Kate & Mark’s Love Filled Wedfest…
He says ‘I love you”
She says “How much?”
He grins and says “As much as Kate & Marks wedding”
She says “Wow I’m a lucky lady”.
This week love is in the air, because you could not cram much more love into todays stunning Wedfest, packed full of super cool cars and vintage charm, this couple certainly know how to celebrate! Old Barn farm was the canvas in which Kate and Mark put their stamp, erecting a tipi for the reception and utilising the great outdoors for the ceremony. Jam-packed with DIY charisma, we cannot get enough of their personal touches throughout this outdoor wedding, Kate we salute you! Captured by the talented Beki Young Photography who brings every detail and pop of red to life.
Kate says “We spent two years making, crafting and sorting every aspect of our wedding as when you start from just a blank green field its all a bit daunting but we found the planning and the personal touches were one of the things our guests really appreciated and still talk about today.”
Festival, Fun, Vintage, Camping, lots of Music and cool cars…
Tell us a little bit about your dress and its details.
I always knew I wanted a Tea-Length wedding dress, being on the short side, I didn’t want to get swamped in a traditional gown. I went around a few places and then my last stop was at Sue’s (Bleu Bridal) and as soon as I walked in, my dress was on a mannequin right in from of me. I just knew it was the one.
Sue was extremely patient with me and let me try on almost every dress in the shop, to make sure I was really sure and I was. It had a fitted bodice with a flared skirt, lace capped sleeves and a diamond back. It was the most comfortable dress I’ve ever worn. My mum added some sparkles to the lace detail and to the belt area of the dress and it was just perfect.
Who was your dress designer and boutique?
My dress was from an amazing boutique and supplier friend – Sue who runs Bleu Bridal in Shedfield, Hampshire.
My Jewellery came from the website www.notonthehighstreet.com and my birdcage veil and head piece from Lily Bella – https://lilybella.co.uk/collections/birdcage-veils
The Jewellery for the bridesmaids was made by our friend Jan from Lovely and Vintage – https://www.facebook.com/LovelyandVintageJewellery
Tell us a little bit about your bridesmaids/ groomsmen/ flower girls/ page boys.
Bridesmaids – I had 7 Bridesmaids, my 3 oldest school friends who are still my closest friends today, their children and our niece. Mark’s grooms party, consisted of his two oldest friends, my two brothers and our two pageboys – our nephew and our friend’s son. They all did an amazing job.
Marks Suit and that of all the Grooms party were hired from our good friends at Astares Menswear. We bought the guys shirts from Next- Red and Navy flowered shirts, which fitted out theme and colour scheme perfectly, Marks shoes came from Barkers – His treat to himself.
Again being in the Wedding Industry I guess I knew who I wanted to be involved from the start and who I was going to trust with making me look wedding ready. An old school friend, Claire Greaves from My Secret Salon (Formally Couture Hair and Nails) salons did my hair and that of my 7 bridesmaids. The super talented Kim Kingston from The Beauty Shed did all our make up, Mine, my Mum and the 3 older bridesmaids. Having these super ladies around on the morning of the wedding was just amazing, they are both extremely professional, talented and also super fun to be around.
We knew we wanted something that really reflected us and our wedding theme and found Wedfest was the company for us. Our invitations were in the style of festival lanyards, and when our guests RSVP’d back to us they all got sent personalised festival wristbands which they had to wear on the big day. It was great to see all our guests with them on. We had VIP lanyards made up so certain suppliers for example, Claire and Kim (Hair and Make up) as I wanted them to feel involved as friends not just suppliers.
Flowers and Florist details
As mentioned my Mum grew all the flowers for the venue, but my bouquet, the bridesmaids bouquets and the button holes all came from our friend Micah at Mrs Bouquets Wedding Flowers. I discussed what I was after with Micah and I knew she would do an amazing job, but on the day when she delivered our flowers, they just blew me away. We had Red and White Gerbera’s, with small daisy’s and barley for the Bouquets and Mark and some of the wedding party all had Gerbera button holes.
We were meant too…. In the end we kept changing the budget, and then decided not to worry about it at all! Not the most wise thing to do. But it meant we had the most amazing weekend and looking back we wouldn’t of changed any of it.
Could you describe your ceremony and details?
