We are certainty upping the style stakes today with Sapphire and Luke’s utterly gorgeous Pennard Hill Farm wedding in Somerset, held on the 18th August 2018. There really isn’t much not to love about their day, there was a gorgeously cosy tipi reception, an on trend rust colour scheme and stand out florals all round.
They held their wedding ceremony outdoors with far reaching views and a cool Persian rug aisle runner. Following they headed to the fairy lit tipis decked in foliage and handmade signs. Their day had such an earthy, relaxed vibe and it looked as though everyone had a really awesome time. Sapphire wore custom made bridal separates with a stunning low back and Luke opted for a very cool rust suit, didn’t they look incredible?!
MT Studio thank you ever so much for sharing with us your totally wonderful images of their festival vibe day.
Luke – I proposed in 2014, on Sapphire’s birthday. I had a photo book with all the photos of our five month trip through Asia, Australia and New Zealand back in 2011. I had ‘Will you marry me?’ printed on the very last page. I waited nervously as we went through the book page by page!
Sapphire – The proposal was such a surprise, I had no idea it was coming! I was so happy to see our happy travel memories, I was taking my time through all the pages, Luke would say, I was painfully slow! Such a sweet idea to propose in a book that we can keep as a memento.
Sapphire – The vision was centred around bringing together both our families and our friends, near and far. With a kind of celebration we’re all very familiar with; A two-day party in a field, with great music, great food, with the ominous threat of British weather! We always knew we wanted a tipi and an outdoor wedding which was relaxed.
My family live in various parts of the world and we hadn’t all been together in one place for ten years. We were very conscious that the day would go fast and we’d fail to properly see everyone in one day – so one of the most important things was finding a venue where our guests could stay onsite with us for the whole weekend.
The Planning Process
We enjoyed our engagement for a while (four years) during this time we made a few little plans. We looked at a couple of places, but it wasn’t until we saw the venue in the October before did, we really have the motivation to kick into gear to get it booked and start planning the rest!
Pennard Hill had beautiful accommodation and the perfect field for the tipi. We basically had a blank canvas in the field which did mean that we had to organise all of the vendors and suppliers ourselves which was a bit of a challenge but worked out great in the end once we had the venue and the tipi sorted everything else came together pretty quickly.
Our catering was by Passetti & Boote. An amazing find recommended by a friend. They are based in Bristol covering all areas between and beyond from the Cotswolds to Oxfordshire.
They use seasonal, local and ethical ingredients and they created us an incredible vegetarian and vegan feast for our guests. Max Pasetti and Stephanie Boote who run Pasetti & Boote went above and beyond. These guys are masters in events, you could have mistaken them as our wedding planners at times. They always had useful advice, even if it wasn’t related to the food. I’m not sure what we would have done without them!
Sapphire and I had an idea pretty early on in the planning phase to try and find a band who would perform songs from Paul Simon’s Graceland album. We actually managed to find an amazing band from Bristol who did exactly that called ‘Mankala Band’.
Let’s just say we spent pretty much double (or more) than what we had planned too. Our vision to bring our big families together wasn’t easy on the bank but totally worth it. We are eternally grateful for the help we had from our families to create a really special day.
Sapphire – The vision really came to life when we found our venue. Pennard Hill Farm is a beautiful venue in a very beautiful area of the world. I grew up nearby and had since moved away but we had returned together every year for Glastonbury Festival. A festival that is special not only to us but also to our families on both sides.
Pennard Hill Farm ticked all the boxes. They have three beautiful cottages, a fantastic safari tent and a camping field for all our guests and I think they have recently installed a tree tent as well.
We had the ceremony outside in front of the tipi, it was touch and go at first whether the rain would hold off for us, but thankfully it did. We love that view so much and wanted nothing less than it to be our backdrop to the ceremony.
(Pennard Hill Farm, Stickleball Ln, Shepton Mallet BA4 6UG)
We didn’t have groomsmen, we had one best man. He wore his own suit.
My hair and make-up were done by Naomi Lake.
My jewellery was from COS.
