WWW readers Adele and Philip planned a day full of chilled festival vibes, fun and laughter on the 24th September 2016. They chose WWW faves Tipis4hire for their Scandinavian tipi and used the Secret Garden in Wymington, Northamptonshire as their venue.
Our pair are very lucky that Adele’s brother is a wedding photographer. Aaron Collett Photography captured all the images you see here today, aren’t they brilliant?
This wedding is a really pretty festival day, from Adele’s oversized flower crown to the signposts and the wonderful outdoor humanist ceremony, it’s just simply gorgeous.
Adele has some great advice for all of you planning couples as well, including some gift list know-how. We particularly approve of her Buy Our Honeymoon recommendation as they happen to be a WWW fave too. Take it all in and enjoy!
This still makes me smile! Phil had planned a surprise weekend away in November but wouldn’t tell me where it was, we got to the airport and he had already checked us in, he wouldn’t tell me the time either so even looking at the departure board didn’t help. As we meandered round the airport I suddenly saw this horrified look on his face, he said “We need to run!” we ran to the gate and they were puling the barrier across, he had to beg for them to let us on haha, I still had no idea where I was going until we finally got on the plane and had taken off. “Welcome to this flight to Venice!!! I’d wanted to go there for ages so I was so excited and secretly thought Oh my god he might propose, we’d been talking about marriage in the summer. He had a fancy meal booked on the Saturday night and as it came to the end of the meal I thought, this maybe it! Well he got the bill and off we went, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed! I was in a little mood actually but then thought; he’s taken you on this amazing holiday so stop it! I kept dragging him to different bars and he kept saying we need to get to the Rialto Bridge, in desperation he told me “there’s fireworks at 8pm” so I said quick lets go! We got to the bridge and whist I was looking for where these fireworks were he got down on his knee and said a load of stuff which I cant remember as I was crying my eyes out in between saying yes! All I remember is an American woman screaming “Oh my god he’s proposing!” It was incredible.
Myself and my now husband had a year of going to small festivals and decided if we ever got married we would love a mini festival of our own, we’re not religious so planned to do the official marriage in a registry office a few days before and have a Celebrant to conduct the day, which basically meant we could get married were we liked. The theme was a festival vintage vibe and the colours were based around navy, blush, green and white.
We just wanted a big party to celebrate our marriage with friends and family.
The Planning Process
As we knew exactly what we wanted our first two priorities were to find a Scandinavian Tipi, then we knew we had to find somewhere that would cater for that and allow us to choose the vendors we wanted, we didn’t want to be dictated to on who and what we could have. Luckily my brother is a wedding photographer and knows all the hidden gems around our area. We fell in love at first sight with the Secret Garden in the small village of Wymington, Northamptonshire. It was so easy from then on, I work in the fashion industry so I’m quite creative and have an eye for detailing, a lot of my friends are also in creative industries so once I had an idea I found someone to help create it. My husband is a hairdresser and has a great client list, that’s where we found the caterers and the band.
I looked online for the average budget of a typical wedding and drew a spread sheet up from that, but knowing we could definitely save on a lot of stuff. we planned for 15K but ended up spending around 18K. The most expensive was the Tipi.
The Secret Garden, Wymington
Easy, my brother is a wedding photographer and luckily we love his style. He worked his socks off!! The only sad thing is that he missed being in most of the pictures, although he was happy with that as he hates his photo being taken.
Your Outfits & Accessories
My dress was by Watters from a Boutique in Weedon called Serendipity. It’s such a lovely store and it was the first and only one I went into. I knew I didn’t want anything really lacy or anything to bling, I had already collected images of my perfect dress, it had to be a sweetheart neckline with a tulle skirt and super simple, I wasn’t planning on having any detail but the cap sleeves were so beautiful and really added to the feel of the wedding.
I’m quite tall so I knew I wasn’t going to wear heels, coupled with the fact we would be in a garden, I knew I would be in flats and it just so happened Valentino had the rock stud ballet pumps and ones to match my colour theme! These were a gift from my husband and bridesmaids.
I wanted an oversized flower crown and this to be the main focus, my hair was basically planned around this, I wore it all day and nearly slept in it.
My makeup was very natural with brown, nude and pink tones. Mostly Mac products.
