Happy Halloween Eve gorgeous Festival Brides readers, and what a fun weekend it’s been! We do absolutely adore this time of year; falling Autumn leaves, knee high boots, collar-up winter coats and not to mention the fun and laughter surrounding Halloween. We hope tomorrow night brings you lots of spook and treats! On to today’s Real Wedding which is set on the beautiful Frickley Lake in East Sussex. Pari always knew she wanted to get married in the forest, so stumbling upon this Secret-Garden style venue in the woods ticked every single bohemian box. She spent hours searching for the perfect inspiration to achieve her Festival Woodland Bohemia vibes, and we’re thrilled to add that many of those researching hours were spent right here on the Festival Brides blog! With a cross mix of culture, this wedding played out in colourful style, right from the handmade bold and wonderful décor to the traditional family kilt worn by Nick and his Scottish men. Boat rides on the lake, purple smoke, glitter tent and the one and only Gentleman’s Dub Club as entertainment, this wedding was a dreamy haze of bohemian wanderlust.
Here’s Iranian bride Pari to give you the finer details….
We love going to festivals! We met at Field Day and attended a number of Secret Garden’s and Shambalas. We wanted to create a unique, fun, magical wedding day which was all about the music. Getting married in the forest was always my dream….
Proposal in the New Forest
Nick took me to The Pig in the New Forest, the first place we went to on holiday together. He always knew I loved being surrounded by nature, and this hotel is such a perfect way to enjoy it. He hired Berts Box, an amazing luxury studio with our very own kitchen, lounge and huge bedroom all looking out to the fields and forest. I thought he was splashing out because it was his birthday and our fourth Christmas together. How wrong I was! After lunch, we came back to open a bottle of bubbles, I looked out of the window at the amazing view and said ‘wow this is perfect’ and then he got down on one knee and said, ‘you know what would make this more perfect, is if you said yes!’. SO romantic. We cried a lot and downed three bottles, whilst calling our family and friends. That night we went for dinner but couldn’t eat because we were in shock and overwhelming happiness. We got very tiddled instead….
Rock the Frock Bridal and boho waves
It was from Rock the Frock Bridal. I chose it because it was different, bohemian and made me feel slender. I had it tailored quite a bit, as originally the lace went all the way to the hips, but I had that lifted to just above the waist to show off my figure a bit more. With the left over lace I made an applique symbol on the end of my train with mine and Nick’s initials. My shoes were from Kate Spade and they were an amazing two-tone fabric and glittery. I just had to have them! My florist made my flower crown and my veil was from Rock the Frock and Mum and Dad bought me incredible diamond earrings to match my engagement ring.
Nick wore his family kilt, by Kinlock Anderson. I loved his outfit. He looked so handsome!
The bridesmaid’s dresses were from ASOS but we had them tailored from full length to midi to show off their gorgeous legs and shoes. They also wore flower crowns, silver shoes and held beautiful bouquets. A lady called Kate Morris did my hair, she was lovely and completely chilled me out on the morning of the wedding. I had boho curls which I loved. She also did my make-up. I went for a smoky eye and nude lip, bronzer and highlighter.
Secret Garden Festival
Frickley Lake, Battle, East Sussex. My mum found it actually! I think she just scoured the web. We chose it because it felt like a mini version of Secret Garden Festival. It had a woodland, a lake, a gorgeous lake house, loads of fields and a marquee. Our beautiful friends Em + Stav own Love Lotus bell tents, so they provided us with boutique camping. The venue also had some lovely tents to use.
