Cindy and James had an unusual setting for their super beautiful day, choosing Sunninglye Farm, Kent to host their weekend wedding. They had an outdoor ceremony under a tree which was just so romantic. They wanted their wedding to be special and unconventional. So they chose to have a tipi wedding reception filled with the loveliest blooms and sweet touches.
Cindy went for a stunning Lusan Madongos dress while James chose a Ted Baker suit, don’t they look amazing?! There are many elements from their wedding i love like the hanging lampshades and the bold tableplan, gorgeous.
Thanks so much to the brilliant Sara Reeve Photography for sharing her images with us today, here is what she had to say;
“From the minute I met Cindy & James, I knew their wedding day was going to be something very special indeed. They chose to hold their very own wedding weekend at the gorgeous and remote Sunninglye Farm in Kent – a beautiful site best known for its ‘glamping’ holidays. Sunninglye is somewhere very special to Cindy & James, and they agreed to let this beautiful couple hold the very first wedding there. I honestly was overwhelmed with the beauty and stylish detail of this wedding – Cindy and James had really created something special, and totally them. One of my highlights was bundling into the back of James’s truck, to go and photograph this gorgeous couple in the field of bluebells. Hanging on to Cindy for dear life was one of the funniest moments of the day, but the photos were totally worth it. And we even managed to include their cute puppy Lola who was have her own little glamping minibreak during the ceremony. I just loved every minute of this special day – which is such proof that weddings don’t always have to follow what tradition has dictated, and you really can make it suit you.”
Names…. Cindy & James
Wedding Date…. 19th May 2012
The Proposal…. New years 2010/2011. We were at our friend’s house, it was approaching midnight and someone had dropped a glass on the floor, I went to help clear up and was told by James to leave it as I would miss the moment??? Midnight came and everything became clear as we kissed and said happy new year, James asked “will you marry me?” sending me into a state of complete shock, we dropped back into the living room and he went on one knee, produced a ring then asked me again. I just stared at James and asked if he was serious, who could blame me we had been together 12 years. After knowing it was not a joke and I said yes and we called my dad to announce our Engagement. We spent the next day on the sofa nursing our hangovers we huge grins on our faces.
The Vision for the day…. We wanted something different and wanted our day to be something special for us both. It was to be a place for all our family and friends to celebrate with us in an unconventional way.
The Planning process…. I had always said I wanted a three day event as you go to so many weddings that you wish could continue. We approached our friends who have a lovely farm and host featherdown camping. This was to be the start of our dream day. We wanted to keep some of the tradition but move the goal posts a little to suit us. James was great and took interest in most things and had said there were specific jobs he would take control of, this was to be the music part and our first dance. My sister bought me a wedding file which went everywhere with me, I bought numerous magazines and tore out all my favourites parts and kept them in my file. We spoke to someone about getting our wedding venue licensed but this proved to be too costly and complicated. We knew we wanted to be outside and someone told me about these amazing tipi’s and once we had seen them there was no going back. The detail started to fall into place, who would do the invites, cake ect. The shopping had begun
The Venue… Sunninglye farm at Bells Yew Green in a field under a tree was where we would say our vows. The reception was held in the tipi’s 20 feet from the tree it was an idyllic spot.
The Dress + Accessories….. The dress came from Teo Kath of London at Canterbury. A lusan madongos design, which captured every favourite part of dresses I had seen all in my perfect dress. The head piece was from glitzy secrets. The shoes from next. My stole was loaned . My earrings where from hullaballou as were our wedding rings and my engagement ring.
Finding the dress…. Three dress shops and a phone call from my sister to say they have the dress I had seen in a magazine in store, Visits with my bridesmaids, my sister and best friend then back with the mums, signed the deal.
Groom’s attire… Suit from Ted Baker. Shoes from Kirt Geiger. Tie Savoy taylor. Shirt Topman premium.
The Readings + Music…. We choose “at last” Etta James (as we had been together so long), We made our family and friends laugh. As we signed the paper we had “one day like this” Elbow. We made our way back to the tents to “you and me” the wannadies. A reading from James sister Kate (which was read at Kates wedding by her mum).
Beautiful bridesmaids….. My niece Ciara wore a dress which was simualr to mine was from monsoon as were her wings and cardigan. My sister and best friend wore dresses from Very and fake faux stoles from monsoon (one which came all the way from Turkey as I had one already and was unable to get hold of another. They both wore shoes from Oasis.
The Flowers… Made by the beautiful Gill & Jo Miles. They really got the theme and my style.
The Cake… Was our wedding present from my sister in law, She was left to her own devises and told me the idea, the outcome however blew us away.
Your Photographer…. The beautiful Sara reeve an amazing photographer who was non invasive and was simply amazing.
The Details + Decor…. These pieces were all picked up along the way, Charity shops searched for tea cups, lamp shades, hostess trolleys, Cox & Cox for ribbons , candle stick holders. Jeremy home stores for candles and party bags for the children. Bunting from a friend. Signs from Cox and Cox, handmade or John Lewis. Jam jars for the flowers from my mother in law and the florists.
Because of the tipi’s we wanted to keep it simple and not over do it.
The Honeymoon…. Yet to be taken…………. We had a two nght break after the wedding in Camber Sands at The Gallivant.
Memorable moments… The photo is the bluebells, the sheep stealing the hors d’oeuvres, Coming across the field in a trailer pulled by a tractor. Having all our fiends from near and far share our special day.
Advice for other couples… Make your day your dreams and have fun in doing so, it goes so quickly.
Credit where credit is due…
Food by, www.devinecuisine.com
Wedding jelwery by, www.hullaballou.co.uk
Venue by, Sunninglye Farm www.featherdown.co.uk/
Tents by, www.beautifulworldtents.co.uk/
Music by, WeAreCoAlition1 (facebok) www.shottobits.com/
Bar by, The Star @ Matfield
Invitations, Table plan and artwork by, www.annaraymond.co.uk/
Ah so lovely, and what a wonderful location. Thanks so much to Cindy & James for sharing their wedding with us today XOXO Lou
Tags: Farm Wedding, Glitzy Secrets, Kent Wedding, Lusan Madongos Wedding Dress, Monsoon Flowergirls, Multicolour Wedding Ideas, Natural & Wild Wedding Flowers, Real Weddings, Sara Reeve Photography, Sunninglye Farm Wedding, Ted Baker Groom, Tipi Wedding
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