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Today’s wedding is guaranteed to cheer you up and bring some much needed colour into your life. This Devon Festival style wedding is definitely one of my favourites of the year. I just love a pop of colour in a wedding and this one has LOADS of it. The outdoor ceremony is just gorgeous followed by a breathtaking barn reception. The ribbons all look amazing, what an eye catching way to decorate. The draping is stunning, as are the flowers and table decoration which really make the room pop. Oh and the cake, wow!! The bridesmaids outfits are gorgeous and as for Meg our bride, she has to be one of the smiliest, happiest Brides I have seen in a long time. Well done Meg and Andrew on an outstanding wedding, I love everything about it. Big thanks to Nova Wedding Photography for the beautiful photos.
Meg and Andrew were married on 13th July 2019 at West Town Farm, Ide, Exeter. ‘We loved the laid back vibe where we were able to have a relaxed wedding that was more like a party then a wedding. Plus we could have our dogs there which was one of the most important things for us. Grace their events lady was amazing in helping us with all little details and her partner even helped to decorate the barn with beautiful drapes on the ceiling. They don’t have a licence so we used the Distinguish toast master to conduct a really nice humanist style ceremony that was personalised to the two of us and he stayed on throughout the day to make sure things ran smoothly and I don’t think the day would have been the same without him. We had 150 guests and it took 6-12 months to plan, although we booked the venue and the toast master about 18 months before.’
How they met
We met in a bar (Vodka Revolutions- Southampton) 8 years ago (2012)
We were walking the dogs in one our favourite spots in Exeter- Mincinglake Valley Park, it was a sunny may bank holiday (2017) and we took a picnic and beers with us. Andrew got down on one knee with a ring and asked me to stop nagging him and marry him. I said yes! My engagement ring is from erin cox- a beautiful yellow diamond and we also got our wedding rings from her sister company – Molten wedding rings
How did you allocate your budget?
We knew we didn’t want to spend loads but also wanted to make sure we had a day to remember. Andrew being an accountant meant there were a few spreadsheets to make sure we stuck to our budget!
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
My dress was a splurge as it was designed and made especially. The arch was handmade by Andrew and Meg’s dad and the ribbons on the chairs were lovingly done by hand by our amazing friends and wedding party the day before.
How did you choose your photographer?
We found them on a wedding app that helps you to plan and reminds you to do things like booking a registrar etc. We loved Nova’s style and wanted something that didn’t involve standing around having lots of formal photos taken, as we knew we wanted to spend that time mingling with our guests
Mint and Thistle. Her name was Livvy Riddley and she was amazing. She somehow understood what I wanted when I didn’t even really know. She designed and made my dress and it was just perfect. My necklace was my great great aunties (who I am fortunate enough to have met) and was passed down through the family. My shoes were Rainbow club (the rumours are true they really are comfy!) My jacket was made by kateillustrate (on etsy) she takes your old leather or pleather jacket and paints beautiful designs on it. I was conscious that although it was July you can never rely on the British weather so had the jacket made to keep me warm just in case. My makeup was done by Liza Haywood, she also did my mums makeup and I swear it was still on at 4.30 am when we stumbled into bed after partying in the silent disco. My nails were a work of art by Amy who runs the Secret Garden Beauty Room
The suit and bridesmaids
The suits were from Zebel who have two shops one in Exeter and another in London. We went for a tweed as a nod to my maiden name (Tweedie) and went for a laid back and relaxed design that reflected the kind of day we wanted. The ties were from Catkin Jane and very colourful and really brightened the mens suits up. The bridesmaid’s outfits were from Mix Bridal who have lots of different designs and colour ways and can make dresses to measure. I really liked the idea of having skirts and tops and Mix Bridal were able to offer this .
Theme or colour scheme?
We were certain we didn’t want a colour scheme. Any and pretty much every colour was included. Our only stipulation was that people were happy and had fun. We kind of went for a ‘boho festival style, laid-back big party in a field’ theme!
Wild flowers grown on the same farm and put together by In Bloom Devon. They even made a flower crown for one of our fur babies
Ribbons and bunting and lots of it…. My friend and sister in laws made the bunting . We saved up lots of gin bottles and used these for brightly coloured candles. We had vintage handkerchiefs to brighten up the tables, The marquee tent was a beautiful Indian tent from pukka tents.
Ice cream for canapes (The Devon Fizz company) Hog roast for main meal provided by the venue. Thai Curry in the evening provided by a family friend who runs a stall across different events and festivals. Check him out at Glastonbury by the West Holts stage.
My brothers fiancé made the cake. Sweetescake_devon (instagram) I showed her all my crazy ideas on Pinterest and what she made was even better.
The Zu Zu Men – a band that does amazing covers and even played our first dance song: ‘I wanna be like you’ from Jungle Book, which was a song we danced to on our first date. The dance floor was never empty! The Silent Disco Company provided the equipment for our silent disco after party which was so much fun. We spent several evenings before the wedding deciding what was going on the play lists which was really nice as it meant we got to pick the songs we liked with no dodgy DJ songs and the dance floor remained full all night.
Who supplied the stationery?
We did this through Vistaprint to save some pennies
Andrew made the arch which features in our garden as a memory. All the favours were handmade by Meg, her mum and uncle.
The bridal party were fashionably late! We accidentally left mother of the bride at home so had to turn around to get her (hahaaha)
Advice for other couples
Enjoy it, have fun. Do what you want and don’t stress the small stuff as it really won’t matter.