girls wore a mauve maxi dress with metallic gold lace top from ASOS
. We added some gold ribbon around the waistband ourselves to cover the elasticated waistband. I wanted something that was comfortable for the girls to wear which they could dance in, the lace of their dresses was a similar style to my wedding dress. They wore gold beaded sandals from Primark. We all did our own make up and helped each other to do their hair – a plaited up do with curls, which worked really well with all their styles. The men wore their own dark jeans, with a soft blue shirt and the same blue tweed waistcoat as Al from White Stuff. All the groomsmen wore a lavender and gypsophila buttonhole made ourselves. We brought them all pocket watches as gifts to finish the look.
We chose Bloomsbury's Biddenden
as our venue as we were able to hire the whole site, which included the glamping site with Yurts and Tepees. This meant we could spend more time with our loved ones, over the weekend. The venue was quirky and had a laid back feel. We pretty much had a blank canvas on which to personalise everything and the restaurant décor fitted our overall look.
The ceremony was outside under a wooden gazebo, we decorated it with ribbons and homemade flower bouquets made by the bridesmaids. We created the aisle and seating using straw bales from Hayley’s work (farm), we covered them in cream calico covers with tied with ribbon. We also grew and planted lavender and lobelia in pots at the end of the aisle.