Happy Friday everyone and happy Easter holidays if you are about to break up! Today...
I have a stunning wedding for you today, an one of my favouites for a while. It’s an outdoor Humanist wedding with a festival theme, hay bails, a cocnut shy, lots of little home made deatils, sky lanterns, a fab photo booth and most importantly a couple made for each other. The wedding has been sent into me by Sam Gibson and he has really captured the love between Charlotte and Ed on this gorgeous day! I Love Sams work and featured his work back in May HERE
Charlotte and Ed got married on 13th August 2011 at Newbridge Farm, Oxfordshire with 110 guests. They met in Perth in 2007 and have been together for four years and the wedding was planned in 8 months.
Charlotte and Ed describe their wedding as ‘Our wedding was a mini-festival. We had an outdoor Humanist ceremony followed by dinner, dancing and Chinese lanterns.’
I’m sure you will agree that it’s a stunning day!
We wanted to have an outdoor ceremony and have a festival themed wedding and this was the perfect venue for a mini festival.
We were in the ocean just off a little island in Cambodia last October.
Suzanne Neville, my jewellery was loaned by my best friend Emma and was the jewellery she wore for her wedding, my fascinator, and the bridesmaids’ mini-fascinators were by Head Full of Feathers and shoes from Unisa.
The suit and bridesmaids
Ed bought his blazer from Brooke Taverner, he didn’t want a traditional suit. Bridemaids dresses were from Blue Banana and they had the most amazing Kurt Geiger shoes.
It had to work round Ed’s jacket, so we went with purples and peacock feathers.
We had an Indian banquet and finished with cupcakes made by my best friend Emma and friend Pam.
Our friend Rich did an acoustic set and then lots of friends did DJ sets.
White calla lilies for my bouquet and Ed’s boutonniere. Purple calla lilies for the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Orchids for mums’ corsages.
We had bunting round the marquee. On the tables were orchids, candles and peacock feathers. Outside we had festival flags and bamboo torches.
-Ed designed the invitations, the table planner, the table names and the menus.
-I made a coconut shy.
-We bought plywood letters to spell out our names and painted them in blues and purples for behind the ceremony.
-My friends will never forgive me if I don’t mention the hours they spent tying napkins with blue, purple and green ribbon! Ed designed name tags as the place cards.
-Everyone got a stick-on moustache in their napkin.
I had a very serene morning with Emma, her husband and little girl. The ceremony was perfect, and the weather was good enough for it to be outside. My Dad’s speech was great. I loved being able to sit around the fire when it got dark. The wedding night tipi was pretty special! Watching everyone set off the lanterns was really pretty too. I loved the photos that Sam took in his photobooth.
A wedding planner would have been really expensive but would have been hugely helpful!
An apron emblazoned with “Mrs Hicks’ Wedding Dress Protector” and a picture of my face! I was also really surprised about quite how popular the stick on moustaches were.
Supplier Shout Outs
• Sam Gibson photography of course! www.samgibsonweddings.co.uk
• Head Full of Feathers. Jen was amazingly helpful in dropping round things for me to try and then adapting things to be just as I wanted. www.headfulloffeathers.com
• Hair and make-up were done by Two’s Company in Witney; Hannah and Angela were absolutely brilliant. www.twoscompanyhair.com
• My dress alterations were done by Nina Furness in Cheltenham. www.ninafurness.com
• The Humanist Celebrant was Diana Naumann. www.humanism.org.u
• Venue – Newbridge farm. www.riversideweddings.co.uk