"I hadn’t lost all my baby weight when I first started wedding dress shopping, so I was really nervous about fitting into sample dresses and quite self-conscious about dressing in front of the assistants. Fortunately, I visited some lovely boutiques and met some fabulous ladies along the way who were so understanding, helpful and not pushy at all. I finally found the dress of my dreams at Suzanne Neville’s store in London, and added a lace bolero top to the design so it exactly fits the bill! My mum and I made some lovely memories travelling down to London for fittings and shopping days together. James found his suit at Hugo Boss in Meadowhall and my bridesmaids looked stunning in oyster silk Ghost dresses I bought online. After struggling to find wedding ties in the right colour, we decided to ditch them altogether and go with a more relaxed open neck look which worked well in the informal setting." - Olivia & James
We've seen plenty of home weddings over the years, each one as special and unique as the next. And if you can do it why not. After searching for venues Olivia & James couldn't quite find what they were looking for until they took the plunge and booked a Sperry tent via PapaKata to host their dream day at the bottom of Olivia's parents garden. They filled it with lots of foliage and greenery, were blessed with glorious weather (even though it threatened to rain in the run-up) and the results captured by Sarah-Jane Ethan are stunning.
"We wanted our wedding to be somewhere in-between elegant and rustic…not too much one way or the other! So we had hard flooring put down in the Sperry tent, with a cream carpet, and stuck to traditional round tables with white table cloths which helped create an elegant setting. But outside we used hay bales for seating and hung a huge frame in a tree for selfies! Our favours were homemade sloe gin from the sloe bushes in the garden. We wanted the day to feel special, but definitely not stuffy and I think we achieved that. I knew I wanted my flowers to be something midway between structured and messy and Tracy at Campbells Flowers absolutely nailed the brief – she was brilliant. My absolute favourite flower is the David Austin rose, but they don’t come cheap, so Tracy suggested incorporating lots of green foliage too, including willow branches and eucalyptus. The bouquets were stunning and the flower hoops and foliage entwining the marquee poles really helped to create a whimsical feel." - Olivia & James
If the thought of erecting your own venue in your favourite spot sounds like a bit of you, and you're in need of more Sperry tent inspiration and advice, check out our PapaKåta Spring Open Weekend article.