As this wedding season is flying by I’m catching a moment to update my neglected REAL WEDDINGS blog page! Up this time is a personal highlight from last Summer – I give you SARAH + TOM’s wedding! A truly magical, festival, colour-popping treat 🙂 Read on for tips and tricks on how to plan your festival style wedding OR skim past and head straight to the photos and promise me you’ll look right to the very end.
Sarah and Tom, thank you SO MUCH for choosing me to be with you on your wedding day, I feel truly honoured and super lucky to have captured it for you. You are both just INCREDIBLE! Wishing you both all the love and happiness in the world. Here are my faves!
YOUR VENUE: We had a marquee on the cricket pitch in Rylstone, near Skipton in North Yorkshire.
HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR VENUE/WHY DID YOU CHOOSE IT? We always knew that we wanted a marquee wedding. The cricket pitch was chosen because it was nice and flat – perfect for a marquee!
DID YOU HAVE CAMPING? Yes – we hired a honeymoon bell tent which we slept in for 2 nights!! We created a camping area in the field next to the marquee and plenty of our friends and family pitched up and stayed the night. It was great to wake up with everyone to another beautifully sunny day – we got the BBQ going for breakfast sandwiches and after a few hair of the dogs we had ourselves the perfect Sunday sesh.
DID YOU HAVE A TIPI/TENT? We had a Sperry tent from Shades in Leeds and we couldn’t recommend them more! The marquee fit with our festival theme perfectly – we were so lucky with the weather, which meant we could have a lot of the sides open on the marquee which just added to the festival feel.
WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION? We’ve always both been into festivals and after Tom’s amazing Glasto proposal a lot of our inspiration came from our engagement destination.
CEREMONY DETAILS: We had a church ceremony at our local church in Rylstone. Our florist created some beautiful arrangements, including 2 milk churns that we placed outside the church doors. Sarah’s Nana also made a lovely arrangement for the pedestal at the front of the church using the same flowers in the florist’s arrangements. Sarah’s brother read a passage from The Alchemist and Sarah’s auntie a passage from Corinthians 1 – love never fails. We had a string quartet who played beautiful, classical music and then played us out to God Only Knows by The Beach Boys.
RECEPTION DECOR? Did you have any DIY elements? We did a great deal of the marquee dressing ourselves… with quite a lot of DIY elements. To brighten up the stunning sail cloth marquee, we created Glastonbury Ribbon Tower inspired ribbon hoops – it involved cutting A LOT of lengths of multi-coloured ribbon but it was so worth it. We also made mountains of colourful pom poms out of wool which we strung up to create pom pom garlands. One of our friends is an incredibly talented designer and replicated the font that is used an all of the sign posts at Glastonbury to create our table centres. My dad made the signs out of wood and used logs as the base to create a rustic effect. We got even more creative with the outdoor seating. Another friend works for an electrical wholesaler, so we got 3 huge wooden cable reels. After a lot of sanding and wax, we had created 3 big outdoor tables. You can’t have a Glastonbury themed wedding without flags!! We hired loads of colourful flags from Event Flag Hire and lined the field with them to create a real festival feel. The last touch – a glitter station! We bought loads of glitter and accessories online and created a glitter station using a dressing table and a mirror. It was a HUGE hit.
BRIDE’S DRESS: My dress was a Martina Liana two piece from Ava Rose Hamilton in Silsden. I originally had a lacy, vintage style dress in mind but I absolutely fell in love with the two pieces from Martina Liana and couldn’t resist. I paired an embellished bodysuit with a tulle skirt.
BRIDE’S SHOES: My shoes were from Dune – I wanted something with some colour and found these white strappy sandals with coloured embellishments. But in all honesty, the shoes lasted through the ceremony and as soon as we arrived at the marquee, I changed straight into my trusty converse.
BRIDE’S HAIR: Flower crown was an absolute must for me and our florist, The Hedgerow in Threshfield, did the most amazing job! I couldn’t have wished for anything better – bright and bold.
Bride’s Jewellery: I kept the jewellery quite simple – with an embellished bodysuit and a colourful flower crown, I kept it simple with some diamond stud earrings that Tom’s mum got me as an early wedding present.
