Mills Farm, Elmstead Market
This wedding was so unique and interesting that there is just too much to say! The bride and groom were so fun-loving, easy going, friendly people. When they asked if we had done a festival style wedding before, we had to say ‘no but we can’t wait’!
They had their official ceremony at the registry office the weekend before so all the legal stuff was taken care of and all that was left to do was celebrate with their friends.
The middle of summer in Essex unexpectedly brought extremely strong winds. For an outdoor event, this wasn’t what we wanted to hear – especially as the guests were camping on the site – but fortunately it didn’t rain or dampen the mood.
Both the bride and groom got ready in their caravans (also on site) which was a bit of a squeeze to say the least – luckily the bride didn’t have a big puffy dress. The groom wore a very bright, bold coloured suit with his hair pulled up into a neat bun. The bride had decorated denim jackets for herself and her bridesmaids to match the festival theme.
As this event wasn’t technically a proper marriage service, they had their friend officiate. She did a great job and incorporated unique ceremonial activities such as jumping over a broom and smashing a bottle with a spade – the bride and groom has trouble breaking it so called in the best man haha! When the time came for ‘you may now kiss the bride’ the bridal party let off confetti canons and pink smoke bombs to add to the festivities. (We told you it was a colourful day didn’t we?)
The reception was held in a large tipi which of course was decked out in the rainbow with balloons, flowers and bunting. Music was blaring and everyone had the best time. We did the traditional group photographs with the family as well as more energetic ones with the bridal party as they were all up for a laugh. Then we headed into the woods a little way, away from the hubbub for some calm, beautiful portraits of the bride and groom.
We love being part of special days like this, where your personality shines through, throwing convention out of the door and doing what you want. If this has given you any ideas for your wedding, please get in touch – we would love to hear your plans.