A Homemade + Bright Festival Inspired Wedding


Happy Monday :-) I hope you all had a restful and refreshing weekend :-) To start the week with a bang i have a gorgeous festival inspired wedding to share this morning.

Glenn and Caroline were married in July at their local church followed by a marquee reception at Caroline’s parents. They describe their day as a labour of love, handcrafting all the beautiful details of the day themselves. With the festival style signs, the hay and the bright colour scheme, their wedding looked amazing.

Caroline wore a gorgeous Phase Eight wedding dress and vintage look shoes from Next, the high street does it again!! Amazing. I so love the beautiful bridesmaids dresses and those flowers too. Swoon.

Thanks so much to the amazing Rebecca Douglas Photography for sharing her lovely lovely photography today.


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Names…. Glenn and Caroline

Wedding Date…. Saturday 21st July 2012

The Proposal…. we had been together almost 8 years and felt that the time was right to get married. It wasn’t big or flashy but that’s just us.

The Vision for the day…. we called our vision ’Wedding Festival’; we wanted to combine an eclectic vintage theme with a British festival feel. It was inspired by our love of hog roasts and British eccentricity. We used this theme throughout the wedding and loved the slightly vintage psychedelic feel of the colours and patterns.

The Planning process…. We only gave ourselves 7 months for planning, so we needed to have a tight concise vision and theme. We were lucky that the venues were easily found, the reception was held at Caroline’s parent’s house where she had grown up and the wedding was at the local church. We made sure all the important things were booked during January which gave us 6 months to concentrate on the details. The last month was crazy; together with family and friends we built the 2 marquees and installed the carpet, dance floor, lighting, furniture and decorations.

Budget…. We were really fortunate that Caroline’s parents were able to host the reception and contribute to so much of the wedding. We had a tight budget for decorations which were all designed by Caroline and handmade, it turned out to be a labour of love!

The Venue… We were married at St Mildred’s Church, Tenterden and the reception was held at Caroline’s parent’s house, also in Tenterden.

The Dress + Accessories….. the dress was ‘Elizabeth’ from Phase Eight; gold ‘vintage’ shoes from a collection at Next; Veil, Haircomb and my rings were all handmade from designers on Etsy website. My gold charm bracelet was vintage.

Finding the dress…. I had seen the dress whilst my sister-in-law was planning her wedding. The dress stayed in my mind until Glenn and I got engaged. I only went to one dress shop before I knew the vintage elegance and simplicity of the dress were prefect for our wedding.

Groom’s attire… 3 piece grey short morning suits from Slaters (Canterbury branch)

The Readings + Music…. we had a bible reading from Colossians and then a short passage from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (one of Caroline’s favourite books and films). During the signing of the registers ‘One day like this’ by Elbow was played.

Beautiful bridesmaids….. our Maid of Honour (Sarah Blunt) was Caroline’s best friend from school and our other beautiful bridesmaids were Caroline’s sister-in-law (M aria Holden) and Glenn’s sister (Lynsey Watson). Bridesmaids wore champagne coloured silk wrap dresses from Mango. We were also really fortunate to have 3 gorgeous usherettes: Sarah Matthews; Sam Hughes; Jenny Matthews.

The Flowers… from ‘Flower craft workshop’ in Tenterden – an amazing little place with really helpful staff. There were four main roses (Dolce Vita, Cuba Libre, Heaven and our fave Miss Piggy) which went into all the bouquets and buttonholes. The reception flowers were arranged by Caroline’s mum.

The Cake… Our amazing, talented friend and usherette (Sarah Matthews) made the wedding cake. We had vanilla, lemon and strawberry cupcakes with a fruit cake top tier. Sarah handmade all the decorations including the top tier, we were so pleased with the mini Caz and Glenn (and our little ratties Eric and Bill).

Your Photographer…. our photographer was Rebecca Douglas, she made us feel so relaxed and really brought out the best in us. We are still overwhelmed by how she was able turn our vision into such beautiful images.

The Details + Decor…. unique DIY ideas were key to the wedding, everything was designed and handmade by Caroline (with a little help from a friend or 2). We wanted to put a twist on conventional ideas and come up with a unique festival feel: champagne cork place names, festival table names, favour bags with mini blackboards, ice cream smelling bubbles, british table trivia games, beautiful but quirky handmade bunting, festival poster table planner – the list is endless. We carried the heart motif throughout all the designs and kept strictly to our colour theme (pink, coral, orange, yellow). We made sure outside the marquee was just as fun, with hay bales, kid’s tepee with games, signposts, ribbon decorations and more bunting.

The Honeymoon…. our ‘once in a lifetime trip’ to LA and Vegas! We’re normally beach holiday type of people but Glenn’s mecca is Vegas so we wanted to do something that we will never forget. Our honeymoon is not until 28th August so we’re going to enjoy some time planning and booking lovely trips in LA and Las Vegas (including a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon).

Memorable moments… sitting in our ‘Molly’ morris minor drinking champagne whilst driving round Tenterden. The photos of just the two of us – at the field and during sunset with Charlie the horse in the background. Jagerbombs!

Advice for other couples… do as much as you can in advance, you will not believe how fast the last month goes. Keep tight to your theme; brainstorm and ‘google’ until you come up with the best idea. Remember to enjoy every moment; enjoy all the preparation and ‘crafting’, and on the day make sure you take it all in – look around and soak in the memories.

Credit where credit is due…

Sandra Field Caterer (Hog roast): http://www.sandrafieldcaterer.co.uk/
Flowers: http://www.flowercraftworkshop.com/
The car: http://www.premierweddingcars.co.uk/Index.aspx
Rebecca Douglas Photography: http://www.rebeccadouglas.co.uk/


Thanks so much to Glenn and Caroline for sharing their beautiful homemade wedding with us today XOXO Lou

3 thoughts on “A Homemade + Bright Festival Inspired Wedding

hi guys, we are having a festival wedding and have been attempting to make our own cake, the little figures stood under the bunting in wellies is exactly what we are after (my husband to be is in charge of the cake but his icing people making skills are not his strong point. any chance you could pursuade your friend to make some for us?? we are in portsmouth! hoping to hear from you soon :-) rikki

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