Lucy The Bride:
My dress was from a local bridal boutique in Bournemouth; Chameleon
. I've driven past it on my way to work for years and I knew as soon as I got engaged I wanted to book an appointment. Little did I know I would end up choosing the first dress I put on. I wanted a romantic, ethereal dress and didn't think I would manage to find one locally, however Chameleon had a few in the style I liked. The dress I chose was Emsley by Sottero and Midgley
in Champagne. It was a beautiful tulle dress with a pearl beaded bodice. It really was everything I had ever dreamed of. I also wore a bracelet passed down to me from my Nan, which really meant a lot to me on the day.
Luke went for a blue tweed waistcoat and blazer from ASOS
, grey formal trousers from Next
and tan brogues from Topman
. He got a fun bowtie from Mrs Bowtie
in a daisy print, which went perfectly with our outdoor farm wedding.
We knew we wanted a tipi wedding and booked the tents before we had a venue. We used Coastal Tents
, a local company based in Dorset. We had searched for a venue without much luck, however in the end Coastal Tents, recommended Purbeck Valley Farmhouse
as they got married there themselves. As soon as we visited and felt the relaxed atmosphere and saw beautiful views of Corfe Castle we were sold.
I knew I wanted a colourful wedding and didn't want anything to be too 'matchy'. In the end we went for a mixture of pastels, reflected in the bridesmaids dresses, flowers and decor. I also knew I wanted to handmake as much as I could. I made around 60 metres of bunting using lots of mismatched fabric, with a lot of help from friends and my mother-in-law! For centre pieces I made terrariums filled with a variety of succulents, again with help from friends and family. I sourced some unwanted furniture to use as a cake table and for presents and cards. Luke also made a few tables using pallets for a red wine bar and guest book and we sourced an old boat that we filled with ice for a 'help yourself' bar, which went down a treat! I also made some beautiful dream catchers using old doileys and embroidery hoops. For favours my bridesmaids and I put together 'make your own smore' kits, to use on the open fire we had in one end of the tipi - loved by the adults and the children alike!
We used a local florist; Naomi Joy Floral Design
. I didn't have a definite idea of what I wanted, I just knew the colours and theme of the wedding. I had a consultation with Naomi and she made my vision a reality and did it perfectly! I couldn't have been happier with my flowers. I had a large colourful bouquet and as I had 7 bridesmaids I went for something a little more simple; daisies, gypsophila and eucalyptus. Naomi also made the MOST amazing flower piece to go over the pagoda we got married under. She then moved it during the photos to the top table; a great money saving tip. She also made beautiful pieces for some decorative hanging planks we had in the tipis. The flowers really added to the feel of the country wedding.