We had an outdoor ceremony, my Dad made us an arch out of vintage doors from a friend and Mum grew all the flowers and plants that we had around the venue and the ceremony area. We hired haybales for guest to sit on and had a live band playing my entrance music and our exit music, out of my Dad’s 1960 Chevy Truck.
We hired a celebrant, Hilary Channing, as the venue isn’t licence and we wanted to make the ceremony our own. Hilary was just perfect. The ceremony was extremely personal, whilst at the same time involving friends and family, we had a hand tying during the ceremony involving the two friends that got us together which was really special and Mark and I wrote our own vows to each other.
We did the official bit at the local registry office on the Friday morning before (in shorts and t-shirts), to us this was just a formality as the real ceremony in our eyes was at our venue in front of our friends and family who were all just as emotional as us.
Did you have any specific readings?
My oldest friend and bridesmaid and our sister in law both did reading for us during the ceremony.
Can you tell us about your reception venue?
Our whole wedding was in the same place at Old Barn Farm so the reception just flowed after the day. We had a large Tipi Tent set up from the Stunning Tent Company which we had the Wedding Breakfast in and this also housed a large dance floor and stage for the evening band as well as a chill out area with sofa’s and a fire pit.
Lots – we had lots of food. Mark and I really love good food, so this was very important to us. We chose Fat Hog and Big Pan Catering did all our wedding catering on the day. We had sampled Rob’s food before at a friends wedding so knew how amazing it was and having known Rob for a few years we knew he was the right choice for us. We had canapes after the ceremony, 3 big pan choices for the wedding breakfast, Jerk Chicken, Beef in Red wine and a Chicken and Chorizo Paella, with a range of crusty breads and salads. We then had jam jar desserts, of chocolate brownie, raspberry and lemon curd Eton mess and white chocolate cheese cake.
For the evening food we had Hampshire Roast Meats in a Bun – This was a choice of Hampshire roast beef, pulled pork with apple sauce, or roast lamb all serves in buns with a selection of sauces again all provided by Fat Hog and Big Pan Catering. We also had Ice Cream in the evening from Caravanilla for all our guests and Marshmallows around the fire pit at the end of the evening.
What was your cake like?
Rob from Fat Hog and Big Pan Catering also supplied our wedding cake – 5 Tiers of amazing cheese, which was cut up for all our guests to have cheese and biscuits around 10.30pm
Where did you save money and how did you splurge?
We saved a lot of money on making signs, decorations ourselves which enabled us to splurge on entertainment for our guests. We also splurged on a professional lighting company who used up lighters in the trees and hung festoon bulbs around the tipi entrance.
We spent two years making, crafting and sorting every aspect of our wedding as when you start from just a blank green field its all a bit daunting but we found the planning and the personal touches were one of the things our guests really appreciated and still talk about today.
My Mum, made all the bunting that covered the inside of the Tipis, she also filled all the jars with flowers for the table decorations. Dad made wooden sign after wooden sign for us and they both went to car boot after car boot to look for chalk boards and vintage bits and bobs to decorate the tipis and field with. My brothers made tables out of old oil drums and we hand wrote all our our signs, made our wedding programs, that doubled up as fans, painted chalk board place mats and wrote everyone’s name on them.
We had flip flops for tired feet, blankets for the evening, toiletries in the toilets, sunglasses for the sun (and there was lots of it) and lots of deckchairs including a giant deckchair for guest to chill out in courtesy of Anywhere Deckchairs.
We hired flags from The Event Flag Hire company. We had lots of outdoor suppliers for guests, a Prosecco Van (Bubble Bros – www.bubblebros.co.uk) and a friends VW Coffee van (The Coffee Camp. We used another friends VW Splitscreen to set up a bar during the day to which guests could help themselves. Our Vintage VW cars played a big part in our decor of the field as well. Being wedding transport suppliers it was a must that were going to use our own beloved vehicles – So Mark used Ozzy, our VW Notchback to travel from the camping field to the wedding field and I went in Hector, Our VW Splitscreen campervan with my Dad, with my Brother driving us. We also had two very good friends transport the rest of the wedding party for us in their vehicles.
What did you do for entertainment?
