I’ve really got that Friday feeling today courtesy of WWW readers Sorcha and Lee and their summery wedding held on the 8th July 2016 at The Secret Garden in Bedfordshire. This lovely pair wanted a relaxed party vibe wedding set in a majestic tipi and that’s exactly what they got. I love it all, from the gents in bows ties and braces to their sweet son joining them at the top of the aisle and all of the fun, thoughtful touches. There was a photo booth made from old doors, lace ribbons hanging in the tipi and a bright yellow super car all making an appearance. Not to mention a hand baked naked cake, wild style floral arrangements and rustic signage.
Sorcha chose to wear a beautiful lace Essense of Australia gown with simple accessories and her hair swept up into an elegant do. Her fave girls looked super pretty too in ice grey dresses and matching sandals. What a stylish and blooming lovely day, you’re going to adore this story today folks.
Aaron Collett Photography, thank you so much for providing these fun and candid shots.
THE PROPOSAL | We’d been together for 9 years and had a 1 year old little boy so everyone had been on at Lee for years to propose. He booked a surprise weekend away to Rome, somewhere we’d always wanted to go, and proposed to me in one of the gorgeous back streets.
THE VISION | I knew from day one that I wanted a tipi wedding. I think Lee was a little dubious but when we went to one of the open days and stepped inside one he fell in love with the idea as well. We wanted the day to be relaxed, not too formal and we just wanted it to be one big party!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | The hardest thing at the beginning was finding the perfect venue to hold a tipi. There aren’t many sites round where we live so it took a lot of looking around to try and find the perfect one. I’m someone who loves organising things so I found the planning really fun, we used 18 different suppliers so I had to keep a spreadsheet of everything. I’m very lucky to have a creative brother who designed our wedding invites, place cards and signs. The table plan was definitely the hardest thing to arrange, we wanted long tables like a banquet so that the food could be served in the middle and everyone could share, the tipi company were great and sent me a floorplan that I could move around, which helped no end.
BUDGET | £22,000
THE VENUE | The Secret Garden in Wymington is actually a bit of a secret! The owner, Mary-ann only holds a handful of weddings there each year and we were so lucky to find it. It was a blank canvas for us to do what we wanted with. We had our service between the trees at the top of the garden, it was perfect. So many people commented on how gorgeous the venue was and the sun shone all day, we couldn’t have asked for more
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Essence of Australia dress. I wore flat sandals which were only from New Look and had only one accessory on the day, my late Nan’s bracelet so I felt like a part of her was there with us.
FINDING THE DRESS | Dress hunting was definitely not what I expected to be, I found it so stressful. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted; lace, backless, unstructured, but couldn’t find ‘The’ dress anywhere. Eventually my mum and I went to Gowns and Garters in Thrapston, I looked at this one Essence of Australia dress in a picture and hated it but once it was on it looked completely different. The ladies there made a few alterations to it and after weeks of worrying about whether I’d done the right thing, I tried it on and fell in love.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Lee didn’t want full suits as we were hoping for a nice hot day and we’d been to weddings before where the groomsmen seemed so uncomfortable. We went through lots of photos on Pinterest and he decided that braces and a bow tie would be the best to go with our theme. Lee wore navy skinny chinos from Topman, a white shirt from Next, braces from River Island and we had matching pink pinstripe bow-ties for all of the groomsmen and page boys.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We asked one of the bridesmaids to read a quote by Richard Bach about soul mates, the words are beautiful. Our first dance song, Just Like a Star by Corinne Bailey Ray was chosen by us years ago as it reminds us of our relationship. We had a band in the evening, The Dukes of Havoc that were recommended to us, they played all of the songs we’d chosen so everyone was up dancing at the end of the night.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | The bridesmaids were in an ice grey maxi dress from ASOS with lace sleeves and the same flat sandals as me.
THE FLOWERS | I found our florist Tracey at a wedding fair, she had a display with seasonal flowers in lots of different little bottles and jars, which I knew would be perfect to go onto our tables. I’m pretty clueless when it comes to flowers but asked for pastel colours with lots of greenery and she came up with exactly what I wanted.
THE CAKE | We had a naked sponge cake made by one of my friends. I’ve been to a lot of weddings where the cake is wasted so we decided to serve our cake as dessert! We just asked the caterers for some berries and cream to go with it and everyone loved it. Saved us a little with the catering budget too!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer was Aaron Collett who was fantastic and really put us at ease. He had photographed one of our friend’s wedding’s and were so impressed by their pictures that we knew we had to have him. We’re not the most photogenic of people and never find any photos of ourselves that we like but when Aaron sent over our photos we couldn’t be happier. We also had a videographer, Craig Veasey of Amazingdayz, which was probably the best decision we made on the whole wedding. We hardly noticed he was there and when we got our video through I cried watching it for the first time, it really captured the atmosphere and we got to see so many things that are so easily missed when you’re swept away by the day.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | My bridesmaids helped out with making some of the table decorations but most of the decorating was done by Helen at Honeybees Vintage Teas, as well as decorating the garden with lace ribbons and hanging umbrellas down from the top of the tipi she created a picture frame photo booth between 2 old doors, it was a real hit with everyone who came and the photos people took were brilliant.
THE HONEYMOON | We had a long weekend in Sanotorini, it was every bit as amazing as all of the pictures you see. Watching the sunset from our private pool is something that we’ll remember forever.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Our favourite moment was during the ceremony where, during our vows, our little boy who was only 1, managed to wriggle free from one of the bridesmaids who was holding him and he walked straight up the to the front, held both of our hand and stood silently with us. It was the most special impromptu moment that had so many people in tears.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t worry on the day, nobody will notice if something goes wrong, in fact, it just adds to the fun!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Aaron Collett Photography
Videographer | Amazingdayz
Florist | Once Upon A Time
Decoration | Honey Bees Vintage Teas
Dress | Gowns and Garters
Venue | The Secret Garden
Tipis | Elite Tents
Ahhh so wonderful.
Sorcha and Lee, thank you both for sharing your gorgeous wedding day here at WWW xo Lou