Good morning everyone and welcome to another delightfully jam packed festival-inspired week here on the blog. Whether you were out partying or at home chilling to the max, we hope you feel rested and ready for the week ahead. Maybe you were wedding planning, and if so, we send a ton of positive vibes your way whilst mapping out what will be without doubt the BEST day of your life! On this note, let’s get to today’s real wedding which is full of bursting flower crowns, hazy meadows and beautiful horses. Yes, our stunning bride Meg and her now-husband Tim were married on their farm surrounded by nature, wild flowers and animals. Meg’s dream was to ride her horse to her ceremony…and as you will see from SEH Photography’s epic photography collection, she did just that!
The theme of this idyllic farm wedding was festival boho, but with a barefoot bride, meadow walks and heaps of non-tradition, we would also head this one up as beautifully free-spirited – our favourite kind of festival wedding!
Our wedding was a mixture of festival and boho. I’m a hippy at heart and love things that are slightly different, so this was where the inspiration for the wedding came from.
The couple used furniture and prop hire company Brown Birds Wedding Hire to help set the vibe of their perfect, outdoor tipi wedding and has so many festival-inspired elements including wristbands, glitter face paints, not one but TWO live bands and gorgeous rustic, mismatched, DIY table settings.
It honestly feels like bride Meg has lived out her ‘happily ever after’ in this fairy tale of a festival wedding. The horses, the lavender, the meadows and the bare feet….hippy at heart she is indeed. Here’s Meg to tell you all about her outdoor, boho-fest wedding to Tim….
Full Moon Engagement On The River
Tim asked me to marry him under the December full moon on a bridge over the river Deben on our farm. Full moons mean a lot to me, and the river that flows through our farm is a truly special place for us both and is somewhere that we always go to for peace and comfort.
Special Memories and Glamping on the Farm
We got married on the farm! The ceremony was held on A bridge that crosses the river and the reception was in our favourite meadow that sits next to the river buried deep within the farm. We chose these two places because they have special memories for us as a couple and for Tim’s family, who have farmed the land for three generations.
We had people travelling in and wanted to make the most of the location, so we had a full weekend of activities and glamping was provided for our guests
Tipis and non-religious, free-spirited, Outdoor ceremony
We wanted the festival theme, and tipi’s felt like the right fit for the location and vibe of the wedding. We hired them and the glamping tents from Events Under Canvas who were amazing to work with from start to finish.
We had a non-religious ceremony and our registrar split the ceremony into two parts. The signing happened on the Thursday in the registry office, but we didn’t say any vows or exchange rings. On the Saturday, in front of our guests, we said our vows and exchanged our rings.
Dogs as Ring Bearers and Horses as Bridesmaids!
The guests sat on straw bales overlooking the bridge and river. Our dogs were ring bearers and flower girls and two of my horses were bridesmaids along with my two best friends. I rode my third horse to the bridge which was an absolute dream. We didn’t have any music, as the location was so peaceful that we didn’t want to disturb the silence. The bridge was decorated with flowers and two of our best friends gave readings.
Loose, Hippy, Flower-Crowned Bridal Hair
My hair and make up was done by the beautiful Michelle from Bumblebee Bridal, She was just incredible! Not only is she an amazing talent (she managed to pull my wild mane into something so beautiful) but also she made me look so beautiful. She has a heart of gold, and we later found out that she went into labour whilst doing my hair – a truly magical weekend!
Lace Gown, Bare Feet and Multi-Style Bridesmaid Dresses
I wanted a simple dress that I could ride my pony in. The dress I picked was the first dress I tried on – we did try others but that was the one that suited me the most and it was a beautiful lace yet super simple. I was also bare foot so it needed to look good heels! My friend lent me her foot jewellery that she wore on her wedding day and I chose to wear a flower crown as I absolutely love them.
Tim wanted to be smart but suited to the festival theme, so he wore a three piece suit with a tweed waist coat which matched the surroundings of the countryside. We chose navy as the suit colour as it felt a little less formal than black or grey.
