This month’s real wedding was the marriage of a stunning redheaded Aussie chick to a tall dark handsome English man. I am proud to say they are friends but sad to say I missed the wedding. Luckily though I did get to see the fantastic photos, which I am going to share some with you.
Karen and Rob got hitched in a farmers field in Dorset this time last year (Happy Wedding Anniversary!). It was over a year in the planning, as logistics for organising EVERYTHING from loos to marquess and hay bales to bouncy castles. Yes, you read that correctly. This couple chose to have a bouncy castle which everybody loved!
Karen’s tip to planning an outdoor wedding is…”Don’t do it!! Only joking! The effort involved should not be underestimated. Plan things like electric, water and toilets early on and also keep a close eye on the budget.” They were immensely grateful to all their family and friends with their help in setting up. It took over a week in total. However all the hard work and planning paid off and both Karen and Rob, family and friends had an amazingly memorable day.
Karen and Rob sent out paper invitations that Rob designed and they shared the other details about the big day via a Paperless Wedding website. On the wedding website were directions to the event, running order of the day, weather options, hotels etc. Karen said, ” We used Paperless Wedding because it gave us an eco-friendly, economical & easy way to manage our wedding information for our guests. We were able to customise it to match our theme & it gave guests a one stop shop to get all their wedding info.”
This fun loving couple had an eco-friendly / festival inspired theme wedding, with a nod to the 1920’s art deco designs. They were married beneath a grand oak tree (a dream of Karen’s!) in a humanist celebration led Patsy Wallace. Karen’s mum flew over from Australia to walk her daughter down the aisle. How proud she looks!!
Down the hill was an Indian marquee where the food and dancing were held, but also there were other gazebos with a sweet station including candy floss and pick and mix and one with garden games. They were keen to make sure that the day was relaxed and fun.
Their eco-friendly wedding meant that food and flowers were all sourced locally. They borrowed/upcycled as much stuff as they could, including borrowing the huge Indian marquee from a friend. The simple floral arrangements were locally grown flowers and the straw bales came from the farm and would be eaten by cows over the winter! They had Pimms served in cups and saucers hired in for the reception, with waiting staff pouring from china teapots to add a little “1920s speakeasy” atmosphere. The event all took place in one place, which also reduced their carbon footprint.
The day went off without a hitch and a great time was had by all. A BIG thanks to you both for sharing your beautiful day with us. All the very best for the future.
Love this photo, No going back now Karen!! Don’t worry, being married rocks, I assure you. xx
Photography: Will Strange
Venue: Farmer’s Private Field
Celebrant: Patsy Wallace
Bride’s Ceremony Dress & Veil: Art Couture: Love Bridal
Hair: Shear Madness
Groom’s Suit: EdeRavencroft
Flowers: Garden Flowers from Bride’s Mother
Bouncy Castle Hire: Bounce South Ltd
Catering: Posh Pigs
Catering Staff: Cudmore Event Hire
Dance Floor, Lighting, Furniture & Generator: Maidman’s Marquees
Decor & China: South West Event Hire