Rain rain go away come again…..how about never? Pretty please? Wherever you are and whatever delightful things you are doing this morning, I hope the wet weather isn’t getting you down.! We’ve seen some truly beautiful rainy weddings on the blog this year; a good old fashioned downpour can actually be pretty romantic with the right setting and a super hot photographer! So if you’re planning an outdoor wedding for 2019, our advice would be to just ‘go for it’ without letting the possibility of bad UK weather put you off. Some of our brides have actually claimed that their wedding day just wouldn’t have been the same without the rain! Love really is all you need to make an outdoor festival wedding work…
No raindrops in today’s real wedding though, as the sun shone gorgeously on this beautiful, festival-loving couple Robyn and Charles. They decided to get married in a field right next door to Robyn’s old school in her home village of Effingham, Surrey. They hired a rustic style marquee from Inside Outside and used simple green foliage trails to twine across the ceiling and in and out of the structure, giving the marquee an ethereal, woodland style setting.
Charles actually submitted this wedding to us, and had nothing but the most romantic and loving things to say about his enchanted woodland wedding to beautiful bride Robyn….
It was a pleasure to see all of our guests, no matter the age, having fun and embracing the festival theme. Words simply cannot describe how amazing the whole day was to us.
Captured by the lovely Elena Pope Photography, this wedding features the cutest little coffee and cake van from Classic Café La Crème – a catering addition like this really is spot on for an outdoor, festival-feels wedding. Simple and understated…but who doesn’t just LOVE coffee and cake right?
With creative DIY elements, face painting and a fun props box, this wedding shouts ‘festival’ proudly and we are so thrilled to share it with all of you. Here is Charles to fill you in on all the details!
Fairy Lit Woodland Engagement
Robyn and I were together for 3 years before I asked her to marry me. Robyn has always been very close to her family and has always loved the local woods she grew up in. With this in mind I secretly organised a BBQ, that for all Robyn knew, was to celebrate a few family Birthdays. Robyn’s father (Richard) works in event lighting, so I asked him to help me light a pathway with fairy lights in the woods at the top of their road. At the end of the path we hung candlelit lanterns in a large tree.
Robyn immediately knew what was happening and as she came to the end of the path, I stepped out from behind the tree lit with lanterns, went down on one knee, and asked her to marry me. She said ‘yes’!
Married in a Secluded Surrey Field
We were married in a field in Effingham that used to belong to a school but is now privately owned. Robyn actually used to attend the school. She chose this location because the field is just a 30 second walk from the Church where we were married in. We hired a marquee from Inside Outside.
The undressed church was pretty enough, however, they did place flowers and light candles for our ceremony. We sang ‘All things bright and beautiful’, ‘One more step along the world I go’ and ‘Corinthians 13. The Song of Solomon’ as our reading.
Festoon Lighting, White Bunting and Festival Feels
We hung tree branches from the roof of the marquee and hung these with candlelit lanterns. We strung festoon lighting and white bunting around the space to create a festival feel. We also had hay bales covered with blankets to provide seating. We had a fire pit area accompanied by a smores table and a face painting stand which was full of various props and accessories – this allowed our guests to relax, dress down and embrace the festival vibe.
DIY Cake, Stationery and Supermarket Flowers
The Dobbe florist shop arranged the flowers for the bride’s bouquet and button holes. All other flowers were bought from supermarkets and arranged by friends and family (including flower crowns and bridesmaids bouquets). Robyn opted for gypsophila and country garden flowers to fit with the theme.
We hired a band named Gold to headline, as well as asking a few friends to perform and DJ (closing the wedding with a drum and bass set).
On a DIY note, the cake was made by Olivia Bahrani – my talented sister! And we printed the order of service and table plan ourselves. The menu was painted onto a wooden pallet. A family member even handmade wooden tealight holders as favours/placeholders.
Light, Fairy tale Style Dress with White Ballet Flats
Robyn wore a “Penelope” ivory tulle dress from Emma Elizabeth Bridal in Twickenham. She picked it because it had a light, relaxed, fairy vibe and didn’t feel too formal. She wore white ballet flats from New Look. Followed by white lace up converse once at the reception. She wore a hair vine from Etsy with Pandora earrings and bracelet.
We are so impressed with the wedding photos Elena from Elena Pope Photography sent us. Every time we open our album we are taken straight back to our special day. The whole experience is captured in each carefully selected photo. They really are the essence of what the day felt like, with every detail beautifully photographed. We honestly cannot thank her enough!
Our first dance was to ‘I see the light’ from Disney’s Tangled. We chose this because we both love Disney and the song is beautiful.
Every moment of the day was so special and personalised that it’s too hard to pick just one stand out moment. We both enjoyed walking around the festival space we’d created, which wouldn’t have been possible without the help of friends and family.
It was a pleasure to see our all guests, no matter the age, having fun and embracing the theme. Words simply cannot describe how amazing the whole thing was too us.
It’s not all about the money. Everyone has a talent and you will find that they are more than willing to lend it to you!
The Line Up
Photography: Elena Popa Photography
Videographer: Context Weddings
Marquee: Inside Outside
Lighting: Lighting with Intent
Bride’s Dress: Emma Elizabeth Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: New Look
Best Men Suits: House of Fraser
Bridesmaid’s dresses: ASOS | Monsoon
Hair: Hair Masters
Make up: Jen
Florist (bride bouquet and button holes): Dobbe’s Florist
Table arrangements: Urban Planters
Catering: Two Many Cooks
Bands: Entertainment Nation
Cake and Coffee Van: Classic Café La Creme