Festival weddings really can come in all shapes and sizes. You don’t need to book a camp-site with live musicians and hire in all the facilities, you can also think about bringing a taste of Glastonbury to your dream venue, just as this gorgeous couple did.
WWW readers Carla and Tim were married on the 18th August 2016 at Northbrook Park country estate in Surrey, with the idea of recreating a festival celebration inspired by their love of Glastonbury. Relaxed vibes, non stop music and all of their loved ones together, pretty epic right? Other personal touches included the song, which is used by their favourite Harlequins Rugby Club, being played to enter their reception and they also visited the bus stop they met at in Australia in their honeymoon itinerary. It’s those touches that really turn a party into a wedding.
Of course it was all so very gorgeous too. I mean what’s not to love about the astounding images by Kerry Ann Duffy of the couple? The shot of Carla in her lace gown really made me gasp with delight. Not to mention the beautiful décor, which was packed with nods to the festival they love, but it was also laden with divine seasonal florals and hand made confetti. It must have smelt heavenly both in their ceremony and reception rooms. There is just so much to love, but I will leave you to enjoy the photos in full. Thanks for sharing Kerry…
THE PROPOSAL | I proposed on the 20th August 2014 in Amsterdam! I had initially planned to proposed in June of that year at Glastonbury, but didn’t get round to it! After Glastonbury we booked a short get away for our 6 year anniversary to Amsterdam and I took the opportunity in our hotel room on arrival to ask Carla to marry me. She said yes, so we headed to the roof top bar to celebrate!
THE VISION | Glastonbury Festival epitomises our passions in life – embracing the outdoors, constant music, amazing street food, free flowing drinks, spending time with family and partying with friends. It seemed only natural to take these vibes into our wedding and add a festival feel to the wedding. We wanted a relaxed atmosphere with everyone in one place, all together.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Shortly after becoming engaged, we did our research on venues with a number of particular requirements – single site location with character, no corkage charge and enough accommodation on site for all our guests. Northbrook Park ticked all our boxes so we went to view the venue and booked a date, which was 2 years after our proposal. This gave us 18 months to get organised and plan.
Using our experience from festivals and ideas from Pinterest we both were fully involved in the planning process and locked in the main components early – food, flowers, music, photographer and the registrar. We were really lucky as we ended up booking the first venue we saw, the first caterer’s food tasting we attended, the first DJs we spoke to, the first photographer we met and the first florist we visited! There was literally no time wasted!
We then spent the next 12 months planning the smaller elements, adding each week to our collection of drinks for the bar and smaller details to decorate the venue with to ensure a personal touch throughout the whole day.
BUDGET | Under £30k
THE VENUE | Northbrook Park, Farnham.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I bought my dress from Hayley Elizabeth Bridal shop and wore a pair of white and silver Havaianas for the evening dancing! Following the festival theme, I had individual flowers, which matched my bouquet for my hair.
FINDING THE DRESS | I knew I wanted a dress with sleeves and visited four bridal shops to find the perfect dress. My MOH Lana, Bridesmaid Georgie, Mum, Nan and Grandad helped me choose from the many I had tried on.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Burberry suit with Churches shoes.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Whilst guests arrived we had piano versions of songs by artists that we had enjoyed together at the iconic Pyramid stage over the years. Carla walked down the aisle to ‘Adventure of a Lifetime’ by Coldplay, which we also enjoyed at Glastonbury in 2016 (with Carla on my shoulders). Throughout the whole day music was key and we spent many hours cutting down our playlist to ensure we had the right tracks at the right time!
We decided to enter the wedding breakfast to ‘The Joker and the Thief by Wolfmother’ as Harlequins Rugby Club (who we held season tickets for 4 years together) run out onto the pitch to this song – it also helped to get the party started!
Our first dance was ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz. We spent ages deliberating over this and felt that this song reminded us of when we first met, so we went with it!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | This was an easy decision for me. I’m so close to my little sister so I chose her to be my MOH and choose my best friend from school, Georgie to be my bridesmaid.
