What can I say other than that this real wedding totally rocks! I mean there really isn’t much not to love about a festival style celebration, complete with smoke bombs, glamping and street food trucks now is there?
WWW readers Emily and Jonny were hitched on the 27th May 2017 on a farm in Wiltshire. The rolling countryside was oh so perfect for their majestic tipi wedding and the Spring weather played ball too. The pair were wed outside in front of a super cool tipi style backdrop draped in greenery. They also decorated much of the tipis themselves, with the 1,500 paper pom poms, pretty flowers and cake being DIY projects. Woah!
These two have so much style that you will adore their outfits. Jonny was suited and booted in a dark green suit with open collar, while Emily opted for a skirt and top combo by Needle and Thread. Stunning! Instead of official bridesmaids, Emily asked her fave girls to get ready with her, which we think is a super idea. Live music and watching the sun rise, completed their day perfectly.
THE PROPOSAL | We’d just bought our first house together, it was really run down so we were living with my parents and in the process of stripping it back to a shell to re-build it again so it was liveable. On the evening of our 10th Anniversary, after we’d been watching Stewart Lee at a comedy gig, Jonny brought me to the house on false pretences, I did not see it coming at all. He made me wait outside and when I was allowed into the house he’d arranged loads of candles amongst the rubble and was playing our favourite song in the background as he asked me.
THE VISION | We love going to festivals with friends so that was the atmosphere we wanted to create. We’ve been going to End of the Road Festival for years, it’s set in these beautiful gardens and they have a stage that’s linked to these amazing Scandinavian tipis filled with hay bails and a bar that you can sit and chat in and listen to music. That was what we had in mind, outdoors, lots of greenery, massive tipis, and the ability to have our friends camp over to increase the amount of time we could spend with them all.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We had just over a year so we got our venue and band booked nice and early, then our next thought was food and drink! We’re big fans of street food so did our research about local suppliers and visited a bunch of street food festivals to sample our options, there were four that we really loved so instead of narrowing it down we just used them all in different ways. We had Eatchu who make the best Gyoza we’ve ever eaten create our canapés. For our main wedding breakfast we had venison burgers from Wild and Rustic and tacos from The Little Taquero. At around 9pm we had Sri-Licious come over and serve their incredible Sri Lankan fair. All of these suppliers were wonderful to interact with and really helpful when it came to dietary requirements and stuff so that was great, plus all of the food was incredible, we’re still getting compliments about it all!
After food was sorted we sourced help with camping for our guests from Love Lotus, they are a lovely local company that have stunning bell tents that they kit out with everything you need from beds to lighting, mirrors and decorations so they feel really luxurious. Because our venue was a field we had to organise some essentials like toilets, electricity and a water supply, but after that was done, it was back to the fun stuff, like making Spotify playlists for the day and evening and designing and making decorations.
THE VENUE | The owner of the company we hired our tipis from, Simon from Buffalo Tipi, also has a beautiful family farm in Wiltshire, which he let us hire. It was great as all of the equipment was on site in the barns and he helped us with electricity and water hook-ups.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was from Needle and Thread, it was a tulle skirt with a beaded sleeveless top. It was super light and comfy and easy to move in. The best bit of my outfit were some BEAM LED trainers that I wore for the first dance onwards, they have several settings so you can set the colour or have them flashing or fading between colours. I got them as a surprise for Jonny so he didn’t know about them until I walked out on the dance floor!
FINDING THE DRESS | I really wanted to get a dress that wasn’t so expensive that I’d be scared to have fun in it! I was chatting to our photographer Jessica on the phone discussing wedding details, and I told her that I was having trouble finding a lower cost dress that was field friendly and Jess suggested I take a look at Needle and Thread, I ordered a few options from their website, tried them on at home and was really happy with a two piece skirt and top that had a nice bohemian, retro feel to it.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | We dedicated the majority of our budget to the fun stuff so didn’t leave much room for our outfits! Jonny’s suit was a slim-fit dark green suit from ASOS with a lovely pair of fjallraven braces.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | This was the best bit! Our friend Katy performed a beautiful acoustic version of Bright Eyes ‘First Day of my Life’, our friend Beth wrote some beautiful original words for us and finally our friend Anna read a passage from The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman (the one that starts like this: I will love you forever; whatever happens. Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I’ll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again…’).
