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Today we head back to the glorious summer for this fabulous laid-back, full of fun, Woodland wedding. Erin and Mark are an amazing couple, so full of love and life and a huge sense of fun. They chose a super laid-back day, full of children’s games, DIY details, bright colours and a sprinkling of fairy dust. From Erin’s custom-made dress, to her home-made crocheted bouquet, the friendship bracelets as favours, charming outdoor ceremony and woodland walk with tipi reception, everything about this wedding is chilled out, relaxed and full of amazing energy. What a wonderful day. Big thanks to Ideal Imaging for the photos.
Erin and Mark were married on 25th August 2018 at the Woodland at Wasing Park, Aldermaston in Berkshire. ‘The set up they had at the venue suited us perfectly. The idea of toasting marshmallows on the fire pit, glamping in-between the tall trees and just enjoying the open space enchanted us. Nowhere else felt right after viewing Wasing Park. We had 90ish guests and it took 18 months to plan.’
How they met
Through a friend on a mismatched double date, nearly 5 years ago.
Tell me about the proposal
I had always told Mark that I wanted a photographer taking sneaky photos of us when he asked me to marry him. So he bought a disposable camera for both of my children and prepped them before we went on a frosty dog walk. Halfway round the walk, at a beautiful lake in a forest he proposed! The kids filled up their cameras with all sorts of photos (there is lots of our car) and there are a few dark and creepy photos of just after the proposal. We still showed them off with pride though.
How did you allocate your budget?
This was a bit of a mess to be honest! I kinda went a bit YOLO.
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
Photography, Venue and Dress were the main splurges and we saved on food and Marks outfit!
How did you choose your photographer?
We saw Alistair’s albums at a few of the venues we viewed and he really captured the points we wanted in such a beautiful way. The packages were really good and allowed us to have amazing coverage.
My dress was a bespoke creation from Nortier Shallow. Accessories – Flutterby beautiful. Shoes- Converse
The suit and bridesmaids
The jacket was Harris tweed from ebay and everything else was primark! My daughter was in a dress made by my mum (Chris)
Theme or colour scheme?
“More is more and less is a bore.” And all the colours!
My mum crocheted my bouquet with flowers that signified various family members and my dad grew dahlias for colourful decoration.
There was string lights, dahlias and some amazing little wooden people called nins from Little Whispers. Around one of the wooden structures we used string lights with polaroid photos of various selfies taken in our relationship, this was really effective.
We had a picnic lunch and a bbq dinner. I had made flapjacks as a pudding, we kept it simple as there were quite a few food allergies to be catered for.
The cutting cake was a vegan, nut free and gluten free sponge with flower petals in the frosting and there was 100 cupcakes that were chocolate milkshake, strawberry milkshake, lemon meringue and rainbow glitter
Mark’s dad’s Jazz band played a great set followed by My sister, Anna’s band, she even got my son singing a sea shanty. There was a disco in the evening. We had a kids tent with things to keep them actively occupied.
Advice for other couples
Always remember its your wedding, don’t feel pressured by anyone to compromise your decisions.
How easy it was to enjoy the day. At 10am there was nothing more I could do to set up, so we just enjoyed every second instead. The wedding high lasted a while and was refuelled when we saw our amazing photographs and with every kind comment from people who attended or have seen images of the wedding.
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