Whimsical & Romantic Festival Wedding

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What a way to start the week, in total and utter style. Festival style in fact, with WWW readers Scott and Hayley, who were hitched on the 1st September 2018 at Alcott Farm in the gorgeous Worcestershire countryside. Our pair have a love of festivals and live music, actually their love story started with a festival and their proposal took place at a gig by their fave band. Of course this meant plenty of live music at their wedding, with three acts to entertain guest throughout the day. Karlo Saxophonist was found via one of our recommended suppliers, Bands For Hire, which is always lovely to hear!

Next on the top of their priorities list was food, they chose a Mediterranean themed feast, with an Italian meat sharing board starter, Greek beef stifado and salad for the main and an ice cream cart serving pud. Yum! They also laid on a pork scratchings bar for those without a sweet tooth, which sounds as though it went down a total storm.

With cool vibes and a fun atmosphere throughout Oobaloos Photography did an amazing job of capturing the heart of the day in these sensational shots. From the stylish outfits, to the brilliant DIY decorations and signage and of course the all important outdoor ceremony. It’s all just perfect.

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The Proposal

After meeting Scott at a festival back in 2011, Scott knew the timing was right when our favourite band the Courteeners (the band we were watching when we first crossed paths) announced that they were to play their biggest venue to date.

On the evening of the 27th May 2017 we were at the Emirates Old Trafford. The band began headlining the gig beneath the stars and the atmosphere was incredible! It was a week after the Manchester bombings and the band were doing everything in their power to show togetherness and spirit and create a night to remember!!

Then it happened towards the end of the set our song came on, Take Over the World! All of a sudden Scott dropped to the floor (I thought he had fell over for a second, it was dark after all) but then I realised he was on one knee with a little box in his hand. At this point in time stood still! I was in pure shock I stood there frozen and still, I had no idea it was coming (there had been no signs) we hadn’t spoke about it, I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy and the idea of been centre of attention was definitely not my thing (however this was about to change). I remember glancing at my best friend who was now also crying in shock, a circle of people had crowded round us shouting and cheering! Scott said it felt like forever until I could eventually speak!! Then the words flew out of my mouth and it was just Yes! Yes! Yes!

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The Vision

The vision was quite simple, I wanted to feel that magical warm feeling you get when you look at each other at a festival when it’s sunny and you are sat on the grass taking in the music with the whole world passing you by.

The most important things to us were having our friends and family around us celebrating our big day with our four legged fur baby Reggie. Our passion was to create a day that was fun and laid back where everybody could just relax, dance and run around crazy if they wanted too.

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The Planning Process

We both knew we didn’t want the whole long engagement, so straight away we began looking for venues and within a couple of months we had the venue booked for the 1st September the following year! It was actually a little daunting at first as I had this idea in my head but I really just didn’t know where to start. So after visiting the venue, Lucy the owner began giving me recommendations followed by friends and family and it just started from there. Although it can often seem stressful we tried to have fun at the same time from the food and wine tasting with family, to inviting friends round for food and drinks so that they can help get involved with the DIY projects.

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Budget

It is so easy to get swept away when it comes to that one day. So we tried to DIY as much as possible and save the budget for the important factors which were music, food and flowers. Whilst our wedding was not the conventional option, the reality of a tipi wedding in the middle of a field means you can literally make it what you want and we wanted to give everybody that festival experience.

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The Cake

After a crazy hen party dressed as a bright pink feathered flamingo it seemed only right these were incorporated into the wedding. I am more of a savoury girl who would choose a sausage roll over cake any day so my mum took control of the cake, I am so glad she did as it was amazing. It was made by a lady ‘Up North’ from a company called Buttercream Cakes based in Rotherham. The layers of chocolate orange and lemon drizzle sponge were just divine.

For those like me that didn’t want cake we chose to have flavoured pork scratchings from the snaffling pig in help yourself jars. These turned out to be a great hit with the men and quickly disappeared once the first guest opened the jars.

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The Details, Décor & Flowers

Flowers! I really wanted the inside to feel romantic so flowers for the tables were a must and these were all provided from Tuckshop Flowers. Carole is just a gem she literally takes the ideas out of your head and makes them happen. We found her at an Inspired Brides open day. She climbed up heights to decorate our chandelier and went out her way to providing extra buckets of flowers for Scott to decorate his DIY tipi ceremony structure (which he made himself with a little bit of help from the men in the family).

