Good morning gals, and welcome to another festival wedding inspired week here on the blog! Dare I ask if you’ve started preparing for the big C yet? I did actually buy my first Christmas present over the weekend and gave myself a bit of a pat on the back for doing so…it’s a start right?!
On to todays real wedding where we bring you Chloe and Dale’s stunning rural farm wedding, which took place in Norfolk at venue College Farm Weddings. The couple adore a good music-fest, and have an adventurous love for camping and the outdoors, so it was a no-brainer when it came to deciding upon a theme that really represented the pair of them.
Our wedding was really relaxed, we didn’t want a theme so to speak but something that represents us as a couple. We love festivals, camping and music so incorporating this kind of vibe was important.
With the bridal party arriving in the back of a haybale lined Ford truck, an outdoor ceremony under the trees surrounded by sheep and alpacas and a giant tipi to house the reception celebrations, this couple rocked their farm wedding in style. We love the ‘au natural’ setting of the farm with the free-roaming animals and cheeky hen that seemed to want to get in on the party!
Captured by the gorgeously talented photographer Georgia Rachael Photography and Dreamcatcher Wedding Films, this countryside festival wedding was nothing less than magical from start to finish. We love everything there is to love, from the rustic style table settings to the canary yellow statement bridesmaid dresses. Live music, sparklers and toasted marshmallows finished off the evening’s celebrations where the bride and groom continued the fun with all of their loving guests until dawn – perfect!
Here’s pretty in polka dot lace bride Chloe to give you all the details about her big day….
Christmas Proposal with the help of their Pet Pooches!
Dale proposed on Christmas Day back in 2016. He went out to get my Christmas present, and came back driving a 1960’s VW beetle, (a gift to me), which we used as our wedding car too. I was confused to say the least! He got out of the car and our dogs jumped out. One was wearing the ring tied to her collar and the other wore a cushion which said “Will you marry our Daddy?”. Dale got on one knee and popped the question…of course, I said yes!
Outdoor Wedding, Alpacas and Camping
We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding,. Most of our inspiration came from Pinterest, but we also chose to use things that represented us, for example, incorporating the beetle and my bike into the wedding décor. We were married at College Farm Weddings in Thetford. We loved the idea of having an outdoor wedding and the location and grounds of this venue were just right for this. College Farm is such a pretty venue and has alpacas too – what more could you want! We spend many weekends in Norfolk walking the dogs and exploring the country, so a Norfolk wedding was perfect for us.
Many of our evening guests camped at the venue and it was lovely to see them all on the morning after the wedding. We had three amazing giant tipis provided by Magical Events.
Ceremony under the trees, wedding singer and chilled vibes
We had an outdoor ceremony under the trees. We chose a few floral decorations to make a feature where the ceremony took place, and we had a ladder and bike full of flowers.
As we walked up the aisle, Jack Daw Wedding Duo sang “You make my dreams come true” by Hall & Oates, a song we both love from one of our favourite films. We wanted music that represented how we felt and this song is such a happy song – perfect for the happiest day of our lives.
The outdoor environment gave our ceremony a chilled vibe and allowed us to focus on one another when giving our vows in such peaceful surroundings. We almost forgot anyone else was there!
DIY Décor and Homemade Wedding Favours
Our wedding was very DIY; I love being creative and putting my own spin on things. I really wanted the day to represent us. We made little cactus and succulent favours for our guests, and these also worked well for table décor. Our florist helped us to fill the 50 plus bottles we’d been collecting and we also used items from around our house; crates and blankets as finishing touches.
Raspberries, Protea and Wild Flowers
A colleague of mine made our cake for us. We wanted a naked cake as I just love the look of them! We went for lemon, chocolate and Victoria sponge – something to suit everyone. Our florist was Lily Jayne – we are lucky enough to have a close friend of ours who is an extremely talented florist. She has some quirky ideas and I love her arrangements. I suggested some ideas – mainly that I wanted wild flowers and craspedia to incorporate the mustard and yellow tones into the theme. My florist recommended adding raspberries and protea which I loved. The flowers were incredible. I’ve dried my flowers out to keep and even had them tattooed on my arm as a memory!
We love live music, and wanted this to feature as much as possible in the day. We’ve spent years going to festivals and gigs as a couple and have had some of our best memories there. We had an acoustic set for the ceremony and cocktail drinks, followed by a 3 piece party band at night – Bear Club, who got everyone on the dance floor and made it a night to remember!
Lace and Polka Dot Tea Length Dress and ASOS Bridesmaids
My dress was called Esther by House of Mooshki. I had tried many dresses on and liked a few, but, as soon as I tried this dress on I loved it! The lace and polka dot detail is everything I love – it was as though the dress had been made just for me! The tea length of the dress was also perfect for our outdoor wedding. My shoes were from M&S – I’d been looking all over for something similar, but these were an absolute bargain at £35 – and a tiny heel which was just what I needed for the outdoors.
Dale’s gift to me on our wedding day was my earrings which he’d chosen himself. They were a light mustard to match our bridesmaid dresses which were from ASOS – the colour was perfect, we felt we needed a pop of colour to make the girls stand out. These were a bargain in the sale at £50 each.
Story in Pictures
Our photographer was Georgia Rachael Photography – she is the best! From our engagement shoot to our big day, her pictures are out of this world. Georgia is not only a fantastic photographer, but also such a laugh. It was so important to us that we found a photographer who we could relax around. She joined in with the wedding guests and played games and generally had a giggle – it was more like having a friend at the wedding than a photographer. She captured genuine fun and emotion in her photos. We feel our pictures tell a true story of the day and we will treasure them forever.
Our first dance was to James Bay’s ‘Running’. We both love James Bay and have many memories from listening to his music, including our first holiday together in Croatia.
The whole day was amazing! I can’t believe how well it all worked out. I think the ceremony was my favourite part – seeing Dale and actually getting married. Second to this was the evening…we had such a good time dancing together and enjoying seeing all of our friends celebrating. It was the best feeling.
Just try to stay chilled! Everything will work out so don’t get too wrapped up in the small details. Remember – you’re marrying someone you love and this should be the main focus of the day.
The Line Up
Photographer: Georgia Rachael Photography
Videographer: Dreamcatcher Wedding Films
Venue: College Farm Weddings
Tipi and Bell Tents: Magical Events
Garden Games: Vintage Party Ware
Bride’s Dress: House of Mooshki from The Bottom Drawer
Bride’s Shoes: M&S
Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS
Make Up: Laura Hunt
Groom’s Suit: Vintage Suit Hire
Florist: Lily Jayne Florist
Wedding Bands: Jo Vane
Table Plan: Crafty Dottie
Band: Jack Daw Wedding Duo