Let’s get in the Friday mood with a colourful, outdoorsy and darn right gorgeous wedding shall we folks?
WWW readers Will and Esther tied the knot on the 18th September 2016 at Coverwood Lakes in Surrey. The venue is a working farm and has the most beautiful grounds, in fact they lent themselves perfectly to the majestic tipis hired by the couple. Their vision? To create a day to their own personal tastes, which was also unique and gave their guests much fun.
I want to talk about a slightly different aspect of today’s wedding too. Bride Esther has Coeliac Disease like myself and it’s vital to follow a strict gluten free diet. So naturally the couple had gluten free cuisine created for them by their caterer as well as a gluten free cake supplied by Marks and Spencer. It’s so important to ensure that your day is tailored enough for you so that you can relax and it’s also worth noting that your guests may have dietary requirements you may need to consider too.
The florals here today looked so pretty in multi coloured shades, which worked just wonderfully with the colourful lanterns and gold spray painted jars and bottles. Esther looked so gorgeous rocking her specs and a beautiful beaded Sottero & Midgley gown. WOW. Will was suited and booted in Ted Baker, teamed with tan boots, while the bridesmaids wore hand made orange, pink and green frocks. What a gorgeous wedding party.
Thanks so very much to Amy B Photography for sending through these vibrant happy photographs.
THE PROPOSAL | 30th December 2015, in mud and wellies on a long estuary walk in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, where we often go for weekends away.
THE VISION | An outdoorsy, country-inspired tipi wedding that would reflect our personal tastes, be unique, and give our guests the best possible time.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Long, or rather, intense! We only had nine months, and we organised pretty much every element ourselves. Location, tipis, power, caterer, flowers, two bands, decorations, you name it we planned it. It was stressful at points, but the extra effort meant that it really felt like ‘our’ day, and we avoided any unwanted surprises!
THE VENUE | Coverwood Lakes, Surrey. A working farm with sculpted landscape and gardens, who normally only host a few weddings each year (ours was the only one this year, so we felt quite privileged!)
FINDING THE DRESS | After looking at several bridal boutiques in Surrey, Esther went to Brides of Berkhamsted with her mother and found the dress she wanted.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Jacket, waistcoat, boots, and belt by Ted Baker. Chinos, shirt, and tie by T.M. Lewin. Watch by Nixon (wedding day present from the bride). Cufflinks by Gant.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | 1st reading: ‘The One Thing I Know For Sure’ by Beau Taplin.
2nd reading: ‘I Love You’ by Roy Croft.
Intro music: ‘1000 Years’ written by Christina Perri, performed by our friend Nick Morss on acoustic guitar.
Outro music: ‘Time After Time’ by Cyndi Lauper, performed by our friend Nick Morss on acoustic guitar.
Music in the ceremony: Groom’s brothers and ushers sung a 4-part a cappella version of ‘More Than Words’ by Extreme, with the words changed to a funny take on the happy couple’s relationship… (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmW6VC59RSs)
Drinks reception band: 12th Street Swingers, Dixieland Jazz.
Main evening band: The Prototypes, awesome party band.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Esther is a fan of bold colours, and wanted something for her bridesmaids that would reflect this, flatter them all, and be unique. Despite thorough searching of the internet and the high street, Esther couldn’t find that thing she wanted. Will’s mother offered to make the dresses and did a fabulous job!
THE FLOWERS | All grown, sourced and arranged by groom’s sister-in-law.
THE CAKE | Gluten free from M&S – decorated by bridesmaid and groom’s sister-in-law and cheese tower.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Amy B.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Pick and mix, toasting marshmallows on the open fire pit, paper lanterns, a designated guest to be mixologist and chef on each table (complete with chef’s hat, apron, carving knives for lamb joints, spirit measures, and so on), gin and tonic kits for guests as they were seated, photos of the bride and groom as children, glass jars spray painted gold, home-made blackboards (including an oversize table plan with coloured string and chalk names), garden games, tiki torches.
THE HONEYMOON | Kuredu, Maldives. 10 days of sitting, reading, tanning, and snorkelling!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The a capella music in the ceremony was a total surprise – we’d asked them to perform something, but they’d kept it a secret and totally blew us away!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Make sure it’s your day, don’t be too swayed by what other people want if it’s you’re your thing. Quality is found in detail – plan carefully in the run-up, and then enjoy it on the day. Consider setting some budget aside for an on the day coordinator so you can relax and enjoy yourselves!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Amy B Photography
Wedding planner/coordinator | Natalie at The Secret Planner – can’t recommend her highly enough. She was a real source of calm and advice when we were getting flustered. She was absolutely instrumental in making our day as smooth and enjoyable as it was.
Caterer | Olivia at Just One Cook. A family friend, she she managed not only to create some exquisite food, she made it gluten-free (Esther has coeliac disease), and she did it all in what could reasonably be described as a fairly “open-plan” environment!
Venue | Coverwood Lakes
Band | Dixieland Jazz
Evening Band | The Prototypes
Such a colourful, joy filled day.
Thanks so much to Will and Esther for sharing their gorgeous wedding story with us xo Lou