Thursday 11 June 2015

A Boho Humanist Wedding with a Forest Ceremony - The Reception

Take one sequinned gown and mismatch it with a farm wedding venue, and you have the perfect big day combo of boho glamour. Hanna and Paul chose Hawthbush Farm in East Sussex for their wedding day and celebrated with a three-day extravaganza. All their friends and family stayed on site, and enjoyed a BBQ on Friday night, before the humanist ceremony and barn reception on Saturday. I love the relaxed atmosphere of their big day - there weren't many decorations, but the stunning rustic venue speaks for itself. Don't miss the just-picked wedding flowers, the naked berry cake, the festoon lights, and the hilarious wedding portraits. Huge thanks to Michael from My Beautiful Bride for sending me this wedding. Don't miss the Ceremony pictures here.

We celebrated our big day on 14th June - a summer wedding. We chose Hawthbush Farm in East Sussex as our venue. It's stunning with a clearing where we hosted our marriage ceremony outdoors in the woods.

It was the second venue we visited. It was perfect because we had the farm for the whole weekend, meaning it felt more of an experience, than an in-and-out job like other weddings we've experienced.

There was glamping and chic caravans on the farm for close friends to stay, and a more robust farm house for family. This meant we could host a BBQ for friends and family staying on the farm on the Friday night before the wedding.

We knew we wanted our wedding day to feel both special and relaxed in its energy. We didn’t want to get married somewhere that felt like a conveyor belt of weddings, instead we wanted a venue we could make our own. Hawthbush Farm gave us that opportunity.

We chose Michael from My Beautiful Bride as our wedding photographer, and he was OUTSTANDING! He comes highly recommended. His photographs capture the essence of our wedding day experience. He pictured all the details of the day, as well as the overall story, while seamlessly blending in with our guests. 

He really was exceptional. His photos are the ultimate evidence, but he was also a really lovely person to have around on the day for all those intimate moments. Perfect.

We are a perfect team and our wedding was essentially a 50-50 division of labour, although there wasn't much 'planning' and we left a lot to the last minute.

We had a cappella singing group 'The Treblemakers' singing before, and during the ceremony and then at the reception. They were awesome!

For our wedding decorations we kept things really simple. We just had bunting hanging up in the bar - everything else was as it came. 

All our wedding flowers were picked the day before the wedding from a field adjacent to the farm. They wear amazing! The only instructions I gave were 'please can we have pink and yellow flowers included'. 

The flowers were delivered on the day and it  was the first time any of us lay eyes on them! We were very relaxed as you can see! They were AMAZING!

I don't like icing so we went for a 'naked' cake, made by A Slice of Nice. It had cream in between the layers of sponge and berries for decoration. It was delicious sponge, so yummy and moist, and suited the general tone for the day. 

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