So much love & happiness oozes out of the images captured by John Hope Photography of this glorious family orientated wedding. There’s is an extra special picture of our gorgeous Bride holding back the tears during her new husbands speech with their adorable Daughter watching on that literally just melts my heart; not forgetting the portrait of their little lady affectionately watching her Mummy as she gets ready *ahh*.
In fact there are so many special moments and heart thumping romantic gestures including an awesome engagement story and first dance sing-a-long that you may need to prepare yourself and go grab a few tissues!
As well as their awesome tales, you should also get ready to be wowed as the decor and attention to detail at their outdoor, rustic tipi reception is stunning. But the fabulousness doesn’t end there… every single person is HOT and dressed to perfection too, and wait for it…. all in incredible high street, budget friendly fashion!
Get those pinning fingers ready, it’s a goodie!
John The Photographer: Jess and Adrian have always been into gigging and festivals. Adrian proposed during a set from Michael Kiwanuke at Wilderness Festival as he was performing the song ‘Rest’. The word got out of the proposal and somehow made its way to the stage and Michael congratulated them – cue rapturous cheers from the whole audience. How awesome is that? (Photos of the engagement included as provided to me by Adrian)
Jess put on a special little surprise for Adrian. The song ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is very special to these guys – they’re forever singing it with the kids – so before the first dance, Jess stealthily handed out copies of the lyrics to all the guests. After the first dance everyone flooded the dance floor for one almighty, stomping rendition of the song, directed at Adrian. A full on goose bump moment for sure!
“Home is wherever I’m with you
Laugh until we think we’ll die, Barefoot on a summer night
Never could be sweeter than with you
Home, let me come home Home is wherever I’m with you…”
Bride, Groom and guests dancing to roots reggae out in a field. The fantastic Chainska Brassika were putting in a great show inside the tipi but with most guests being outside enjoying the fine weather, the band relocated themselves for some open air skanking! - Adrian and Jess being lead across the fields and into the wedding breakfast as man and wife by an Uncle on bagpipes - an impromptu speech from 7 year old Flower Girl / Daughter of Adrian and Jess
Not so much a moment, but the couple are keen to point out how touched they were that guests travelled from as far afield as Hong Kong, US, Spain, Kenya and Australia to come to the wedding. Jess’s Daughters Lola and Tabitha also played a key role in the wedding.
Jess The Bride: We were lucky enough to have space at a family home to pitch ourselves a tent. And what a tent it was all thanks to Jackie, Richard and the team at Elite Tents. Their stunning Scandinavian tipis made our fairy-lit wedding dreams come true. We were blessed with a mid-summer’s night and wanted to create a festival vibe. We couldn’t have asked for better than the service we received and beautiful venue they created for us. We basked in its beauty by day and warmed ourselves by fire pits in the evening. These guys really care about each and every wedding they are involved in and we could not recommend them highly enough.
Flowers and Decor
John The Photographer: Burlison and Fitch are a family run business and are very good friend of Jess’s family. They originally set themselves up as an artisan garden centre of sorts. They drive round flea markets, garden shows, country fairs and scrap yards and raid family and friend’s sheds and barns and gardens and have collected a massive amount of old ‘junk’ for want of a better word. When Adrian and Jess went to their shop they saw all of their goodies and decided that they should not only do the bridal flowers and table arrangements but also dress the tipis and grounds with all their scavenged delights.
Jess The Bride: The next person we found was the incredible Sophie Askew at Askew at Your Service. Sophie is a Wedding Coordinator extraordinaire and truly made our day. Having made all the bookings ourselves (tipis, caterer, photographer, DJ), and having rather burned out in the process, we desperately needed Sophie’s eagle eye for detail to go over our plans and spot the gaps we’d missed. She liaised with and organised all of our suppliers pre-wedding, ran the set up and dressing of the tipis the day before, co-ordinated and managed the entire wedding day from 9am-1am and then pitched up again at 10am the next morning to start the tidy up. She is exceptionally professional and cannot do enough to help. Her calming positivity and guidance was the best wedding present we could ever have asked for we could not recommend her more highly!
Kit Bamford Catering. There was a selection of canapés with champagne during the reception reception. These were plentiful and effectively served as a starter. Mains were chicken and tarragon pies with each table d assigned a ‘Mother’ to serve everyone. Vegetables were sugar snap peas and yellow courgettes. Dessert was a lemon tart with raspberries. They also served some delicious pulled pork buns in the evening.
