Today’s gorgeous feature is sure to put you in the mood for wedding season. Bright and relaxed it’s an outdoor wedding – something that’s becoming all-the-more popular in the UK and an absolute treat to showcase. Captured by the wonderful Natalie McKenzie Brown, Becky and Ian’s day is a wonderful mix of DIY meets investment for they’ve not only crafted and created themselves (along with family and friends) but they chose some incredibly talented suppliers to provide the finest in food, flowers and of course the beautiful backdrop of Colehayes Park.
From Becky: We had a weekend wedding with around 70 guests, 50 of which stayed with us at the venue from the Friday until Sunday. It was a DIY wedding so on the Friday Ian and I along with help from our nearest and dearest had to dress the house before the guests arrived in the evening. Everyone helped make the place look amazing and it made us realize how lucky we were to have some awesome friends and family. It was nice to have everyone together the night before the wedding as it meant people were able to get to know each other and it helped create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere on the big day.
The weather forecast for our wedding day was pretty grim…rain, rain and more rain so we thought our dreams of an outdoors wedding were dashed. However despite waking up to a grey morning we decided to risk it and have our wedding by the pagoda. Ian and his groomsmen worked hard in the morning setting up hay bales and having the obligatory drink whilst I had my hair and makeup done with the bridesmaids! Before the ceremony Ian and me snuck off for our first look up on Dartmoor then crept back in time for the ceremony. My mum walked me down the aisle, which was a very proud moment. Whilst we were getting married the clouds parted and it was gloriously sunny for the rest of the day. After the ceremony we had canapés, Pimms and garden games on the lawn.
We had our speeches prior to the wedding breakfast, as Ian was really nervous about it so we wanted to get them out the way so he could enjoy his dinner! The speeches took place on the lounge steps whilst everyone was enjoying the sunshine in the garden. Then we were seated in the dining room where we enjoyed the rustic feast laid on by Dartmoor Kitchen. We wanted a rustic, family style meal so we had bowls and plates of food laid on the tables so people could help themselves. People still go on about the food now!
We had a naked wedding cake made by Ian’s mum. It was stunning! She had the owl cake toppers made especially for us by a lady in Italy (I have a thing for owls). We almost didn’t have a cake as on the way down to Devon she broke down and it was only by chance that a friend of mine had left later than planned and managed to pick up the defrosting cakes on the hard shoulder!
My mum grew flowers in her garden and then potted some old fruit boxes to make a beautiful display. I also spent a lot of time with the amazing Laura from Laura Hingston Flowers, who created my perfect bouquet. She really is an amazing lady. I wanted to incorporate my parent’s favourite flowers into my bouquet so I had a beautiful red poppy for my dad and fern for my mum along with forget me knots, wild roses, and peonies. Seeing the flowers Laura had created me was one of the highlights of the day, they looked and smelt beautiful.
My sister, who I hadn’t seen in 2 years as she lives in Australia, came home and we spent quality time making the decorations; table plan, name place cards and wedding signs. It had been hard planning a wedding with her being so far away but I cherish those few weeks running up to the wedding as we made up for it with lots of trips to Hobbycraft and evenings in gluing and painting.
We put pictures around the house of family members no longer with us: my dad, Ian’s uncle Dave, Ian’s grandparents and my Nan. We also got pictures of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days and displayed them around the house. Our grandparents are very important to both of us and we asked both our granddads to be witnesses which they were very proud of.
Awesome indeed! I love the ethos behind their day. Highly personal and relaxed, with luxe touches. Pretty darn perfect don’t ya think?
Credits: Photographer: McKenzie Brown Photography//Venue: Colehayes Park, Bovey Tracy //Catering: Dartmoor Kitchen//Label and stockist of dress: White Rose, Supernova Bridal in Datchet//Bridesmaid dresses: Oasis //Hair and make-up: The Pop-Up Salon //Groom’s outfit: Moss Bros//Florist: Laura Hingston Flowers //Props: The Prop Factory (formerly The Very Vintage Hire Co.) //Entertainment: Posterchild //Cake: Mum //Cake topper: Perlillia Pets on Etsy//Decor: DIY