We absolutely love this glorious summer wedding! Complete with outdoor wedding games, plenty of colour, and all the love. James and Michael were married at Recommended Supplier venue, Stone Barn, which resides in the idyllic Cotswolds countryside. Wanting to make their day about people, rather than things, their guests were on hand to get involved in any way possible! We just love the summer fête vibes; from welly wanging, to space hooper racing, to tug of war, it was simply games galore! We’re genuinely a little gutted we missed out on experiencing this day first hand. We can just feel all the love captured by Recommended Supplier Story + Colour.
Outdoor wedding games for summer festival style day
We wanted the day to speak to the sanctity of marriage whilst not being stuffy in the slightest. The ceremony included a speech taken from the Obergefell v. Hodges US Supreme court case legalising Gay Marriage in the states. (James and I both read Law at university, so it was a nice nod to that). The rest of the day was a summer fete vibe with games on the field; wang a welly, space hooper racing, tug of war - you name it! It was the hottest day of the year and felt like a summer festival - perfect.
Don’t get too stressed about it. We moved our day due to the pandemic twice and had to rearrange practically everything. After 11 years together we knew that what was important was the people and celebrating the love and friendships that had supported us throughout our time together. People really will not care about the things you might pull your hair out over - they will remember how you made them feel on the day - and if you’re relaxed and full of enjoyment they will be too. That is much more important than freaking out over whether the lavender looks wilted!
James' godmother flew in from Germany to be there and was our florist. We had a grown not flown mentality! All flowers were hand picked from a local farm in Somerset, or taken from families gardens the day before. The cake was made by Michael's first boss, Suze. Welcome signs made by artistic friends from London, Favours of home made Sloe Gin made by each of the parents from South West Sloes picked locally - and many more!
We love how colourful and full of laughter this entire day looks. Just look at the smiles throughout!
After spending a very difficult year apart from friends and family due to the pandemic, it was the most unbelievable atmosphere on the day. Not only was it the wedding day people were celebrating, but also friends being reunited with friends, parents with children, families seeing each other for the first time in well over a year. All the missed events were celebrated that day, the birthdays, Christmases, christenings, new jobs, house moves etc. The losses were also finally felt and shared collectively. The power of these multitude of minor events being celebrated alongside the wedding was life affirming.