“If you have good wine, good food and good music – it’s your guests that will make the party! All the rest is details!” Said our fabulously laid back boho Bride in a stunning Charlie Brear wedding dress and flower crown *sigh*
Even though the relaxed ethos of this fabulous wedding is SO apparant, the details and choices Joanna & Paul made are stunning! Opting to have an outdoor blessing in a field, with a beautiful tree drapped in chiffon as their focal point and altar.
Celebrations continued in the open field with a beautifully decorated Tipi reception full of white blooms, hanging lanterns and giant balloons, not to mention all the space hoppers to entertain the kiddies and a cheeky late night game of piggy in the middle with a rugby ball….
Anna The Bride: I am a very low maintenance kind of girl and above all we wanted a relaxed party with all our loved ones. My cousin had had a fabulous ‘tent-in-a-field’ wedding a couple of years earlier and we knew that fun, easy, unpretentious sort of event was right for us – and it worked out brilliantly.
I don’t really dress up all that much…but having said that I had a very clear idea about what I did and did not want! My main remit was comfortable, floaty not poufy, and ideally lacy/vintage/boho style! As soon as Paul proposed I started googling away and believe it or not one of the two first dresses I ‘saved’ on my phone was the one I kept coming back to. I took a couple of good friends to the beautiful Charlie Brear boutique in London and tried it on first…when I walked out the changing room they both said, ‘Done! That is so you…let’s go get a martini now!’ I also loved it – but my sensible side insisted I didn’t make any snap decisions and I tried on quite a few more but as you have probably guessed – I went back for this one in the end! On the day it was just perfect, so easy, light and comfortable – and I had so many compliments!
I was spoilt by a friend for my wedding shoes. In all honesty I was seriously thinking flip-flops or barefoot, but she convinced me to get something a bit special that I could wear again if I wanted and surprised me with a pair of Jimmys! (Ivette, light bronze) They were also surprisingly comfortable and I kept them on so much longer than anticipated! – even in a field!!!!!
I knew I wanted a flower crown type thing over loose hair from the get go. A Pinterest board followed and eventually I decided on simple and midsummer night dreamy. I actually bought a beautiful base from Etsy (deloop’s Annabelle crown) and then my wonderful florist did the rest on the day – for me and my 2 gorgeous Bridesmaids.
I also surprised myself by wanting a veil – simply because of a beautiful shot that I had seen of one of the RMW brides! Ordered the beautiful, slim, raw silk cathedral length number from Etsy (from the lovely IHeartbride) It was stunning on the day – even though the wind proved entertaining!
The only jewellery I wore was a borrowed vintage diamante bracelet from another friend and the earrings my husband(!) bought me to match my sea glass engagement ring – the lovely Kate also hand-crafted our wedding rings.
Young Bridesmaid – Estella crochet dress from Monsoon Older (!) Bridesmaid – bought her own in Italy!!!!! Remit – white and floaty!
No ties was something we both agreed on utterly! So many people show up to weddings in their work suits and ties…
Paul knew he wanted a tweed number and I found a gorgeous suit made by Victor Valentine which he had tailored (cool linings and no waistcoat) and looked just fabulous on the day. It was quite warm in the lead up to the wedding and Paul was worried that he would be uncomfortably hot on the actual day – but was also very pleasantly surprised with how comfortable he was!
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Lovely dark brown brogues from Berwick
A field in Burley, New Forest – close to plenty of B&B’s and with a great tree that I fell in love with! (I was born near here – a long time ago!)
We wanted tipis as soon as we started researching marquee options – they are more expensive but so much more striking and special. The great team at Tipi and Kata were helpful and the best value as well – win-win!
A fabulous friend offered to do my flowers as her wedding present – and I was utterly delighted. Her remit was messy, natural, lots of green and off-whites and she went above and beyond… walking into the tipi on the day was just magical!
We moved the benches from the tipi out to make the aisle area and just draped a length of chiffon from the beautiful tree. I had both my Mum and Dad walk me down the aisle – as I felt the old father handing over to husband to be a little antiquated personally! My lovely Godfather performed the ceremony with readings from Paul’s Sister (John Donne’s The Good Morrow); my Dad, Sister and new Step-Daughter played narrator, pooh and piglet respectively (A.A. Milne Piglet and Pooh excerpt) and my Mother read the Hands blessing as we exchanged rings. (We had actually officially signed the register the day before as the field was not licensed!)
Food and Drink
As I grew up in Spain, we decided on a sort of a Spanish theme for the food: enter Emma from Idelica – who provided huge, tasty portions of paella as our main – cooked on- site in massive paella pans. She served it with green and tomato salads and artisanal breads on each table – yummy!
Yet another wonderful (chef) friend (firstname.lastname@example.org) offered to do our canapés as our wedding gift – and these doubled as starters. He worked with the Spanish theme and produced some absolutely delicious tastes: my favourite was cherry chilli peppers stuffed with goats curd, pine nuts, zaatar and fresh mint!!!
Wine was sourced by a restaurateur friend from Italy and the lovely team at Barouche Bars provided the bar and staff – and were a pleasure to have onboard.
The cakes were demolished in record time and were made by Mandy at Elmsleigh cakes. Another supplier I would heartily recommend.
All homemade/designed using free fonts – and favours were wedding CD’s with covers made using RMW DIY pages!
During the day croquet, boules, Frisbees, spacehoppers and even rugby balls were enjoyed in the field both before we sat down in the tipi…and afterwards (midnight rugby ball piggy in the middle anyone?!)
For music we booked Dino Baptiste – a friend who I have seen perform many, many times and never seen him fail to fill the dancefloor! – He has such contagious energy and he did not disappoint on the night! Great fun!
We did not want any formal portrait/group/posed shots at all and so asked the lovely Antony to just capture the day for us – reportage style! He was lovely and smiley and never intrusive – and I am absolutely delighted with his shots – all the expressions and moments and people. They are a perfect record of a very special day – thank you!
Decide on what your priorities are and sort those out first. I had all the big decisions made and then the details followed naturally. Also I have never used Pinterest before but loved it for ideas…I had loads of different style pins of anything I liked the look of but very soon patterns emerged and you’ll home in on what you really want! RMW was also a great inspiration!
Other than that – enjoy the day and having all your friends and family there – I always came back to the fact that if you have good wine, good food and good music – it’s your guests that will make the party! All the rest is details!
Photography by Antony R Turner Photographer
- Dress Designer Charlie Brear
- Bridal Shoes Jimmy Choo – Ivette
- Headpiece Etsy – deloop’s Annabelle crown
- Veil Etsy – IHeartbride
- Rings Glasswing Jewellery
- Flower Girl Dress Monsoon – Estella
- Tweed Suit Victor Valentine
- Broque Shoes Berwick Shoes
- Tipi Tipi and Kata
- Caterer Idelica
- Wine Barouche
- Cakes Elmsleigh Cakes
- Band Dino Baptiste