Inspiration

The beauty of this botanical lakeside wedding is all in the details. And oh boy were there a lot of details. From the 'Lushers' (Lady Ushers. Come on, don't say we never teach you anything!) to the olive leaf confetti in honour of their rescue cat Olive, every element was thoughtfully planned. Tish, Mike and their families created countless things by hand to make their day as unique, personal and meaningful as possible. Once you see the photos captured by Recommended photographer Harry Michael, you'll have to agree they did a pretty stellar job...

Lakeside wedding in West Sussex with black 'Lusher' dresses and DIY wedding decor.

Fun, love, music and good drinks were the vibes of the day! We wanted it to be as aesthetically pleasing so we went for a botanical theme. We foraged as much from the surroundings we're so lucky to be blessed with here. But really, the inspiration for the vibe was more about people coming together to have fun!

Tish & Mike

INSPIRATION

Tish and Mike used the ultimate combination of Rock My Wedding, Instagram and Pinterest to get inspiration for their big day. They knew they wanted their wedding to be as true to themselves as possible. So they followed the hashtag #unconventionalwedding to get ideas from other couples doing their own thing. From neon signs to doughnut walls, there is enough inspiration in their lakeside wedding to keep us going all summer! We're just a tiny bit gutted Tish's idea for a white ball bit didn't make the final cut...

DIY DECOR

Their family and friends came together in force to decorate this lakeside wedding by hand. There were foliage-hunts, hand-lettered suede jackets, and what was probably a very fun day bottling the tequila wedding favours. The beautiful decor and hire they didn't make was provided by Recommended supplier Rent Event, which complimented their DIY work to a T. They sprinkled petals from their legal ceremony a few weeks before, and had a cake stand sliced from a tree that stood in Tish's grandparents garden. Speaking of cake, the four tier margarita, champagne and Jack Daniels flavoured beauty has our mouths watering. Tish and Mike, we're not saying you should go into wedding planning, but if you fancy a career change...

MUSIC

Tish walked down the aisle to The Greatest Showman's A Million Dreams (you have permission to tear up now) and their first dance was to Dario G's Sunchyme. Tish had a video of the exact moment Mike chose it as their song, as they were driving through a valley in New Zealand travelling together (yes, more tears). They had a confetti cannon explode as the beat dropped and the crowd went wild, with everyone joining them on the dance floor. (Okay, now we're crying. And dancing. And wishing we had been invited). The night was topped off with Alive Band, found through Recommended suppliers Tailored Entertainment. If the photos are anything to go by, they were pretty well received!

Getting your family and friends involved in your day is a great way to make it even more special! Having 'Lushers', Flower men, three maids of honour and people chipping in on DIY saw everyone come together for an incredible lakeside wedding full of love.

Favourite moment? There are too many to list! Mum popping a bottle of champagne at 9 in the morning. Dad walking me down the aisle. Seeing Mike at the end of the aisle with a smug look ono his face. The laughter during the vows. Mike's emotional speech, followed by Dad's hilarious speech. Dad and I having a very drunken Father Daughter 'sway' (you couldn't call it dancing at this point) to Faithless' Insomnia which is one of his favourites. A lot of the guests have been friends since high school, so it was an emotional love-filled reunion as much as a wedding!

Tish

Tish and Mike's lakeside wedding was the epitome of 'Your day, your way', and we're so here for it! Feeling inspired by the botanical theme? This woodland wedding with botanical greenhouse reception is not to be missed. DIY decor looking tempting? We've got a whole podcast episode full of ideas. Happy listening!

Written by Helena Milsom

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Photography: Harry Michael Photography | Videographer: This Modern Revelry | Wedding Band: Alive Band | Entertainment: Tailored Events | Food: The Piggery | Cake Maker: Clairseybelle Cakes | Hair Stylist: Grace Hair & Beauty | Make Up Artist: Georgie James | Wedding Dress: Vagabond Bridal | Bridal Boutique: Heart-A-Flutter | Maid of Honour Jumpsuits: Missguided | Black Lusher Dresses: ASOS | Accessories: Victoria Percival | Groomsmen Suits: Hugo Boss | Flowermen Suits: ASOS | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Planner/Stylist: Olive Styling | Stationery: Olive Styling | Decor & Hire: Rent Event | Marquee: Party On The Grass | Wedding Favours: Cazcabel Tequila | Engagement Ring: Timothy Roe | Wedding Ring: Anna Sheffield | Bridal Leather Jacket : Muubaa | Maid of Honour/Lusher Suede Named Jackets: Homemade | Neon Sign: Neon Poodle | Gold Doughnuts: Westbourne Bakery | Wedding Website: Bliss & Bone via The Neon Collective

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