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Morning Peeps,

I hope you all had a good weekend.

To start the week as we mean to go on, we have an AWESOME festival wedding to share with you today.

Amber and Chris met and fell in love at Glastonbury Festival so it was only natural for them to use the world’s most famous festival as the inspiration for their wedding. From quirky handmade touches that celebrated their personalities to camping in a farmers field and a line up Michael Eavis would be proud of – their wedding really did embrace that festival vibe and from the smiles in all the pictures, it looks like it was a very fun and happy day.

Look out for their amazing wedding cake (I want a slice of it now!)

Over to Amber and Chris….

A Glastonbury Festival Proposal….

The proposal was on top of the viewing area above Park Stage at Glastonbury festival looking out on the entire festival.  We had met randomly at the other side of the festival site 4 years earlier and spend a magical crazy day together watching Bruce Springsteen, Kasabian, Dizzy Rascal etc

The sun was out, the champagne had been successfully smuggled in (naughty naughty) and a picnic set out.  No need for getting on one knee as we were already both lying down in the grass.

I asked, she said yes!

We celebrated then walked around with huge smiles until meeting up with Amber’s family who were all waiting to continue the celebration with us.

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A Festival Feel, The Family Farm and Egg Butties…..

We met at Glastonbury festival (and gone back every year since) so we had always imagined our wedding to be in-keeping with the festival feel.

We really wanted to have an intimate and really personal wedding.  The humanist ceremony allowed us to tailor everything (one of the brides vows was to promise to always take the time to make egg butties for the groom); and make what can often be full of formalities, into something very loving and meaningful to us. On top of this we were able to hold the entire event within the brides family farm and surrounding land which kept everything very close.

The evening reception was everything we could want, a great meal followed by an incredible night of music.  The DJ and bands were exceptional, with the groom working for a PA & Lighting company the production was impressive to say the least. Bringing in our close friends to perform was the icing on top of the cake and completed our family vibe festival.

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Homemade Decor, Milk Bottle Vases, An Old Bench and A Polaroid Camera…

The tipi really spoke for itself so we didn’t want to overpower this with other decorations. A family friend picked ivy from her garden and wrapped this around the poles in the tipi. The grooms mother made bunting which we decorated the farmers hay bales and surrounding areas. To add to the fairy lights outside and inside we had decorated jam jars (collected from family and friends) and put tea lights in them. We handmade signs out of old roof slates. We picked our own flowers and put these in milk bottle vases. Outside of the tipi we had an old bench, a mangle and a pump that added to the festival/farm feel and put flowers in boxes around them.

The table plan was made from a painted old ladder – the table places were handwritten by the bridesmaids. Handpicked flowers were put in vases on the table where the cake and guestbook were. For confetti, we ordered some dried flowers from the internet and handmade cones and a cone holder (from an old piece of wood we found) for the flower girls to distribute to guests.

The brides father had a great idea….the favours for the guests were a pair of festival style sun glasses. This perhaps jinxed the weather on the day who knows!! All guests had a festival wristband to wear (sent with their invitation). Our guestbook relied on one of the ushers to rally round and take pictures of all of the guests; we bought an instax (polaroid type) camera, and the idea was that people write in messages beside their picture. Needless to say the messages got less coherent towards the end of the day…and more and more pictures featured said usher!

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An Irish Jig, A DJ and A Nine Piece Band….

The Gally Canters (an I rish jig band that is a friend of the family) did an acoustic set whilst guests had canapes. They played in the brides dads old Alvis. The same band then did a set after dinner.

Chris Massey DJ’d (friend of the groom, but relatively established DJ).. All guests were asked to provide song requests and these were played throughout the night.

A band called Ofay (lead vocalist Liam Frost) played two sets throughout the night.

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Favourite Moment?

Couldn’t possibly pick one moment…..the entire day was full of fun, laughter and dancing…we both couldn’t stop grinning from ear to ear.

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Any Advice for Couples Planning Their Wedding Day?

Try and keep calm….it will never work; but it will always be alright on the night. No matter how much you plan, things will happen (torrential rain, etc, etc), but you will be so overwhelmed and excited on the day you really won’t care. Make sure you get someone to film key things….a grandparent filmed ours and it’s so nice to look back and remember the moment.

THE LINE UP

Ceremony Venue: Bride’s family home in Derbyshire
Reception Venue: Farmers Field  
Photographer: Paul Joseph Photography
Bride’s Dress: Raimon Bundó
Bride’s Shoes: Dune Sandles
Bride’s Jewellery: Sarah Hickey
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss 
Bridesmaid Dress: BHS
Tipi: Peak Tipis
Flowers: Grestys
Cake: Homeade   
Decor: DIY
Disco: Chris Massey

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