Now here is a wedding that makes my heart leap with joy. It’s packed to the rafters with love, colour and personality. Guys, you are in for a real treat today!
WWW readers Codie and Steven are here to share all about their mismatched fun day held at WWW faves, Supplier Love members Hush Venues in the stunning Norfolk countryside back on the 12th August 2017. Their day really did have it all, from personal DIY décor to retro game entertainment and even a wildflower meadow.
The shots of the wedding party by Daniel Lightening are oh so awesome. The whole group looked amazing in their chose attire, with Codie’s stunning dress adorned with flowers and photos, plus Steven rocking a floral tie and Lego adorned buttonhole. So achingly cool! Just wait until you see their tipi lit by night and all the little touches throughout. Enjoy.
THE PROPOSAL | The one thing I asked of Steven was that he recorded the proposal, because having a video to re-watch was important to me. A few days before he gave me money to buy a dress, but I had no idea what we were doing for our 2 year anniversary. I got picked up from work on the day by a taxi driver who then took me to get ready. We ended up pulling in at his parents house and I was very confused. His mum led me to the garden where it was full of fairy lights, a fire pit and music. It was magical. We had food and champagne and then I went to the loo inside. I came out and was just telling Steven something embarrassing about my toilet trip when he told me to close my eyes. He led me into the garden where one of our favourite songs was playing (the one I walked down the aisle to) and he got down on one knee. I didn’t realise until afterwards that he had set up a big shadow sign that said Marry Me. It was raining but I felt like that made it so magical – it was like Jim and Pam’s engagement in the Office. It was perfect.
THE VISION | We are not traditional people – Steven loves things clean and modern and stylish and I love mess and colour and mismatching. We knew we wanted a day that was fun and full of love and a real celebration. We also decided pretty early on that we wanted it to be outside, which was the most difficult part to orchestrate. We wanted a touch of vintage, a smattering of rustic, some whimsy, a lot of bohemian vibes and some typical Pinterest elements.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | I really miss the planning now, but honestly, it was pretty stressful at times. We had two years to plan and in true Codie and Steven style, we left a lot of stuff to the last minute – we work best under pressure! The venue was the hardest to organise as we wanted to be outside, but in a woodland setting, rather than a stately home, and it had to be a legal ceremony. A lot of things just sort of came together on the day – we hadn’t seen much of it together and were shocked at how well it worked out, especially all the outfits! We had a lot of help with the planning, if it hadn’t been for Steven’s parents we would have forgotten some pretty big and important things!
BUDGET | We didn’t want to spend a huge amount, but we wanted to do it “properly”. Like most couples I think, we were shocked at how much things really added up! I think altogether we spent around £20,000 including our honeymoon.
THE VENUE | The venue was one of the most exciting parts for us! We spent so many weeks searching online for the perfect place but we kept coming back to Hush Venues in Norfolk. It was around 5 hours away from our current home, and they didn’t have a website, just a brochure, and yet we couldn’t stop thinking about it. So we packed up the car with Steven’s parents, grabbed my Nanna on the way, and met Steven’s Mum’s cousin, Sandra there. Everyone except Sandra and the two of us, were very negative about the place. To be fair, it was out of season and had been raining. However, where everyone else saw a field and some woods, Steven and I fell in love with what we knew had to be our wedding venue. We decided to just go for it and book it and we got a lot of comments from various people – “What if it rains?” “You’re getting married in a field?!” “Will there be anywhere to sit?!” but we stuck to our guns and we are SO glad we did. We didn’t see the venue again until the day before the wedding when we had to set up and everyone was blown away. The wildflower meadow was in full bloom, the Olde Woodshed had been finished and looked lovely. The tipis were being built when we got there and after we worked our magic with all the decorations that we had made and collected, it was incredible!
The best thing about having a venue where you do everything yourself is the freedom to create a world all of your own, however it comes with a whole lot of stress and extra things to think about! We had a little stress a few days before the wedding as we hadn’t connected the fact that you can’t have wheeled vehicles on the field (to avoid churning up the mud) with the fact that we had booked a pizza van, a horse box bar and an ice cream trailer! So with a few days to go we had a big panic! Thankfully the venue and our suppliers were lovely and helped us find a way around it – Phew!
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I love being barefoot, so I chose these cute lacy accessories to make my feet look really cute and they were fab! I knew I wanted a flower crown and I wanted it to have dried flowers so it went with my bouquets, so I went for this lovely bespoke crown. I had two pairs of earrings for the day – a daisy pair for the ceremony and hanging hearts with “Mrs Wright” on them for the rest of the day, both pairs from Shiny Creations.