THE FLOWERS | We went to meet Eden Blooms for our first consultation with a pretty clear view of what we wanted. However, Hazel was an amazing consultant and listened to our wedding plans and recommended something completely different. Instead of the initial pastel colours that we were after, we went for wild and in season flowers. Hazel was right when she suggested it would match the rest of the wedding and they looked amazing. The flowers got so many comments from so many people and we cannot thank Hazel enough for tying together the wedding with the perfect flowers!
THE CAKE | We both LOVE cheese, so our main cake consisted of five wheels of cheese, all stacked on one another! We were also lucky enough to have one of Tim’s co-workers bake and decorate cupcakes in eclectic festival colours (complete with flags!) for those with a sweet tooth (including us).
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Carla came across Kerry Anne Duffy’s work when looking at other peoples wedding pictures on the internet. She loved the natural nature of Kerry’s photos so we went to meet her to discuss our plans. We knew that she was perfect for us and we booked her in immediately!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We spent a long time sourcing and making small touches that we wanted to spread throughout the venue. Every corner you turn at Glastonbury you discover something new, and we wanted to keep our venue interesting and personalised. There are far too many details to mention them all, but here were our top ones:
Table Names / Plan – our table names were all from areas and stages at Glastonbury. Over the years we had been collecting pictures of us in front of stages, so we printed these as Polaroid style and created our table plan and table names from them!
Bunting – a festival style celebration would not be complete without some handmade bunting. Tim’s mum hand sewed 100’s of metres of bunting in a range of colours that we used throughout the venue.
VW Camper – a couple of months before the wedding Carla’s mum and dad came across a perfectly restored VW Camper and thought it would be a perfect addition to the wedding. They decorated it with photos and trinkets which made it feel really personal and made for some amazing pictures!
Dried Flowers – we wanted to bring the outdoors inside, so we used dried flowers to help do this. The whole family helped by drying flowers from their gardens over the course of 12 months to give us a massive amount of dried petals to use down the aisle and on the tables as decoration.
Sparklers – Glastonbury usually ends with fireworks, so we decided to have a sparkler exit at the end of the night. We had personalised sparkler tags and displayed them near the exit from the Orangery. They looked great.
Gin Bar and Sign – We are both keen on Gin so decided to have a wide range (12!) of Gins for people to select from. We also had a sign written (which we copied from a bar in Rome) that read ‘Let the night be-GIN’.
THE HONEYMOON | We planned to visit Singapore, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Having met when we were travelling Australia (8 years prior to our wedding!) we were keen on also travelling back to Sydney to visit the bus stop we first met, so we included this on our itinerary. We left London on Boxing Day and were away for a little over 5 weeks. It rained everywhere we went (!) but we had the best time, seeing some more of the world and enjoying the local cuisine each country had to offer.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | At 9pm, Carla’s sister and maid of honour (Lana) gathered everyone to play a short video that depicted our relationship. The video went back 8 years to when we first met and told our story over the course of 5 minutes – it even included some funny videos as ‘outtakes’ at the end. To encourage everyone back to the dance floor, we had LFMAO’s ‘Shots’ playing and our caterers had 100 Jager Bombs lined up to continue the party.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Something will always go wrong, but you will never know what it might be so you can’t plan for it, don’t even try to. In fact, when that something does happen, embrace it! It will be unique and something that you speak about for years to come! Our honeymoon suite had a utilities malfunction the day before the wedding and I was informed an hour before we were due to be married…. There was nothing anyone could have done, so we smiled and cracked on with the party!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Kerry Ann Duffy
Catering | Caper and Berry
Flowers | Eden Blooms
Venue | Northbrook Park
Make up | Rachel Glew
Dress | Hayley Elizabeth
Ohhh the romance and such fun too!
Carla and Tim, thanks so much to you both for sharing your wedding with us here at WWW xo Lou