Outside was all about DIY and weekends up to the wedding were spent painting and sanding! We renovated some used pallets to make little tables and with the help of my brother in law we made an amazing wooden PUGHFEST sign and some quirky little direction signs which we scattered on the field. The wedding stationery was printed by Scott’s sister in law (EVA VINCENT DESIGN) who designed the table numbers and seating plan in order to suit the rest of the décor. Whilst Scott’s dad took charge and created amazing banners so the guests knew they had arrived at the correct field. It really was a family effort which did help to keep down some of the costs.

The day wouldn’t be complete without the props we provided entertaining sunglasses, and flower crowns for our guests to enjoy, we found as soon as the ceremony was over the basket was soon empty and as you looked around the guests were all getting involved in that festival fun. Scott had always wanted a six foot real life bear for the venue but unfortunately this was just not practical as it may have eaten our guests so after debates I gave in and as an alternative allowed him to have an 8ft cardboard cut out of a bear to prop up the bar.

The guest book itself was Scott’s fender guitar, I really wanted something I could keep forever and it looks great afterwards on its stand with all the guest’s messages.

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The Venue

For a festival wedding you need a field, we knew we had found the perfect place when we came across Alcott Farm. As we stood by the lake when the sun went down on a warm summers evening we knew this was the one. It was a blank canvas we could do anything we wanted, and on a sensible note it was even logistically perfect for our family and friends travelling down from the north.

It was everything we wanted, our guests were even able to camp onsite and the morning after when everyone surfaced to the smell of bacon sandwiches and strong coffee we were all able to reminisce of the day before.

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The Readings & Music

For the ceremony we decided we wanted something different, and this is when we found Justine from Just Celebrations. Rather than readings she created a ceremony which was personal, quirky and most of all entertaining, she told our story from the moment we met (with Scott first telling me he was a dolphin trainer not a fireman) brought lots of tears and laughter and set the vibe for that relaxed, fun, romantic day we had envisaged. With Justine’s help we managed to incorporate the visual expression of tying the knot for everyone to see, the simplicity of the ribbon tying and her word spoken literally made it feel like a fairy tale.

My entrance song was played by Eli and Alley from Valley Road I wanted something a little upbeat and we settled on Hey Ho! by The Lumineers. For us music was the main element of the day as its how we first met so we chose to have an acoustic duo to start the day to settle in the guests and relax them into the atmosphere.

Our second artist of the day was Karlo Sax who incorporated our love of Ibiza. After dining he brought to us a ‘Deep House, Ibiza Lounge’ which everyone enjoyed as the sun went down over the field.

For the evening we chose an Indie/Rock festival band called Brohemian these were the absolute floor filler and kept our guests up dancing right up to the very end. They even sang our first dance which had to be Take Over The World by the Courteeners (from where this story all began). To any bride out there you will remember this dance forever so just relax, enjoy and just make it your own.

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Your Outfits & Accessories

Whilst most brides struggle to find ‘the one’ that ‘perfect dress’ I knew what I wanted after scouring the internet I found two perfect dresses by a designer called Justin Alexander. The Dressing Rooms in Halesowen (TDR Bridal) stocked this designer, and you could order designs in. So off I went with my mum, sister and niece and after trying on numerous dresses we came back to the one I knew all along and it fit like a dream and was everything that I wanted! It was beautiful and yet amazingly comfortable!

My shoes were from Asos Bridal, but I have to say as I wanted the ultimate freedom these were soon lost as I chose to run around barefoot for most of the day to make sure I had the best time.

I am not really a girly girl who gets her hair and make up done so I was extremely happy to find both Emily from Escape hair dressers and make up artist Hayley Evans MUA (who works at the Mac counter in Debenhams). They were both so relaxed and put me so at ease and the morning was filled with laughter and happy tears. These girls were a pure dream team, with bacon sandwiches and bubbles they turned us from plain jayne’s to the ultimate girl squad. My two young nieces were in ultimate girly heaven with their choice of powder and glitter to curls and fresh flowers crowns it was what every little girl dreams of. This was such a memorable morning and I would advise every bride to get her hair and make up done as it makes the morning completely stress free and fun.

