We’re in for a real treat today with WWW readers Amy and Ruth a.k.a The Dobbles’ wedding! They tied the knot on the 23rd June 2018 at Inkersall Grange Farm in Nottinghamshire and having previously got the legalities out of the way, they had completely free rein to create a day that was totally them.
Our pair really wanted to keep the wedding fun, colourful and carefree. As sociable people, the main thing for them was that they had everyone there from the kids to the grandparents and most importantly everyone was comfortable and having a great time! Of course, the brilliant atmosphere of the day is evident in the wonderful images from Jessica Grace Photography. Thank you so much for sharing the joy with us Jesse.
Our brides made a lot of the wonderful décor themselves, from the inventive table plan to the “Don’t let the love bugs bite” box. They even collected all the colourful glasses themselves from charity shops, great effort! You’re not going to miss out on the fantastic proposal story, Amy’s arrival or the pom pom confetti throwing either. Enjoy!
We’d spent the day pottering around our house, doing the odd jobs here and there. Amy suggested going for a drink in the evening and as we made our way to our local wine bar, we decided to skip the drink and head down to Sprotbrough canal instead for a peaceful walk by the water in the evening summer sun. It was during the walk that I turned to Amy and said “Do you know what Amy. Today has been pretty typical to that of a day in married life – doing the odd jobs and pottering around the house. Today would be the perfect day to get engaged”. Of course I didn’t expect Amy to actually propose that day! But, after pausing on a bench, Amy got up and said “Ruth, you know how you said today would be the perfect day to get engaged? Well, will you marry me?” and before I knew it she was on one knee holding a beautiful diamond ring! Little did I know she’d been carrying it around in her pocket for the last two weeks waiting for that right moment!
The vision for our wedding was to be fun, carefree, natural and colourful. We wanted a festival themed day with live acoustic music and as we both love camping, we knew we wanted to incorporate a camping/glamping theme in there somewhere. We both have pretty big personalities so we knew the day needed to reflect our outgoing characters and the venue needed to be big enough to fit all our family and friends in! We wanted everyone to feel comfortable and relaxed and enjoy the day just as much as we would and they certainly did just that!
The Planning Process
We spent about 18 months collecting 320 different coloured wine and tumbler glasses. We bought every single one from a charity shop and we also bought fabric which was used to make the bunting. We were lucky enough to have our mum’s on hand to cut and stitch each and every piece – the end result looked incredible and we owe a lot of that to them!
On the run up to the wedding we made wooden signs for the driveway, bell tents (which some of our guests stayed in) and tipi decor. We made our own seating plan using pegs and coloured string and we ordered personalised ‘Dobbles Day’ wrist bands for all our guests to wear.
Once we’d found our venue we visited the surrounding area on two separate occasions. We found The Hop Pole Hotel to stay in and get ready in before the big day and we found a local florist, Forget Me Notts, literally just around the corner from our hotel! On our second visit we found a local hair stylist – Ashleigh Turner – she was fantastic! We debated going closer to home for these things but found it was easier to go local to the venue as we didn’t have to pay for travel!
We got married officially on the Friday at our local registry office in Doncaster – a quirky old kitchen called Priory Place. It was the perfect start to a fantastic weekend. We were surrounded by our closest family and friends and after enjoying a superb three course meal at the Mercure Hotel just around the corner, we convoyed it to Inkersall Grange Farm to turn our blank canvas tipi into our colourful camping themed wedding. As we were already legally married we had the flexibility to do what we wanted at Inkersall Grange Farm on the Saturday. The nature of the venue really lent itself to this and we brought our tipi to life adding colour from the glasses, bunting and table-runners.
Your Outfits & Accessories
Dress – Maggie Sottero
Amy doesn’t wear dresses but when she saw her dress online she just knew it was the one. She went to get measured at Tickled Pink in Doncaster and ordered the dress to store in her size. On the day she felt incredible – the dress accentuated her back and hung in all the right places. To say she doesn’t like wearing dresses she didn’t want to take this one off!
Crown – Forget Me Notts
Earrings – Mum’s pearl earrings (something borrowed)
Dress – Rembo Styling
I found my dress in Lace & Co. in Ossett, Wakefield. Heidi and her wonderful ladies there took great care of me. I’d been searching for a particular style of dress, boho-chic, knowing this would match the feel of our day and as soon as I walked into this shop I KNEW I’d find my one. And I did my dress felt so floaty. I felt like I was gliding through the whole day. It also gave me enough wiggle room to dance and play games – priorities!
Necklace – H Samuel
Shoes – TOMS – a total coincidence but we chose the same ones
Rings – Goldsmiths
Hair – Ashleigh Turner – Halam Salon, Newark, Nottinghamshire – Ashleigh was so friendly and immediately put myself and Amy at ease. Not being the most ‘girly girls’ she totally understood what we wanted – making sure we looked ourselves on the big day but adding that wow factor! Ashleigh even stayed longer than she should have helping to capture the moment when my dad first saw me in my dress. It’s those extra little things that make all the difference.
