I think this may just be one of the most hand made weddings I’ve come across. It’s a truly lovely story of family and friends coming together to put on the most wonderful of celebrations for a bride and groom.
WWW readers Hattie and Simon were hitched on the 20th August 2016 and decided to hold their wedding at family friend’s farm in the Scottish Borders. They first wed at the Melrose Abbey ruins, which was a pretty spectacular setting to say I do. Before heading the farm with it’s yurt and the tipis hired in by the couple to have a right roaring party. The food was laid on by the farmer and his wife, there was a ceilidh to get guests up on their feet and an array of bright hippy style decor inspired by their travels.
There isn’t really much not to love. I mean Hattie’s lace gown handmade by her mum was gorgeous, the flowers were all wild and hand-picked from fields and of course the decoration was all DIY too. Amaze!
Huge thanks to Matt Badenoch Photography for sharing these super inspiring images.
THE PROPOSAL | Walking along a padi field in Bali at the World heritage site called Jatiluwih. I was walking in front of him and it took a while to realise he had actually asked me so I ran back to hug him and knocked the ring out of his hand into the mud! It was only 5 and a half sizes too big so had to wait till we got home before I could wear it!
THE VISION | Homemade, rustic, festival, hippy feel inspired by our travels.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Lots of pinterest and asking friends and relatives to help with their special skills and talents. My mum was a hero and is talented at everything!
BUDGET | As cheap as possible!
THE VENUE | A family friend’s farm near my parents house in the Scottish Borders. The farmer had build his own permanent yurt that will eventually be self supporting as it’s made of trees. It was in a valley by a stream – perfect festival setting. We also hired tipis to keep us dry, which we really needed in the end!
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I designed the dress. My mum made the dress with some lace from Berwick Street in London and silk from John Lewis. At 6am on the morning of the wedding she was still sewing the sleeves on! My Granny lent me a bracelet that all the family have worn which had old, borrowed and blue with the stones. I also wore lace high heeled trainers from ebay. I made flower crowns for me and all the bridesmaids. We gave all the ushers engraved pocket watches to say thank you and all the bridesmaids a necklace engraved with the date.
FINDING THE DRESS | I tried on a few to get ideas but mostly had an idea of what would suit me and wanted something traditional but comfortable.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Morning suit – my dad would not allow anything less!
THE READINGS & MUSIC | An incredible reading written by my Godmother about marriage, a poem by one of my oldest friends Adam and a bible passage read by my triplet brother Fred. My goddaughter Tori sang Ellie Goulding ‘how long will I love you’ and played the piano and my friend Wendy sang during the signing of the register. Her husband Woody accompanied the hymns. We also had a choir who sang ‘Baba Yetu’ as I walked down the aisle – it is the lords prayer in Swahili. It sounded really special with the acoustics of Melrose abbey. At the reception we had a ceilidh and cover band who were amazing.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had six bridesmaids – two of my best friends from childhood, two I met through my teaching job, my beautiful 13 year old goddaughter and my oldest friend Tim was a bridesman!
THE FLOWERS | Handpicked by family and friends from local fields -bouquets put together by my mum.
THE CAKE | Made by my mum and granny with felt tortoise toppers made by one of the bridesmaids because we have a pet tortoise called Finsbury.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The amazing Matt Badenoch, who have known since school.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We made everything from African inspired table runners and napkins to festival table plans on a door, Harry Potter quiz, hand painted signs, twined wine bottles, ivy in the tipis strung with fishing wire, beer brewed by my brother. Loved the jar glasses that people could keep and drink out of all night.
The food was hot smoked salmon and salads made by the farmers wife Eva. The farmer Ben also did a hog and lamb roast with his own animals for the evening food. Best wedding food ever and served family style on reclaimed wood from the farm. Another family friend also made us some log slices to serve the pudding on, which my mum also made – delicious flour free chocolate cake!
THE HONEYMOON | 10 days travelling in Italy starting in Florence and then going to a secluded vineyard in Tuscany and then the cinque terre.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We loved every minute, the speeches were all amazing too! The whole week before was so much fun, surrounded by family and friends all helping to make our day special, they were really put to work! The ceilidh was also awesome!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Be true to yourselves and do as much as you can yourselves!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Matt Badenoch Photography
Prosecco | Aldi
Tipi hire | Teepee Tent Hire
Band | Pulse Function Band – highly recommend
Choir | InChorus Choir
Oh my, the entertainment and roaring campfire looked epic! What a day.
Thanks so much to Hattie and Simon for sharing their wedding story with us xo Lou