Oh my, just take a look at that tipi shot above. Isn’t it pure magic? In fact this wedding was really rather whimsy, with hints of fairy tales and children’s literature in the details and readings.
WWW readers Kathryn and Rémy were married on the 15th August 2015 at Church farm in Thurstaston. They envisioned a laid back celebration with no set theme. Actually the lovely styling had a mismatched feel with different fabrics, wild blooms and rustic signage.
Kathryn wore an ethereal Charlie Brear dress with a Marie Canning halo and pale blue Rachel Simpson shoes. She looked stunning. Rémy meanwhile chose a custom made blue suit and the maids wore Twobirds Bridesmaids multi-way frocks.
Huge thanks goes to the marvellous Andrew Keher for providing these photographs.
THE PROPOSAL | Rémy took me away for the weekend to Aughill Castle. We had the private dining room all to ourselves; it was very Downton Abbey. Instead of receiving the dessert I had ordered I received a beautiful bundle (which I thought was an after dinner mint). Inside was my beautiful engagement ring – Rémy took me totally by surprise.
THE VISION | We wanted a day that was special to us that didn’t follow a specific theme, we wanted a laid back celebration with as little pomp and circumstance as possible.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We firstly agreed on the location and that we both wanted our reception to be held in a tipi, then we had to convince our parents that this was the best idea. I didn’t really stick to a plan, I bought lots of bridal magazines with suggested planning time tables but I don’t think I stuck to it; once we had secured the church, the reception venue and the tipis, the rest fell together in a slightly hap hazard manner.
THE VENUE | We were married at St Catherines RC Church, Hoylake, Wirral by a friend of my family. The reception was held at Church Farm, Thurstatston.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Eve at The White Closet helped me select my Charlie Brear dress. I wanted to feel relaxed and not too trussed up, my dress was perfect for our tipi wedding. As soon as I saw the Marie Canning halo I knew it was exactly what I wanted, reminding me of the flowers I love putting in my hair at Glastonbury. I didn’t want white bridal shoes and chose a pair of Rachel Simpson shoes in a lovely pale blue colour… it was the blue shoes that started a slight colour theme.
FINDING THE DRESS | I was a very reluctant dress shopper and put the whole ordeal off till I was being told that a dress wouldn’t be made in time. Actually the idea of shopping for the dress was far more traumatic than the actual event. In the end I chose the first dress I tried on, but only after visiting most bridal boutiques in the North West first!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Rémy chose a bespoke suit in a shade of blue with an added je ne sais quoi – which was very him!
THE READINGS & MUSIC | I walked down aisle to ‘The Book of Love’ by Peter Gabriel as I have always loved the lyrics, we had a traditional organ recessional to keep the elder members of the family happy.
Rémy’s Mum read the bible reading in French as we tried to include French into the service were possible, we had Corinthians 13. To make things fair we had orders of services made in both languages so the non-French speakers could follow what was being read and vice versa.
We had two non-secular readings. I love children’s literature and I wanted readings that meant something to Remy and I. We chose a passage from the Petit Prince as Remy loved that story when he was growing up. The final reading was a passage from Peter Pan (my all time favourite story) about Wendy giving Peter a kiss. She gives him a thimble and in return he kisses her back by giving her an acorn. I used the idea of thimbles and acorns in my seating plan.
A very good friend and fabulous opera singer sang Ave Maria during the signing of register – as it is favourite of our mothers.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My three beautiful bridesmaids wore dresses from Two Birds in 3 different ways, bought at the White Closet. I didn’t want to dictate which shoes and jewellery everybody had to wear so I chose them a different Jo Malone fragrance to wear instead! The best men (Rémy had 3) all wore navy suits of their choosing with a pale blue tie that we chose. The male members of the wedding party and our brothers all wore stripy socks to brighten up their ankles in the photos.
THE FLOWERS | I wanted British garden flowers in a range of colours with a just picked feel. I met Angela from Petal and Twig at a wedding event after a recommendation from a colleague. Angela took my idea of filling wellies with flowers and came up with floral centre pieces that complimented the tipi and vision perfectly. She also made a floral archway for the entrance to the tipi and dream catchers that were suspended from the apex of the tipi. I visited her at her home and got to see the flowers before they were cut from her garden, it made the process much more special than visiting a florists shop.
THE CAKE | We had a croquembouche to add to the French theme; we also had crepes served as the dessert following our BBQ. The more traditional ‘naked’ wedding cake was made by one of my talented bridesmaids, Becky.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We met with Andy following a recommendation given to Rémy. I charged him with the task of selecting our photographer as he is interested in photography and I am anything but photogenic and dreaded the idea of posed wedding photos. Thank goodness Andy managed to change my mind. The engagement photo shoot really helped me to realise that as long as we could walk and hold hands Andy could be relied upon to work his magic. He was very professional even when we sent him to the wrong address on the morning of the wedding.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | You can get a little carried away with the finer details and the décor and I found it difficult to rein myself in and decide what was needed and what wasn’t. I came up with lots of crazy ideas but had no idea how to make them a reality. I am so pleased I met Nina, a wedding stylist at the same wedding event that I met Angela. Angela and Nina have a fabulous working relationship so it made sense to have guidance from Nina to help style the day. I chose the DIY bride option so collected most of the items to dress the tipi with as much help and advice from Nina as I wanted and then she came the morning of the wedding and added her magic touches. She is amazing and I cant recommend her highly enough.
The general theme inside the tipi was mismatched colours and fabrics. Each table was named after a fantasy destination, Neverland, The Shire, Endor etc.
My dad made me a wooden sign post with each table as a direction, I hung cards from each sign with the guests on as my table plan. The men had thimbles attached to their place card and the ladies had acorns – carrying on the vague Peter Pan theme. Remy’s parents made the table favours.
THE HONEYMOON | We spent our wedding night in a small tipi on the farm – it wasn’t luxurious, there was no room service but we loved ending the night there. We spent a couple of days in Aughill Castle after the wedding before going to work. Two weeks later we hired a RV and travelled round Quebec.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Travelling to the wedding in a 2CV, Remy arriving in his dream defender. Having all of our friends and family together enjoying themselves. Sneaking off with Remy and spending a little bit of alone time driving the defender around the farm. The tractor ride, gypsy jazz on a sunny afternoon, dancing the night away in the tipi, waltzing to Kermit the frog for our first dance…. the list is endless!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Be true to yourselves, not everything needs to be planned to perfection. It doesn’t matter if you forget to reapply your lipstick and powder because you’re having too much fun. If you want to drive a tractor in a wedding dress and wear wellies, do it! If you want skulls and bones on your wedding suit have it! Its your day, do it your way.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Venue | Church Farm, Thurstaston
Tipi Hire | All About Me
Flowers | Petal and Twig
Wedding dress shop | The White Closet
Grooms suit | Gieves and Hawkes
Wedding stylist | Nina Marika
Photographer | Andrew Keher
Invitations | Love Julia Eastwood
Wedding cars | Cool Wedding Cars
Gypsy Jazz | The Manouche Tones
Band | The Funky Doctors
Bar (agatha the ambulance) | Hoban and Sons
Catering | Horesradish Hospitality
Ekk so much fun. What a splendid day indeed.
Kathryn and Rémy, many thanks to you both for sharing your glorious nuptials with us xo Lou