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Groom & Groomsmen

When it came to the groom’s outfit where do I start. It was in fact him who was the worst in finding his outfit which was still coming together the day before the wedding with numerous shoe and tie choices. His suit was from Heart and Dagger at Asos and his sunglasses from Armani (which he refrained from taking off almost the entire day) anyone would have thought he was the bride.

When it came down to the groomsmen Scott wanted them to wear navy, because it would suit them all, however with just a month to go he changed his mind and the suits all went back. The choice of the day was a mid blue suit from Matalan with paisley ties from Next. These were in fact the best last minute decision change as they looked great on a sunny day.

The best dog, Scott’s ultimate sidekick Reggie. All our family and friends realise how crazy we are about Reggie and that we treat him like he is a child. So it only felt fitting that he was at the wedding and had his very own outfit. We ordered two pairs of trousers in Scott’s suit and out of the spare pair my mum custom made Reggie his own waistcoat and bow tie so that he could walk with me down the aisle.

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Bridesmaids

I am a little bit structured and really wanted the girls to wear the same dresses so with different heights and busts to contend with I knew this was going to be harder than first imagined.

Over time we settled on a blush pink ISSA dress from House of Fraser. I first saw the brand on Kate Middleton and they were perfect high street price with that princess feel, they were light and airy and each girl looked beautiful in her own way wearing them.

The little flower girls both wore John Rocha from Debenhams. After watching Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding both had been overly excited at the prospect of finally walking down the aisle and had been counting down the days until the wedding! I lost count the number of times I was asked if they could put them on yet during the morning of the wedding.

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The Food

After music our second love is food, and we really wanted a sit down meal so with our upcoming honeymoon in Greece we found that a Mediterranean themed feast would be perfect. We wanted the guests to socialise and have fun so we had Italian meat sharing board starters followed by Greek beef stifado accompanied with a Greek salad. We found at previous weddings we both never really finish the three course meal so rather than a sit down meal we choose to go for the vintage ice cream cart so that guests could leisurely enjoy their ice creams in the evening sun whilst listening to Karlo on his Saxophone.

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Your Photographer

After all the planning and the wedding finally taking place! It was vital that we were able to treasure these memories forever to record our story. We only had one shot at this so it was important when counting up costs that a photographer was in the budget. After looking on the internet we came across reputable photographers who were either booked, too expensive or wouldn’t shoot for us due to our little four legged fur baby being at the ceremony. This is when we found Sheryl from Oobaloos Photography, it was meant to be, not only was her work stunning she was also amazing at shooting her four legged clients, and what more she was available for our day. As a bride I was usually a control freak however when it came to photography I was the opposite. Not a girl usually for the modern day ‘selfie’ the whole photo situation was scary. So with little help (which means none) from myself or Scott, Sheryl literally had to sort everything for us. Which made our day even more perfect as we went through the day with no hassle (we just wanted to enjoy the party with our guests and not miss out) and she managed to herd a party of a 100 drunken guests and provide us with a gallery which is out of this world and that we will cherish for years to come.

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Your Filmmaker

Kobevis, video currently in production.

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The Honeymoon

After crazy weekend of festival activities we jetted straight off to Mykonos and just continued to enjoy what had been the most memorable time of our lives.

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Memorable Moments

Setting up the day before with close friends and family.

Arriving at the farm at 6am on the day and my sister having to try and get a horse back into its stable.

Getting ready and drinking bubbles with my girls and mum and mother in law in the morning it really was special and a morning to remember.

Driving down to the field in a tractor with my entourage and seeing Scott from afar waiting for me.

The amazing celebrant Justine who created a ceremony that was not only personal but funny entirely for us.

Walking in to find Scott had bought me a leather jacket and had got our very own S&H personalised on the back.

The enormous impromptu football match of the north vs. midlands.

The crazy dance floor moves.

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Advice For Other Couples

Don’t be afraid to go against the unwritten rules!

It’s your special day never forget that, be yourself and Rock It!!

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Credit Where Credit Is Due

Scott and Hayley, I cannot thank you both enough for sharing your epic celebrations with us xo Lou

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