We also had an incredible Motown band The Flo Collective to perform in the evening, they are seriously good, Flo’s voice is out of this world, Aretha Franklin good!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I didn’t have proper bridesmaids as I didn’t want anyone to have any responsibilities or stress on the day, instead I just had a bunch of pals over in the morning for breakfast, Prosecco and to get ready together. They all wore beautiful outfits of their own choosing.
THE FLOWERS | We were trying to be really careful with the budget so me and my sister got up at 5.00am a couple of days before the wedding and went to the flower market in Bristol. We got heaps of wholesale flowers and greenery for a really good price and then my sister and aunt arranged my bouquet and buttonholes and helped my friends arrange the decorations at the venue.
THE CAKE | Was made by my mum and sister, it was a home made cardamom sponge cake that was decorated with white chocolate and edible flowers, it was delicious! Alongside the cake we had some incredible Pastel De Natas that my friend Belly organised from a Portuguese bakery in Cardiff, they were seriously good.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer was Jessica Williams and her husband James was her second camera. They really went over and above just the photography, they were an absolute pleasure to have with us on the day, they’re both fun and funny and weren’t at all cheesy or predictable in their styling suggestions. James also helped Jonny to remember his promises he had written, which was really kind, I forgot all of mine as soon as I arrived!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | With the help of lots of generous friends we handmade all of the paper decorations to hang in the tipis, it was a lot of fun but took quite a long time to do, I think we made something like 1,500 paper baubles to create the colourful canopy in the dance floor!
THE HONEYMOON | We went to Primavera Music Festival in Barcelona with some friends straight after the wedding, which was more holiday than honeymoonish! For our proper ‘just us’ one we’re going to travel around South India in January for 3 weeks. My mum grew up in South India so we’re going to go visit the areas that she’s been talking to us about as we’ve grown up. For the last leg of the holiday we’re going to end with a few days in Sri Lanka, we can’t wait!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Oh crumbs, genuinely every moment was pretty fantastic! For the service our friend’s mum Anne, who is a Registrar married us so we had free reign to write the whole thing ourselves with her help, this made it feel really personal and we were able to make it light and warm and funny, which is way more our style. We had a lot of fun with our photographer Jess and some smoke bombs, which essentially involved a bunch of our Prosecco-fuelled friends running around like lunatics holding these coloured smoke canisters, that was a lot of fun. The whole reason we wanted to have camping at the wedding was so that we could spend as much time with our friends as possible, so when a bunch of us made it until sunrise and were all sat on a wall snuggled up in duvets drinking Amaretto from a giant hip flask and watching the bright orange sun rise up over the hills in the distance – that was pretty awesome!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Stick to your guns and do all the things that you love and make you happy. When you’re getting married most conversations you have revolve around ‘the big day’, people are always full of advice, some helpful, some less so. Sometimes people will try and squash your ideas, but I think it’s really important to do what you really want to do, that way you’ll have no regrets and can be really proud of what you’ve put together. Weddings are such happy, love-filled occasions it’s impossible not to have a great time, so the little worries and concerns you might have in the build up will evaporate as soon as you’re immersed in the festivities!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Jessica Williams
Venue and Tipis | Buffalo Tipi
Bell Tents & Camping | Love Lotus
Band | Flo Collective
Dress | Needle and Thread
Sound Equipment | Apollo Light and Sound
Catering Equipment | Mines Leisure
Toilets | Wessington Cabins
How awesome!? I love it all.
Emily and Jonny, thanks ever so much for sharing your wedding story with us here today xo Lou