In Lucy and Sam’s words, we have peace, love and party for you today! This gorgeous wedding with a 1970s hippie vibe took place on the 27th May 2018. The ceremony was at Lucy and Sam’s local church, and following a ride on the most beautiful green vintage bus, they partied the night away at Westerham Golf Club in Kent. Situated in a lovely woodland setting, the décor inside is wonderfully rustic and perfectly fitting for the ethereal feel the couple wanted.
Now let’s talk about Lucy’s outfit shall we? Not being able to find the perfect dress led her to design her own gown and have it made. Isn’t the result just magnificent? Think 1970s yet mediaeval and totally stunning, complimented by a meadowy wildflower bouquet and a wonderful flower crown.
The 70s details continue with the super cute VW Beetles and the folk pop album covers plus the reception took place under a stunning fairy light ceiling. Amazing!
WWW fave Sarah Fleet has provided the brilliant images today. Thank you so much for sharing the love with us Sarah!
A quiet Kentish countryside meadow walk, and a complete and utter surprise.
A personalised and relaxed 1970’s bohemian wedding, based on the hippie styles and alternative music that we love, to share with the family and friends we love.
The Planning Process
We booked St Mary’s Church on Westerham Village green and secured the date at the woodland golf club first. The church is so beautiful so we were very happy that our ceremony was going to take place there, and at Westerham Golf Club we loved the woodland path that leads up to the entrance…it was very magical.
St Mary the Virgin- Westerham Village Green
Westerham Golf Club
Nina- Lavender dress from Asos
Rachel- Lavender dress from Asos
Gen – Lavender dress from Asos
Sophie- (9 Years old) Monsoon white and gold lace dress
Bride did her own hair and make-up.
Make up trial/ lessons – Jane Sinclair
Your Outfits & Accessories
I’m not used to suit shopping as I’m not really a suit wearing kind of guy so I was definitely out of my comfort zone going to the high street suit shops. I wanted to find something fairly relaxed, but still smart with a bit of a difference. I tried on a few tweed suits but found them too heavy and uncomfortable. After stumbling upon Slaters suit shop in Kent, I found many styles that I actually really liked. The shop assistants were really relaxed and helpful, there was no pressure. I eventually found a light weight brown suit with a fitted waistcoat and slight tartan/ chequered pattern with a paisley lining. It fitted me perfectly, and was a great price!
After trying on many high street dresses, I couldn’t find one that fitted me very well. As I am petite, they were either too long or didn’t hang right. I knew that if I bought something that didn’t fit, I would end up spending double on alterations so I made the decision to design my own dress and have it made to measure. I was recommended a lady called Teresa at Polka fashions in Aveley, Essex. She has a service from her home, and after describing to her what I wanted, she made the dress within 2 months exactly as I had asked. I wanted a bohemian style white lace dress, almost a bit Pre- Raphaelite/ medieval in design. It was so elegant and demure, with a slight boat neckline, chapel train, and long sleeves with buttons and all over white lace. I was so happy with Polka Bridal, Teresa is absolutely wonderful.
The Details & Décor
Posy and Wild florists did a beautiful job decorating the church with some simple, country flowers to hang off of the pews. The fresh bunches included eucalyptus and herbs to make the church smell wonderful and rustic. Our reception venue- ‘Westerham Golf Club’ has spectacular views from the main hall balcony, and this was a big feature that really gave the ‘wow’ factor. We knew that overdoing the decoration was not necessary due to the natural beauty of the venue- therefore we went for some simplistic and personalised decoration details that were planned ahead, with lots of inspiration from Pinterest.
As we are both guitarists, we loved the idea of having an open guitar case to hold our cards and gifts. The table plan was made up of our top 8 favourite albums, printed on high quality card and mounted onto a wooden board. Bows hire came to fit the fairy lights in the Golf club and they gave the venue a magic sparkle on the ceiling. We had a wooden palate decorated with clip lights full of our favourite family photos.
Abigail Elmer (Bride and Groom’s friend)
The Readings & Music
Bride walked down the Aisle to her father playing ‘Girl from the North Country’ on acoustic guitar.
‘Morning has Broken’
‘How Great Thou Art’
‘A Red, Red Rose’- By Robert Burns
A Reading from the Song of Solomon 2.10-13; 8.6,7
Other Music played in the church:
Nick Drake- ‘Time has Told Me’
Sandy Denny- ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’
The Lemonheads- ‘Into Your Arms’
Geoff- Best Man’s Own
Ben- Usher- Suit from Next
Richard- Usher- Suit Groomsman’s own
John- Father of the Bride- Suit Groomsman’s own
Bill- Father of the Groom- Suit Debenhams
Posy and Wild- Westerham
We wanted a city break as we only had 5 days so we spent the week In Glasgow. We had a great time looking around record shops, and having lovely meals. We took day trips out to Stirling and Edinburgh by train, and the weather was lovely!
The beautiful church ceremony, guests gathering onto the vintage bus on Westerham Village Green, Sam driving a golf buggy out to where our couple photographs were taken, evening speeches, throwing the bridal bouquet three times until it was eventually caught, bride with her evening DM boots on head banging to Nirvana on the dancefloor.
Advice For Other Couples
Enjoy every minute of your day and remember – you won’t be able to talk to every single guest so just relax and people will naturally chat to you. Plan how and who you want in you photographs, as they are the memories to be treasured for years to come.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Love it! Thank you so much Lucy and Sam for sharing the good vibes with us today. Rachel x