We asked Lucy a few questions about their fantastic day:
What was your budget? Approx £10K.
How would you describe your wedding theme? Very relaxed home-made festival vibe. We had family and friends pitching in and helping with everything from decorations to food and outfits. We even built a wash-up station in a field and a bar out of some planks of wood and stepladders!
What was your favourite part of your wedding? Wow. How to pick that?!? It was the best day ever. The morning venue location was awesome, the lunchtime walk was lovely and romantic and the photographer got some great shots. But the speeches were definitely a highlight for everyone, as well as the Rock Band Karaoke – especially the rousing Hey Jude finally in which everyone seemed to join. The endless food and drink were pretty awesome too.
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why? The best men were chosen based on a combination of closeness and friendship duration. It was an awfully difficult decision but when all your friends are really close it comes down to the ones you’ve known since you were a spotty little teenager! Bridesmaids were a mix of best friends from school, university and later life – everyone represented a different part of friendship.
Why did you choose your venue? Because it was the best place to do it and was the only place we really wanted to be! We got married in a hotel and then lunched in a pub before removing ourselves to my husband’s parents’ farm for our reception (aka mini-festival!).
How did the proposal happen? On a slightly damp log, in some special woods on new years eve, by candle-light. A romantic, if cold, environment that was made all the more special by a beautiful poem that my husband had written for the occasion that just made my heart melt. It’s a moment I’ll treasure for as long as I live – just thinking of it brings a smile to my face.
Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share? Bunting is incredibly easy to make and looks great. You CAN spend ages making really detailed pretty stuff with fabric that costs loads, but if you want lots you can easily bash out loads of it made from any old fabric you’ve got lying around and it still looks great.
We also made a huge LOVE sign cut out of some old plywood. My bridesmaid and I painted them just a couple of days before and they proved to be a great photo opportunity as well as really adding to the festival atmosphere.
What was your first dance & why? Well, after deliberating on literally tens of different songs we finally decided that we wanted it to be performed live by the band. We chose a song that meant an awful lot to us in terms of it’s lyrics and also it’s place in history. Yes, that’s right, we chose the theme song to “Home And Away”. It was genuinely amazing – we embraced the cheese of it, danced our little socks off (with a niece clinging to my dress!) and all our guests absolutely loved it!
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently? Married someone else. Not really!
In all honesty, the only thing we would have done differently is get the photographers for the whole day. In an attempt to save money we only had them for the day time, but their results were so fabulous that we wish we’d found the money to get them for the entire day. Other than that, as cheesey as it sounds, it really was the most perfect day ever.
Do you have any advice for future couples? Relax. Do what YOU want. Don’t feel pressure from anyone else, including parents (even if they’re helping to pay!) – and even more so from yourself. It’s easy to get lost in what you think you ‘should’ be doing. Throw that out of the window and do what YOU want to do!
Also, if you’re on a tight budget think outside of the box. Friends and family will all want to help in any way they can, so give them jobs to do – they want to do it! We did, and it meant that the day itself felt like a real family production – everywhere you looked you could see the input of all the people you love, and that just made it extra special.
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received? Find time for yourselves on the day. It’s such a busy hectic day and everyone wants a piece of you – make sure you get some time together. Go for a walk, steal a kiss in a cupboard or do what we did and be the last ones standing on the dance floor at 5am – just make sure you get some alone time.
What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding? The fact that you’re putting time and energy into something so positive. Seeing the whole thing come together and realising that it’s all about a celebration of love is an amazing thing. What makes it even better is that you get to watch all your friends and family enjoying the day with you.
Is there anything else you would like to add? There was so much contribution from friends and family that we really can’t list it – but it made the day 100% totally special so a HUGE thank you to everyone that helped.
Also thanks to the God(s) – For 5 days prior to the wedding it rained, then somehow on the day itself we got uninterrupted blue skies. Genuinely mind-blowing how perfect it was.
Videography: Our mate Jake
Ceremony Venue: Hammet House
Reception Venue: Held at parent’s house
Bride’s Dress & Headpiece: Lily & Louie
Bride’s Jewellery: Family
Groom’s Outfit: Uniqlo, Topshop, vintage
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: eBay
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Topshop
Cake: M&S, decorated by our sister
Flowers: Hedgerow / home garden
Hair: Best man’s sister
Make Up: by the bride
Band: The One Hit Wonders
DJ: our own playlist
Stationery: Laura Heeks
Caterers: Family friends
Transport: Borrowed from a friend
Tent: Fedwen Tentage