Cheese, Cheese, Cheese. Jess’s Mum arranged the cake for them as a wedding present. Adrian loved the cake/cheese tasting far more than he would have had they had a traditional wedding cake. They served the cheese in the evening and it was demolished! The cheese was from Ellie Fitch, who runs her own deli: Ellie’s Deli.
Jess’s dress was off the rack from House of Fraser. She had decided that she didn’t want to spend thousands on a dress and was convinced it wasn’t necessary. She found an Ariella dress on sale reduced to £140 from £200 and snapped it up! She had some minor alterations made and was very happy with it! Her shoes were Carvela for Kurt Geiger and again were not expensive. She changed into evening dress which was an Ebay bargain at just £12.50 and in here words “I bloody loved it!!”
Jess wore crystal earrings and a bracelet both from House of Fraser and a diamond solitaire necklace that was made for her by her Mum from the engagement ring that her Dad had given her when they married.
Jess’s Bridesmaids were also high street head to toe. The dresses were from Warehouse and they all loved them! The shoes were New Look and had a wedge heel to cope with all the grass! Little flower girls all wore dresses by Monsoon.
Jess The Bride: The gorgeous Sophie Hulme of Makeup by Sophie did not only my make up, but my eight (!) Bridesmaids too! Soph and her assistant worked tirelessly all morning amongst our giggles and tremors and helped even the sleep deprived Bride look pretty alright… She also provided a make up trial and didn’t flinch when I added two extra Bridesmaids at the last minute.
John The Photographer: Adrian, on the other hand had a hand made 3 piece suit tailored for him by London menswear designer Adam Waite. The couple both agreed that money spent on a suit he could wear again and again was much more sensible than on a dress which will probably never be re-worn.
Adrian The Groom: He’s a very small but incredibly personal and professional tailor’s in Chiswick, West London. It’s more like visiting a mate – a very chilled experience with plenty of style recommendations from Adam.
Jess The Bride: John Hope of John Hope Photography took our photos and you couldn’t ask for a nicer chap or better photographer. He was ever present capturing every second of our day and snapped some pretty incredible shots.
John The Photographer: Chainska Brassika. Adrian was introduced to these guys by a friend who works in the music industry. He read their bio – they’re from Brockley in South London, which is where he first lived when he moved there at 18, so sort of saw it as fate. Also, the music sounded amazing. They were great fun to have at the party, playing party reggae and ska all the way and were more than happy to learn one of Adrian and Jess’s favourite reggae tunes, which just so happens to be called Jessica, by Major Lazer.
Disco Shed/Disco Wed. Great friends of Adrian’s from his festival days.
Jess The Bride: We found Lola’s Paperie online and fell in love with their simple, organic, handmade wedding stationery. They use recycled content, environmentally responsible printers, and their designs are incredibly beautiful and irreverent. Also they were happy for us to try a number of different designs before we decided and happily sent out samples for us to see before we even ordered. All in all a brilliant experience! The insanely talented Rebecca McMillan created our orders of service for us. They were quite the talk of the church with their quirky, personalised designs! Rebecca worked with us to create the perfect pic and then was very happy to accommodate a few different options until we finalised our copy.
I turned to my best buddies at Lily Charmed. There was no one else for me to go for all my Bridesmaid and thank you gifts. My Bridesmaids dresses didn’t allow for a showcase of our necklaces but 8 pairs of our stunning sterling silver heart stud earrings made sure they knew I loved them all from ear to ear.
Photography by John Hope Photography
- Bridal Dress House of Fraser ‘Ariella’ Dress
- Bridal Shoes Carvela for Kurt Geiger
- Bridal Accessories House of Fraser
- Makeup Makeup by Sophie
- Bridesmaid Dresses Warehouse
- Bridesmaid Shoes New Look
- Flower Girl Dresses Monsoon
- Grooms Suit Adam Waite Tailors
- Tent Elite Tents
- Caterers Kit Bamford Catering
- Wedding Co-ordinator Sophie Askew at Askew at Your Service
- Florist Burlison and Fitch
- Cheese Tower Ellie’s Deli
- Band Chainska Brassika
- DJ Disco Shed/Disco Wed
- Stationery Lola’s Paperie
- Order of Service Rebecca McMillan
- Thank-you Gifts Lily Charmed