We’re off to the farm today for the beautiful rural nuptials of WWW readers Lara and Atilla who held their wedding on the 20th August 2016 at Burnicombe Farm in Devon. For them it was all about planning a day which reflected them and their life together. Atilla is from Istanbul and their scrumptious wedding meal consisted of Turkish cuisine, while Lara has a love of the countryside, hence the striking setting. The tipi was a natural choice and it worked perfectly equipped with camp fire and lit in fairy lights in the evening. Lara also stitched 100 metres of bunting while loved ones foraged blooms for jars. Talking of the flowers I just love the orange coloured florals, which really popped against the greenery.
Lara and Atilla looked so cute in their chosen attire; a 1950s style gown teamed with a cardie and bow tie and braces respectively. Their sweet pup even made an appearance wearing a bow tie, love it. Be sure to keep an eye out for two special cakes and adorable signage too.
Huge thanks goes to Emma Stoner for sharing these super fun shots.
THE PROPOSAL | Atilla proposed to me in October 2015 in Lier, Norway. We were on an ‘off-grid’ holiday, 5 days in a beautiful Norwegian log cabin in the middle of the forest, a 3-hour hike to the nearest town, no electricity or running water and only the log burner to heat and cook by. Being Autumn, the leaves on the trees were the most beautiful colours and the scenery was stunning. On the forth morning we were planning to go on a hike to a nearby lake. Atilla went outside to take some photos while I packed our bag. When I joined him he had set up the camera on a log-pile saying he wanted some photos of us in front of our cabin. He set the timer and as I stood there, rucksack on my back and cheesy grin at the ready, he got down on one knee and presented my beautiful ring on a small block of wood he had whittled the previous day.
THE VISION | I grew up in Devon and have always been a country girl at heart, despite having lived in London for 6 years. Atilla is from Istanbul and moved to London 4 years ago. Both of us love camping, the outdoors (see proposal) and festivals and many of our friends are the same. We had our engagement party in Istanbul, so got to include most of the traditional Turkish elements of the celebration there, however we wanted to acknowledge Atilla’s heritage at the wedding, so decided on a Turkish themed menu (olives, mezze, slow roasted lamb, couscous). The rest of the vision was really about allowing the guests an insight into my life and how I grew up. For me, this was the open moors, beautiful scenery, festivals, music, animals, farms. We both wanted to get married outdoors and really love the rough, rustic, basic lifestyle. As we were not having a religious ceremony we felt we could really embrace the rural elements and we wanted it to feel very ‘country-village’ Lark Rise to Candleford-esque.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | There was just 10 months between the proposal and our wedding day which put a fair bit of pressure on us, as we also had to include a trip to Istanbul for the engagement ceremony and party. Lots of venues have 2-3 year waiting lists and lots of suppliers want to know details and orders at least 6 months in advance. Lucky for me I had my mum in Devon scouting out different venues while I worked in London and she narrowed it down to 2 for me to visit. I also have a super-organised sister who was told many times that she should be a wedding-planner. She pretty much gave me a checklist of things that needed to be done and the latest point at which I should have done them. All in all things ran smoothly, though I did have to call in a few favours here and there. Family friends are a gift and I am very grateful for quite a few people’s generosity. Evenings and weekends were often dedicated to making phone calls and sending emails, but I never felt overwhelmed or out of my depth. I think this was because what we were wanting was such a casual, laid-back day where it didn’t really matter if the table flowers didn’t match the bouquets or the bunting didn’t match the table runners. I wanted it to look hodge-podge so it made sense that the process of getting there was the same.
BUDGET | £20,000
THE VENUE | Burnicombe Farm, Bridford, Devon.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | ’Megan’ 1940s tea dress – Fairy Gothmother.
Coral cardigan – Boden.
Shoes – Anthropologie.
Teeny Tiny Bumblebee necklace – Alex Monroe.
FINDING THE DRESS | I knew I wanted a 1950s style tea dress so looked around online. I tried a few high-street options but knew I wouldn’t find anything near what I was hoping for so accepted I would have to look for something more bespoke. Fairy Gothmother was very local to me and was offering exactly the styles I was interested in within my budget.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Shirt and trousers – Topman.
