A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

We’ve been so excited about sharing this week’s real wedding pictures with you! Laura and Don’s wedding took place on North Hill Farm in Hertfordshire, and Don organised the whole day as a surprise for Laura. Named ‘Wedstock’, their wedding was a mini festival, with tepee’s, live music and games. Our thanks go to Fiona Kelly Photography for letting us share these beautiful pictures from the day.

“I organised the day as a surprise for Laura, almost in a ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’ style. She knew we were going to be having tepees, and she picked her dress, but that was about it. As I had a vision in my mind and was sure that no one would be able to pull off what I was thinking, I didn’t want to have anyone organise it.

“As we both love festivals the wedding was named ‘Wedstock’, and I thought that by having a festival wedding we would do away with a lot of the formalities of a traditional wedding. I made sure there was lots of live music, from friends singing at the beginning, to a steel band, an acoustic duo and the brilliant Jose Vanders, who came (as a massive surprise for Laura) and performed her song ‘New Ride’ for our first dance.

“We had a coconut shy and ball in the buckets games, a bouncy castle, afternoon tea, a BBQ in the evening, a brilliant bar, fire pits, and an ice cream van that we rode back into the field in during the BBQ in the evening for everyone’s dessert.

“I made the cake (never again on that scale!). It took me three weeks to bake the cake and make all the cake decorations, and my mum made all of the bouquets and corsages. We spent a year at car boots buying vintage china for the tea sets, the arch we got married under was made by a brilliant carpenter from our local area, and we had wedding wristbands and lanyards (as every festival should). It took two days to build the site, and there was a disaster when four marquees blew down and broke, the day before the wedding! The farmer who owns North Hill Farm lent us his horse box which we spent the afternoon transforming from an animal carrier into a bar!

“Having the ceremony and whole day in the tepee made the day very special. The party went on late into the night, and we had the guitars out around the campfire until the early hours once the disco had wound up. A lot of our guests camped over in true festival style, and we put on breakfast the next morning.”

Wedding dress hanging over a curtain - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Detail on front of wedding dress - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Heels of wedding shoes - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bracelet - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Wedding hair clip - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Back of bride wedding hair - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Wedding hair up with bridal hairpiece - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Wedding dress being fastened - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride looking in mirror - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Flower girl in peach dress - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Vintage bridesmaids - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bridesmaids holding bouquets - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bridesmaids kicking legs in air - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Wedding shirt with bride and groom's names on cuffs - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Jacket with blue lining - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Father of bride showing blue lining of jacket - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Wedding tepee with bunting - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Pots of plants - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Pimm's - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Wedding running order - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Guest looking at wedding running order - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Groom adjusting groomsman's tie - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Wooden wedding arch - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Floral heart wreath on arch - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Flowers on arch - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Groom and groomsmen in light blue suits - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride entering wedding ceremony - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Groom watching bride walk down the aisle - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride and groom's hands - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride and groom holding hands in wedding ceremony - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Groom placing ring on bride's finger - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride and groom kiss - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bridesmaids clapping - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride signing register - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Flowers tied to post - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Newly married bride and groom leaving tepee ceremony - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bridesmaid blowing bubbles - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride and groom walking through bubbles - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride in woods - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride on steps in woods - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride resting head on groom - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride and groom looking into each others eyes - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Groom making heart with his fingers - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride resting head on groom's shoulder - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride and bridesmaids holding bouquets - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride and bridesmaids in woods - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bridesmaids lifting dresses - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Groomsmen in light blue suits clicking fingers - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Groomsmen standing on wooden steps - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Love heart - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Handmade sign at festival wedding - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Tepee at festival wedding - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Pinwheels - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Camping sign at wedding - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Vintage lamp at wedding - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Troughs of flowers - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Summer flowers - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Plants outside wedding tepee - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Yellow pot of plants - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Homemade wedding table plan with festivals as names - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Inside tepee at wedding - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bunting hanging in wedding tepee - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Vase of flowers on wedding table - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Vintage wedding table layout - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Scones at wedding - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Vintage cup and saucer - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Cake stand of cupcakes - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Cupcakes on wedding table - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Yellow wedding table flowers - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Vintage wedding table - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Vintage crockery on wedding table - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bunch of flowers at wedding - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Purple flowers - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Flowers in a frame - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Woven bells - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Purple flowers - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Father of the bride speech - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Wedding speech in tepee - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride looking at father as he gives speech - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Wedding toast - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Groom speech - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride giving thumbs up - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride laughing - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Best man reading old school book for speech - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Best man speech - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride and groom laughing - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride and groom leaning in for kiss - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Wedstock - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Wedding guests sitting on hay - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Steel band - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Wedding Barbecue - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Pool table in field at wedding - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Dart board - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Giant jenga - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Giant connect 4 - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Funfair games at wedding - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Wedding guests playing funfair game - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride and groom in classic Bentley - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride and groom kissing in back of car - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride and groom on bouncy castle at wedding - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Seaside cut-outs of bride and groom - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Suitcase for wedding cards - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Wedding card - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Tag on suitcase - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Vintage cake stands at tepee festival wedding - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Wedding guests running towards picture frame - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Ice cream van at wedding - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride and groom serving ice creams - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Wedding guests in small tepee - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Groom starting conga - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Wedding guests conga - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bunting in wedding tepee - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Glitter ball - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride and groom 1st dance - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride and groom kiss on dance floor - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride about to throw bouquet - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride with hands over her mouth - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Groom singing at wedding - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Groom singing with band - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride with bridesmaids - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Acoustic guitarist at festival style wedding - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Cello player at wedding - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bridesmaid hugging bride - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Acoustic guitarist - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Keyboard - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Box of flip-flops - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bridesmaids dancing at wedding - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bunting in tepee - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Fire in wedding tepee - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Legs of wedding guests dancing - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

You and Me wedding guest book - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

All you need is love wedding cake - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bride and groom cutting wedding cake - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Wedding guests sitting in deck chairs at festival style wedding - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Bonfire at festival style wedding - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Deck chairs - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Lights in tepee - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Twinkle lights - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Festival wedding at night - A Wedstock Wedding in Hertfordshire

Images © Fiona Kelly Photography

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