We’re headed into one of my most favourite settings for a wedding today, the magical woodland.
WWW readers Tim and Christina were hitched on the 16th July 2016 at Squirrel Woodland in Kent. A relaxed and rustic vibe was order of the day, which was also super personal. Much of the details and décor were hand made or collected by loved ones and they all looked so gorgeous in the tipi. The pale pink colour-way really gave a soft feel to the styling, with the bridesmaids in flowing long dresses and romantic florals galore. You’re going to adore Christina’s cascading and whimsical rose filled bouquet.
Christina chose a stunning off the shoulder number to say I do in, while Tim opted for a grey suit and pink tie. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for sweet signage and a stupendous cake too.
Thanks so very much to Kerry Ann Duffy for sharing these wonderful images today.
THE PROPOSAL | Shangri la hotel at the shard – London.
THE VISION | We wanted a rustic, relaxed wedding, something that everyone could enjoy and a wedding to remember. We have been to a lot of weddings so we wanted to do something a little different. We wanted to try and make it as personalised as possible so we put quite a lot of effort into the day by making the table plan, doing our own favours and name places rather than getting someone else in to do them, making a memory board with poem for those that couldn’t be with us. We roped family in to make homemade elderflower champagne for the toast, and all our friends helped out by collecting jars for the centre pieces that we later decorate. Because we wanted it to have a relaxed feel we didn’t have a typical wedding breakfast, we opted for afternoon tea. We liked the idea of this as it gets the guests talking more and being more interactive. Continuing with this feel we had a pizza van in the evening so that people could go and order a freshly cooked pizza as and when they felt like it, and…. who doesn’t like pizza!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | I loved planning the wedding, it did take up a lot of time but I really did enjoy it. We set up a new email account specifically for the wedding to make it easier to track. We also had a wedding website with lots of info for our guests. They could ask us questions on there, see the order of the day and also RSVP too.
THE VENUE | Squirrel Woodland, Stockbury, Kent
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Isabella Grace
FINDING THE DRESS | I went to 6 shops in total, from Manchester (that is where I am from), to London and Kent. I was starting to lose hope as I got to the last shop of the day. When I saw the dress on the hanger it didn’t exactly jump out at me but I thought I would give it a try. I already knew that I didn’t want lace or strapless and I wanted something fitted and not too fussy. As soon as I put it on I fell in love with it straight away. I felt amazing and it is exactly how any girl should feel in her wedding dress. I can’t wait to put it on again on our first wedding anniversary!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Next
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Etsy
THE FLOWERS | Florist in the Forest. I wanted to go for the wild, just picked look.
THE CAKE | Prêt A Cake. The base was lemon and poppy seed, middle was chocolate and salted caramel and the top was raspberry and white chocolate. Luckily it freezes really well too so we got to freeze some and have it when we came back from honeymoon as we went on honeymoon the next day.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Kerry Ann Duffy
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The ceremony was in the field shelter surrounded by woodland. Our guests had to walk through the woods to the field shelter from the car park, we thought this made it more magical and exciting. The reception was in 2 giant hat tipis that were put next to the field shelter. The log slices that we had for our centre pieces were made from a tree that we cut down from the family farm. We used thicker slices for our cake stand and fixed them together. The jars with our flowers were provided by us and friends (eating lots of pickles!), we spent a whole weekend decorating them. We had Tim’s mum make cutlery pouches for every table place out of hessian. We bought a love heart cutter and using an old book we made love heart table confetti. We made cootie catchers for each table, which had questions about me and Tim (where did he propose, where are we going on honeymoon, what stone is in my engagement ring etc).
We made the table plan using 2 sheets of wood, painting them, and then used pictures of each of our guest’s. We tried to use the funniest embarrassing pictures so that it would make it more fun and enjoyable for our guests trying to find their place, plus it gave everyone a good laugh too. I made a little board with pictures of my grandparents that should have been attending the wedding but passed away unexpectedly with a little poem at the bottom. We placed it at the front of the ceremony area, that way it felt like they were there with us enjoying the day.
The colour scheme was dusky pink and the boys wore grey suits. We had a guitarist for the ceremony and drinks to keep the relaxed vibe flowing and an ice cream van, just because! The ice cream van drove onto the field playing the tradition tune, which was a nice surprise for our guests.
We had already decided that we didn’t want a guest book because we would look at it once and then it would most likely sit in a cupboard somewhere never to be seen again. We decided to have 2 jars circulating when people were sat down eating. One of them was messages for our first anniversary and the other were messages for our 10th anniversary. That way it gives us something to look forward to and we cannot wait to read them!
We also had coconut shy and tug of war which the guests loved. In the evening the ceremony area became the dance floor/bar. We had an acoustic band for the evening and a DJ to fill the gaps for when the band were not playing. We had a photobooth set up in the tipi closest to the bar which went down a treat. 2 copies were printed out, one for the guests to keep and one to stick in a book so we could keep it and look back at the photos.
THE HONEYMOON | Singapore, Bali, Gili Trawangan and Borneo. As I work in travel it had to be good! We travelled for almost 4 weeks in total and was by far the best trip!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Everything! My favourite parts were seeing my husband, I could not wait to see him that day! Saying my vows. Having a sweetheart table so that we could actually talk about things and see how each other’s day was going…. it sounds crazy but there are so many people to see and talk to and it goes so quickly! Seeing all our guests enjoying the day, there was so much laughter!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | We took a bottle of champagne with us to the venue the day before. In the evening when the party was in full swing we took the bottle and went and sat on the hay bales at the opposite end of the field. We sat back to just watch our guests enjoying themselves and to try and take it all in. We did a toast and drank our champers. It was such a special moment, husband and wife, drinking champagne, sitting back and seeing what we had managed to put together after months or planning. It was all worth it!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Kerry Ann Duffy
Website | Getting Married
Florist | Florist in the Forest
Cake | Pret A Cake
Pizza van | The Mobile Pizzeria
Photobooth | Instabox
Light up love letters | Doris Loves
Video camera | Shoot It Yourself
Table plan pictures | Photo Box
What a spectacular celebration.
Thanks so very much to Tim and Christina for sharing their gorgeous wedding day with us xo Lou