Bohemian fabrics and glitter tent across the lake
We had a lot of decorations because the venue was such a blank canvas and they’d never used it for a woodland ceremony. We had to get creative! In the woodland ceremony, we had a lot of white paper lanterns, white fabric around the trees, Persian carpets, two thrones (YES!) and white ribbons everywhere. I really wanted the woods to be bohemian and magical! When people left the woods, they entered a festival colour pop! In the drinks reception, we had lots of brightly coloured ribbons tied to trees, a photo booth made from photo frames and the same ribbons. We had a purple piano for people to pose on! We even rowed over the lake through purple smoke, alongside the sounds of a bagpiper! We had a brightly coloured flower archway which frames us as we entered the drinks reception from the boat and loads of bohemian fabrics and bean bags for the chill out glitter tent.
A ceremony delivered by family and friends
My brother wrote and delivered the service. It was so perfect! He managed to make us all cry, laugh and coo all at the same time. My three Auntie’s from my mum’s side delivered ‘Love Monkey’ by Edward Monkton – such a cute poem and apt as we travelled for 10-months after getting married. And then, Nick’s three best girls from home wrote a gorgeous poem. After the readings we had my Iranian aunties and cousins from my mum’s side conducted a traditional Iranian (I am half Iranian) sugar ceremony. This is intended to bring sweetness into a newly married couples life. To end the ceremony, we delivered our own vows and exchanged rings then walked down the aisle to ‘sweet disposition’ – it felt like a dream!
Ice cream van and honey jars
Circa Events provided delicious food from start to finish. We had very substantial canapés followed by a BBQ feast with loads of salads and a sourdough + gluten free pizza van, an ice cream van and cheese + cake at the end. A lot of food! We had mini jars of honey (to link back to the sugar ceremony) with our initials and date of wedding as wedding favours.
Bright Bunting and light-up dancefloor!
My amazing mum and sister spent hours making brightly coloured bunting for the marquee – which I had a bit of a love hate relationship in the lead up but think it looked so gorgeous on the day. For the tables we sourced loads of copperware from charity shops and online, and our florist filled them with beautiful flowers. The table place names were people’s names tied to the same colourful ribbons on a giant (7ft) free standing photo frame. We had a colourful cake table which added drama and colour. Our dancefloor had a giant light up ‘love sign’ and a huge glitter ball.
Gentleman’s Dub Club, florals and cake
My very talented best pal, Lucy Piper of Café Fleur made the cake! We used Wild Rubus for the flowers and found her on Instagram. She was a joy to work with and I love what she created. We had a band called the Swing Ninjas playing at the drinks reception. They are a three-piece brass band and were just so much fun! And then we had Gentleman’s Dub Club who are a ska band that we actually visit at festivals! They were so great. In the evening, Em + Stav played a silent disco with some of the best drum and base, and garage tunes known to man. Another talented friend created all of our wedding stationary. She’s so amazing and we loved her style! My uncle + auntie did all of the place names.
Our first dance was to ‘Heros’ by David Bowie. My husband loved him and sadly he died that year so we wanted a tribute. There really were TOO many fave moments to pick just one! I loved getting ready with my bridesmaids, mum, cousins and flower girls – such a fun morning. I loved the magical ceremony and walking down the aisle with my Dad. I also loved it when we rowed over the lake….the speeches were perfect and I loved dancing away with Gentleman’s Dub Club. I loved the silent disco and changing in a Lycra gold onesie, then chilling by the fire in the woods before everyone went to bed. In fact, I loved it all!
Take it slow, we organised ours in 8 months. It all worked out in the end but I was very stressed and did turn into bridezilla. Sorry everyone. On the day, go off just the two of you and have some quiet time. Take it all in and observe all of the love that’s surrounding you. It feels pretty amazing. And after the wedding expect to feel the blues. They’re real! You’ll question everything you did, then wish you could do it again, then question and rethink every last detail, then cry because you want to be back there in that little bubble of joy again. But that’s ok, because it only happens once, and you’re bound to feel the blues. I would like to thank our family and friends for being there, and taking part in our special day. Everyone made such an impact in how the day played out – whether you made something, said something, walked beside us, or drank and danced alongside us. It was perfect and that’s because you were all there. It was one of the most FUN days of our lives. We will cherish it forever.