Rustic & Relaxed DIY Family Friendly Wedding

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When you are parents and have 30 children due to attend your wedding, there is only one way forward. A family friendly, relaxed and fun wedding celebration complete with bouncy castle. YAY.

WWW readers Hayley and Ian were married on the 6th June 2015 in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Wyndcliffe Court in Monmouthshire.  The gardens were the perfect setting also for the stretch tent which was decked out in DIY décor. I really love the colourful wild blooms, rustic signage and multiway bridesmaid dresses.

Hayley chose a tea length dress by House of Mooshki and she looked so beautiful! There were so many lovely moments including that special first dance with their son, ahhh.

Thanks so much to Matt Willis Photography for sharing these stunning images today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | We love Glastonbury Festival and Hayley has gone to everyone for the last 7 years and Ian has joined her for the last 5. Arthur our 3 year old son has also been to 3 festivals! Ian popped the Question at Arthurs First Glasto in June 2013 at the top of the site overlooking everything, which is Hayley’s fav spot on the festival.

THE VISION | Family and friends are very important to us and we wanted a wedding that incorporated everyone we loved. We didn’t want the day to feel too stiff and formal especially as we have a lot of friends and family with children (30 children in total!). We went for a rustic laid back approach and due to the venue had to DIY a lot of stuff, even the bar! Which Ian put together himself over a few weekends in the garden.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Pinterest was a big inspiration and Hayley makes a mean spreadsheet so most of the planning was left to her while Ian got on with the creating (he made the signs and games himself). We didn’t take too much of a formal approach to planning and didn’t find it stressful at all.

BUDGET | £9,000

THE VENUE | Wyndcliffe Court Sculpture Gardens

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | House of Mooshki Abbie Dress and Irregular choice shoes, jewellery was borrowed from friends.

FINDING THE DRESS | Hayley knew she liked the style of House of Mooshki dresses and found a localish shop that had a Mooshki sale on. I picked out a few but nothing was perfect then my Maid of Honour found THE dress hiding at the back of the rows of dresses. As soon as I stepped out of the changing rooms everyone was crying (sister, 2 bridesmaids and shop assistants) – definitely was “the one”. We got the dress from a lovely shop called Veils of Berkley.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | We knew we didn’t want anything as formal as top hat and tails and we wanted to get a nice suit that Ian could wear again for special occasions. We had already decided on a blue suit and one evening come home from a curry with friends we spotted his suit in the window of a local store. We popped in the next day and bought it. Very easy! The shop was called Mens Hire Bristol, on Cotham Hill. The hire and sell suits.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Music was one of the hardest things to pick it turns out we both like incredibly sad songs! 2 days before the wedding we finally decided on Train, ‘Marry me’ as the song for walking down the Aisle; American Authors ‘Best day of my life’ for leaving the aisle. Our first dance was by a singer called Lewis Watson, the song is named, “Into the Wild”, our singer for the evening learnt the words and sang it on the day. We wanted something sentimental but not too slow to dance too, that was a pretty tough combo!

We let our friends chose their own readings, my bridesmaid read “A lovely Love Story” by Edward Monkton, who is Hayley’s favourite type of random person. Hayley’s Auntie did a second reading an excerpt from Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift from the Sea.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My sister and 2 very good friends were bridesmaids. They are all very different shapes and one of my BMs was breastfeeding her 5 month old baby so the dresses also had to be breast feeding friendly! We went for wrap dresses from The Dainty Yard on Etsy.

THE FLOWERS | The incredible Louise from Luluk Flowers has to take full credit. I gave her a vague brief of “natural meadow flowers” and she did the rest!

THE CAKE | We had a cheese cake in the day time (as we’d had afternoon tea for our lunch meal) the cheese was from a company called The Cheese Shed and they were so awesome and helpful. The cake (and venue) was decorated by my super stylish and creative friend Delphine who we would have been lost without on the day. She was in charge of putting everything together and making it look as awesome as it did.

In the evening we went for a naked Victoria sponge (our fav!), made by Hannah King from Milk and Honey Bakes.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We almost didn’t get a photographer, partly because of budget, partly because Hayley doesn’t really like photos of herself and we lastly because we have quite a few friends that are good with a camera – one even does weddings herself! But we decided that we wanted all of our guests to thoroughly enjoy themselves and we were too worried that our only real tangible memories of the wedding could turn our pretty naff. Hayley must have looked through at least 40 portfolios and we both decided that we definitely wanted natural photos of both us and the guests. We met with about 5 photographers who were all lovely but didn’t make Hayley feel 100% comfortable. Matt Willis was the 6th photographer and as soon as we met him we were ready to sign up. He has a nice relaxed approachability that comes across so well in all of his photos. It was just like having anther friend at the wedding and he was very patient with my bridesmaids pulling all sorts of silly YMCA inspired poses after a few glasses of champagne. Every guest has commented on how lovely Matt was and how much they love their photos.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Pretty much everything was home made, we had 2 little crafting parties where we got loads of our friends together and made the invites, the place settings, lanterns, jars for the tables etc. We couldn’t have done it without the support of all of our friends that’s for sure.

THE HONEYMOON | 3 weeks in Panama and Costa Rica with our little boy Arthur. Ian is a teacher so we haven’t actually gone yet. We leave Dec 12th!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Everything was absolutely perfect, my most favourite memory is of our little boy running onto the dance floor and joining in with the jumping around for the first dance. Also the bouncy castle was great fun – all weddings should have a bouncy castle!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Everything turns out all right in the end, if it’s not all right it’s not the end. We had a few minor hiccups but as we were both so relaxed about the whole thing it didn’t really matter on the day and we all had a blast.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photos  | Matt Willis Photography

Flowers | By LuluK

Dress | Veils of Berkeley

Ceremony  | Tailor Made Ceremonies  (We had Jennifer who was lovely)

Venue  | Wyndcliffe Court

Shoes  | Schuh

Cake of cheese | The Cheese Shed

Naked Victoria Sponge | Milk and Honey Bakes

Evening catering  | Lazy Pig

Evening singer  | Alex Taylor

 

Happy summer days.

Thanks so much to Hayley and Ian for sharing their wonderful nuptials with us here at WWW xo Lou

 

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  • I love family affairs, and I was a touch surprised when I find out that in the UK children are not always invited to weddings.
    I am a wedding photographer based in London but originally from Italy.
    Celebrations in Italy, is for the family including children, so it’s very natural to invite children to weddings too. That’s why I really like this wedding, 30 children wow that’s a big number. But look at the pictures, they are so festive, joyful, friendly, colourful and with so much emotions.
    Being around children allows us to free our spirit and this is why I really like this wedding.
    No restrictions, just a day full of fun!
    Paola

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