Libby and Dan’s Forest Themed Outdoor Wedding in Bristol by Becky Weir

Happy Tuesday everyone, I hope you are all well and happy now the glorious sunshine we have been having seems to have disappeared! I hope the sun comes out again soon, I’m sure you are all with me when I say it was an absolute treat this weekend! We had our first BBQ, so hoping for some more soon. On with today’s wedding and it’s the turn of Libby and Dan who held a heartfelt outdoor ceremony in Bristol and what a wonderful day it was. Complete with a forest theme this wedding is big on laughter, emotion and the cutest dog with it’s own flower crown. what’s not to love! Big thanks to Becky Weir for the lovely photos.

We had a beautiful wedding day filled with heartfelt moments, laughter, and emotional speeches. The celebration included an enchanting ceremony led by celebrant Debbie, followed by delicious food served by “Epic Caterers”, lively music dj’d by “the wedding players” and a memorable walk home in the drizzle, all photographed beautifully by Becky!

Libby and Dan were married on 27th July 2023 at Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol. ‘Libby and I were really keen on an outside wedding, with lots of greenery, we had 60 guests. All the big components of the wedding like the venue, photographer,  catering and wine were selected and deposits paid within approximately 6 months but we were tinkering and creating bits and pieces right until the day before the wedding! Libby crafted a lot of the stationary and wedding favours which took up quite a lot of time, good job we only hope to get married once’ 

How they met 
We first met at university in 2014 and became good friends for over a year until we started dating. The first time we had a proper interaction with one another was on a white t-shirt social where Libby was absolutely covered in poster paint, and being the lovely lady she was, she decided she would share the poster paint with those around her in the form of rubbing her paint-filled hair on their white t-shirts. Mine included. We still have one of these white t-shirts to this day. We’ve been together 7.5 years (When we got married – 8 years now)

The proposal
I took Libby to Bristol Zoo one early October Sunday morning under the guise of “Renewing our memberships” (I had already done it online the day before) knowing that I wanted to propose. I had the ring in my pocket and Libby saw that I was rustling something so she asked what it was and I had to come up with something and said that it was my keys you silly sausage. Heart rate already going pretty fast. We get to the Zoo and make it all the way around the Zoo after some lunch. I kept thinking when to pop the question and I’m sure in hindsight I seemed quite preoccupied in my head. I was so nervous, and I don’t usually get nervous so it was hard for me to pick a time or know what to say. We spent some time at the start of the Zoo trip by the red pandas where I was planning to ask her to marry me as they’re her favourite animals, but I chickened out initially and we carried on our trip around the Zoo for a while thinking I can work up the courage when we reach the exit. We get around the whole Zoo, back at the red pandas before exiting again as they’re Libby’s favourite, and Libby starts walking towards the exit, and I hang back a second thinking it’s now or never, so I said before we go, and ruffle in my pocket pulling out the box, and I say (I facepalm every time I think about it) I say, I know you said you wanted to get married at a good time, is now a good time? Showing her the ring and start to get down on the one knee and she pulls me back up saying “Oh my god, are you joking???” lol not what you exactly want to hear but yeah she was over the moon and we got a little “woo” from across the way from an onlooking woman which was cute.

How did you allocate your budget? 
We started off with a figure in mind of around £12,000 because that seemed like a reasonable figure from our initial search in to how much things might cost. How much we actually stuck to that budget though… That’s for you to decide after we answer these next few questions

Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We definitely splurged on the food because we all know the best way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach so we got some quotes from a few suppliers and ended up going with Epic Catering with some of the extras like the pizza oven for evening food and the canapes to start to make sure everyone was well looked after. Libby also really wanted a flower crown for herself and the dog, so, it has been said that the florist was… Not cheap. The pictures are great though!
We saved some money by picking an unpopular wedding day having it on a Thursday. It did have some extra knock on effects making this decision, such as the catering being cheaper with it being an “off” day for most weddings and the DJ. This also made the choice for including all 3 buildings of our wedding venue more affordable by going with an off day for weddings. However, this will mean your guests have to book some time off work so you can see who your real friends are,

How did you choose your photographer?
We wanted someone who really loved being in outdoor spaces and who was happy to work with Dogs. We also were looking for someone whose style was more candid photos than posed ones. We looked around at a number of portfolios and Becky’s seemed to fit the bill really well, so we had our initial chat and really hit it off, the rest is as they say, history.

The dress
Dress: Rebecca Ingram
Shoes: white vans customised by one of the bridal party
Jewellery: Moss Agate Jewellery from Etsy to match the Engagement ring.

The suit and bridesmaids
The Grooms suits were moss Olive Green Herringbone and the bridesmaids were Basil Green dresses / play suits from JJ’s house

Theme or colour scheme
Yes, Sage / White / Natural / Forestry vibe for the wedding party. Guests could come as they liked!

White with wild flower vibes and plenty of foliage & delicate

Candles, white table cloths and plenty of flowers

Starter: Butternut Squash Soup served with pumpkin seeds & paprika dusting, tin loaf & local churned butter.
Vegan / Veggie Main: Wild Mushroom & Veg Wellington with fluffy roast potatoes, tenderstem broccoli, rosemary & burnt onion cream sauce
Meat Main: Butter Roasted Chicken Breast with rosemary & parmesan polenta chip, garlic mash, smashed pea, Carmarthenshire ham shards & a herb cream sauce
Dessert: Eton Mess Tart with fresh berries, meringue textures, vanilla cream, strawberry tart & raspberry powder
Vegan Dessert: Vegan Brownie with Vegan Ice Cream

Wedding cake
Naked Raspberry Bakewell three-tiered cake hand crafted by cousin of the Bride

DJ, lawn games such as Giant Jenga and bubble wands. The videographer’s drone also made for some light entertainment for those that were interested.

Who supplied the stationery?
Favours: Libby
Save the Date: Libby
Seating Board: Libby
Wedding Menu: Designed by Dan & Printed by his mum

Where did you go on your honeymoon
We did a mini-moon in London after the wedding to hang out with some of our amazing friends that flew halfway around the world to come to our wedding! We did things like Board Game Cafes and the Tower of London Tour and the Harry Potter Tour (For the third time!) With our American comrades.

Personal touches
We crafted a lot of the stationary and table labels ourselves (on wooden slices). We also brought along a ladder filled with the pictures of those that couldn’t be with us on the day.

Special moments 
Dan: My highlight of the day was having Debbie share the story of how Libby and I came to be. I think she did a fabulous job and would highly recommend a celebrant to anybody over a registrar (no offence to any registrars out there!) The story she crafted was beautiful and was delivered excellently and got a good number of laughs and seeing everyone enjoy the story of how we met brought a big smile to my face.
Libby: I think just the fact of having all of our loved ones together in the same place celebrating our day with us. The DJ also surprised us with a really sweet gesture at the end of the night by playing our first dance song again as our last song “Take on the World” by Youmeatsix and everyone made a circle around Dan and I serenading us to end our lovely day.

Advice for other couples
Libby: Plan what makes you happy because if you are sharing the day with people who love and care about you, they will love it because you do.
Dan: Don’t be afraid to splurge on the things that will help you remember your day the best as it only happens once. I would also practice your speech before the big day so that you can get a feel for timings and talking out loud.

Biggest surprise 
It sounds cliché, and everyone says it, but it really did go by very fast. Which is why I would make sure you trust your photographer / videographer to capture your day for you to reflect on with smiles and happy tears.



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