Colourful & Fun DIY Festival Wedding

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What a feast for the eyes! It’s time to share Hannah and Rubin’s festival wedding today, which was held on the 24th August 2019 at Cabourne Parva in Lincolnshire. Hooray! They had a super colourful wedding, with tons of DIY décor and travel inspired touches. It was all just so very glorious.

The images featured here today are courtesy of Kazooieloki Photography and as always we love how vibrant and filled with love they are, thanks so much for sharing them with us Richard and Christine. Captured in all it’s glory is an outdoor reception beneath a canopy of umbrellas, a picture perfect confetti shot, a pole tent marquee reception and sunset portraits before dancing later on. The marquee was decorated really beautifully with eco concious décor, an abundance of florals and a fab hoop backdrop behind the top table. I especially adore the flowers at Hannah and Rubin’s wedding, the bouquets in particular were breathtaking.

Hannah and Rubin looked really gorgeous in their chosen attire, there were bridesmaids in autumnal tone frocks, a glitter station provided fun times later on in the day and live music entertained guests. What a brilliant celebration.

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The Proposal

After 4 years together almost 2 of which were spent exploring the world travelling, Rubin prepared to pop the question over the Christmas period as this is when we originally met. He told me we were spending a couple of nights in a Mongolian Yurt in the Lincolnshire Wolds to celebrate the anniversary of when we met. We arrived to Champagne on ice and a bouquet of red roses but rather than getting straight down on one knee on arrival Rubes waited until we’d played a game of battleships before proposing (as you do).

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The Vision

A fun laid back festival feel with splattering’s of Asian inspired food and décor and explosions of colour. We tried to be fairly eco conscious when possible and also create our own décor.

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The Planning Process

We fell pregnant a few months after getting engaged and had our little boy Ezra 8 months before the wedding so consequently the planning got much more difficult once we became parents. Luckily we’d already booked the venue, band and photographers before he arrived and the venue owner also provided the catering which was extremely helpful. She was a big help throughout which made us feel much more relaxed about it all. We also got a lot of help from Hannah’s Mum in creating some of the diy décor for the marquee and Rubin used his digital design skills to produce and print the table plan, order of ceremony and welcome signs. Basically as with any couple planning a wedding from scratch, we were pretty consumed with it for about a year and a half leading up to the day and one of the best feelings was seeing all the hard work we’d put in pay off to become one of the best weddings ever (not just our own words haha).

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The Venue

Cabourne Parva in Lincolnshire

Set in a magical grove, Cabourne Parva is a hidden gem set in the rolling hills of the Lincolnshire countryside. More commonly used to host local festivals, it holds a lot of energy that we instantly felt upon exploring it for the first time. Much fun and happiness has been enjoyed there and we intended to create much more when we celebrated our marriage.

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The Readings & Music

Our entrance music was George Harrisons my sweet lord as we think it’s a beautiful song and our exit music was Jackie Wilsons Higher and Higher. Our first dance was Gnarls Barkley Smiling Face which was performed by our Soul and Funk band Soul in the Belfrey. We also had an acoustic singer called Eden Rae Lake who performed before and after the ceremony.

We had three readings during the ceremony. The first was a bible reading from 1 Corinthians – Love is patient, love is kind… read by Hannah’s mum Christine. The second a reading called Love by Roy Croft read by Rubin’s mum Mary and finally an excerpt from The Art Of Marriage by Wilferd Arlan Peterson read by Pete, Hannah’s Brother. We wanted Pete to do a reading as it was him that brought the two of us together by inviting me over to Rubin’s house at Christmas.

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Your Outfits & Accessories

Hannah originally bought a second hand Maggie Sottero online as I thought it was more sustainable to buy pre owned however I quickly began to panic that is wasn’t the right style of dress for an outdoor/summer wedding so went to a shop called Willow and Lace Bridal Boutique in Tealby and found a bohemian/Grecian style dress that she absolutely loved.

