Good morning glorious people. Hope you all had gorgeous weekends, even if you did find that your umbrella was a little overused! This morning we have a totally adorable real wedding to share with you, and if you’re planning to keep your wedding close to home, this really will feed your inspiration. Rebecca and Chris’ back garden wedding, captured by the incredibly gifted Lee Garland, stole our hearts with it’s authentic and hopelessly romantic tones. The ceremony was held underneath the apple tree in Rebecca’s home garden in a symbolic and bohemian love-filled gathering, and with just 2 months to plan her wedding, Rebecca designed her day with detail and a uniqueness that fit the essence of her relationship perfectly. From tipis to goats, fire pits and street food to apple blossom confetti, you could easily pin this wedding as ‘one of a kind’. It just goes to prove that brides (and Grooms of course!) don’t always need the average 1-2 year planning time to create the perfect day. This wedding is full of warmth, sentiment and it feels ‘real’, which are exactly the reasons we adore it. So here’s boho-bride Rebecca to tell us how she transformed her garden into the quaintest festival wedding venue of the year!
Our wedding was totally random and uniquely us! We didn’t really have a set theme; we just wanted it to feel deeply personal and authentic. I organised everything in just 8 weeks from getting engaged to the big day. We didn’t even have time to send out paper invites!
Married at home under the apple tree
Initially we planned to get married in Tourettes Sur Loup in the South of France but the logistics became too complicated so we thought “let’s keep it simple, and stay local”. We didn’t want a “wedding venue” as the carpets and chair covers often scare me! Once we decided that the wedding was going to be in the garden, the apple tree became the main focal point. The apple tree is the perfect symbol of our family and the seasonal cycles of life and is at the heart of our home. It was perfect being at home, it was so relaxed. We just had an awesome day in the sunshine with our closest family and friends and then a big party in the evening, no taxis, no hotel accommodation, no fuss!
Bohemian rue de seine with cream block heels
I wore a Chloe dress by Rue de Seine. I found it on Pinterest and just knew it would be the one. I didn’t have a plan B! I found a northern stockist (Jean Jackson Couture in Urmston, Manchester) and luckily Rebecka Jackson was amazing and sold me their sample gown. I drove over with my mum, tried it on and it was perfect. I loved that it was bohemian, it was understated and elegant and didn’t feel too bridal. I felt really comfortable in it and loved the lace and sleeve detailing. I searched everywhere for the perfect shoe and still hadn’t found it until the week of the wedding. My friend Sonja had come over from Australia for the wedding and we went shopping to Harrogate and found this cream block heeled court shoe that just felt right.
My veil also came from Jean Jackson and was really long so I removed it as soon as the ceremony was over. Our wedding rings were made by a Brooklyn designer Vena Amoris who ethically source all their diamonds, they are very boho and free-spirited in terms of style. I also wore an evil eye bracelet (with a blue eye) as my something blue – a friendship bracelet from my friend Sonja.
Chris wore a Hemingway Tailors designed, Holland & Sherry, Savile Row made suit and his shoes were Jeffery West. He had his initials and the date of our wedding stitched into the lining, so he had no excuse to forget our wedding anniversary date!
Tipi, firepit and garden studio
We hired Papakata to provide the tipi– a kata and a kung with a dancefloor and chill out area with fire pit, reindeer skins and plenty of lounge furniture. They were amazing, such a friendly team and nothing was too much trouble. We got quite used to the tipi being erected in the garden, so much so the squirrels were using the poles as circus performer/assault course stunt props. We used our newly built “garden studio” (which Chris refers to as “the man shed”) as a bar area, where guests could socialise.
Apple blossom confetti and botanical beauty
Our wedding was totally random and uniquely us! We didn’t really have a set theme; we just wanted it to feel deeply personal and authentic. I used appycouple.com to send out the wedding invitations because I organised everything in just 8 weeks from getting engaged to the big day, so we didn’t have time to send out paper invites! The theme on our wedding website was a garden, botanical theme We had apple blossom confetti and tarte tartin for dessert to keep a very subtle apple theme running throughout the day! We also served “The Botanist” gin from Islay from the distillery where Chris’ cousin works. We had our pageboy deliver the rings on a model T-Rex dinosaur, he’s obsessed with dinosaurs and one of our readings was “The Lovely Dinosaur” by Edward Monkton. Our celebrant was Jan Shillito and she was amazing! Jan wrote the most beautiful ceremony for us.
Fairylights and roses
There wasn’t time for much DIY decor, except for the painted direction signs with arrows that I painted by hand onto black slate (that we had in the garden) and Chris put up on the morning of the wedding to direct guests to the party! We had festoon lighting at the entry to the tipi and fairylights around each of the internal wood beams which looked beautiful, the whole garden just twinkled. We gave the Bridesmaids a Diptyque Candle and flower fairies book, the Flower Girl had a Pandora bracelet with a flower charm and the Page Boy had a Dinosaur model & The Jungle Book.
We used Lucy MacNicoll, from Harrogate as our florist. I actually worked with Lucy on a photoshoot years before so I was familiar with her work and she is so lovely and friendly and just “get’s it”. We literally had a 30 minute consultation and a few e-mails back and forth and I trusted she would do a fab job. We used peonie, roses, waxflower, mint and rosemary…….
Authentic and honest
Leonard Garland (Lee) was amazing and such a talented guy. He just blended in to the day perfectly and was like a guest or a friend at the wedding. Such a nice guy. He captured the day so beautifully in an honest and authentic way. I can’t say enough wonderful things about him!
Box Tree cooked on site in the tipis and served the food outside on the decking of the studio on long bench tables. The food was exceptional! Box Tree is a Michelin starred restaurant in Ilkley and the wedding meal certainly lived up to that reputation. The service was flawless. In the evening we had The Allotment serve street food!
Standing under the apple tree saying our personal promises to each other was a really emotional experience. We’d kept them secret from each other and it meant so much to have our closest family there and have Freddie see his parents getting married was very special. On a lighter note, watching a few of the guys trying to herd our 2 pygmy goats into their goat shed was pretty funny. I ended putting my wellies on and wrestled them in my wedding dress!
Relax and enjoy the process, don’t get caught up on the detail. Nobody really notices the stuff you obsess over. I’m a complete perfectionist so planning a wedding so quickly was an exercise in learning to “let stuff go”, so I can’t have something in time, what can I have instead. Really you only have 4-5 big decisions to make, the rest is just noise! Don’t get caught up on the wedding train, do it your way. If something doesn’t feel right, say so.
The Line Up
Photographer: Lee Garland
Florist: Lucy Macincoll Flowers
Music: The Wolves
Dress: Jean Jackson Couture
Jewellery: Vena Amoris Jewelry
Groom Suit: Hemingway Tailors
Catering: Day: Box Tree
Evening Catering: The Allotment