A Fun Travel Inspired Wedding

travel inspired wedding

Sallie and Simon were marred in July in their family church followed by a marquee reception. They planned their wedding from the other side of the world, and used their love of New Zealand to influence their wedding too.

They wanted their wedding to be fun and relaxed, with a big garden party keeping to their £10 000 budget. I adore all of those travel inspired details, from the table plan to the place names and the stationery. They even had crazy golf… amazing!!

Thanks so much to CG Weddings for sharing their gorgeous photography today.

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Names…. Sallie & Simon

Wedding Date…. July 14th 2012

The Proposal…. Whilst on holiday to Melbourne Simon proposed in a beautiful hotel in Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road after a perfect day and meal out.  We had just got in and I was sat down checking out the breakfast menu when I noticed Simon was down on one knee.  My answer, to his constant amusement was “of course I will”  said with tears running down my face.  Luckily there was a well stocked mini-bar with bubbly…which we shared.

The Vision for the day…. Living in New Zealand, we were keen to inject a bit of our kiwi lifestyle into our wedding.  Also, living so far away from all our family and friends we were keen on just having a big fun garden party that everyone can relax and enjoy.

The Planning process…. Most of the planning was done from New Zealand, using mainly companies local to the wedding.  With the internet what it is this wasn’t as tricky as it sounds. I have to say, the wedding would have been so much harder to plan if it wasn’t for all the hard work of my parents who put in a huge amount of time to all the planning and organisation whilst we were away, including growing all the plants themselves.   We arrived back in the country about 6 weeks prior to the wedding and became fully immersed in wedding planning.

Budget….  Didn’t really have a budget, hoped to spend under £10,000 for the whole wedding excluding the honeymoon. Think we just about kept to it.

The Venue… The Ceremony took place in St John the Evangelist, Ashton Hayes.  A church that has been a large part of my childhood with the reception in a field at the back of a family friends house.

The Dress + Accessories….. The dress was found in a small bridal shop in my sister’s home city of Auckland, New Zealand. The earrings and necklace by designer Suzanne Claire Williams, bought at Studio One, Manchester Craft and Design Centre. Bracelet (Wedding gift from Simon) by designer Nick Hubbard, bought at RA Designer Jewellery, Manchester Craft and Design Centre.

Finding the dress…. Surprisingly easy, I wanted a fairly simple dress that was nicely fitted.  Happened to find it in the 1st shop I went to and the first dress I saw (Obviously I tried on a few more before accepting that it was the one).

Groom’s attire… After trying on a few formal suits we decided that they did not fit with the theme of the wedding.  So off to the high street we went and found a lovely 3 piece suit by Karl Jackson in Debenhams…much more appropriate! Cufflinks by designer Suzanne Claire Williams, a wedding gift from Sallie.

The Readings + Music…. Since it was a church ceremony, we chose John 2 v 1-11 The Wedding at Cana (in keeping with our love of wine). We also chose a secular reading by Dr Seuss “Oh the places you’ll go”  which reflects our passion for travelling. The classic Bridal march and wedding march were used as processional and recessional music played by a family friend on the church organ.  It was nice to hear the national anthem of New Zealand amongst the music played whilst the guests entered. We had 3 wedding hymns, 1 that was sung in my parents wedding “Lord of All Hopefulness”, 1 that we thought was a beautiful hymn; Love divine all love’s excelling.  The final hymn was selected both because of its lyrics and its music.  The lyrics,  “we pledge to one another” seemed perfect, but what made it more perfect was that the music was to the same tune as the anthem of the rugby world cup “The world in Union” which we spent a lot of time attending in New Zealand.

We borrowed a PA system from a DJ friend to play music (arranged on a iPad playlist) during the day.  We had a fantastic band “The Goodfellas” join us for the evening entertainment.…..in my view every party needs a live band, a sure fire way to get guests on the dance floor!

Beautiful bridesmaids….. Chief bridesmaid, identical twin sister Gemma, with Emily-Jane, Lauren  and Helen. Coral dresses bought for a bargain from lightinthebox.com.