Your Outfits & Accessories
My dress was made by Amy Mair Couture in Cardiff. I came to her with a blurry vision of the kind of dress I wanted. She was just incredible and created me the most amazing two piece. She is so talented.
My shoes were nude block heels from Topshop.
Luke’s suit was from Next and his shoes were Dr Martens Originals.
The flower girls were super cute and all wore the same Monsoon dresses – and they looked like angels.
My bridesmaid was my sister Jasmine. She chose her dress. The colour was chosen to be in keeping with our flowers.
The Readings & Music
We had a humanist ceremony. Both Luke and I wrote promises to each other which we read out to each other. Our celebrant was Barbara Natasegara.
My mum gave a beautiful reading – ‘On Marriage’ By Kahlil Gibran.
I walked in to the song ‘Take Care’ by Beach House.
We had a ‘mamma appreciation moment’ during the ceremony to the song ‘I’ll be your mirror’ By Velvet Underground.
We walked out to ‘Good Times’ By The Persuasions.
The flowers were by Poppy Sturley. We wanted the flowers to feel wild and natural. I gave her a rough colour palette of earthy nude tones and that was it! I had been following her on Instagram for a while and had complete confidence that the flowers would arrive and they would be perfect!
We also had flowers from a local wildflower supplier for the tables. My father-in-law managed to get his hands on 100+ brown medicine bottles of various sizes to be used as vases and we filled the long wooden tables with colour.
For the foliage up the tipi poles, we had a very generous family friend gathered various bits from her farm the day before.
We don’t stop singing the praises of our photographer. We wanted someone who captured the day naturally and neither of us were too keen on having too many staged shots. Our photographer Maciek totally nailed it! We’re so happy with our photographs and most of the time we hardly noticed he was there, a sign of a great wedding photographer! We didn’t feel fussed. And he let us get on with the day. When it came to the more posed shots he made us feel totally relaxed, and cannot thank him enough for capturing those lovely memories.
The Details & Décor
The general theme was to keep it simple and natural. I loved the natural colour of the canvas and wooden poles and couldn’t wait to drape foliage up the poles and light the outdoor fires to create a natural, cosy space for our guests.
I painted all the signs myself (majority of them the day before!) and collected the vases and décor myself leading up to the wedding. I also made 100+ clay candle holders for the tables. I was lucky to have lots of help from the craft elves the day before to help me decorate the tipis and also make the macramé plant hangers.
I also loved the idea of having Persian style rugs throughout the tipi. We also placed them down the aisle for the outdoor ceremony, which incurred a cleaning fine (whoops) but was well worth it as it looked beautiful on the day!
Sapphire – We never really wanted a wedding cake as such. We asked a few of our closest friends and family to make a sweet and bring for the dessert table. My mum made a beautiful array of desserts and cakes, all lovingly (and frantically) made in the days before. Not forgetting the handmade cheeses! – I will forever feel a sense of guilt for ever asking her to do all that!
We went to the Puglia region of Italy for our Honeymoon. We stayed in a traditional Trulli house, in a rural village amongst the olive groves. It was so nice to relax and reflect after such a busy few months. We hired an apt Fiat 500 as our run-around and ate our way around the region!
Sapphire – The 2 minute walk from the cottage to the tipi with my mum, my sister and my flower girls was a lovely moment. The ceremony itself was very special, the image of all our friends and family as I arrived was for me was very special. I also remember the moment Luke walked down the aisle to meet me, that brief moment together was lovely.
Seeing both our families come together having a great boogie on the dancefloor! The celebrations were kickstarted by Mankala Band. They were really fun group of guys who are very good at getting the party started, they really got everyone up and dancing into the night!
Advice For Other Couples
Our best advice is to arrange to take 5 minutes together, step away from the wedding party and look back on it all. Take it all in and also see how much everyone is enjoying themselves. It is such a special day and you’ll be amazed how quickly it goes!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Amy Mair Couture
Pennard Hill Farm
Wow! What a truly special celebration. I just love the rust wedding colour palette too.
Sapphire and Luke thank you so very much for sharing your darling day with us xo Lou