Shoes – Ben Sherman.
Braces – Etsy.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Readings: All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarden by Robert Fulghum. Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss.
Here comes the Sun – Beatles. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri. Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac. Pachelbel’s Canon.
The music was played by sung by family friends using cellos, flute and vocals.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I only had 2 bridesmaids (my sister, Kasey and my best friend, Hannah). I originally said that I didn’t want them to wear matching outfits as they have quite different body types and I wanted them to be relaxed and comfortable in whatever they chose. During a shopping trip with my sister, we found her dress by sheer coincidence in a J Crew sale. We photographed it and sent it to Hannah who also decided she really liked it, too, so bought one herself. It turns out the dress suited both of them really well. I always kind of judged brides for making their bridesmaids wear horrific matching outfits and mine managed to coordinate themselves seamlessly. I think I was very lucky!
THE FLOWERS | Brides and bridesmaid’s bouquets, mother’s corsages and groomsmen’s button holes were designed by a family friend, Sally Harris, who had also done the wedding flowers for my mum to my step father.
Table flowers and other decorations were designed by my bridesmaids and close friends the day before the wedding. For this, Sally bulk bought gypsophila, gave us free eucalyptus and dried seed heads from her garden and my friend and I foraged in the local area for grasses and other wild plants. We also picked up some cheap but pretty flowers in Lidl to bulk out our displays.
THE CAKE | We had both a ‘cheese cake’ and a ‘naked cake’. Both were beautiful and we used these as our dessert dishes.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Emma Stoner.
We chose her because we didn’t want masses of group photos with guests being herded into awkward positions and shoots that would take us away from the party for long periods of time. We loved her relaxed, in the moment pictures that really captured the essence of the day and brought back really specific memories of moments. The photos were of things that actually mattered and were happy, rather than us being told where to stand, how to look, who to be with etc. Everyone looks so natural and at ease which was exactly how we wanted our wedding to be.
Second Shooter – Bryana Ferris.
Emma suggested a second shooter for our wedding as I really wanted to see our guests arriving at the farm and setting up their tents on a windy hilltop, plus I wanted photos of Atilla and his best man getting ready for the ceremony. Her style matched Emma’s really well and she caught some lovely moments.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | In line with our rustic, country feel, our decorations were very simple and almost all were handmade by myself or my close friends. I made in excess of 100 metres of bunting which was exhausting but the finished effect was perfect. The foraged plants and flowers were arranged into wild bunches by my friends and dotted around in jars, bottles and vases along with candles to add to the mismatched country feeling. Sheepskins, blankets, fairy lights, trestle tables and benches and fire pit were provided by the venue hosts. Additional lighting was provided by a specialist supplier. Being a designer, Atilla had a big part to play in the invites, programme of the day and guest favours. We hand printed canvas bags which a friend of us drew illustrations for and which also featured on the invites and programme.
THE HONEYMOON | Ios, Greece.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | My mum had the brilliant idea of hiring a ‘secret magician’ to mingle with the guests after the ceremony. He was absolutely amazing and blew everyone away with his tricks. He certainly made the experience memorable for everyone. The photographers got great ‘reaction’ shots, too!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | If you are planning a summer, outdoor wedding, be prepared! Our wedding day was mid-August and the weather either side of it was amazing. Hot, clear skies, burning sun. The actual day itself was very different! We were freezing cold, we had wind, rain and thunder… and a little sunshine. We ended up getting space heaters and an indoor fire lit to warm the space up (thankfully we had a contingency plan) but it was certainly not anything we could have predicted based on the weather running up to the day.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Emma Stoner Weddings
Cheese | West Country Cheese
Cake | Crafty Cakes
Venue | Burnicombe Farm
Second Shooter | Bryana Ferris
Flowers | Passion Flowers
Dress | Fairy Gothmother
Magician | Duncan’s Magic
Lighting | South West Sound and Light
Thanks so very much to Lara and Atilla for sharing their gorgeous wedding here at WWW xo Lou