Hey everyone and a beautiful morning to you all! I’m hoping that the sun is shining in whatever part of the world you’re in, as it is here in gorgeous South Wales! What a beautiful start to the day, as the bright blue sun-filled sky fills my living room – it better last until the weekend!
Today we have the most delightful, colourful and fun-filled festival wedding to share with you, captured by the ever-so-talented Georgina Brewster. Sarah and Tom LOVE Glasto, and themed their entire day around the UK’s best and most loved festival. They even got engaged there!
We’ve both always been into festivals, and after Tom’s amazing Glasto proposal, a lot of our inspiration came from our engagement destination.
The couple held their celebration in Sarah’s Parents’ farm, with a stunning marquee hire from Shade Canvas in Leeds. They did a wonderful DIY job of the space by making and hanging brightly coloured pom poms, creating replica Glasto signage and filling the marquee with many other personalised DIY items.
The marquee fit with our festival theme perfectly. We were so lucky with the weather, which meant we could have a lot of the sides open on the marquee which just added to the festival feel.
With street food, live music and a self-made glitter station to boot, this wedding had everything a festival wedding should have! Here’s Sarah to tell you all about it!
Engaged at Glasto!
We got engaged at Glastonbury!! Yep, in true festival style….
For the wedding, we had a marquee on the cricket pitch opposite my parents’ house in Rylstone near Skipton in North Yorkshire. We always knew that we wanted a marquee wedding, and my parents own a farm, so the location was never an issue. But the cricket pitch was chosen because it was nice and flat – perfect for a marquee!
Bell Tents and BBQ Breakfast
Tom and I hired a bell tent which we slept in for 2 nights! We created a camping area in the field next to the marquee and plenty of our friends and family pitched up and stayed the night. It was great to wake up with everyone to another beautifully sunny day. We got the BBQ going for breakfast sandwiches, and after a few ‘hair of the dogs’, we had ourselves the perfect Sunday sesh.
Church Ceremony, String Quartet and Beautiful Floral Arrangements
We had a church ceremony at our local church in Rylstone. Our florist created some beautiful arrangements, including 2 milk churns that we placed outside the church doors. My Nana also made a lovely arrangement for the pedestal at the front of the church using the same flowers in the florist’s arrangements. My brother read a passage from The Alchemist and my auntie read a passage from Corinthians 1 called ‘Love Never Fails’.
We had a string quartet who played beautiful, classical music and then played us out to ‘God Only Knows’ by The Beach Boys.
Sailcloth Marquee DIY Reception, Ribbon Tower and Glitter Station
We did a great deal of the marquee dressing ourselves, with many DIY elements. To brighten up the stunning sailcloth marquee, we created Glastonbury Ribbon Tower inspired hoops which it involved cutting A LOT of lengths of multi-coloured ribbon….but it was so worth it. We also made mountains of colourful pom poms out of wool which we strung up to create pom pom garlands.
You can’t have a Glastonbury themed wedding without flags!! We hired loads of colourful flags from Event Flag Hire and lined the field with them to create a real festival feel.
And the last touch – a glitter station! We bought loads of glitter and accessories online and created a glitter station using a dressing table and a mirror. It was a HUGE hit.
Velvet Ribbons, Bright Streamers and Flowers by Friends
The Hedgerow are family friends and they are INCREDIBLE. I never dreamt about going anywhere else for our flowers. It was one of my favourite appointments – I told them we were having a festival themed wedding in advance so when it came to our appointment, they already had so many creative ideas. They tied the ribbon theme into our flowers perfectly, with colourful streamers on the bouquets and plush velvet ribbons wrapped around the buttonholes. We had a beautiful arrangement made for the font in the church, which was then taken to the marquee and set on old dolly tub in front of the table plan – the colours were just perfect.
Glastonbury Replicated Sign Posts and Hand Sanded Wooden Tables
One of our friends is an incredibly talented designer and replicated the font that is used an all of the sign posts at Glastonbury to create our table centres. My dad made the signs out of wood and used logs as the base to create a rustic effect. We got even more creative with the outdoor seating. Another friend works for an electrical wholesaler, so we got 3 huge wooden cable reels. After a lot of sanding and wax, we had created 3 big outdoor tables.
Delicious Street Food
Elsworth Kitchen made a delicious selection of street food inspired starters that we ate out in the sunshine. Then for main, we had sirloin beef, carved and served on wooden boards at each table. In the evening, we had Mexican street food by El Kantina. They served 3 different dishes including tacos and nachos.
Two Piece Gown and Converse!
My dress was a Martina Liana two piece from Ava Rose Hamilton in Silsden. I originally had a lacy, vintage style dress in mind but I absolutely fell in love with the two pieces from Martina Liana and couldn’t resist. I paired with an embellished bodysuit with a tulle skirt.
My shoes were from Dune. I wanted something with some colour and found these white strappy sandals with beautiful coloured embellishments. But in all honesty, the shoes lasted through the ceremony, and as soon as we arrived at the marquee, I changed straight into my trusty converse!
ASOS Bridesmaids and Floral Skinny Ties
Our bridesmaid’s dresses were from ASOS – we found two types of dresses that had embellished tops and tulle skirts which completed my dress really well. Tom is very well known for wearing chinos… and only chinos! In fact, when we met he didn’t own a single pair of jeans. So, there was no way he was wearing anything other than chinos. We wanted to whole wedding to feel relaxed and so a formal suit just didn’t feel right. The Groomsmen wore blue jackets with brown chinos and light blue floral skinny ties.
Georgina Brewster Photography
What can I say about our amazing photographer Georgina Brewster… she’s the BEST! I met her after she was recommended by a couple of friends, and she was amazing from start to finish. I was always a bit nervous about the photography, having never felt very confident in front of a camera. But Georgina’s style put me totally at ease. We never felt like we were away from the party for too long while we had our pictures taken….
Outdoor Fun, Street Band and Party DJ
We spent so much time outdoors as we were blessed with the weather. We hired an amazing Manchester band called The Bourbon Street Band, who played some great covers. We then had a DJ from WDC Entertainment who kept us dancing all night.
As terrible as it may sound for a festival themed wedding, we didn’t have a first dance!
It’s so hard to pick a favourite moment! We both agreed that the moment we pulled up in our wedding car at the marquee after the ceremony was one of the best. It was more perfect than we could have imagined – the sun was shining, festival flags were fluttering in the breeze, music was playing and our friends and family were all standing outside.
Enjoy every minute from start to finish! It can seem like a HUGE job, particularly if you are doing a lot of DIY, so get all of your friends and family involved to help out and just have fun doing it.
The Line Up
Photographer: Georgina Brewster Photography; Florist: The Hedgerow; Event Hire: Blue Sky Events; Tent: Shade Canvas; Flag Hire: Event Hire; Bell Tents: Bells and Breakfast; Bride’s Dress: Martina Liana from Ava Rose Hamilton; Bride’s Shoes: Dune; Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS; Caterers: Elsworth Kitchen | El Kantina | A Taste of Italy; Cheese: The Courtyard Dairy; Band: The Bourbon Street Band; WDC Entertainment: WDC Entertainment