We love a festival wedding, and this nautical Sparkford Hall wedding with a festive vibe is awesome. Sarah and Dan created a relaxed and fun wedding with fab nautical details throughout; the ship knots on the tables, nautical wording thrown in at every opportunity, whale cufflinks and even the master of ceremonies in old fashioned crew wear!

Sack race at festival wedding

For us the best thing about this wedding is the relaxed day everyone had, with the guests enjoying fun and games on the lawn, including a tug of war and sack race.

Our thanks go to Brian Robinson Photography for sharing these amazing pictures.

Rustic, Nautical Theme

“Dan and I work as yacht crew so we spend most of our lives at sea. We therefore don’t get to spend much time with our friends and family. Our Sparkford Hall wedding took place over the whole weekend, which meant we could spend some quality time with our loved ones.”

“We wanted the wedding to reflect our personalities, so we chose a rustic, nautical wedding theme with a fun, festival vibe. There were lots of activities for the kids and, of course, lots and lots of rum for the adults!

Sparkford Hall wedding venue

Napkins with name tags

Message hanging from LOVE sign

Sparkford Hall wedding order of the day

Sparkford Hall wedding ceremony seating

Wedding dress hanging in window

Bridal bouquet

Bridal shoes

Sparkford Hall Wedding

“Sparkford Hall was the perfect location. It’s a country manor set in beautiful grounds, with twelve bedrooms, a cottage, space to camp, and yurts and airstreams to hire. It was somewhere we felt everyone could feel at home and relaxed.

Flower girl walking up stairs

Crew mugs

Ties and braces in bowl

Whale cufflinks


Groomsmen getting ready

Father waiting for bride at top of stairs

Father seeing daughter for first time on wedding day

Father leading bride down the stairs

Bottles of Corona in ice bucket

Groom smiling into camera

Master of ceremonies

Bride holding bouquet

Bride holding out bouquet

“Sparkford is a licensed venue so we had our ceremony on-site in the hall, followed by a reception in the garden with canap├ęs, drinks and games.”

Wedding rings

Father walking daughter down the aisle at wedding

Bride and groom about to marry

Sparkford Hall wedding ceremony

Bride and groom hug

Bride and groom signing wedding register

Bride and groom in front of picture

Confetti shot at Sparkford Hall wedding

Sparkford Hall wedding reception drinks

Bride with groomsmen

Bride sitting on groom's lap

Bride and groom walking

Picture of bride and groom taken through long grass

Bride peeking over groom's shoulder

Crew Area

“We rented a marquee in the garden for the wedding breakfast, and had a bar, barbecue and large chill out area outside with hay bales and a firepit. The library was turned into a ‘Crew Area’ where guests could ‘log in’, and we asked them to sign the log book and wooden anchor (made by my father as a gift), get a tattoo and take their own photos.

Giant connect 4 festival wedding game

Jelly fish wanging festival wedding game

Twister festival wedding game

Tug of war team

Tug of war at festival wedding

Tug of war team falling over

Sack race at festival wedding

Ring toss festival wedding game

Best man sitting on grass practising speech

Wedding seating plan

Wedding tables in marquee

Captain wedding tag

First mate wedding tag

Rum wedding favour

Vase and floral wedding table centrepiece

Candle in vase

Wedding table name

Wedding menu

Wedding top table

Thank you sign on table

Cheese stack wedding cake

Cheese stack mouse cake topper

“After the wedding breakfast we had our first dance to ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz, and music by our band, ‘Duke’. They were fantastic and got everyone up on the dance floor.”

Bride and groom entering wedding breakfast

Master of ceremonies making announcement

Father of bride looking embarrassed

Groom speech


Best man speech

Groom and bride with head in hands at speech

Groom dressed in speech props

Best man and groom hug

Wedding gifts and cards table

Thank you sign

Wedding guest signing guest book

Crew Log In sign

Wooden anchor

Anchor tattoo on neck

Anchor tattoo on bottom

Duke wedding band

Wedding first dance

Hidden Nightclub

“But the best part of the evening was the hidden nightclub in the basement. It had been converted into a Rum Shack for the evening, with serving wenches, pirates and DJ. We’d kept it a surprise, and after the band finished we led our guests down through a cupboard under the stairs which was the entrance to the hidden club. Here the celebrations continued long into the early hours.”

Bride and friend dancing

Bride dancing

Party at Sparkford Hall wedding

Bride and groom touching heads

Sparkford Hall wedding venue at night

Kiss quote on tree

Photography: Brian Robinson Photography

Venue: Sparkford Hall, Yeovil, Somerset

Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero ‘Glenda’ with Lace Top

Bridesmaid Dresses: Zara

Flowers: by Sprout and Flower

Bride’s Bouquet: David Austen Roses, Peony, Garden Roses and Spray Rose

Bride’s Hair Flowers: Supply Wired Majollica Rose Buds

Flower Girl’s Pomander: Gypsophila

Wedding Cake: Layered Cheese Cake from The West Country Cheese Company

Catering: The Queens Arms, Corton Denham

Styling Details and Finishing Touches: Most of the wedding decor, table decorations and table plan were homemade. Colours included dusky blue and cream, with lots of natural rustic decor and rope

Planning and Styling: Assisted by Sparkford Hall’s Laleh Dastegerdi

Marquee: Over The Moon

Lawn Games: Made by Dani, a Bridesmaid

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