The Flowers… Bouquets, button holes and corsages by Wild of Chester. Church flowers and table decorations supplied by various gardens around the village and Morrison’s florist and arranged by a good friend of the family, Cathy Rownthwaite. Pot plants and all other flowers grown by my mum, Jacqui Malpas.

The Cake… Chocolate cake by Marks and Spencer. Cheese cake by The Cheese Shop, Chester.

Your Photographer…. The fantastic Liam Crawley of cg weddings.  Liam and Bee Crawley work as a perfect team and have given us the most amazing photos to treasure forever. Liam really helped make the day perfect…. climbing over gates into fields for that “perfect shot”, bridal party firing shots at the groom and ushers in goal! All providing memorable moments of the day.

The Details + Decor…. I wanted to inject a little bit of New Zealand and our passion to travel into our wedding as well as making it a fun occasion. Save the date cards and wedding invites were hand made by myself with a travel theme using used New Zealand stamps and luggage tags.  In keeping with this, the place settings were small luggage tags that would also double up for the day as wine glass charms.

Our marquee company, Posh Frocks and Wellies are based in our village and owned by friends of the family.  They provide a themed marquee.  I chose country chic and with that they provide the lovely yellow wall hanging, beautiful bunting and the lovely seating area as well as a few of the table lights.

Wall hangings:  screen printed in New Zealand designs by myself, my mum, Jacqui Malpas and family friend Cathy Rownthwaite. Seating plan: suitcase design to reflect our passion to travel. Guest book tree from Utility, Liverpool:  A message written on a luggage tag and hung on the tree to reflect our love of the outdoors. Flip-flops for dancing shoes and pashminas to keep our guests warm. A mobile creperie – serving savoury and sweet crepes to all our evening guests. Crazy golf: An activity that Simon and I always look out for when abroad – little did I know that Simon was hoping to propose at a crazy golf course until we turned up and found it shut!  Obviously, this was therefore a must at our wedding.

The Honeymoon…. With 6 months leave from work we planned a BIG honeymoon.  Initially after the wedding we took off to Genoa, Italy for 4 days.  We enjoyed a little bit of luxury in the Cinque Terre and Portofino lapping up the sunshine with good food and wine. The main honeymoon however is to come 2 months after the wedding where we will spend 10 weeks travelling around South America visiting Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Boliva, Chile with the highlight being our final 2 weeks in Antarctica.

Memorable moments… The preparation time on the morning of the wedding with my beautiful bridesmaids. The ceremony was perfect with a fantastic vicar – despite the best man dropping the rings!! The speeches, I know I’m biased but I do think they were the best I’ve heard. The most fabulous caterers we could have asked for.  Every detail was perfect – they provided a front of house service catered to our needs with the most fantastic food cooked perfectly on the barbeque. The photo shoot with Liam – gave us a great chance to spend some time together, even though we were being photographed at the time!

Advice for other couples… My advice is the same I was told on the morning of my wedding: No matter what happens….bad weather, flowers going to the wrong town (yes it happened) the cake not arriving on time….IT DOES NOT MATTER!  You have to remember why you are there and it’s not because of the small details! Savour every moment – it will never happen again.  Every now and then think to yourself “is this real”  because it really makes you appreciate how good it is! Spend time with your new husband/wife it is so easy to be pulled left and right by all the people you want to spend time with and forget to spend time together. If some of the meeting and greeting can be done as a couple – take the opportunity to do it together. If your guests get drunk, great! It means they are having a fab time!

Credit where credit is due…

Caterers | Outside Company

Creperie | Original Crepes

Venue | Posh Frocks and Wellies

Live band | The Goodfellas

Flowers | Wild Floral Design

Crazy golf | Crazy Golf 2 Go

Tables/ fridge/kitchen equipment hire | Cork Screw Hire

Glasses/Linen |  Athena Catering Hire

Bar hire | EventEquipment Ltd

A honeymoon ending in Antarctica… amazing!! Thanks so much to Sallie and Simon for sharing their beautiful wedding with us today XOXO Lou

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