Groom holding traffic cone above bride

Today we’re sharing more of the amazing pictures from Dawn and Matthew’s festival style wedding, our February Wedding of the Month. Their farm wedding was relaxed and fun with lots of personal details, including a VW Campervan (what festival would be complete without one?) which they chose as their wedding transport because they used to own one before they emigrated to Australia. Their guests enjoyed a garden party the day before the wedding and camped in the field ready for the big day, and in true farm style they had a cool barn dance during their evening reception.

If you are planning a festival or farm wedding we hope you get loads of inspiration from these pictures taken by Tyron Craig Mackenzie Photography.

“Our wedding theme was based on a festival as we are both passionate about music, have been to many festivals and had our first kiss at a festival! We picked Woodland Valley Farm as our venue as it was really flexible and beautiful, and it had the option for camping and accommodation on site which was a great plus.

“The farm was very relaxed and allowed us to create the look we wanted, which was so important to us. We utilised the fact it was a farm to our advantage, using old milk urns and watering cans in the decor and hay bales as seating. We chose pastel colours which again allowed flexibility and we felt instead of having only two or three colours a mishmash of complementing shades would look amazing. We had flowers everywhere in little jam jars and also candles and fairy lights, and everything was handmade by ourselves or family and friends; everything had a meaning and a story. We had strings of photographs of ourselves with our family and friends on the barn walls to remind everyone of how important they are to us, especially as we have emigrated to Australia.”

Couple walking in field

Long striped socks

Couple looking at each other

Holding hands

Festival wedding invitation

Bride having hair braided

Bride having hair braided

Wedding dress

Bride smiling

Bride having dress done up

Woman with hand over mouth

Opening beer bottle

Fastening braces

Groom with braces

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Bride kissing horse - Picture by Erin Johnson Photography

Image © Erin Johnson Photography


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Interview with: Mary Grace Lynch and Stephen Chircop

Company Name: Dreemz Planners


Location / Coverage: Malta and Gozo

How and when did Dreemz Planners get started?

Dreemz Planners was established in October 2010; we both worked for a UK company that promoted weddings in Malta but there was no personal touch. We both noticed that there was a gap in the market for UK and Irish couples that would like more than a 30 minute wedding ceremony at the Registry office, so Dreemz was born.

Villa Bologna, Malta

Who works at Dreemz Planners and what are your roles?

Mary Grace Lynch (The one with the Afro and a very loud voice)
Managing Director – Sales and Marketing
Looking after all the day to day e-mails and requests, and all marketing campaigns

Stephen Chircop (The crazy one)
Managing Director – Sales and Design
With a flair for design and also an excellent tailor, Stephen looks after all of our couples to give them the most amazing ideas to make their day a memorable one

Kimberly Micallef (The shy one)
Accounts and Marketing Assistant

Stephen Chircop and Mary Grace Lynch of Dreemz Planners

Which destinations does Dreemz Planners offer for weddings abroad?

Malta and Gozo.

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Hazy picture of bride and groom on dance floor - Picture by Elliott Hatherley Photography

Image © Elliott Hatherley Photography



Man holding woman sitting on bicycle

Here at The Wedding Community we feel very passionately about engagement shoots and how important they are to help you feel relaxed on your wedding day, so your wedding pictures are incredible.

Shan of Shan Fisher Photography feels the same, so she created this beautiful styled engagement shoot to show you just how amazing your engagement or pre-wedding pictures can be.

This ‘Fine Art Summer Bridal Inspiration’ engagement shoot was created with the help of a very talented team of wedding suppliers, and we hope these stunning pictures encourage you all to have an engagement shoot of your own.

“Back in the summer I had the great pleasure of collaborating with a great team to create this beautiful set of Fine Art, Summer Bridal Inspiration photos on film. I hope you enjoy the shoot, which is the first of four, each with different styles, and these photos inspire you when planning your beautiful wedding!”

Woman with floral crown about to kiss man Couple on engagement shoot


Couple about to kiss

Woman with flower crown Woman adjusting flower crown

Man hugging woman from behind

Couple with bicycle Couple

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Man crying giving speech - Picture by Alison Williams Photography

Images © Alison Williams Photography



We love the elegance and sophistication of porcelain, especially blue and white bone china; think of the famous ‘Willow pattern’ with the intricate designs. Using porcelain as the inspiration for wedding styling should of course incorporate the china itself; how about having each place setting laid with these plates and tea cups. There are many others details that you can use, such as porcelain themed bunting, mismatched tableware to add a little casual flair, blue and white vases, and even sweet treats with patterned designs.

Here are some of our favourite ideas for blue and white porcelain wedding styling.

