Hello oh gorgeous ones, and welcome to the middle of September! Yes, we really are half way through the month already….it will soon be time to wrap up and slurp your way through spiced cinnamon lattes! To get your wedding inspired week off to a bang, we are delighted to share this cool, edgy and totally unique festival-inspired wedding with you. So let’s talk about the couple….Kelsey and James are avid festival-goers, I mean the type that hit Glasto every year and never miss a beat. Not only did they decide to go with ‘festival’ as their theme, but as a big surprise, thoughtful bride Kelsey managed to book James’ favourite Glastonbury rave DJ as a headliner to their tipi reception afterparty. In fact, she kept this a secret from him until the speeches, where she handed out the DJ’s memorabilia to James and the guests as she announced it!

We’re both massive music fans – festivals and raves are our favourite past time, so it was an absolute no-brainer for us that we would have this as our wedding theme and inspo. We wanted our guests to have a really relaxed day and enjoy themselves. I’d describe our day as a kind of Glastonbury rave mash up!

Married in a traditional church ceremony, the couple then headed on to The Barn Bistro in Scarborough where they put on their Wedfest wristbands, ate Italian and danced the night away to fun tunes and Old Skool rave surrounded by sunflowers, fairy lights and an eclectic mix of DIY festival décor. Whilst on the subject of décor, may I just add that some of the handmade signage, the table plan and mock Glastonbury stage directions are some of the coolest we’ve seen here on the blog; so colourful, creative and a real tribute to one of the UK’s hottest and most beloved festivals.

Emma and Rich are superb photographers and we adore their style. They capture the little moments, the real moments that nobody even realises are being documented. Their style is certainly well matched to this couple as they state that they love to capture ‘fun and creative photography and films for people who party hard and love harder’. I think this sums up these raving lovebirds!

Here’s Kelsey to tell you all about her wedding day….

Engagement in York

James took me to York for a night in a hotel to do some Christmas shopping, unbeknown to me there was an ulterior motive! As he’s quite shy he just blurted out when we got to the room “You do know why I’ve brought you here don’t you?” Then he just thrust a ring at me and said “Will you marry me?”. My answer would’ve always been yes! I’d been waiting 7 years for the question up until that point – he’d secretly saved up and chosen the most beautiful vintage ring himself.

Charlotte Balbier Wedding Gown and Paul Smith Suit

I had a Charlotte Balbier gown which I bought from The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in Pickering. It was the first and only dress shop I went to and my dress was the first that I tried on. I knew it was ‘the one’ straight away – I was so pleased, as being on the bigger side I was worried about finding something I loved.

I wore Vivienne Westwood flats – I’m quite tall and can’t wear heels! I love Vivienne Westwood shoes anyway so it was an easy choice for me! James bought his suit from Paul Smith in London and had it especially tailored. He wore a bowtie from Liberty London. He had Paul smith loafers and no socks on much to all the oldies confusion and his mums dispair (it was commented on a lot!) but it was all part of the look and he looked extremely handsome. I didn’t see his suit until the day so both of us didn’t know what the other would be wearing.

The Bridesmaid and Flower Girl dresses were in dusky pink and knee length from Chi Chi London and River Island.

Glastonbury Rave, Beautiful Barn and Giant Tipi

We were married at St Mary’s Church and The Barn Bistro at Burniston, Scarborough. We found it via an open day and I had bought one wedding magazine (Yorkshire Brides) which had a tipi wedding in it – we knew as soon as we saw the article that was the kind of wedding that we both wanted! We were married in a tipi from Minniehaha Events.

Festival Table Plan, Glow Bar and DIY Stationery

The table plan was based on Glastonbury stage names which my mum and her best friend Liz made. My friend Gill also made lots of other signs which we’d dotted about. We also had a ‘glow bar’ which was a sweet cart from my friend’s dad – we splashed it with UV paint and added a mirror, pots of glow sticks and absolutely loads of glitter for people to use to get festival ready!

As well as handwriting our signs with her brilliant penmanship, Gill also did all 100 name cards by hand. My favourite idea was our invites which we did as old skool rave flyers (even this didn’t make James suspicious!). Gill’s graphic designer brother Richard designed them for us and we just had to get them printed out.

Colourful Paper Lanterns and Baked Bean Tin Vases

We didn’t have a colour theme but we wanted everything to be really bright! We had multi coloured paper lanterns hanging from the beams in the tipi and the bar area. Wow Weddings and Events in Yorkshire supplied and put those up for us along with some hessian table runners. The tipi already had loads of fairy lights and looked so cool already, so we didn’t have to do too much to dress it up. I put together the table centrepieces with help from my sister using baked bean tins that I’d collected through the year and James and his mum wrapped them with lace and brown string. I filled them with bright rustic looking flowers that matched the bouquets.

funfetti cake and bright, beautiful bouquets

Our cake was a funfetti cake which was James’ idea. I’d never heard of one and neither had Andria from Andrias Cakes who did the best job ever making it – all the colours fit in so well with our theme. The flowers were from Flowers of Distinction in Scarborough. I told her how many bouquets and that I’d like myself and the flower girl to have flower crowns. My brief was bright colours and the rest I pretty much left her to it.

The barn provided our food. We had a rustic Italian menu which was gorgeous and a bit different, with mini pavlovas and lemon tarts for dessert. They also provided us with hog roast for later on in the evening.

Fun, Laidback and dedicated photographers

Emma and Rich were absolutely amazing from start to finish. They were so laid back and fun. We couldn’t have made a better choice – as you can see from our final image collection – they are absolutely amazing. They were on board with everything and stayed right until the end to capture James’s big surprise!

Surprise Old Skool Rave DJ kept the Part alight

We had Tom Rolley singing and playing guitar during the welcome drinks. Next on the line up was Lee from Pick and Mix Disco who played all our favourite songs. Lee was fab and helped me out loads sorting out the equipment I needed to hire for James’s surprise….the headliner and my wedding present to James was DJ and rave legend Mark Archer from Altern8. James is a massive Old Skool rave fan and we’ve seen Mark play every year that we’ve been to Glastonbury. Everybody had a brilliant night raving, even James’s mum who was rather sceptical about the idea! I kept it a secret and told him during the speeches by giving him a box containing Marks autobiography and a hand made Altern8 mask!

First Dance

We both love Jamiroquai and the lyrics to that our first dance song stood out to us. James was petrified about doing a first dance so we wanted something upbeat that everyone would encourage everyone to join in!

Favourite Moment

The look on James’s face when I told him about his surprise! He couldn’t believe that his favourite DJ was actually coming to play at our wedding! Apart from that just having all our best friends and family there for us – seeing them have the best time and really enjoying themselves.

Any Advice?

Just do whatever suits you guys and really make it about you and your personalities. Don’t let anyone influence your decisions and try your best to relax and enjoy every moment.

The Line Up

Photography: Emma and Rich
Venue: The Barn Bistro
Tipi: Minniehaha Events
Wedding Planner: Wow Weddings and Events
Bride’s Dress: Charlotte Balbier
Bride’s Shoes:  Vivienne Westwood
Bridal Shop: The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique
Groom’s Outfit: Paul Smith | Liberty London
Bridesmaids: Chi Chi LondonRiver Island
Make Up: Jess Pacey MUA
Florist: Flowers of Distinction
DJ: Pick and Mix Disco
Cake: Andrias Cakes


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