Hello beauties and welcome to another gorge real wedding here on the blog. Whatever the weekend held for you, I hope you had time to relax, chill and feel the love! Today we take you to the pretty Folly Farm which is nestled in the green south west fields of Somerset. Natasha and Oli held a super-chilled, outdoor bohemian wedding at the farm with a converted barn reception area, camping for their guests and an old dairy farm adding to the rural ambiance of the day. Surrounded by apple trees, wildflowers, cute little piggies and to-die-for views, the pair tied the knot in a short and sweet ceremony followed by an epic after-party.
Photographer Faye Green holds credit for this beautiful collection of images, and after stepping in at short notice after the original photographer let them down, she totally wowed Natasha (and us!) with her creative and cool style. The couple hired Stylist Katie from The Vintage House That Could, and claim that this was one of their best wedding day spends….
Don’t let anyone sway your decisions and you will have an amazing day. Hiring a venue stylist was also invaluable for us. It meant that so much pressure and stress was taken away in the lead up and on the day.
Katie used loads of plants and foliage, cacti, vintage rugs and rich wild florals along with macrame and chic rustic table settings to create the stunning ceremony and reception spaces. Natasha wore a stunning, bohemian and beaded Maggie Sottero dress with Anna Campbell headpiece. She looked effortlessly beauty and every bit the boho bride! She even wore flats during the day and sliders during the evening….very festival I must say!
Here’s the beauty that is Natasha to tell us all about her botanical farm wedding….
Engagement Surrounded by Fields and Cows
We went to York to find an engagement ring after only 6 months of being together. I love Art Deco style jewellery, so was hoping to find a vintage one! After much waiting, Oli surprised me with a weekend trip to Paris….we stayed in a fancy hotel and on the first night he took me for a really luxurious meal on the river. The whole trip was really busy and on the Eurostar on the way home, I felt a little wounded that he hadn’t asked me….
One day we take a trip out to a place called Magpie Mine, not too far from Bakewell. Oli goes there yearly for a little walk around. It was there with our dog Mr Chip and the cows in the field he asked me to marry him and of course I said ‘Yes’. It just goes to show that you can plan a whole weekend in the most romantic city in the world and the moment could still not feel right. In the end, the only thing that matters is love.
Somerset Farm Wedding, Converted Barn and Camping Field
We were married at Folly Farm in Somerset. We live in Nottingham, but we knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony, and we just love Somerset. As soon as we visited the venue, we knew it was the perfect place for us; set in a 250-acre nature reserve and with views over the Mendip Hills, there was accommodation for all of our guests and we had the freedom to choose our own suppliers.
There was a dedicated camping field for our guests, most of which decided to bring their own tents. Folly Farm has a beautiful converted barn for the reception which can also be used for the ceremony, however we were desperate to make use of the outdoor ceremony space so that we could take in the views. Luckily the weather was kind to us, so we were able to marry outside.
We both love nature and plants and knew we wanted to incorporate this into our scheme. When we found our amazing venue stylist, Katie from The Vintage House That Could, she put together a theme that incorporated everything we love.
Short and Sweet Ceremony
Due to my anxiety, I really wanted the ceremony itself to be quick, which meant we didn’t include readings. It took me a while to actually come down the aisle, but the registrars from Bristol Registry Office were so patient and so caring during the ceremony and took everything into account – I really can’t thank them enough.
Vintage Rugs, Macrame and Dreamcatchers
Other than buying a few things, (like our seed favours and some plants), we didn’t have to purchase much as Katie supplied absolutely everything else. In the months leading up to the wedding, she met us at the venue where we made decisions together and shared our ideas. She dressed the ceremony space with vintage rugs and added floral styling to the arbour. The possibility of an outdoor ceremony was very touch and go right up until we said I do, but Katie kept calm and made the decision for us. We had macrame plant hangers, dream catchers, lots of cacti, and she foraged for ferns and grasses around the venue and filled her van with all sorts of beautiful pieces to style the room and chill out area. We wanted it to feel really homely whilst still having the wow factor. We hired rustic trestle tables from Prestige Hire and Katie styled the whole room, including the magnificent King and Queen peacock chairs.
Dahlias, Protea and Vegan Wedding Cake
Our florist was the amazing Bijoux Floral in Somerset. She created our bouquets and buttonholes using beautiful Dahlias, Blushing Bride Protea, Succulents and so much more. I was keen to have succulents and cacti included as much as possible. She also supplied lots of lovely flowers for Katie to use for the ceremony space.
Sue Roberts at Topline Catering did our food and it was amazing! So many delicious vegan and veggie choices instead of just the average things you see everywhere. In the evening we had a huge buffet and cheese table including a 3-tier cheesecake, complete with figs and grapes.
Bohemian Ettia Dress by Maggie Sottero
I wore the Ettia dress from Maggie Sottero. I purchased a different dress prior to this one, but I just didn’t love it and didn’t feel like me in it. I went shopping again and fell in love with the beading of Ettia – I loved the way it made me feel. During the day I wore sparkly flat sandals from New Look and then swapped them for sparkly Next sliders in the evening. I told you it was chilled out!
High Street Groom and Bridesmaids
The Perfect, Last-Minute Photographer
The very first thing we did when we got engaged was book our photographer. I’d admired her work for ages and I was so excited. Unfortunately 3 months before the wedding she told us she had double booked! I was absolutely gutted, but I told Katie and she put the feelers out and found us the wonder that is Faye Green. Faye was amazing from start to finish and we honestly couldn’t have wished for a better photographer. The images are all perfect and she captured the day exactly how we remember it.
Our first dance was to our song ‘Agape’ by Bears Den, as Oli took me to see them when we went to Paris. Right from one of our first dates, they’ve always been the band we listen to during dinner, in the car and whilst cooking together. We just the word Agapé itself. It’s described as being something much bigger and stronger than love!
My favourite moment is so hard to choose! The speeches were very special – hearing stories about me by my dad and Oli’s best man’s speech. It was so fun to hear what people had to say about us! Then hearing Oli talk about how we met and our first kiss was just amazing. I did a speech as well which was lovely. I also loved going for breakfast the morning after and saying goodbye to everyone.
Do whatever you want and hire a stylist!
The Line Up
Venue: Folly Farm; Photographer: Faye Green; Stylist: The Vintage House That Could; Dress: Maggie Sottero; Bride’s Shoes: New Look |Next; Bridesmaid Dresses: Boohoo | ASOS | Monsoon; Hair and Make Up: Dollz Boutique Studio; Groom and Groomsmen: Ben Sherman; Groom’s Watch: Raymond Weil; Florist: Bijoux Floral; Caterer: Topline Catering; Cakes: Clemie’s Vegan Cakes | Wassana’s Cakes of Wonder; Tables and Chairs: Prestige Hire