FINDING THE DRESS | I wanted something quirky and unique but I was also worried that I wouldn’t look like a bride. I kept looking back at a photo on Google where the dress had flowers in the skirt. One night, at a drunken BBQ, I asked my friend Sophie (who I met at Uni where she studied costume design) if she would be willing to make my dress. She agreed! To make it a little easier, I bought a base dress online for around £150 and she added the flowers, made alterations and even created a veil. On my last fitting, she made me lift up the skirt and it turns out that she had been working with Steven to put in a panel with pictures of us, and my favourite lyrics and quotes hidden in it. It was the most perfect dress!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | The suits for Steven and his groomsmen were from Next and cost more than the bridesmaids dresses! The Groomsmen rocked the trousers, ties and waistcoats, while Steven had a suit jacket too. The pageboys wore shorts from Monsoon and braces and bowties from Etsy.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had two readings in the ceremony: An Awesome Book of Love by Dallas Clayton and a section from the Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman. The first one is a beautiful rhyming children’s book that one of my bridesmaids JoEllen read and sobbed the whole way through! She cried so much it was hilarious, especially as the first line is ‘If I were a dinosaur and you were a jet’! – not anything soppy at all. Dan, the Best Man did the second reading. I walked down the aisle to Overjoyed by Matchbox 20 which was the first gig we went to together. Our first dance was Spin Me Around by Patent Pending and the rest of the music was played from our Spotify or by a band of our friends.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Everyone was shocked by how many bridesmaids I had, but I couldn’t have gotten married without these girls by my side. My big sister Sarah-Jane was my Maid of Honour and Ruth (who was due to give birth 10 days after the wedding!) was my Chief Bridesmaid. Then we had my little sister Olivia and my closest friends, Sam, EmJ, Katherine, Jo-Ellen and Becky. Their dresses were from eBay and I was surprised at the amazing quality for the price! My middle girls (our nieces Laura, Georgia and Anna) had mint green dresses from Monsoon and my two little flower girls (My God-daughter Lillie and our niece Charley) were in dresses from Asda! When you have a big group you have to get those bargains!
THE FLOWERS | I wanted wildflowers to go with our theme, and any fake ones looked pretty bad. I looked at some stunning wildflower arrangements but for my bouquet, the bridesmaids, the buttonholes and flower crowns, we were looking at almost £1000. I ended up on Etsy and managed to find an amazing shop that did a great deal on a custom dried order for us. 8 bouquets, my bouquet, 4 wrist corsages, 8 buttonholes, 2 children’s headbands and 2 boxes of amazing smelling rose petals thrown in for free, all came to around £450 I think. I hot glued little Lego figures that matched each person’s personality onto the buttonholes to make them unique and I love the way they looked. Bargain and the fact that they are dried means that we could keep them.
THE CAKE | We loved the idea of a naked cake and Steven’s mum Pam made this one for us – it was better than I could have imagined! Because Steven wanted a fruit cake, and I think it’s the worst, his mum made a little fruitcake just for him too – it’s all about compromise! Pam made so many little cup cakes, and cake pops and all sorts – there was so many sweet treats!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We were so lucky to find Daniel Lightening. It was very serendipitous as we were let down a few times and it was like the universe pushed us towards him. He was so fun on the wedding day and blended in perfectly – he just got us. It felt like he was a friend rather than a photographer and the pictures are amazing, we were blown away.
We were also incredibly lucky to have our two very talented friends do our video for us. They made a short trailer and a full edit and we keep watching it back over and over again.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We tried to home-make as much as we possibly could. We got friends to collect jars for us and I decorated them with a glue gun and bits of lace, burlap and embellishments – I had some help from some friends too! My bridesmaid Katherine made us hundreds of origami cranes which we made into a backdrop for the photo booth. We collected teacups and hung them in a tree, and used log slices as centrepieces that Steven’s Dad cut for us. Steven’s parents also made us a donut board – they spent so much time on Pinterest and made so many little bits!
THE HONEYMOON | We wanted to go on an adventure and our first ever holiday was a road trip around America so we decided to do another one, this time around Las Vegas, LA and San Francisco! We had the best time (and you can read about it here) and it was a once in a lifetime adventure – but we’re dying to go back!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | There were so many amazing moments but there are a few that really stand out. One magical moment was just after our first dance when the music went into Bump n Grind and everyone flooded the dancefloor to grind with us. My heart almost burst with love, it’s one of the best moments of my life, ever. Finally, our friends had formed a band for us and played some of our favourite songs. They surprised me by singing a song from Rent, my favourite musical, and getting several of our other friends to join them on the stage too. Just perfect.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | You do you! It’s easier said than done but it will be worth it. A lot of people were negative about the idea for our day and yet after it all, they admitted that it was amazing. But choose your battles. There were some things that we just sort of let go and on the day it really didn’t matter.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Daniel Lightening
Videography | Alex & George (email: [email protected])
Name places/favours | Bespoke & Oak
Pizza | Broadside Pizza
Hampers | Newmarket Hampers
Ice cream Barrow | Ronaldo Ices
Retro Games | Joypads
Tipi | Magical Tipis
Wedding invitations etc | Badger and Squidge Designs
Table plan | LouLouLoves
Oh how perfect. Huge thanks to both Codie and Steven and to Daniel Lightening for sharing their wedding story and images with us here at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings xo Lou