What can I say, we really love a festival style wedding here at WWW and we know you guys do too. There really isn’t much not to love about tipis, live music, dancing in the open air, sparklers and an outdoor ceremony now is there? But best of all, this lush wedding was captured oh so beautifully by one of our very fave photographers, Supplier Love member, Alexa Clarke Kent Photography. Yippee. Thanks so much Alexa for sharing these sublime shots with us today.
Kathryn and Paul tied the knot on Saturday 15th July 2017 at Berryfields Events in Cambridgeshire. They were blessed with glorious weather, which allowed them to host their dream outdoor celebrations, complete with fete games and fun for guests. It looked as though everyone had a right old jolly time of it, including the gorgeous couple. I am totally digging their bohemian meets hipster style too. Kathryn choose a beautiful flowing boho gown by Saja Wedding and completed her look with a huge flower crown and bouquet of wild style florals. Paul was suited and booted in Ted Baker, with a waistcoat and open collar style.
Enjoy these laid back summer vibes folks…
THE PROPOSAL | In the summer of 2016, we had decided to book a last minute holiday to Croatia. A place that we had both wanted to visit for some time after seeing beautiful scenery whilst watching Game of Thrones! So we booked a 10 day island hopping trip, starting in Hava and ending in Dubrovnik. Part of our holiday was 4 days in Korchula, a beautiful remote island, very peaceful, relaxing and romantic. Our apartment was secluded and had a private beach, so on the 2nd night we decided to have a BBQ, cook lobster from the fish market and drink wine from the local vineyard. However, we soon realised that the fish market has no fish and it was end of the season so the vineyard was out of wine! We settled instead for steak and langoustines from the local supermarket. As the sun was setting, Paul suggested that we go to our little beach and soak up the view, however, when we approached a mountain was blocking our view! We ran down the beach, managed to find a break and sat down to catch the last few moments of the sun. It was then that Paul asked me to pass the camera and as I opened the case, instead of the camera was a box containing a beautiful diamond ring that he had designed himself and the question…. ‘Will you marry me”.
THE VISION | Festival themed – Glastonbury meets a British summers fete.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | 10 months and a lot of favours being pulled in from family and friends who work in the industry.
BUDGET | £20 000
THE VENUE | Berryfields Events – Yarwell, Peterborough.
We knew from the first moment that we wanted to have a festival themed wedding, and set it up ourselves, so when we found Berryfields Farm it was perfect and Richard was the kindest, friendliest and most laid back supplier.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Rock the Frock Bridal – Saja – Dress
Office – Shoes
Thomas Sabo – Earrings
FINDING THE DRESS | I always knew that I wanted the dress to be from Rock the Frock Bridal, thanks to a family friend who does the dress alterations for them (also the lady who made our cake). So as soon as we were back from Croatia I booked a visit, and it was the first dress I tried on. I cried. Mum cried, it was perfect.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Ted Baker – Navy trousers, waistcoat, braces, belt, white shirt and brown brogues.
Hugo Boss – Watch
His own beaded bracelets, necklaces and skateboard parts cufflinks.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | My boss, Beth sang us up and down the aisle.
At Last, Etta James – Walking down the aisle.
Ain’t no mountain high enough – Walking up the aisle.
Aaron, groomsman – I Wanna Be Yours by John Copper Clarke
Jessica my cousin – Stand by Me Ben E. King (we sang this)!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Amy – Sister – H&M
Amanda – Sister-in-law – New Look
Kelly – Maid of Honour – H&M
No matching dresses, only pastel colours. I just wanted them to be comfortable and happy with what they were wearing, and also wanted to make sure I bought them something that they would wear again.
THE FLOWERS | Bloom and Blossom.
Again, I didn’t want anything structured and just wanted to have locally grown, seasonal flowers. They were perfect, mismatched bouquets for me and the bridesmaids, flower head garland, buttonholes for the boys, head table piece and confetti. It was important that the confetti was completely natural as the ceremony was at the end of a pontoon on a lake, with a family of swans who had just had chicks.
THE CAKE | Sarah. Naked caked, with rough iced sides and edible flowers and wickern wrapped around.
Bottom tier was red velvet, middle tier was lemon sponge and top tier was Victoria sponge.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Alexa Clarke-Kent.
I had tasked my mum with finding a photographer. The brief was simple, no staged photography, lots of fun and to be yourself. Alexa did not disappoint. Ultimately this was an investment in art and we didn’t want to take that creative process away.
Everyone is in awe with the final photos and just how wonderful she was on the day.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Thanks to the best man being part of a street art crew called Tenbomb, we were lucky enough for them to design the invites, RSVP’s, signposting, games zone, bar, order of the day and seating plan.
My cousin Jessica who’s also an artist made all the bunting.
I also am artistic and made all the centre pieces and name settings.
THE HONEYMOON | Barcelona, Venice, Verona and Nice. This all was developed on booking tickets for Madam Butterfly in Verona and the other destinations were booked organically from this. We had planned to go to Bali, but didn’t have the time to plan properly, so we opted for a mini-moon, although we did so much it turned into a full fat moon!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Just how much fun everyone had, looking out to see family and friends on both sides laughing and planning games with each other like they had always been friends, it was perfect.
Also the cake starting to melt and Sarah having to support it as we raced through speeches to cut it quickly before it dropped.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | My one word of advice is to not get hung up on both of you doing everything together, for example my mum came with me for cake tasting, I sorted the flowers out myself, Paul went to view the venue without me. We didn’t want to get hung up on the detail, we wanted the day to be remembered for our love and the commitment that we were making. With a 10 month engagement we just didn’t have the time to do it all!
Use your friends and family, they want to do more…. Believe me! Consider a wedding planner, I wanted to do it all myself, but I couldn’t have done it without mine. Anna Lee Munro was brilliant from the first phone call, any issues, she sorted them, any dramas on the day (if there were any) we had no idea about it.
And this is clichéd I know, but enjoy the process and the day, before you know it, it’s over.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Venue | Berryfields Events
Dress | Rock The Frock Bridal
Cake & Alterations | Sew In Love
Flowers | Bloom and Blossom
Caterers | Steak and Honour
Art Work | Tenbomb
Band | The Trials of Cato
Planner | Anna Lee Munro
Rings | Alba Rose
Kathryn and Paul, thanks so much for sharing your dreamy celebrations with us xo Lou