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.”
Images © Fiona Kelly Photography