Jo and Jay married at Wise Wedding Venue in Kent, a woodland and Indian marquee venue that was just made for a Festival Wedding. In fact, Bob and I actually viewed this venue when we were searching for a place to get married. It comes with tree houses, sofa swings, a woodland ceremony area, a lake and a very cool Indian marquee. Perfect for the Glastonbury inspired sustainable wedding Jo and Jay were hoping for…..
We envisioned a sustainable, festival style wedding themed around our love of Glastonbury Festival, New Orleans, music and movies. For our crafts and DIY decoration, we used our own imaginations too to come up with ideas to recycle and upcycle as the things which we already had. We also wanted to be close to our friends and family, and all of the things that we love.
As well as Jo’s cool wedding two piece from Salvato Collection and Brighton Lace that matched her purple hair just perfectly, the stand out piece for us from their wedding has to be their wedding rings. They contacted Emily and Michael Eavis at Worthy Farm and asked if there was anyway they could have some metal from Glastonbury Festival to make their rings. To their surprise, Emily and Michael said yes and sent them some metal from the old pyramid stage – amazing.
Jo and Jay tell us more about their awesome sustainable wedding….
A Sustainable Wedding Inspired By Glastonbury….
We dreamed of a sustainable wedding theme around Glastonbury Festival, so an outside ceremony was a really essential part of this for us. We looked at quite a few outside spaces but when we saw Wise Weding Venue, we knew it was right for us! It was just where we wanted to be for our big day. We even went to see it in torrential rain, yet we still felt that it was the most magical place. A lot of our guests camped too, which really meant a lot to use because it helped to keep that festival vibe alive. It also saved on travel through the weekend.
Second Hand, Locally Sourced or Used Again Decor….
We chose to have a sustainable wedding, which meant that everything was either second hand, locally sourced or would be used again. A lot of the decor and props were DIY projects, these included the garlands which we made out of an old Moroccan rug that was falling apart, origami decorations and 150 recycled jam jars that our friends and family helped us to collect to hold wedding favours and candles. Our table decorations were made from vinyl sleeves of our favourite records and held in sustainably-sourced firewood. This wood was later used on our campfire. Our table plan was designated by old 7” records which were no longer playable.
Handmade Rings from The Pyramid Stage….
One of the most special aspects of our wedding was our rings – there’s a unique story behind them! We had always wanted to make our own wedding rings, which would be very meaningful to us. We wrote to Michael and Emily Eavis at Worthy Farm to politely ask if we could have some metal from the farm site at Glastonbury. It was such a long shot. We couldn’t believe it when they said yes! They gave us some metal from the old Pyramid Stage. Eventually, after some arduous months of searching, we found a wonderful jeweller – Shelley Thomas at the Forge at London Museum of Steam & Water – who was happy to work with the metal and let us create bespoke silver rings. Now Glastonbury Festival is with us inside our rings forever!
It had to be that moment, the feeling that we got, when we first saw each other at the back of the clearing in the woodlands. Walking down the aisle, surrounded by our friends and family, was heart warming. During the ceremony, our mums read our favourite passages aloud and our dads symbolically tied a fisherman’s knot together. We’ll have those memories and that knot forever.
Be true to who you are. Your wedding is about the two of you. Do things your own way, put your own flair on it and make it everything that you want it to be.
The Line Up
Venue: Wise Wedding Venue
Bride’s Skirt: Salvato Collection
Bride’s Top: Brighton Lace
Bride’s Shoes: Irregular Choice
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lindy Bop
Catering: Kitchen of Kent
Wedding Rings: The Forge at London Museum of Steam & Water
Band: Gold Diggers Brass Brand