Make-Up – Kate Odudu – The Beauty Place, Manchester – Kate was fab! Being the sister to one of our bridesmaids was really handy as she already knew us as a couple and what we wanted.
Dresses from ASOS. Shoes self-sourced.
The Readings & Music
We wrote our own vows and Adam (our best man/wedding officiant/master of ceremonies/OUR ROCK!) wrote his own blessing service mixed in with personal stories and anecdotes.
Daniel Sams (daytime) – Dan played acoustic guitar and sang and he was BRILLIANT! Everyone commented on how good he was and he really helped keep the whole day moving along, singing as people arrived, during canapés and after the sit-down meal when the games kicked in!
The Fat Cats (evening) – These guys were AWESOME! They provided live music and a DJ set and really got everyone up and dancing!
Our friend Becks made our cake for us as a wedding gift. It was a classic victoria sponge with a camping themed iced topping. We had to make sure the cake wouldn’t ‘sweat’ in the heat of the tipi so we kept things simple.
Forget Me Notts, Nottingham. The ladies in there were friendly and really understood our vision from the off. They created beautiful bunches of wild flowers for the brides and bridesmaids and they provided extra flowers for hair accessories. They also made us crochets and button holes.
Jessica Grace Photography. Jesse was superb! She actually caught everything! There’s not a moment she missed and she did it with such grace, style and ease. She made us both feel so relaxed and comfortable (both on our engagement shoot and on the big day itself) with her calming nature and effortless ability to keep things moving whilst ensuring we had fun and really ‘took part’ in our day! She caught those natural moments and nothing felt forced or too structured. She was the perfect photographer for our carefree, fun loving, bright and colourful wedding day! It’s a day we’ll never forget and thanks to her a day that we can literally look back on for years to come with such fondness, love and laughter.
The Details & Décor
Inkersall Grange Farm provided the perfect blank canvas to our wedding day. They provided the fairy lights, tables and benches along with quirky features like vintage suitcases and beer barrels to add character to the venue itself. They also have a snug at the back of the tipi made up of sofa’s, rugs and a central fire pit which created a nice chilled out area for people to relax and rest their feet! They’ve also got a very well priced bar on site and Alex and the rest of the gang at Shake the Spirit really got the fun feel of our day!
We chose Adam (our bearded best man) to be both our master of ceremonies and wedding officiant – we’d both known him since uni so he put his own personal touch on our beautiful blessing ceremony. We both wrote our own vows which we really enjoyed as we could be as creative as we liked.
Our caterers, The Salted Orange Company, matched our social vision providing meat platters, brightly coloured salads and mouthwatering bite-sized puddings which everyone could share and get stuck into.
The majority of our decor was self sourced and self-made. We bought coloured ribbon from our trip to Hong Kong and we attached this to the table runners, seating plan and tin cans that housed several spider plants (kindly given to us by a friend). It was really important to us that our passion for travel was somehow incorporated into our day.
We bought coloured glasses and fabric from a variety of charity shops from across the UK – we actually found this really fun and have since become charity shop regulars (it’s amazing what you can find!)
We asked family and friends for any spare wood they had hanging around in their gardens/garages and we used this to make the hand painted signs for the driveway, bell tents and run-of-play.
Amy’s dad bought coloured umbrellas from alibaba.com just incase the weather didn’t play along with our day but luckily it did – these ended up keeping the kids entertained!
Amy’s mum made us a beautiful guest book in the form of a patchwork quilt which we had our guests leave a message on and sign. We now have a beautiful keep-sake which we’ll use when we go camping or when we need to keep warm.
We raided our local junk shop Clutter Busters a few days before the wedding and found some vintage items including wooden ladders and a clothes horse which we used to display photos and place spider plants on.
Our tables were named after campsites we’d stayed at together and we used a small blackboard and easel (from The Works) to display these. We also saved one for the ‘don’t let the love bugs bite’ box which included plasters, suncream and paracetamol for our guests to use.
Borneo baby! Ever the adventurers!
It’s sounds clichéd but we enjoyed every moment of it! We both felt as though we were gliding through the day, as if we were floating. If we had to pick one moment it would be the walk back down the aisle as a married couple when our guests threw coloured pom poms in the air as we walked, hand in hand, to the tune of ‘I love you, always forever!’
I’d also have to say when I saw Amy for the first time in her DRESS! I had no idea she’d be wearing one and she’d certainly led me to believe she’d be wearing something else on the big day. She looked absolutely beautiful. Angelic. I’ll never ever forget that moment!
Amy arrived by helicopter which was a surprise for all our guests and there was a moment of complete silence as she stepped out and sorted her dress with the help of her sister. Once set, she put both her hands into the air and cheered which was echoed by our guests.
Advice For Other Couples
Keep the formal photos to a minimum – enjoy your time WITH the people who have come along to celebrate your day with you. Prioritise the natural shots – they make for the better photos anyway!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Jessica Grace Photography
Inkersall Grange Farm
The Salted Orange Company
Amy and Ruth, I think the look on both your faces throughout tells us all we need to know about how much fun your day was! Thank you so much for sharing with us. Rachel x