Good morning everyone! And what a gorgeous morning we’ve had after hearing all about this wonderfully whimsical and totally idyllic day brought to us by the one and only Katie Dervin Photography. Victoria and Steve’s ethereal style wedding encapsulates a purity and nonchalance so sweet we’re almost giddy. This beauty of a bride had her heart set on keeping things simple and close to home. Her objective was more than met after the pair tied the knot in their local church with a tipi, wild-flower draped paddock reception next door to her family home! With so many festival and DIY elements, Victoria created a natural bohemian vibe with an open heart, as she entangled her love for her home, family, friends and local community with the festivities of the wedding. With fresh local produce, homemade cakes, handcrafted items that were recycled, upcycled and transformed into décor to die for, this celebration has too many personal touches to mention! Here’s the stunning bride to tell you more about her picture-perfect day….
We wanted to create a natural, ethereal style wedding. We collected old lamp shades from charity shops to create a large light feature on the walk way towards the tipi’s. We made a bar from recycled pallet wood to house our kegs. In a nut shell, I’d say our wedding was completely homemade and a little quirky.
Engagement down under
After eight years steven proposed to me, surrounded by seven thousand people on New Years eve, two minutes before midnight at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in Sydney Australia. The crowd parted whilst Steve got onto one knee, my immediate thought was that he had fallen over ill as he was shaking. I was told otherwise by a friend and accepted his hand with a roaring cheer from the crowd.
Tythby church, tipis and bell tents
We got married in Tythby Church in a paddock next to Willow Cottage (my family home) in Nottingham. Getting married in Tythby church was a dream of mine since a child and using a paddock next to my parents home was ideal because it meant we could use the space for our tipi, decorate without having time slots and it also helped to keep costs down. We hired eleven bell tents from Tinkerbells. They were incredibly helpful, efficient and the tents were top quality. The attention to detail was stunning. We hired two top hat tipis and a bar extension from Elite Tents. We were over joyed with how amazing Elite’s tents turned out, they created a magical reception venue which set the mood for the whole wedding.
Raw and beautiful photography
Our photographer was the lovely Katie Dervin!!! A truly talented photographer, completely reflecting the tone of the entire day. Her images were creative and natural, capturing so much raw emotion. She had us all us at ease straight away, you would hardly even notice she was there. I couldn’t fault her in anyway! We used Silk for Hair (Radcliffe on Trent) and my sister Alison did my make up.
Upside Down Lavendar posies and Mozart
We had a church service at Holy Trinity in Tythby. Our florist provided organic country flower arrangements with beautiful upside down lavender posies which were hung on the pews. We had Bluegrass style music performed on guitar before the ceremony by Ralph Glover a close friend and co band member. We also had Ralph play Claire De Lune on guitar for the entrance of the bride. My mother read Song of Solomon 2 which is a beautiful nature inspired religious reading. We had Mozart’s clarinet concerto 2nd and 3rd movements for the signing of the register which I used to play on clarinet for my Mum. And the very entertaining ‘Bee’ song by the wonderful Arthur Askey walked us out of the church (just for fits and giggles!).
Surprise puppet show!
On returning back from the ceremony we spotted a stage in the field, my brother Alex had organised a show performed by Saskia Thijs. The performance ‘Jonny & Sybil’ resembles a 1920’s silent movie with a very charming puppet. They draw on slapstick, physical comedy, public interaction and inventive tap dance. Absolutely incredible, such an amazing start to the reception!
Homemade bunting and wild flower planters
We made our own bunting in the shape of mushrooms and traditional triangular shapes using recycled Peruvian inspired material. We collected old lamp shades from charity shops to create a large light feature on the walk way towards the tipi’s. We made a bar from recycled pallet wood to house our kegs. And cut rings of a fallen Scots pine to create cake stands. I cut up old coffee bean sacks to make the table runners, square bales as seating around the paddock, and made a hay stack for the kids to play on (they never left). We had hula hoops and other bits of circus equipment around for kids and adults to use. And strips of different coloured bulbs around the paddock. My Dad made the most incredible greetings sculpture of a boy from welded together car parts, holding a sign reading ‘greeting’s my dears’ which was an endearing phrase used by a beloved relative. My friend Emma made the most extraordinary table name plaques with Native American chiefs (my dad’s idea). We had a chalk board on my mum’s artist easel for guest names. The same friend also made our order of service for us. Our name cards were simply names written on a different coloured card per table, folded to stand
.My mum made beautiful wild flower planters which were placed up the walk way. My aunt and uncle created beautiful flower arrangements in washed up brown, antique bottles. Our family friends Rose and Ron made a natural archway at the end of our drive. We used Toadflax flowers (from my parent’s neighbour Kate). We wanted to use wild flowers so we chose a mixture of daisies, grasses and baby’s breath for the bride’s bouquet. The bridesmaids had baby’s breath bouquets. The grooms button holes were an ivy leaf with lavender sprigs wrapped in twine and the mothers corsages were ox-eye daises.
Local produce served by our very best family friends
We opted from a selection of locally produced food from the Vale of Belvoir which incorporated Melton Mowbray, topped pork pies from YE Old pork pie shoppe in Melton. A large selection of cheeses from the Cropwell Bishop Dairy. A selection of mixed rustic rolls from Turners Bakery in Cropwell Bishop and our sliced meat came from the local Cropwell Bishop butchers. And homemade quiches and a variety of salads by Nyce, Linda the owner works mainly on her own and runs a small quaint café in Cropwell Bishop. She herself used ingredients from the local dairy, butchers and bakery. Absolutely delicious quiches. She was such a delight to work with. All of our food was presented and served by Rose and Ron (the very best of family friends).
full length gown with butter yellow ballet flats
I wore a white lace full length dress purchased from Pearl Boutique – Nottingham. My Mother and I both wanted an ethereal style dress and it was actually the very first dress we found and absolutely fell in love with! My shoes were yellow ballet flats purchased from ETSY. I wore a daisy and pearl hair vine and for jewellery I wore my Mum’s pearl earrings and a pearl bracelet given as a gift from her. Steve wore a light blue tweed jacket and shirt purchased from Anthony Formal Wear with light blue chinos and ox blood coloured loake’s boots. The Bridesmaid’s Dresses were mid length and yellow lace from House of Fraser and they wore daisy hair grips with silver daisy earrings. All accessories were purchased from ETSY!
Blues, rock and David Bowie
During the evening we had the Blues Lobsters perform. They are a blues/rock band which I have been performing with for the past 8 years, (my band family) and I was made to play a few songs with them in the evening. Also Saskia’s daughter Dixie (just 10) played a few French pieces on her accordion, such a great sound, and produced a wonderful atmosphere. Our first dance was to ‘Heroes’ by David Bowie (our favourite song) because he’s awesome and there is a beautiful love story behind the song.
Favourite moment and good advice…
There were so many but I have to say our first dance seemed like a euphoric moment. Also the wonderful surprise of having a puppet show before the reception, so much fun. My advice would be to take a bit of time out together before the evening reception to gather thoughts and reflect. We had about 35-mins with Katie the photographer, walking around the farm yard, we were then completely refreshed to meet our evening guests.
THE LINE UP
Venue: Tythby Church
Photographer: Katie Dervin
Tents: Tinkerbells and Elite Tents
Brides Dress: Pearl Boutique
Grooms Outfit: Anthony Formal Wear
Hair: Silk for Hair
Music: Blues Lobsters
Puppet Show: Saskia Thijs