Blue and White Porcelain Wedding Ideas Mood Board

Porcelain Pattern Cookies – Via Pinterest

Vases with Tulips – Via Product Snob

Toile Pattern Place Cards – Intricate Icings

Plates – Via Pinterest

Porcelain Pattern Bunting – Talking Tables

Blue and White Place Setting – Via Southern Living

Wedding Dress – Nicole Spose ‘JOAB15411IVBL’

Toile Inspired Wedding Cake – Carmen and Ingo

Bride and groom kissing under trees - Picture by The Wedding Cut

Image © The Wedding Cut


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Real Weddings and Bridal Shoots

A tipi wedding in Lancashire, photographed by Jonny Draper Photography, with second shooter Andrew Keher Photography…

Long wedding table in tipi

© Andrew Keher Photography – A tipi wedding in Lancashire


A Barton Stables wedding, photographed by Peppermint Love Photography…

Bride and groom kissing in front of horse

© Peppermint Love Photography – A Barton Stables wedding


A Moor Park wedding, photographed by Fiona Kelly Photography…

Bride and groom in grounds of Moor Park

© Fiona Kelly Photography – A Moor Park wedding


A tipi wedding in Hampshire, photographed by Lemontree Photography…

Bridal party standing on tree stumps

© Lemontree Photography – A tipi wedding in Hampshire


A Stoneley Woods Manor wedding, photographed by Jude Middleton Photography…

Wedding tables in tipi

© Jude Middleton Photography – A Stoneley Woods Manor wedding


A Gorcott Hall wedding, photographed by Steve Gerrard Photography…

Brde and groom on steps of Gorcott Hall

© Steve Gerrard Photography – A Gorcott Hall wedding

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Venue Name: Solent Forts


Location: In The Solent, off Portsmouth, Hampshire

Please tell us a little about Solent Forts’ history

When Louis Napoleon, the nephew of Bonaparte, seized power in 1848 and declared himself Emperor Napoleon III there was widespread fear in Britain of a resumption of hostilities with France and a possible invasion. In 1860, after much debate and deliberation, the government of Lord Palmerston proposed the construction of a ring of Forts in the Solent to protect Britain’s premier naval dockyard.

Spitbank Fort was completed in June 1878. The two outer Forts, Horse Sand Fort and No Man’s Fort, although started earlier, were completed in the spring of 1880. Horse Sands Fort and No Man’s Fort are identical, being 200 ft. in diameter and fully armour plated, while Spitbank Fort was only 150 ft. diameter and had iron plating on the seaward side only.

Spitbank Fort at Solent Forts

The stones, beautifully cut and weighing several tonnes apiece, had to be positioned on the seabed by divers who worked without the benefit of today’s technology. Each includes an artesian well to provide the garrison with fresh water – these are over 400ft deep! The cost was extortionate: excluding armaments, Spitbank Fort cost £167,300 (£8.6m in today’s money), Horse Sand Fort cost £424,694 (£31m in today’s money) and No Man’s Land Fort £462,500 (£34m in today’s money). By the time they were completed the invasion threat had receded and the Forts were dubbed “Palmerston’s Follies”.

They were heavily armed, none the less, with the guns being regularly upgraded as technology advanced. By the start of the First World War Spitbank was equipped with roof mounted guns that could prevent light forces from penetrating the Spithead area and the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour. Between the wars, all Forts in the Solent were left largely neglected until 1940 when the fall of France meant an invasion by German forces became a real threat. Spitbank Fort, along with Horse Sand and No Man’s Fort, suffered considerable damage as a result of German bombing. They were not able to support heavy anti-aircraft guns for general air defence but were brought to war-readiness for the seizure of French warships anchored off Portsmouth in 1940, after the fall of France. This was the only time that their armament was trained on the targets for which they had been originally built. The seizure was completed with little opposition and actual firing from the guns on the Forts was not necessary.

The Forts were de-activated at the end of the war and decommissioned in 1956, but only sold by the Ministry of Defence in 1982. Since then Spitbank Fort has been privately owned and has gone through many guises before finally coming to rest in the creatively sympathetic hands of AmaZing Venues. We have lovingly transformed Spitbank Fort and No Man’s Fort into unique, luxury wedding venues like no other, and will shortly complete the restoration of Horse Sand Fort.

What type of venue is Solent Forts?

Our three amazing historic sea forts have been, or are in the process of being, transformed into the ultimate private island experience. Perfect for Private Parties, Fort Breaks, Weddings and Lunch Experiences, our venues offer something unique.

Bride looking at view of Solent Forts

Is Solent Forts licensed for wedding ceremonies?

Three rooms on Spitbank Fort are licensed for civil weddings – you can say “I do” in the Officer’s Mess, the Victory Bar or the Crow’s Nest.

No Man’s Fort offers a variety of different spaces for your ceremony and reception, from the huge central Atrium to the Dining Quarters and the Rooftop Deck to the Cabaret Club, each with their own unique characteristics.

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