A family affair, down at the farm
For our wedding day, we hired a beautiful 3 peaked Tipi tent in a paddock on our family farm in Leicestershire with the rolling hills and the big family wood as the most amazing backdrop.
I would describe our wedding as rustic and informal - our priorities were providing a warm and relaxed atmosphere and copious amounts of booze!
Everyone walked to the church including the bridal party, the village came out to wave us on ...
Our day was so perfect beginning with the girlies spending the morning being pampered at the “The Little Retreat” in Colston Basset; my two daughters and niece were flower girls, nephew was pageboy, 4 best friends from school since 11 were bridesmaids and my sister and sister in law. Milly Mae my 3.5 year old was my maid of honour.
Everyone walked to the church including the bridal party, the village came out to wave us on and we left the church in Stephen’s dad’s vintage MG… all complete with hanging rattling cans (Kate and Wills style!) At the venue, we had a Tipi tent, surrounded by straw bales at Stephen’s parents farm with a live acoustic duo singing during canapes, the Belvoir local brewery provided a variety of local beers and ales and the first selection of cocktails were served. Dinner was provided by the Rustic Roast Kitchen, a glorious selection of rustic BBQ meats and salad. Then after dinner and speeches a further group of guests arrived for cocktails, a 4 piece band and then a disco into the early hours….. we provided a full nibbles table with local cheeses, Melton Mowbray pork pies and various other treats, the caterers cooked bacon and sausage baps for everyone and we had the most glorious log fire inside and outside the tent. To finish the evening, the Bridal party, bridesmaids and many guests camped in Bell Tents and private tents/motor homes for the night under the starry skies …. the next day we served brunch back in the tipi for the campers which was just the perfect ending to our perfect wedding.
We had a 'Pimp your Drink' station in the day
I wore a strapless, lace dress, with a small detailed waist belt, appliqued lace long veil and David Austin Juliet roses in my hair whilst the girls wore a soft grey dessy dress, flower girls outfits were shipped over from the states from Etsy and the chaps were in formal hire from Moss Bros.
Our food was a real talking point with a rustic roast summer BBQ (halloumi skewers, lamp koftas, chicken skewers, langford sausages, variety of salads, vegetables, breads and dips, cheesecake pudding ….. then evening sausage and bacon baps, cheese boards, local meats, pies, cheeses, breads, pates and nibbles… then the great wedding bake off cakes for evening dessert (all our best friends and family baked a variety of cakes and we picked the winner)
To entertain our guests, we had an acoustic duo in the day, a 4 piece live band in the evening then a disco for the later hours. We had a ‘Pimp your Drink’ station in the day, a variety of cocktail courses and hired a huge photo frame for guests to pose with. We also had silly table games and funny face masks with dress up gear on the dancefloor… all adding to the fun!
Make it your day
For any brides to be, I would say make it your day … we were so lucky as our parents were so fabulous not butting in and enabling us to do exactly what we wanted… I’d say don’t waste money on much outside of making sure your guests are as full and drunk as possible!