Monday, 24 August 2015

A Fabulous Festival-Style Marquee Wedding

This incredible boho wedding features a folly, a tractor, and a trio of Space Hoppers. It's pretty special!  Tasha chose her family home for her marquee reception, but took a chance on the weather, and picked an outdoor folly on the edge for a corn field for her wedding ceremony to Niall. Luckily the sun shone, and all the guests loved their personalised vows. Other DIY details include all the wedding flowers, which were arranged by the mothers of the bride and groom, the design of Tasha's wedding dress, and most of the marquee decorations. They even managed to persuade a local farmer to lend them a tractor and trailer for wedding transport. Love it! Don't miss the reception pictures in my second post of today - brilliant wedding photographer Michael, from My Beautiful Bride has done us proud!


It was an easy choice to have the wedding reception in the garden of my family home where I grew up, as it's so beautiful there. However it was harder to decided where to host our ceremony.


My husband's three-piece suit was by Duchamp London. He teamed it with a purple tie and simple white handkerchief and shirt.








For my dress I ended up going to a bespoke wedding dressmaker, Dana Bolton, who is based in Muswell Hill in London.


I tried the shops and found lots that were lovely, but none were completely perfect, so I designed one combining all their best features. Dana was on the same page as me throughout and she did such a beautiful job.


Our wedding flowers were DIY'd by my mother and my mother-in-law on the morning of the wedding.


I had bridesmaids from one year old to thirty one, so ended up with three different styles of dress. We linked them by putting the younger girls in white dresses by Monsoon, with sashes that matched the older bridesmaids and they all looked to die for {especially the one year old!}.




For our wedding transport we managed to persuade a very kind local farmer to lend us an old vintage tractor that pulled a trailer, which we decorated with red material and ivy. For seats, we put in an old sofa and a load of beanbags. 


On the way back to the reception we had about fifteen of us all piled into the trailer! It was great to have something that all the young bridesmaids and ushers could enjoy together with us. 



My grown-up bridesmaids' dresses were by Alfred Sung on the Dessy website. I chose a fab teal colour in four different styles, and paired them with nude heeels.


We had to think about where to have the ceremony, as we didn't fancy a church wedding. In the end we took a massive gamble on the weather and had it outside at a beautiful little folly in some fields just down the road from the reception.


It completely paid off as we were so incredibly lucky with the weather. We kept it rustic with hay bales for seats, big white festival flags in the fields, flowers and an ivy arch behind us. 


Because the ceremony location wasn't licensed for weddings we did the legal part in a registry office a couple of days before, which meant we could have free reign over the ceremony.


We wrote our own vows, my brother in law took the ceremony, friends and family did a reading, poem and prayer, and at the end we all sang 'Can't take my eyes off you'! It worked so well - personal, emotional and lots of fun.









Our photographer, Michael from My Beautiful Bride was brilliant. His fantastic photos speak for themselves!


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