Nothing like a bit of village fete inspired chic on a Thursday morning eh?
And Charlie and James’s spring affair has it by the bucket load…. a raffle (genius!), giant garden games, a maypole (further genius!), a coconut shy, an outside buffet….
The list goes on.
But the best thing about this W-day? everyone was clearly having an absolute riot.
Let There Be Light
James’ mum spent hours making metres and metres of bunting, which really brought the venue to life. Inside we decided to string a load of coloured lanterns from the ceiling which we got from Hanging Lanterns.
For months we had everyone collecting jam jars and pots to put the flowers and candles in, and Chantal was able to transform them with beautiful bits of fabric and raffia.
As we had the ceremony at the beginning of May and because we were getting in to the spirit of the village fete we had a maypole as a bit of entertainment for our guests. It was such a fab way to break the ice and get all the guests involved. It was hilarious seeing my dad dancing around the pole next to some of my friends. We did girls first, then the lads gave it a go – it was brilliant!
I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch Of
Our friends also lent us a giant Jenga set and we bought a croquet set. My brother built a fab coconut shy and even a saucy post card face board for photos. It went down an absolute storm, and it’s been fantastic looking back at guests’ photos and the fun they had with it.
We also had a raffle – every good fete should have one, after all! We handed out blank raffle tickets to guests as they arrived and then asked them all to write a message to the bride and groom on them. We then put them in the tombola and picked out the tickets after the speeches.
We gave the winners Brighton themed presents, including a copy of Graeme Greene’s ‘Brighton Rock’, A large stick of real Brighton rock and a small square of Brighton’s pier!
Family And Friends
Keeping it in the family once again, James’ mum Linda made all the girls Lemon curd – from James’ grandmas recipe. James’s step dad made the boys chilli jam – from chillies grown in the garden. They both went down a storm!
Our friend Joe who is a Videographer shot a video for us that captured our day perfectly and is something we definitely recommend as it can really capture those moments you don’t see when you’re so caught up in the moment.
Basking In The Half Light
We chose Athlete ‘Half light’ for our first dance song. They were the first band we saw live together and the song had special memories for both of us.
No Two Weddings Are The Same
We THOUGHT we were being really unique when we thought about a village fete theme – until we looked on line – but actually in the end, we’re really pleased we stuck with the idea. After all, no two weddings are exactly the same and ours was truly ‘us’ in every way.
We tried to reflect our personalities throughout the day and got as many members of our family to get involved as possible. The end result was just mind blowing – we loved every minute and you couldn’t wipe the smile of our faces all day!
We didn’t want our wedding to cost the earth and it didn’t – we ended up having the day of our dreams, for half the cost of an average wedding. And we wouldn’t change a thing.
Photographer – Simon Fazackarley
Lanterns – Hanging Lanterns
Videographer – White Star Pictures
That bouquet is so delicious I want to eat it….Although I imagine the fondant fancy cake would probably taste nicer.
I would very much like to go to a wedding where I can dance round a maypole, win prizes from the tombola and have as much fun as this bunch did please.
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