Aww aren’t this pair of newly weds and their pup the cutest? Just wait until you see the rest of their pretty spectacular nuptials.
WWW readers Sally and Joey were hitched on the 18th June 2016 on the family farm and hosted a hand made marquee reception. They planned their wedding amongst renovating a house and starting a business, no mean feat, but boy oh boy did they pull it off to perfection. They had a subtle yellow colour theme running throughout the pretty blooms and décor. I especially love the colourful fabric swags in the marquee along with the miles of DIY bunting.
Sally looked the picture perfect bohemian bride in an illusion back Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta gown with flower crown. Gorgeous! Joey meanwhile opted for a tweed and chinos combo and the bridesmaids donned gorgeous pale green frocks. Ohhh the style.
Thanks so much to Jess Yarwood for sharing these dreamy shots with us.
THE PROPOSAL | We met working for an outdoor adventure company and 2 years in decided it was time to move on together, unsure of what to do next we moved back to my family farm. We both got ‘normal’ jobs to pay the bills and came up with a plan to open our own activity centre here on the family farm. After a year of pain stacking planning and hard work our decision date for the planning permission we required was set for the 16-10-2014. That night we took a walk up to the wood with the dog feeling deflated as the planning decision hadn’t been made and the date had been pushed back. Sat on the decking looking over the water Joey decided to mark the occasion by proposing.
THE VISION | Sally had always wanted to marry in the farm garden as it is such a special place, generations of family had put years of work into it and it seemed silly to pay for a venue with the perfect one at home. We wanted a really relaxed affair with plenty of laughter; we don’t do ‘posh’.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | ‘Homemade’ sums up the whole process I would say! During the planning of the wedding we also had the business to complete and get up and running and at the same time renovated a house which we moved into in January this year, the business opened its doors Easter this year so really it is all just a bit of a blur! I didn’t have magazines or books filled with ideas everything just seemed to fall into place and flow naturally, from making the save the dates and invites ourselves to setting up the marquee etc the week of the wedding. It was a huge family effort everyone chipped in, from making tables, seating, flowers, food it really showed how many wonderful family and friends we had around us there to help every step of the way. People always say to me the best part is planning it, well for me it really wasn’t! We didn’t like the expectation of what you should and shouldn’t have/do at a wedding, which I believe helped us create our day as we simply did/had things that we enjoy in everyday life. As we couldn’t licence the farm for the wedding we had a blessing as our main ceremony, which was conducted by a family friend and so special as we wrote our own vows and she personalised it to us.
THE VENUE | Peel Hall Farm – Cheshire.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | 7452 – Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta, Hunter Heeled Wellies, Bracelet – a gift, Earrings something borrowed, Floral Crown.
FINDING THE DRESS | I knew I wanted something light and simple, I personally am not a big princess dress fan and I wanted it to be something that I felt comfortable in. I started at a local shop and decided to try all styles on just in case something I wouldn’t choose ended up being something I wanted. I didn’t like any of them and just kept saying they are too big! The lady in the shop advised me to look at Maggie Sottero as she did some smaller dresses. This is when I found the shop Elegance Bridal in Bebbington (Wirral) selling Maggie Sottero, I went along and tried a stack of dresses on. They happened to have in Ti Adora also as a trial for stocking them permanently in the shop. This is when I put the dress on I wore and instantly knew it was the one, I had seen the dress on pinterest but had no idea where it was from and to fall upon it just seemed like fate and this was the dress! It wasn’t plain sailing though at this time I was bigger and ordered the dress, never planning to lose weight but with work etc I ended up shifting 2.5 stone before the wedding day and the dress had to be sized down 3 sizes. It was a massive task as it was a side zip and very detailed but Elegance Bridal were AMAZING and it was all done without any stress!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | He knew he wanted something different and HATES wearing a suit; we are both huge fans of Scotland and visit a lot together. With this is mind we had our hearts set on Harris Tweed. We came across a highly recommended tailor down the quirky rows in Chester called Clive’s, he made the trousers and waistcoat for Joey which are very special, he was made up with them! The shoes were Dr.Martins boots to fit in the farm theme.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Sally’s brother Tom read us a traditional Irish blessing for our reading which was short and simple but really special to us.
All the music through the day were playlists that we listen to all the time, lots of rock and indie music, which was fab. Sally walked down the aisle to Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, which was special as her dad used to sing it to her as a child before bed. We walked back up the aisle to Praise You by Fatboy Slim as this has forever been the song that makes Joey think of Sally. We had a local band for the night called The Banned, we have seen them locally a lot and they are a great band! We couldn’t think of anyone better, for our first dance they learnt the Wannadies – You and Me Always and Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here for sally and her dad. It was amazing!!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | The dresses were from Ebony Rose, which is also sold by Elegance Bridal.
THE FLOWERS | Were a very kind gift from Sally’s cousin who owns her own flower shop in Frodsham – Cheshire! They were wild and natural flowers that you would find in a garden or hedgerow, which was truly special as Sally’s great auntie had been a painter and these are the flowers she used to paint. Clare got the flowers so perfect from start to finish she knew exactly what we wanted and created more than we could have imagined. The flower crown was stunning and it is now perfectly dried ready to frame.
THE CAKE | Was perfect, Sally’s Dad’s cousin made it for us, we had a chocolate layer, lemon layer and a ginger layer. It was her wedding gift to us and every detail was perfect with the cow and bull bride and groom! To say she just does it for a hobby we were amazed.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Perfect! Jess fitted the wedding so well, from the moment I met her I knew she would do the setting justice, all the ideas she had about shots and the enthusiasm she had for it all. I think she was more excited than us some times, which was so nice as we really felt well looked after and never doubted we would be delighted with her work. It was a real family affair we met her children too when they came to our activity centre and her husband filmed our special day for us, the short film is perfect I can’t stop watching it! I hope everyone gets the chance to have a photographer as fun and friendly as Jess!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Everything was home made from pallet furniture, to rows and rows of bunting, it was all personally put together by family members. We spent hours painting and cutting and everything were things we had salvaged from around the farm, the old tractor had recently been restored by my younger brother and was just the best ‘photo booth’ we could have asked for. The food was a highlight as we had a local company do us a hog roast but they also have a home made clay pizza oven they have built into a horse box. They served home made sour dough fresh pizzas to order from about 10pm-12am when everyone was in need of little something to sober up!
THE HONEYMOON | Unfortunately we didn’t have one as we have the business to run but winter 2017 we are hoping to travel around Scandinavia!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Joey’s most memorable – Sally walking down the aisle, the speeches, The Banned. Sally’s most memorable – Before everyone arrived spending some time with mum and dad was very special, sneaking a peak out the window at Joey before the blessing and feeling SO excited, the speeches and never being without my bottle of prosecco or off the dance floor whilst the band played.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | DO WHAT YOU WANT! Don’t worry about what people think is the norm, it’s a day to celebrate who you are and what you love so embrace it and whatever happens, happens.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Jess Yarwood
Flowers | Frodsham Flowers
Caterers | Flour & Furnace
Dress | Elegance Bridal
Marquee | Posh Frocks and Wellies
Band | The Banned
Thanks so very much to Sally and Joey for sharing their beautiful wedding with us here at WWW xo Lou