Picnic & Pride and Predjudice Inspired Countryside Fete Game Filled Wedding

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I just love a wedding where the bride and groom focus on their guests experience. WWW readers Lisa and Louis, who married on the 9th August 2014 at The House Meadow, had a wedding filled with fun and games. They took a fete/sports day feel to the max with welly wanging, space hopper jousting, hula hooping, an egg and spoon race, cake bake off and tug of war. Brilliant.

They also love picnics and served a picnic style meal, which looked scrumptious. Their homemade décor was primarily inspired by Pride and Predjudice and they even headed to the Jane Austen museum on their honeymoon.

Lisa was simply radiant in her Ellis gown, perfectly wavy hair, Irregular Choice shoes and sweet veil. Oh so lovely.

Thanks goes to the wonderful Daffodil Waves for providing the imagery today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | We went out with my Mum and Dad for my Mums birthday meal at a lovely Italian restaurant that I love. Louis had been acting strangely all day and I thought it was really odd how many beers he was ordering and how shifty he got when I asked the waiter to hang up his coat (he was hiding the ring in his pocket!) Louis took so long to pluck up courage to ask we got to the end of the meal and we were nearly getting ready to go home. Suddenly, he got on one knee and I thought he had dropped something until I realised that he had a ring in his hand! After giggling hysterically I eventually said yes and Louis could get up off the floor!

THE VISION | We wanted a traditional countryside wedding, with a kind of afternoon tea/fete kind of feel. I didn’t want any particular theme or colour scheme but just wanted it to have a rustic handmade feel. I really wanted to be outside and the setting was very important to us. We wanted our wedding to reflect our love of picnics and being outside and also have a playful feel by including lots of games to play outside – a little like a school sports day. I love making things so I wanted to make as much as possible so the wedding had a really personal feel.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We bought a wedding planner book and worked through the list of suppliers that we needed to get. We were very lucky that we chose the House Meadow as our wedding reception venue as Clare who runs the House Meadow was able to suggest lots of local suppliers that she knew were excellent. This made the planning much easier. We also had a list of things that needed to be made and my Mum even made a wedding clipboard to hold all the lists on!!

BUDGET | We worked on a budget of around £20,000.

THE VENUE | The wedding ceremony was held at Boxley Church and the reception venue was held at the House Meadow. We were very lucky that both venues are beautiful.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES |  My dress has a beaded bodice that tapers in at the waist and then froths out from just below the waist with lots of net. On the net of the skirt there is lots of lace detail that matches the bodice. I love the net straps of the dress that also include the lace detailing. The best bit of my dress is the back, which has buttons leading from the bodice all the way down to the bottom of the long train. My dress is made by Ellis and cost £1,800. I initially wanted a short, 50’s style wedding dress but as soon as I put my dress on I loved how it made me feel like a princess, just like I had imagined I would look when I was a little girl. I wore a hair clip spray from Debenhams, a diamond cross that my mum bought me for my birthday and earrings from Butler and Wilson. I also wore my Nan’s ring which was my something old. I didn’t want too much jewellery as I thought that the dress was dramatic enough! My shoes were blue with big blue bows on the front with white flowers in the middle. These were from Irregular Choice, whose shoes I absolutely love as they are so kooky!

FINDING THE DRESS | I found my dress in the first dress shop that I went in. I was extremely nervous about trying on dresses as I didn’t know how I would pick the one perfect dress. I shouldn’t have worried as it was great fun picking dresses to try with my mum and being dressed up! I loved how my dress made me feel like a princess and the way as soon as I put it on I could swish around, it felt so comfortable and I could imagine being a real bride!

GROOM’S ATTIRE |  Louis wore a grey, light weight suit with a pale blue waistcoat, and a white cravat which he rented from Abigails Bridal Wear in Headcorn.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | My Bridesmaid did a bible reading and Louis read a poem called “These I promise you”.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had one bridesmaid Tasha, who has been my best friend from since we were at school. Tasha wore a simple dusky pink dress from Coast. I also had two usherettes who are also extremely good friends.

THE FLOWERS |  I wanted a natural bouquet, as if the flowers had been picked from the garden. I also wanted a range of colours. I had a bit of Myrtle which my Mum had grown in the garden for me, which she bought on a family holiday in the Isle of Wight before I was even engaged. She always said that one day when I got married I would have it in my bouquet! All of the the table flowers were hand picked by us, our caterer let us pick the flowers from her garden! We then arranged them in home decorated jam jars.

THE CAKE | I designed my cake with a lovely lady called Linda who has a company called Cake Mountain. I wanted a really quirky cake to go with our country style wedding so choose to have three wonky layers decorated with bunting, lace and buttons with a tea pot on the top. The cake had two layers of carrot cake (my favourite) and one layer of lemon cake (Louis favourite).

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We were incredibly lucky to ask Nicola from Daffodil Waves to take our photographs for us. I met Nicola at an open day at our venue and her warmth and enthusiasm shined though. Her photographs are exquisite and I was never in any doubt that the photos that she took would be beautiful. It was also really fun watching as Nicola posted about other weddings she had photographed on social media and emailing her about the things we were up to in preparation for our wedding.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR |  We made nearly all of our decorations. My Mum made the bunting that went around the marquee and Allie my usherette made the pom poms that we hung from the posts. Me and my Mum made cotton reel table name holders and my Mum also sewed hoops to decorate the centre of the table – all stamped with Pride and Predjudice themed stamps. The napkins were wrapped in pages from Pride and Predjudice that we had inked to look old.

Our favours were handmade paper tea cups filled with wither home made lavender bags for the girls and chocolate moustache lollipops for the boys. (We bought the lollipops from my favourite chocolate shop in the Isle of Wight that we visit every year.) The table plan was also home made, using a piece of foam board, covered in hessian and then decorated with paper flowers and lace. The tables were then set out on brown paper tags.

Across one side of the marquee we hung a washing line with photos of Louis and I growing up with our family and friends and I decorated wooden pegs with paper butterflies and flowers to make that look pretty. In one corner of the marquee we had a hay bale, which we stood decorated frames with pictures of our families in. I decorated cheep wooden frames by painting them and then cutting out bunting to go across the top. We also decorated a garden trug with bunting to hold our cards.

We had lots of games for people to play, welly wanging, space hopper jousting, hula hooping, egg and spoon race and tug of war. The photos that we got of everyone having fun are great. We also asked all of our guests to bring a home made cake and throughout the evening guests voted for their favourite cake. In the middle of the evening the winner was announced and they got a prize! Then we ate all the cakes!!

THE HONEYMOON | We had a weeks break in Bath, going to lots of tea rooms and doing lots of sightseeing. It went with the Pride and Prejudice theme as Jane Austen lived in Bath for a little while and we even visited the Jane Austen museum.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | There are so many memorable moments but I think walking up the aisle, playing games on the field and having our photos taken in the beautiful surroundings.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Borrow lots of ideas and use pinterest, its great. And also book suppliers early so that you can get people who really understand what you want.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

The Venue | The House Meadow

Caterers | Home Guur’own

Photography | Daffodil Waves

Suit | Abigail Bride

Florist | Sweet William Florist

Car | Simply Stunning Cars

 

 

Such a fun and pretty day.

Thanks so much to Lisa and Louis for sharing their wedding with us XOXO Lou

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