GROOM’S OUTFIT: Tom is very well known for wearing chinos… and only chinos! In fact, when we met he didn’t own a single pair of jeans. So, there was no way he was wearing anything other than chinos. We wanted to whole wedding to feel relaxed and so a formal suit just didn’t feel right. The Groomsmen wore blue jackets with brown chinos and light blue floral skinny ties.
BRIDESMAID’S: Our bridesmaid’s dresses were from ASOS – we found two types of dresses that had embellished tops and tulle skirts so completed my dress really well.
PHOTOGRAPHER: What can I say about our amazing photographer… she’s the BEST! I met Georgina after she was recommended by a couple of friends. She was amazing from start to finish. I was always a bit nervous about the photography, having never felt very confident in front of a camera. But Georgina’s style put me totally at ease – we never felt like we were away from the party too long while we had our pictures done and the “in the moment” pictures she captured are some of my favourites.
HAIR: One of my wonderful friends, Emily Taylor at La Bella Boutique, is a hairdresser, so this was an easy one. She put my hair up with my flower crown, leaving lots of loose, wavy strands down – exactly the relaxed look I wanted.
BEAUTY: My hairdresser works with a make-up artist called Jodie Bloomer, which was perfect. Jodie nailed the look I was after and it lasted all day, all night and… dare I say… all the next day!!
CAKE: We didn’t have a proper wedding cake – instead we opted for an ice cream trike from A Taste of Italy to have after our meal. We also had a cheese cake from The Courtyard Dairy in Settle which was dressed by our florist, The Hedgerow.
FLORIST: The Hedgerow in Threshfield. Owner, Wendy, and daughter, Heather, are family friends and they are INCREDIBLE. I never dreamt about going anywhere else. It was one of my favourite appointments – I told them we were having a festival themed wedding in advance so when it came to our appointment, they already had so many creative ideas. They tied the ribbon theme into our flowers perfectly – with colourful streamers on the bouquets and plush velvet ribbons wrapped around the button holes. We had a beautiful arrangement made for the font in the church, which was then taken to the marquee and set on old dolly tub in front of the table plan – the colours were just perfect.
ENTERTAINMENT: We had an amazing Manchester band called The Bourbon Street Band, who played some great covers. Plus, a DJ from WDC Entertainment who kept us dancing all night.
STATIONARY: One of Tom’s friends is a cracking graphic designer and created our invitations, as well as the most incredible table plan. Each table was a Glastonbury stage so he created a table plan similar to a festival map. Sarah’s maid of honour handmade all of the place cards using luggage tags and a letter price.
CATERING: For our wedding breakfast, we used some the owners of a newly opened restaurant in Skipton, Elsworth Kitchen.
They made a delicious selection of street food inspired starters that we all ate out in the sunshine. Then for main we had sirloin of beef, carved and served on wooden boards at each table. In the evening, we had Mexican street food company – El Kantina. They served 3 different dishes including tacos and nachos.
WEDDING FAVOURS: With a little help from Sarah’s mum, we made homemade rhubarb gin liquor for our favours. We ordered little luggage tags to tie round each one with the date of our wedding on.
FAVOURITE MOMENT? It’s so hard to pick a favourite moment! We both agreed that the moment we pulled up in our wedding car at the marquee after the ceremony was one of the best. It was more perfect than we could have imagined – the sun was shining, festival flags were fluttering in the breeze, music was playing and our friends and family were all standing outside.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES? Enjoy every minute from start to finish!! It can seem like a HUGE job, particularly if you are doing a lot of DIY, so get all of your friends and family involved to help out and just have fun doing it.
The Hedgerow: http://the-hedgerow.co.uk/
Blue Sky Event Solutions: https://www.blueskyeventsolutions.co.uk/
Shades Canvas: https://www.shades-canvas.com/
Event Flag Hire: https://eventflaghire.co.uk/
Bells and Breakfast: https://www.bellsandbreakfast.co.uk/
Ava Rose Hamilton: https://avarosehamilton.co.uk/
Elsworth Kitchen: https://elsworthkitchen.co.uk/
The Courtyard Dairy: https://www.thecourtyarddairy.co.uk/
El Kantina: http://www.elkantina.co.uk/
A Taste of Italy: https://www.a-taste-of-italy.biz/
The Bourbon Street Band: http://www.thebourbonstreetband.com/
WDC Entertainment: https://www.wdcentertainment.co.uk/