Rubin’s suit was a bright blue Ted Baker suit from Slaters menswear in Hull which was well suited for the bright colourful theme we were going for.

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The Flowers

The Bouquets, flower crown and buttonholes were created by Floral & Lace who took our vision of bright and colourful and turned it into something better than we’d imaged.

The table flower arrangements were put together by Hannah’s mum who selected various colourful/seasonal flowers locally and put them together the day before.

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Groomsmen

Rubin chose his two brothers and best friends as his Groomsmen and best man. We managed to find suits that were a very similar shade to his from Next and we chose ties in colours that matched the bridesmaids dresses.

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Bridesmaids

Hannah chose her best friends and older sister as her Bridesmaids and found floaty dresses from asos in bright/autumnal colours that complemented the theme.

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Beauty

I’m not a big make up wearer so rather than hire a makeup artist a couple of my Bridesmaids and I went on a make up tutorial with a local make up artist Mellisa Power who gave us some great tips on what products to purchase and how to apply them so we actually did our own make up on the day and I was much happier investing in some nice products (and knowledge) than having someone else do it for me.

Our hair was done my a local stylist Sam Glover Kirkham who created some soft bohemian styles with braids and fishtails for the bridesmaids and a reverse fishtail braid for me.

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Your Photographer

When searching for photographers Rubin found Kazooieloki who’s style we both loved as it was cool and unobtrusive. Rubin got in touch and it was either a sheer stroke of luck they’d had a cancellation over the bank holiday weekend or destiny allowing us to have them all to ourselves as the photos we received were just amazing. They caught all the love, happiness and laughter that went on throughout the day and we were so pleased we chose them to capture the memories.

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The Cake

The cake was created by Rubin’s sister in Law Caroline who took inspiration from the Asian inspired food and décor and created something beautiful.

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The Details & Décor

Hannah spent a lot of time using pinterest and looking at ideas for diy craft and décor as she has a part time business/hobby called Higher State of Craftiness selling crafts and tie dye and felt she wanted to put some of her own style into the day (as well as saving on cost). She created some tie dye table runners and bought ribbons and Asian style door hangings for the backs of chairs whilst Hannah’s Mum made origami lotus flowers out of napkins for the place settings, used recycled jars and decorated them with small mosaics pieces for the table flowers. We also created some diy floral hoops by spray painting hoola hoops and adding artificial flowers that complemented the florist’s colours.

Rubin designed the welcome sign, order of ceremony and table seating plan which we had printed and still currently have in the home (is it weird to frame a table plan? Haha).

One of the best purchases we made was the huge dreamcatcher that hung behind us during the ceremony which was made with sari fabric and now lives in our home and will forever remind us of our special day.

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The Honeymoon

We’re going to look at going somewhere next year as we had a lot of aussie relatives across this summer which meant Rubin used most of his holiday days so we could all spend time as a family.

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Memorable Moments

Hannah’s bridesmaids gave her a box with some lovely gifts for her something borrowed, something blue etc.

Her bridesmaid Kerry gave her some Swarovski earrings and necklace that she forgot to wear on her own wedding day as her something borrowed.

Hannah’s Dad gave an incredible and funny speech.

Rubin’s best man gave a funny and heartwarming speech.

Our 8 month old boy Ezra being perfectly behaved throughout the day and enjoying all the attention he got from friends and family throughout.

The flower girls taking over the glitter station and decorating all the guests in face paint and glitter for the evening’s events.

The last song of the night being ‘all you need in love’ by the Beatles and the guests all forming a huge circle around us. Really felt the love.

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Advice For Other Couples

Don’t stress out too much about the finer details as at the end of the day the guests will remember the big things the most and more importantly should be too busy enjoying themselves to be thinking about what colour napkins you choose!

When the big day arrives remember it’s your day and it’s there to be enjoyed. Relax, and absorb all that you’ve created and the love that you’ll be feeling.

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Credit Where Credit Is Due

Oh just awesome!

Hannah and Rubin, thank you both so very much for sharing with us your epic wedding story xo Lou

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