My bridesmaid’s dresses were multi-style, so they were able to be worn in different shapes and fittings to suit the girl’s personalities and body shapes. They also wore flower crowns, and I had silk scarves made for them for when it got chilly at night. These were died with flowers and plants picked from the meadows.
Wild Flower Meadow, Face Painting and Games
Once the ceremony was complete, we walked across the farm through the wild flower meadow to the reception meadow. It was such a special feeling with our trail of guests following us through the meadows. It felt like one of the old traditional country weddings where the bride and groom would walk their guests to their home.
At the reception we had games for our guests to enjoy; Giant Jenga, skittles, tug of war and we had an amazing face painter who gave everyone festival style face paint which really brought the theme to life! We had a really cool band playing for the drinks reception, and we also had a VW camper van photobooth that was super fun and captured some great pics.
Young New Creative Talent
Our photographer was our friend and up and coming talent Sophie Harris from SEH Photography. She was incredible, and put so much work and effort into the day. We couldn’t be happier with the photos as they really capture the atmosphere of the day.
Mike was our videographer. He is another new talent and he really is incredible. His enthusiasm for our day was just brilliant, and our video makes me tingle every time I watch it.
Beautiful Tipis with Festoon Lighting, Mismatched Crockery and Marshmallows
Because the tipi’s were so beautiful, we just used festoon lighting and fairy lights inside to light it up – they didn’t need much else! Due to the weather being so amazing, we ate outside under the stars at long feast-like tables that extended out from a stunning oak tree. The top table was placed under the oak tree, with simple flowers, pheasant feathers, candles in jam jars, (that we’d saved up ourselves) with painted table names on blocks of wood that we’d cut.
All the crockery was from Brown Birds Wedding Hire– it was mismatched and beautiful and really made the tables come to life; formal but with a twist. I just loved the look!
I wanted everything to be outside, so the band played outside and we were able to dance under the stars. We made pallet tables for our guests to sit around for the drink’s reception and firepits were lit so people could cook marshmallows over them as the sun set.
Dairy-Free Cake, Wildflowers and Wristbands
My best friend and bridesmaid made our cake. I’m severely allergic to a lot of foods including grain and dairy, but she managed to make the most delicious and beautiful cake that we could all eat.
I managed to find a local florist (Moat Farm Flowers) who grows all her flowers on the farm. She made the flower crowns, my horses chest garland, decorated the bridge and supplied all the flowers for the tables. I wanted wild flowers – I put lavender tucked into horse shoes at the end of every row of straw bales.
We had two bands on the day. I don’t drink alcohol, so good music is key for me to have a good time! We wanted the day to feel like a festival and the wristbands were the key to this, The Festival Kings were awesome as an afternoon band and kept the vibes high. After that we had The Talent as our evening band – they totally rocked the night away.
Our favourite band is Mumford and Sons, and ‘The Wolf’ is our favourite song, it may not be the first choice for a romantic first dance, but we wanted something that would kick the dancing off and there’s a moment in the song where the beat drops. We had confetti canons let off at this point to signify the time where everyone else could come and join in.
Every second was special… I don’t think I could pick! From teaching my guests yoga in the morning, to riding to the alter, to saying our personal vows and to sharing the party with everyone. The whole day was truly magical!
Just because everyone says its stressful, it doesn’t mean that it has to be… I made the decision that it wasn’t going to be a stressful time, and from the moment we got engaged to the 6 months of planning, I had the best time.
And don’t do anything just because others do it…it’s YOUR day, so live YOUR dream.
The Line Up
Photographer: SEH Photography
Videographer: Cinematic Keepsakes
Tipi Hire: Events Under Canvas
Wedding Hire: Brown Birds Wedding Hire
Bride’s Dress: Abigail’s Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen: The Grooms Room
Hair and Make Up: Bumblebee Bridal
Jewellery: Emily Mortimer Jewellery | Ava Malas
Florist: Moat Farm Flowers
Chef: Honey & Harvey
Silk Scarves: Foliar
Bands: Festival Kings | The Talent
Face Painter: BB Facepainting