A few weeks ago I was a guest at a friends wedding and firstly, it’s quite strange to be the one sat down in the church and tucking into lovely food at the reception instead of capturing the days events with my camera. Secondly it gave me a different perspective. Will you own your wedding?
Our friends are good fun loving people and wanted their personalities to reflect in their wedding and boy did they pull it off.
Our invitation arrived by email. I LOVE this idea, it saves money and also is eco-friendly (bonus). This invite gave us everything we needed to know and an insight to what the day would be like – lots of fun. It explained the usual ceremony details but then we took quite a big step outside the “planning a wedding” box. They wanted to have a Festival style affair. So a marquee in a private field at the foot of the Malvern Hills was to be the venue. Excellent. Next was a request to bring your own picnic to the relaxed outdoor reception. “Bring your own picnic” I hear you cry! Yes, bring your own picnic. Two reasons for this – one, it suited the style of the day & two, it cuts the cost down for the Bride & Groom. Oh and three, you get lots of your own favourite goodies. The invite continued with plans for the evening which were a hog roast, a band to play and a licensed bar to fuel dance moves.
So the big day arrives, and yes, thankfully the sun is shining. The Bride walks down the isle to a Bon Jovi track and the ceremony was beautiful. After photo’s outside the church we all made our way to the “LOWE’fest” location to be greeted with a nice cold mojito or non alcoholic choice. Everyone armed with blankets, chairs, sun cream, parasols and hampers, we chose a spot to take a seat for the day in such a stunning venue. The bar was already open and serving nice cold pear cider (other beverages were available), lovely. Inside the marquee were several tables with coloured wellies filled with plants as centre pieces (another great idea), bunting and banners. All very pretty. Outside there were hay bales, comfy armchairs and solar fairy lights hanging in the small fruit tree’s dotted around the field. There was also a bouncy castle and make shift pop up photo booth with lots of fab props to get dressed up in.
The afternoon whiled away, eating and drinking in the sunshine, meeting new people and of course congratulating the new Mr and Mrs Lowe. All very relaxed. As the evening guests arrived and the band set up the atmosphere changed again. As the sun set over the Malverns the band warmed up and we all tucked in to the hog roast with the best ever crackling. Even the cake was different – made from cheese with its very own bride & groom mice topper and little mice to represent their children.
The evening was also fun and laid back. Music from a DJ and a band to get us boogieing with of course, alcohol still flowing. The warm evening surrounded by friends and family was the perfect end to a perfect day for them. Even a bit of joining in with the band!!!
We had an amazing time, even if I did struggle NOT to get involved with taking photo’s.
What I am trying to say is that when planning your wedding, remember it is just that – YOURS. You don’t have to fit into a box, you do have to own your wedding. Just because all the other weddings you have been to have done this or that, doesn’t mean you have to. That is not to discredit all of those more traditional weddings but just remember to show your personalities and have fun. Oh and make time for photo’s with your photographer!! haha