Happy Thursday to all you festival-loving gals! Hope you’re all having a beaut of a week and keeping nice and cool as we reach rocket temperatures. Pass the ice cold smoothie please! Sunshine and rain is the theme of today’s real wedding, as Laura faced every bride’s worst nightmare when the heaven’s opened right before her outdoor ceremony to husband Matt. The wedding party made it’s way indoors just in the nick of time, as all friends and family put hands on deck to transform the plain indoor hall into a bright and perfectly cheerful ceremony space.
Captured by creative documentary wedding photographer Amy Faith, this wedding ticks all the boxes of a brilliant festival-inspired wedding. We’re talking tipis, giant sunflowers, wellies, live music and festival inspired table names and décor. The couple’s love of Glasto and other mammoth music fests is clear to see as the tables were names after all of their fave music gigs!
It was really important to us that our wedding reflected our personalities and everything that we loved! Live music and going to festivals is one of our passions so we knew instantly that we wanted a festival themed wedding.
All About Me Marquees and Events provided the authentic tipi which stood proud at Willington Hall. I love the way these guys have mixed a fairly traditional setting with a fun and vibrant boho festival celebration. The two settings work so well together!
Over to the gorgeous bride Laura to tell us all about her love of festivals and sunflowers….
Sunset Proposal on the Wirral
Matt proposed to me in one of my favourite places on the Wirral – Parkgate. He got down on one knee as the sun was setting, it came as a complete surprise, I wasn’t expecting it at all!
Outdoor Festival Tipi Wedding
We were married in a tipi at Willington Hall Hotel, Tarporley, Cheshire. We knew from the start that we wanted a tipi wedding when we came across the idea at a wedding fayre! Willington Hall was the only venue we looked at as it ticked all the boxes! It had a beautiful house and grounds in the countryside, room to accommodate the tipi’s, our choice of indoor and outdoor ceremonies and a place for people to stay. Not having to worry about arranging outside catering and toilets was a major plus! The staff were amazing and so accommodating when we had new ideas.
Watters Wtoo Netted Gown and Gold Vintage Shoes
I first came across my Watters Wtoo dress at a wedding fair in Liverpool. I tried on quite a few styles with the help of my sister and mum but I knew straight away it was the right one for me when my I walked out of the changing rooms and my mum gasped. I loved the length and shape of the train and the detail of the flowers and dotted netting. I wore gold vintage style Rachel Simpson shoes and had my hair and make up done by So Coco Rouge.
Rain Brought the Ceremony Indoors
We really wanted to have an outdoor ceremony but luckily for us we had a Plan B as just before the ceremony it started raining. Our indoor ceremony was equally as lovely as the venue had just built an orangery which had gorgeous natural light. We had big bright blooms in jars attached to each chair. Our florist made displays that could be easily moved depending on whether we had an indoor or outdoor ceremony. We booked an acoustic duo called Live Lounge Duo who played “One day like this” by Elbow as I walked down the aisle with my dad. This song meant a lot to me as Matt and I had both seen them at Glastonbury in an amazing set. We wanted the ceremony to feel relaxed and we even had dogs there! We walked back down the aisle to “Back in Black” by ACDC – not your typical wedding song but it was perfect for us!
Festival Inspired Décor and Blooms in Wellies
Luckily, by the time we had drinks in the tipi the sun came out and it was glorious weather for the rest of the day! We dressed the tipi with the help of our family and friends. We hung paper lanterns in the entrance and bunting around the edge of each tipi. I also gave my festival wellies to the florist to make a display – these had been to Glastonbury, Leeds Festival and T in the Park, so thought it was only fitting to be at our wedfest. We had lightboxes and two big oak whiskey barrels at the front with big displays of bright blooms. My friend made a festival sign for us and a rustic wooden frame where I hung polaroid’s of our family with a string of light bulbs dotted round. We also had hay bales outside the tipi where people could sit and chill. Being a graphic designer helped massively with designing the stationary for the menus, table names and seating plan. We themed the table names around our favourite bands/artists and who we had seen live.
We chose Amy Faith Photography as our photographer. We couldn’t have been happier with choosing Amy, She was so helpful from start to finish and extremely talented. She made us feel so comfortable when we did our portrait shots. When we received our photos it felt like I was reliving the day all over again, they made me laugh and cry at the same time!
Sunflowers and Bake Off
We had a “Reid Wedding Bake Off” where family and friends baked cakes. We gave out prizes to the winners which included a personalised apron and engraved wooden spoons. The bridal party judged who the winners were.
I have always loved sunflowers so I knew I had to have them in my bouquet. We came up with a colour scheme and our florist Victoria Blossom Events did an incredible job of bringing it all to life. We wanted bright, colourful, rustic flowers which linked in perfectly with our festival boho theme.
We actually changed our minds a week before the wedding about our first dance song as we realised we wanted something that reflected us as a couple and wasn’t too soppy! We chose “Feeling good” by Muse.
We honestly couldn’t single out one moment of the day as it all felt amazing to us. Being surrounded by our family and friends celebrating was the best feeling in the world!
Make sure you make your wedding a true reflection of yourselves as a couple. It’s your one chance to put your stamp on things so go for it. Don’t worry about the small stuff and things not being traditional as you can do whatever you like!
The Line Up
Photography: Amy Faith Photography
Venue: Willington Hall
Tipi: All About Me Marquees and Events
Bride’s Dress: Watters Wtoo from Penny Gray Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Rachel Simpson
Hair and makeup: So Coco Rouge
Groom’s shoes: Ted Baker
Florist: Victoria Blossom Events
Entertainment: Live Lounge Duo and Hipster
Bridesmaids dresses: Little Mistress Little Mistress
Festival sign, guest book and bake off spoons: Haybeno