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Woods on Fire with Love Wedding


Rich and Bryony were married in September at Monkton Wyld Court, Dorset. They wanted to set the woods on fire with love. How amazing is that? They had a small budget, so kept things simple. They homemade their wedding with the help of family and friends, including the cake and pretty flowers.

They also kept everything local, with the food being sourced locally. In the evening the wood was transformed into a magical wonderland, with gypsy caravans, lanterns and a and tabla player. Bryony looks so beautiful in her Alfred Sung, vintage veil and floral headdress, while Rich wore a tweed waistcoat with brown trousers, which looks amazing.

Oh such a wonderful wedding. Thanks so much to the lovely Jennie Hill for sharing her images with us today.


vintage veil rustic outdoor marquee tent wedding


Names…. Rich and Bryony

Wedding Date…. 22.09.12

The Proposal…. There were three. Once on the steps of an aeroplane, once in the ruins of a haunted abbey and finally on a January ferry crossing in Cornwall with rainbows arching above. Why three? Don’t ask.

The Vision for the day…. We wanted to set the woods on fire with love. It felt important to take traditional wedding formats and rituals and bring them into what it means to be in love in 2012.

The Planning process…. What was really exciting for us was the fact that lots of our amazing friends would get to meet each other. We had the wedding at a place that was special to us and every last detail was made by our friends and family- right down to the flowers being grown for the wedding. We used local for everything including the main meal being our own pork and favours being honey from the garden next to the church.

We all walked down the lane together then everybody there lit a candle in the church, St Thomas’s Choir, Exeter sang gospel in the church. Then after the service we all drank mead then onto a sit down wedding breakfast in the venue over the road (Monkton Wyld Court) with kid’s puppet shows throughout the day in a little bell tent.

In the evening the woods were lit with hundreds of lanterns and a sitar and tabla player started the night off. The gypsy wagon served love inspired cocktails ( and then we headed to the hall for a finger feast, jive lesson and disco!

Budget…. Very small

The Venue… Monkton Wyld Court

The Dress + Accessories….. Alfred Sung at Se Marrier in Exeter, Bryony’s aunt’s 1970’s veil.

Groom’s attire… Old Hackett suit with new Hackett waistcoat and Barkers brogues.

The Readings + Music…. The Song of Solomon, A Scottish Blessing, St Thomas’s Choir Exeter. Friends playing accordion/violin/guitar, Ricky Romain sitar player, Simon on his gramophone for the jive Spotify playlist by friends for the disco.

Beautiful bridesmaids….. Lily, Jenny, Bella, Lydia and Zoe. Flower Boys and girls, Lily, Tess, Eben and Digby.

The Flowers… Friends

The Cake… Zoe

Your Photographer…. Jennie Hill

The Details + Decor…. Rich was up most nights madding litres of handmade stem ginger ice cream-yum! Alan was also up late most nights writing out dozens of love poems he then hid them in people’s napkins so they got a lovely surprise.

The Honeymoon…. Burgh Island.

Memorable moments… My first cocktail from the gypsy wagon.

Advice for other couples… Research how weddings used to be, it’s interesting to see how things were done to understand how they might be in the future. For us it was all about the music because that is what is special to us.

Credit where credit is due…


Gypsy wagon and cocktails:


Food from Five Penny Farm:

Puppets and kids entertainment: Angelina Westdor, Kathy Kelly


Oh i wish i was at this wedding, didn’t it look magical?! Thanks so much to Rich and Bryony for sharing their wedding with us today XOXO Lou

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  1. 05.12.2012 at 12:22 pm
    bethany candela says:
    What a beautiful and stunning wedding!! i love how everything was home made and they stuck to a budget, its more personal and special in that way i think. Well done to them
  2. 06.12.2012 at 12:27 pm
    Lou says:
    thanks so much :-) x
  3. 06.12.2012 at 11:52 pm
    Karen @ Wedding Flowers Co says:


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