Jenny the Bride:
We are both pretty laid-back, love festivals, the outdoors, and having a laugh with all our mates, so exclusively hiring The Green
for the weekend was a no-brainer! It had both outside and inside, a lake, a barn, wooden function room, marquee, quaint cottages and a big party house.
The Green is so naturally beautiful that we left it completely unspoiled – with their fairy lights, bunting, the lush green rolling hills, and Flowers by Fleuri
we didn’t need much else!
I wanted to wear something as light as possible – I couldn’t believe the weight of some wedding dresses I tried on! Pinterest got me hooked on the pretty combination of lace, natural make up, and curled hair with flowers. I went for ‘forever comfort’ heels from Next that allowed me to party until the early hours. For me the main thing was being myself and having a good time. A seller on Etsy made my hairpiece especially for me – there are some amazingly talented people on there, who can create anything from pictures. I loved the Bridesmaids pretty tea dresses, in keeping with the rustic theme. The boys chose their attire – less for me to think about!
Maddie from Changing Faces
(hair and make-up) was fab in the morning, us girls had such a laugh getting ready in the onsite cottages until 2pm, drinking Prosecco and listening to dancefloor hits from years gone by! I’m so glad I clicked with Maddie at my trial, as she was just like ‘one of the girls’ on the day. Friends and family popped in and out of our cottage throughout the morning which made me feel much more relaxed, and the registrars from Cornwall Council were amazing in the pre-ceremony chat.
The First Look
Personally, I’ll never forget the First Look me and Paul had before the ceremony. We initially planned it for the purpose of getting our photos done before the 3.30pm ceremony, but when it came to it the emotions we both felt at that moment were overwhelming, it was like everything happened in those two moments, and I’m so glad we were alone (with my brothers for moral support!) We would’ve both been blubbering messes at the end of the aisle otherwise!
I DIY-ed the centre pieces - collecting Bombay Sapphire bottles from friends and filling them with fairy lights, as I wanted to make something unique. I also made the Table Names using a collage app, with photos of different festivals we’d been to together over the years; and our Table Plan (now hanging up in our house) was festival-poster themed, (again made by someone on Etsy).
Haycroft Catering came with the venue, and just like everyone from The Green
, they were marvellous - they sorted everything for us and delivered seamlessly on the big day!
Amber (Liberty Pearl
) was an absolute joy from start to finish. She is the nicest person – she really got me and Paul as people and made us feel so relaxed from the pre-engagement shoot onwards. The way she captures natural settings and lighting are so beautiful, and we couldn’t be happier with the photos. I can’t recommend her enough! Grace (Grace Elizabeth Photography
) came along to help out to, and her photos are incredible – she has a bright future!
The best part was having all our friends and family in one place – a once in a lifetime party! Everything seemed to unfold better than we could ever have hoped for, and the day was filled with smiles and laughter. I think this is largely down to stripping out formalities, going with the flow, letting the professionals take care of the rest, and just focusing on the fun!
My pearls of wisdoms are to pick easy-going Bridesmaids who have your best interests at heart! Our Whatsapp group chat leading up to the wedding was such a laugh, getting super-excited over everything together. Do something different for your Hen Do – 18 of us stayed in a Hostel in the Red-light District of Amsterdam, dressed as pirates! Don’t over plan, forget the formalities, and above all have fun! One person who since asked me how my wedding was, said “you are the first bride I’ve ever heard describe their big day as ‘fun’”, which I couldn’t believe! It really does fly by, so make sure you soak up every moment and let things unfold naturally, don’t force it or expect anything, just smile and enjoy the ride together!