Whilst taking a walk in beautiful Dorest, Elisa and Ryan stumbled across a deconsecrated church and a barn in the hamlet of Turners Puddle. They weren’t searching for a venue but it felt right and they began planning their wedding which was to be held on the 8th August 2015.
They crafted an interfaith ceremony which included a hand fasting and really made the whole day there own. From the music choices to the yurt for the kids and DIY décor it all worked out perfectly.
I just adore Elisa’s Temperley gown which she wore with her hair swept up. Stunning.
Thanks so much to Florence Fox Photography for sharing these wonderful images with us.
THE PROPOSAL | 1st of August 2012
THE VISION | We wanted a ceremony that had true meaning for us, in a venue we could make our own.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We found the venue – a deconsecrated church and a barn in the tiny hamlet of Turners Puddle in Dorset, whilst on a walk in the area (nothing to do with venue hunting).
BUDGET | £10,000 but we ended up spending £18,000.
THE VENUE | A deconsecrated 600 year old, small country church in the hamlet of Turners Puddle near Bere Regis, and the “Spring Barn” (300 years old and newly restored) on the hill on the farm.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress – Temperley “Gray Long Francine Tattoo Dress” bought in the Harrods summer sale at a very good price!
Accessories all sourced via Etsy from independent designers.
FINDING THE DRESS | At first I was going to have one made, but the seamstress got a serious illness and was delayed by 2 months, which meant the dress would be ready 2 days before the wedding, I didn’t feel like I wanted the stress of it so decided to go dress hunting. It coincided with the summer sales, so I took to the expensive shops I never go to – I wasn’t looking for a typical wedding dress, and after a few days of searching I felt I found one that was close enough to what I had in mind, and it was at a huge discount and fit me, so I went for it.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | It was a classic 1930s 3 piece mohair suit made to measure by Mr Dennis Bruno, a specialist tailor in London.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Ceremony Readings – “Faithful lover” by Hafiz and The myth of Baucis and Philemon, Ovid.
Ceremony Music – Through the Royal Academy of Music student hire service we got hold of Anna Harvey who was at the time studying on the Opera course there. She put together an SATB quartet, who sung at the wedding. It was blissful and really set the mood for the ceremony.
The music –
O Magnum Mysterium (by Gabrieli)
Bryd one Breere England – Anon. 1300 – A medieval piece – the first known love song in old English.
Fare ye well, gospel
Party Music – A Colombian music band from London.
THE FLOWERS | Put together by the groom’s mother, bought at a local florists the day before, and the others picked from the garden of the B&B where she was staying.
THE CAKE | Made by our dear friend.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Florence Fox.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | For the church most of it was actually a week of work cleaning and sorting out the church, it had not been used in many years and was completely filthy and full of cobwebs. We had the heroic help of the bride’s sister and her husband. And final details like cleaning candelabra and sorting out the candles by other friends and family. We added nothing to the church except the flowers and candles – it didn’t need it.
The barn was also already a fantastic venue, we didn’t want to hire anything unnecessary and worked with the farmers to source creatively from the farm. They were fantastic, bringing huge tree trunks which were placed in a circle outside the barn for seating, we also had upturned troughs, old flower pots, barrels and planks for the buffet and drinks table. We hired a small yurt as a space for any sleeping children.
Pompoms hand made by the bride in advance and on the previous days with other friends.
Vintage Bunting bought from eBay.
And a 100m string of lights hired from a local supplier in Poole.
The catering was phenomenal by the wonderful Jyoti Fernandes from Five Penny Farm.
THE HONEYMOON | A place that wasn’t expensive and where we could relax. we found the perfect place.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Every moment was truly memorable the whole day. The fact that everything conspired in our favour on the day including the most wonderful English summer day.
The most memorable moment for us was the moment of saying our vows to each other, we had written them separately and had not heard the other’s until that moment.
A lovely moment was also when we went off with Flo (the photographer) to take some couple photos in a beautiful field and she found a four leaf clover. (It later made it to the photo album).
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Make the wedding your own and don’t abide by conventions if they don’t mean anything to you.
Think deeply about what a marriage means to you.
We would thoroughly recommend creating your own wedding ceremony with an interfaith minister, it is a personal and fulfilling process that gives depth to the actual ceremony when it comes.
Plan everything meticulously.
Give yourselves a lot of time to organise the day before hand.
Know every detail backwards (its worth doing a gantt chart or any project management tool).
And finally delegate EVERYTHING on the day.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Florence Fox Photography
Venue | Turners Puddle farm and church
Interfaith Minister | Sophie Johnson
Catering | Peasant Evolution
Yurt | Millie’s Yurts
Generator | Louis Knight Electrical
Band | CUMBE – Afro Colombian Folklore in the UK
Earrings and necklace | Sorastudio
Dried flowers Hair pins | EnglishFlowerFarmer
Honeymoon | Quinta da Cerca
How very special?
Thanks so much to Elisa and Ryan for sharing their wonderful celebrations with us xo Lou