I prepped my skin months before, just simple things like drinking lots of water, using a face scrub once a week and charlotte Tilbury clay masks.
Bridesmaids – I didn’t want traditional bridesmaid dresses and I definitely didn’t want them all in the same thing, they are all so different I wanted to reflect that and for them to feel comfortable so they could just enjoy the day.
I set a £50 budget and headed straight for ASOS. Although I wanted them in different dresses, I didn’t want them to look disjointed so they had backless floor length fitted dresses bar the maid of honour who had a one shoulder tulle dress which made her stand out. We completed the look with gyp head crowns and little bouquets.
Groom and Groomsmen – Phil is into fashion so actually was pretty excited about looking for his suit, he found a slim fit navy suit and white shirt on ASOS and teamed it with a tweed waist coat and navy bowtie, the other boys had the same slim fit navy suit, white shirt from ASOS and navy waistcoat from French connection and bowtie. Luckily for Phil I work for a high end shoe brand called Grenson so the boys were all decked out in tan brogues.
The Details & Décor
My dad made the swivel direction sign, I wrote all the signs, made the table runners, confetti, seating plan and painted the succulent pots for the wedding favours, my friend made the A & P light bulb letters which now sit in our dinning room, another friend made the cake toppers to go on the wedding cake and I drew up the French and British bull dog table numbers and had them made at Perfectly Crafty.
We kept it simple with the flowers, herbs and candles being the main focus. My favourite was the life size pink flamingos dotted about the garden.
I work with a design agency called Lion House who came up with a invite design which even had our own logo, I then got them printed at printed.com, I also used the design on our paper cups (from the Wedding Cup Company)
The Readings & Music
We had music requests on our wedding invites so had our iPod plugged in playing everything from current to 1940’s, it was lovely when people noticed their song was on. With that we had a guy called Patrick Currier from Oxfordshire who played a few sets on his acoustic guitar, it was great for when we went off after the ceremony and just when there were gaps in the day and again gave it the festival feel. In the evening we had a really cool ska band called Blue Meanies, they got the place rocking will definitely be hiring them for my next big birthday bash.
The reading was a song by Birdie called Wings, I just love the song so much.
An amazing four tiered naked wedding cake made by Natalie at Manvell Farm Tearoom & fishery in four flavours; chocolate orange, chocolate sponge with white chocolate filling, victoria sponge with raspberry jam and a lemon sponge with lemon cured and butter icing filling.
I wanted peonies but they were out of season by a long way so the talented Siouxzie at Sioux Phillips Floral Design came up with some beautiful in season vendella roses which give the same appearance as peonies, she mixed with ivory avalanche roses, waxflowers, astilbe and rosemary.
Mauritius – Shangri-La hotel, the most incredible hotel with its own private island.
I was dreading walking down the aisle, but as soon as the theme tune to Jurassic Park kicked in and I started walking down to see Phil at the top, it was the best. Just seeing everyone around with beaming smiles and tears was the best.
We have a French Bulldog who was about 10 months at the time, one of our friends snuck off and brought him to us. We’d just finished doing the thank yous when I saw him come bounding up with his bowtie on. He stayed most of the night just wondering about getting fuss and food. He even muscled in on the first dance.
Advice For Other Couples
Get a budget in mind and do a spread sheet, don’t just look at wedding stuff, have a good look around and get ideas from blogs, you’ll find as soon as you put the word wedding in front the prices tend to go up. Pull in favours, the little things add up so rope in friends where you can. We saved a lot of money by organising everything ourselves but if you are going to do this I would recommend having a Master of ceremonies or a manager for the day just so you know water is available or there’s enough toilet roll etc.. you don’t want to have to do any of that stuff and although your trusty maids and groomsman are there, by 3pm they are no good for anything, well mine weren’t.
Another good tip if you’re doing a honeymoon fund as your gift list look at buy-our-honeymoon.com. You can choose to have different payment methods, we had GoCardless as they only charge 1%, some are so expensive.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Aaron Collett Photography
The Secret Garden
Tipple & Toast
The Wedding Cup Company
Howe and Co
Dog’s Bow Tie
Grace Miller at Steve Miller Hair
So lovely! Adele and Philip thank you both so so much for sharing your wonderful festival wedding with us. Rachel x