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A Colourful Homemade Festival Wedding

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Mary and Jona’s May wedding was an explosion of colour and fun.

They wanted a long celebration, outdoors in Norfolk, with family and friends camping afterwards. Their whole day was a laid back party, with a meaningful ceremony and their meal served on picnic blankets.

They home made much of their day, with Mary making her own dress, the bridesmaids creating their own dresses, DIY flowers and streamer decorations. Fantastic!

Thanks so much to the brilliant Eliza Boo for sharing her images with us today.


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The Proposal… Jona proposed on the deck of a beautiful wooden sailing boat, anchored in the bay of st tropes, at sunset!

The Vision for the Day… Day starting with the ceremony, very personal to us, followed by a right good rollick with all our friends and family in the beautiful setting of the norfolk countryside, our friend Jack of  Coyote Moon Cafe proving us with our favourite meal, hallumi curry! And lots dancing of chilling out in hot tubs and round the fire come evening. Everyone sleeping over in tents, and a big veggie fry up the next day!

The Planning Process… Jack took care of a lot. But of course, there were many, many bits and bobs in addition to the essentials, but we loved it all!

The Venue… Jack’s beautiful field in Norfolk, where he put up his geodom and yurts.

The Dress + Accessories… My dress was a home made doozie, with cream silk body and net and chiffon skirt underskirt, and home made net over skirt, with lots of yellows and browns and golds.

My friend Titania Fisher is an amazing milliner and she made me a beautiful fairy-esque head band, which I attached a veil to.

Groom’s Attire… Vintage tails and a frilly shirt, Top hat adorned with feathers, and a psychedelic cummerbund.

The Readings + Music… Tom Conway (grooms brother) is a classical guitarist and played the music for the ceremony. One of his pieces for the entering of bridal party, and accompany,ent for the songs, morning has broken, and give me joy in my heart.

Later on him and his ‘post-anti-folk’ band(koi paraga) played an impromptu set, with a song written especially for the occasion, which was very touching.

Beautiful Bridesmaids… We had a bridesmaids dress making weekend, and all six made themselves wonderful and completely unique dresses, out of provided materials with a bright orange, pink, purple, yellow colour scheme. most of them had little or no sewing experience. It was a really fun thing to bring all the bridesmaids together, and the results were better than I could’ve imagined.

Then they all made their own gypsophila head dresses the morning of the wedding!

The Flowers… We planted hundreds or Peoney tulips for the occasion, and they all came out too soon! Was wonderful having lots of lovely flowers to give away before the wedding though. In the end a friend who grows loads of flowers in her Polly tunnels as a hobby helped us out, and we got lots from Norwich market. Jo (grooms mother) and christime ( friend who grows flowers) did an amazing job of arranging them all. Bouquets were all bunches of  purple alliums with gong trailing stems.

The Cake… Our genius raw foodie friend, who has a raw cafe in norwich called Nectar came up with something very special. A tiered fruit cake with white chocolate icing covered in edible flowers, and some different flavoured cashew ‘cheese’ cakes. They were all raw and vegan.

Your Photographer… Eliza Boo, she was absolutely brilliant. A very talented photographer, her shots perfectly captured the essence of the day, the colourfulness, the anticipation, the celebrating, the emotions. She’s also a very lovely lady, which is important when someone’s following you about on your wedding day!

Jona and I really didn’t want to stand around for hours having photos taking, and Boo seemed to get most of the family portraits before we’d really noticed we were posing for them! 

The Details + Decor… We went for a maximal approach to decorating, and got all the decor out! Jona and I have a big decor box from festival work so that came in handy. Also made lots of brightly coloured streamer- style bunting which looked pretty flitting in the breeze around the open sided old scout tent that we held the ceremony in (and disco!)

The Honeymoon… We stayed for a week on the lend where the wedding had been held, and chilled out with lots of friends, enjoying a week of non stop camp fire and lots of saunas! And occasionally escaping to the pub in the local village.

Memorable Moments… Just felt wonderfully high all day!