We are both huge love music fans so lots of music was a must for us. We had Vintage Roots Band from Tailored Entertainment playing during the day, they set up in the back of my Dads our chevy truck and played as soon as guests started to arrive. We arranged for guests to get about 45 minutes before the ceremony so they could listern to the band, have a drink and chill out before I arrived.They also played our ceremony music for us.
We had a solo guitarist ‘Nathan’ also from Tailored Entertainment playing during our wedding breakfast in the Tipi. We then had a surprise for our guests in the way of a singing chef, guest and waitress after our speeches. Micky and Grace from Its All in the Swing and then in the evening we had our good friend and fellow supplier Ashley Riggs as DJ and our headline act was another live band ‘The Lionels’, who played two amazing sets in the evening for us.
We were set up by two of our friends on a dating website in 2007, Our first date was at All Bar One in Gunwharf, Portsmouth, we clearly hit it off as ended up in Tiger Tiger till about 1am dancing the night away..and on a school night too !! I knew Mark would be the one for me, when on our second date he turned up in shorts and flip flops!!
Please share a little bit about the proposal?
2015 saw us jet off to Rome for a few days in July. Little did I know on 7th July (Hector’s Birthday (our VW Campervan) of all days) and at a little local restaurant a nervous Mark would pop a small box on the table and pop the question…. I of course said Yes (about bloody time)! We celebrated with cocktails at the bar and answering hundreds of facebook posts – so romantic …..
Marks plan was nearly blown when he was given a random security check at the airport on the way out, he was petrified the security would get the ring out and ruin his plan.
I have never seen him so keen to send me off shopping!!!
What are your top tips for other couples getting married outdoors?
Use suppliers who are used to working out doors, have a wet weather plan (just in case) Use blogs and websites to research outdoor weddings as much as possible Make sure you provide lots of water for guests and suppliers as well as suncream and bug spray Think of lighting for when it gets dark. If setting up your venue the day before, depending on venue/ location think of hiring security over night and during the day. One of the best decisions we made was to hire a wedding coordinator for our day. We had planned every last detail but wanted to enjoy our day without the worry of making sure everything was happening how we envisage it would. Nicola from Behind the Scenes was the best person for the job. We clicked from the moment we met and Nicola got our vision straight away. Nicola and her team looked after us and are wedding day amazingly well and I would completely recommend them to everyone planning a wedding like ours. http://www.behindthescenesevents.co.uk/
We enjoyed planning our wedding so much and really focused on friends and family having a good time and from the feedback of our guests we did just that. Knowing that everyone really enjoyed themselves meant a lot to Mark and I. It’s so difficult to pick our favourite elements of our wedding as every single bit was amazing. We just simply cannot put into words how much we loved our wedding festival weekend.
I remember being really calm on the day itself, however as soon as we drove into Old Barn Farm and onto the wedding field and I saw Mark and all our guests waving I just burst into tears. This is when the emotion of the day hit me. Mark and I were looking around the field after the ceremony and seeing our guests really getting into the spirit of the day, full on dancing and singing outdoors in the sun in front of our day band at 2.30pm which was so amazing to see.
We hired surprise singers (disguised as a chef and a guest) to entertain our guests, just 2 of them, or so we thought! There were actually 4 including a saxophonist. We were gobsmacked that the surprise we had for our guests turned into a surprise for us, with everybody once again up singing and dancing, this time immediately after the speeches. I will always remember being on the dance floor with Mark at the end of the evening, I had a bridesmaid head dress in my hair (not sure why) and Marks tie was all squiffy, and him saying ‘We Smashed it Mrs Burch, we truly smashed it’
Field:Old Barn Farm, Liphook, Hants
Photographer:Beki Young Photography
Wedding planner: Behind the Scenes
Celebrant: Hilary Channing
Bridal Designer: Sue who runs Bleu Bridal in Shedfield
Grooms Attire: Astares Menswear
Make up: The Beauty Shed
Hair: My Secret Salon
Transport: Deluxe Weddings
Splitty Wedding Hire
Flowers: Micah at Mrs Bouquets Wedding Flowers
Bell Tents: Beautiful Bells
Breakfast Van (Day after the wedding) :The Little Cafe Co
Main Bar: The Tipsy Goose
Venue Lighting: Lite Up Events
PhotoBooth: Fleurs Vintage Photo Booth
Security/Event Management: MJ Events
Hay bales: Bales 4 Events
Videographer: Nicola Joy
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