We’re huge fans of the great outdoors here at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings and know many of you guys are too. So of course we wanted to share Antony and Rebecca’s outdoorsy festival vibe wedding held on Tuesday 2nd August 2016 at Chaucer Barn in Norfolk. Their venue allowed them the best of both worlds, a cosy and rustic barn, a woodland setting for an outdoor ceremony and a spot for a fun yellow stripe marquee. Oh my!
Lightening Photography was on hand to capture all the fun and frolics, not to mention that touching ceremony. I really adore the free spirited portraits in the field too, they are just so special. The focus of the couple’s décor and styling was the surrounding nature, so they kept everything simple and low key. There was a splendid naked cake baked by Antony though, plus lush vibrant pink florals.
The focus instead was on entertaining. WWW faves Warble Entertainment supplied the band, acoustic musician and caricaturist, which really got the party in full swing. I must also mention the marvellous outfit choices. Rebecca fell for a Halfpenny London lace gown and together with her maids, they all donned pretty flower crowns. Meanwhile Antony opted for a tweed ensemble complete with mismatched groomsmen by his side. Awesome!
THE PROPOSAL | At home, down on one knee in candlelight.
THE VISION | Outdoor, natural, relaxed, festival vibe.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Pinterest, unusual wedding fairs.
BUDGET | £15,000
THE VENUE | Chaucer Barn, Gresham, Norfolk.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Wedding dress by Kate Halfpenny London. Bridesmaids (H&M). Flower garland (Elizabeths the Florist, Norwich).
FINDING THE DRESS | Hated all the dresses in local stores. Googled vintage style wedding dresses and looked on Pinterest. Found Kate Halfpenny. Loved one, but not so keen after trying it on. Tried another and loved it immediately.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Tweed three piece suit (Topman), brown brogue boots, tie and pocket watch. Beard (homegrown).
THE READINGS & MUSIC | No readings. We had two acoustic singers, called Acoustic Avenue who sang before during and after ceremony.
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Ho Hey – The Lumineers
Never tear us apart – INXS
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Jay, Louisa (sister of the bride), Rachel and the flower girl Hannah (4 year old niece).
THE FLOWERS | Elizabeths the Florist (Norwich). Flower garlands for all bridal party and bridal bouquet. Bridesmaid’s flowers and button holes by Louisa (Bridesmaid).
THE CAKE | We had a three tiered naked cake made by the groom himself. Baked a couple of days prior to the wedding, but all the assembly and finishing touches were done by him just an hour before the ceremony! Very nice way to keep distracted and relaxed.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Daniel Lightening (Lightening Photography).
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The whole day was outdoors, married in the woods and then lunch and drinks in/around a traditional marquee. Nature and the beautiful gardens/woodlands was the main décor. Inside the marquee we had wooden tables and chairs with hessian table cloths and bunting. Simple DIY decorations to complement the natural beauty of venue. The evening was inside the barn were we did the speeches on the wooden staircase and danced in the hall.
THE HONEYMOON | A night on a luxury yacht in London, then a night in a luxury hotel in Liverpool. Plans for a longer honeymoon in the following year.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The whole day was wonderful. The bride had a long walk to the ceremony in the woods through long grass and so could see the groom standing waiting for her from quite a distance. Seeing him stood there was very emotional.
Having the speeches in the evening after many drinks was fun. As it was a DIY wedding, everyone had a helping, hand which really helped them feel a part of the day
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Break the rules, don’t be a slave to tradition. Have it your way. DIY what you can, it makes it so much more personal and saves a fortune. Enjoy time together where you can. A good photographer is worth paying for, you can sort out the album later, spend the money on their skill, not printing. Use the groomsmen/bridesmaids as much as you can, give them a clear outline of how the day will breakdown and give them tasks to do. They want to help and it’ll take the pressure of yourself. A style of wedding you both love is better than obsessing about a childhood dream. When both are actively involved it makes planning so much more fun and easier.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Lightening Photography
Flowers | Elizabeth’s Florist
Marquee | Magnificent Marquee Company
Dress | Kate Halfpenny London
Food | Spit & Grill BBQ Company
Hire | The Elite Hire Company
DJ | Elliot White
What a brilliant celebration.
Huge thanks goes to Antony and Rebecca and their photographer Daniel for sharing their story here today xo Lou