For those of you planning a wedding in the summer months, this one is for you. Jodey and Nicci were married in July of last year, in a stunning tee pee venue on a farm.
They wanted a really laid back wedding, and the rustic-boho feel really comes through thanks to the super cute styling.
Nicci looks beautiful in Ghost, with wild flowers and a lace bolero, i love Jodey’s floral shirt, the mismatched bridesmaids and the lavender touches too.
Thanks so much to the brilliant Clair Estelle Photography for sharing her images with us this morning, here is what she had to say about the day;
“I loved being a part of this wedding – fun loving families in the middle of a gorgeously decorated farm owned by a lady named Derry – beautiful! Bon Fires, Water Bombs, Sky Lanterns, Handmade Decorations, Food made with love, Dj’s, tipis and camping made this day so memorable and heart felt for me – thank you Jodey + Nicci x”
Names…. (mr) Jodey and (mrs) Nicci
Wedding Date…. 1st and 2nd July 2011
We got married legally on 1st July at a registry office with just our parents present then recreated the ceremony the next day with all our guests at the beautiful farm venue. We had to do it this way as the farm was not licensed for marriages and I really wanted an outdoor ceremony.
The Proposal…. Jodey proposed to me on 20th March 2009 on our flight from Dubai (where we had moved to 7 months previous) to the UK for our holiday to visit friends and family. The hostesses then brought us champagne and the captain congratulated us over the tannoy.
The Vision for the day…. We knew we wanted to keep the day relaxed and fun with a very informal atmosphere. We wanted it to be very much about the friends and family and us enjoying ourselves with good food and good music.
The Planning process…. Living in Dubai at the time of getting engaged, we knew we wanted the wedding to be in England as we are both from large families and it was really important that as many of our friends and family as possible could attend, so it was difficult to start planning until we knew when we would be moving back to the UK.
However, we started writing songs in my scrap book from day 1, any song we heard or remembered that we loved we wrote it down. So by the time the day came we had enough songs to practically fill the playlist for the whole day.
We really started planning in Jan 2011 when we moved back to the UK, firstly finding a venue so we could get the date confirmed and invitations sent out. After this we had to find a celebrant to conduct the unofficial ceremony, chose my dress and have it fitted, book the hog roast and the rest was the fun creative bits of wedding planning.
Budget…. We made allowances in the budget for the Giant Hat Khata tipi tents but everything else was kept to a reasonable budget. Friends and family helped us so much with the homemade wedding favours, the majority of the food including the wedding cake, the djing, alterations, handmade decorations, handmade ring cushion and much more. Plus we all camped at the farm saving on accommodation expenses.
The Venue… I always knew I wanted the venue to be beautiful from top to bottom, not just decorated well but the floors, ceilings, walls, entrance, views, building, everything… had to be pretty.
I wasn’t finding anything quite right at a reasonable price, then I saw the Giant Hat Khata tipi tents in a wedding magazine and knew straight away that is what we had to have. We then had to find a venue to have them. All the fields and farms that held regular weddings were far too expensive so I started ringing through the farms in Yellow Pages and found our venue that way
It was a stunning farm in Haslemere, Surrey with a beautiful house, old barns and out house buildings and acres of land housing a bluebell forest, an apple orchard, a small lake, horse fields and much more. The farm had an electricity supply that we could plug into and toilets in the outhouse that we could use.
The Dress + Accessories….. I chose my dress in the end from Ghost, it was floor length, silk satin mix, golden ash colour with lots of panelling making it a beautiful fit. I then bought some lace which I had made into a bolero.
Finding the dress…. I tried on lots of traditional wedding dresses in proper dress shops and as much as I completely loved some of them I knew I could find something just as beautiful but more simple from a high street store.
I also spent hours and hours on ebay and various other websites but wasn’t sure enough to purchase any without seeing it and trying it on first.
Groom’s attire… We chose Jodeys suit and shirt from Ted Baker. He wore a slim fitting grey checked suit with a loud white and bright purple patterned shirt.
The Readings + Music…. Nearly all the music was chosen by Jodey and I, it was a selection of old and new songs played on a cd in the back ground during the day, then a friend started djing and adding in some of her music, then my cousin sang some songs and hosted some karaoke, then the dj started palying some of our favourite dance music until the early hours.
Beautiful bridesmaids…. I wanted my gorgeous bridesmaids to feel comfortable, pretty and confident in what they were wearing so they chose their own dresses. They just had to be white or cream, have a lace pattern and be knee length or shorter.
To bring all the bridesmaids together they wore a purple flower chain in their hair.
The Flowers… We used flowers at the entrance to the tent, wrapped around the beams inside the tipi, wrapped around the archway and on all the tables. The table flowers were a selection of wild flowers, herbs and lavender on glass bottles of all shapes and sizes that had been collected since the start of organising.
The Cake… We had coffee, lavender, lemon drizzle, chocolate, banana, and many other flavoured rustic cupcakes with one large lemon drizzle (my favourite) for the top all made by family members and my sister made special cake personal cake toppers for us.
Your Photographer…. We were really lucky to have found Clair Estelle just a few months before the wedding but her style was exactly what we were looking for and we loved the end result! We had the photos a couple of weeks after the wedding. She was also great company and made everyone feel comfortable in front of the camera.
The Details + Decor…. I designed our invitations using letter stamps and cut a heart shape out of a floral design paper that I liked, made one complete one inside and out and then had them printed from that.
My Nan made the white lace bunting which my sister had used at her wedding the previous year, my sister made the paper mache heart chains, friends made the paper chains, Jodey’s mum made the flower chains and about a hundred heart detail lanterns made from tin cans so with all this and more we really made everything look beautiful.
The wedding favours were home grown mini pots of herbs wrapped in hessian and a ribbon with a hand written tag. This was a huge job because we had to do nearly 100 of them, I wouldn’t have done it without all the help I had from friends and family.
The thank you cards were a photo of mine and Jodey’s shadow on the sand next to a ‘Thank You’ message written in the sand taken on our honeymoon.
The Honeymoon…. We booked our honeymoon 2 days after the wedding and flew the next day. We spent 1 week in Aruba which was just amazing and really exciting booking it so last minute.
Memorable moments… Jodey wearing his pink wellies (courtesy of the stag party) on the dance floor.
Advice for other couples… Homemade touches really make it personal and friends and family love to feel like they have been involved so will be happy to help.
Credit where credit’s due…
Beautiful World Tents www.beautifulworldtents.co.uk
Ted Baker www.tedbaker.com
Clairestelle Photography www.clairestelle.com
In The Summer Time BBQs www.in-the-summer-time-bbqs.co.uk
Dave Baker Flowers Ltd no website
Thanks so much to Jodey and Nicci for sharing their uber pretty day with us today xoxo Lou
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