We love nothing better than happy relaxed wedding celebrations here at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings. Heck, it’s all about the love, the memories and the start of a super awesome marriage. This wedding today brings together two families with perfectly intimate and joyful festivities.
I love that WWW readers Helen and Mike had a vision of being true to themselves, it made for a really authentic and natural day. They chose the 29th July 2017 to get wed, at Glebe Farm Cottages in Nottinghamshire. Being a working farm, their wedding venue was in the most idyllic of settings. They certainly made the most of the location, with an outdoor humanist ceremony, marquee reception and a field dedicated to camping for all. It must have been such fun camping out with all of their loved ones and waking up for breakfast together.
There were beautiful wild flowers grown especially by Helen’s mum and continuing with the floral theme, both the bride and groom had floral touches in their gorgeous outfits. The DIY efforts continued into the cake table featuring bakes by guests, hand drawn place names and bunting to name a few. Huge thanks goes to Ania Ames for sharing these super beautiful images with us.
THE PROPOSAL | Mike proposed in the botanical gardens in Barcelona during a wonderful holiday. We celebrated with Spanish Cava on the beach. The ring is vintage, sapphire and diamonds in an art deco style from the 1920s.
THE VISION | We wanted our wedding to be true to us, and lots of fun. Relaxed and happy, with great food and drink, camping for those who wanted to stay all weekend, and all the people we love there.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We planned it together, it was very much 50/50. With help from our families along the way!
THE VENUE | Glebe Farm, Gunthorpe, Nottinghamshire. This is a working farm, and we got married in a secluded field down a track away from the road and on the edge of a beautiful lake. Campers stayed in the next field, and there were three holiday cottages next door for Mike’s family.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was from ASOS! The veil was by Blossom and Bluebird from Etsy, and the earnings were a gift from my mum.
FINDING THE DRESS | I ordered lots of dresses online to my mum’s house, had my bridesmaids round and had a really fun day drinking champagne and trying them all on! I just loved the colour of this one, and the incredible floral embroidery.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Airforce blue suit from Reiss. White shirt from Charles Tyrwhitt. Floral tie from Tie Room. Groom’s cufflinks belonged to his grandfather, Groom’s shoes belonged to his dad.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Bride entered to ‘La vie en rose’ (Louis Armstrong), bride’s step sister sang ‘here comes the sun’ in the ceremony. Bride and groom walked back down the aisle (and confetti was thrown) to ‘Everybody’s gonna be happy’ (the Kinks).
First dance was the theme song to the Detectorists (Jonny Flynn).
The band were The Bullets – a group of old school friends of the groom who happen to be amazing professional musicians.
We had a humanist ceremony carried out by Doug Duckworth. He worked with us to write the ceremony over several months, so it was incredibly personal.
Readings: ‘Knotweed’ (written by the bride), ‘A blessing for a wedding’ (Jane Hirschfield), ‘Pathways’ (Rainer Maria Rilke). All read by siblings of the bride and groom.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | The bridesmaids were: the groom’s sister, Charlotte, the bride’s twin sister, Claire, the bride’s oldest friends, Becky and Rachael (who came back from her home in San Francisco for the wedding). Their dresses were also from ASOS.
THE FLOWERS | The flowers were all English wildflowers, grown by the bride’s mum on her allotment and arranged by the bride’s mum and sister. It’s the first time she’s ever done anything like this and she did an amazing job, the flowers were a real highlight and it meant so much that so much hard work had gone into them.
The confetti was made from dried petals from flowers grown by the groom’s mum and sister.
THE CAKE | We had a cake table, and many of our talented friends brought all kinds of baked treats; including a gingerbread house with mini Helen and Mike in it, salted caramel brownies, cheesecake, iced fruit cake and the groom’s favourite chorizo cake! We’re amazed we managed to eat it all.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer was the wonderful Ania Ames. She blew our socks off, as you can see.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The tables were named after trees, with table name signs and place names drawn by the bride.
Many of the guests camped, making the most of our ‘camping supplies’ tent and multicoloured torches hidden in trees.
The bride’s sister made all the signs to go around the site, including our favourite ‘honeymoon suite’ sign to hang on our own tent (yes, we camped…).
The food was Italian sharing plates; antipasti, roasted peaches with prosciutto and squid salad to start, steak with salads and breads for main. Later in the evening we had cheese boards with crackers, breads and homemade chutneys, as well as the enormous amount of cake that our friends cooked up.
The food was by Claire Lubrano Lavadera of Clara’s kitchen. They did an amazing job.
The bunting was handmade by Mike’s mum for his sister’s wedding a couple of years ago, and we’re making sure it gets plenty of use! She also made all of the napkin rings to match.
THE HONEYMOON | We spent two incredible weeks in Bali; travelling around the island with Rickshaw Travel.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We loved all of it. Especially arriving and seeing all of our friends and family together, the beautiful ceremony and fantastic speeches. The band were also amazing, they kept the dance floor filled for hours.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Keep it relaxed. You won’t remember the table signs, but you’ll remember all the laughter.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Ania Ames
Catering | Clara’s Kitchen
Venue | Glebe Farm Cottages
Veil | Blossom and Bluebird
Celebrant | Douglas Duckworth
Ahh so lovely!
Helen and Mike, we cannot thank you enough for sharing your fabulous celebrations with us xo Lou