There were slip ups in the cenermony and groom dunked my head under the water in the hot tub at about 2pm, messing up my hair and make up, but it all just added to the whole day being a laugh. Danced all evening with best friends followed by singing in the hot tub after the amplified music curfew at 12am.

Advice for Other Couples… Just have fun! And if anything happens which isn’t supposed to just embrace it!

Credit Where Credit is Due…


A May Pole and ribbons aplenty… amazing. Thanks so much to Mary and Jona for sharing their beautiful wedding with us today XOXO Lou

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  1. 30.08.2013 at 8:16 am
    John Harris says:
    Nice one Boo. Looks like a really fun wedding!
  2. 30.08.2013 at 8:17 am
    James Rouse says:
    Such a uniquely different wedding and so very well photographed Boo.

    Fantastic work all round!! :-)
  3. 30.08.2013 at 8:20 am
    Paul Macro says:
    What a fabulous Wedding, so many details and colour. Great images too by Boo
  4. 30.08.2013 at 8:24 am
    Andy Davison says:
    Clearly a very special and completely individual wedding day that's been captured perfectly. Awesome photographs by Boo.
  5. 30.08.2013 at 8:33 am
    Johanna Garlike says:
    Wow what a gorgeous wedding ... The detail to this is amazing. Beautifully photographed! Jo x
  6. 30.08.2013 at 8:54 am
    Sara Hazeldine says:
    Amazing to think they did all that themselves! Love the explosion of colour. Nice one Boo for capturing it all so beautifully and naturally!
  7. 30.08.2013 at 9:13 am
    Jo says:
    And so you should feel proud! Simply beautiful images and words. You captured their day with perfection. I almost feel like I was there too. Good stuff Boo. Xxx
  8. 30.08.2013 at 10:01 am
    Deborah Faulkner says:
    What beautiful images! They really capture the atmosphere of the day. The style of photography is a perfect complement to a wonderful, unique occasion.
  9. 30.08.2013 at 10:11 am
    maya says:
    Beautiful and colourful wedding celebration looks such a wonderful day for everyone. Love the photos! You seem to have captured it all very well!
  10. 30.08.2013 at 10:45 am
    Helen Yin says:
    Gorgeous photos!
    Looks like a unique and fun wedding!
  11. 30.08.2013 at 12:07 pm
    Michael {Bohemian Weddings} says:
    Could this get any more 'festival'!! Love it.

    Any wedding that houses its guests in tents, has its guests in such cool clothing and has the bride and groom with face makeup is uber cool......oh not to mention hallumi curry, chilling out in hot tubs and a big veggie fry up the next day.

    What a unique and natural wedding :-)
  12. 30.08.2013 at 1:45 pm
    Catherine Connor says:
    Wonderful wedding by Boo Marshall ~ stunning images x
  13. 30.08.2013 at 2:01 pm
    Leanne Williamson says:
    What a fabulous wedding and absolutely beautiful
    Photography! Great job Boo! Looked like so much fun :-)
  14. 01.09.2013 at 2:54 pm
    clairetweet says:
    It all looks fabulous. A million miles away from most weddings and I love it. Boo has managed to capture so many different aspects of it mean feat. Beautiful.
  15. 02.09.2013 at 11:55 am
    Lou says:
    Thanks so so much guys xxx
  16. 02.09.2013 at 12:36 pm
    Laura {Babb Photo} says:
    This wedding looks EPIC!
  17. 03.09.2013 at 12:55 pm
    Jo Weddings Parties Anything says:
    Awesome festival wedding, a lot of color and looks like a lot of fun. Love the tent city also.
  18. 16.09.2013 at 8:18 am
    Tracey says:
    The feel of total relaxation, love and happiness is completely reflected in these beautiful shots. Gorgeous imagery Boo! Congrats to the couple! Just love how it all looked!

    T x
  19. 16.09.2013 at 8:19 am
    Lel says:
    Wow, what a fantastic wedding, they all look do very happy and beautifully captured by Boo, this couple must be very happy with these images x


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