A Relaxed, Colourful Wedding in the College Valley

Is this the year you say ‘I do’? As we start this new year I’m sure your wedding planning is now in full swing, and today I have a wonderfully relaxed, colourful wedding to help get your wedding inspiration off to a great start.

Deirdre and Eoghan married at Cuddystone Hall in the heart of the College Valley, a remote, tranquil spot perfect for their ‘Quigleyfest’ wedding. A festival style wedding reception party followed the couple’s ceremony in the romantic setting amongst the rolling hills of the valley.

Bride and groom standing on road in the College Valley

If you are looking for ways to incorporate a festival theme into your wedding then you will love Deirdre and Eoghan’s wedding style. Their styling elements included DIY pallet signs, a VW Camper Van (what festival would be complete without a camper van?), horse box bar, colourful paper lanterns that adorned the ceiling of the reception marquee and an abundance of fabulous florals.

The flowers really bring this wedding to life, from the bright showy sunflowers on the tables to the multicoloured roses on the cheese stack wedding cake. The bridal flowers, in lighter more subtle shades of dusty pink and mauve with green foliage, look so pretty against the bride’s white dress and the pink bridesmaid dresses. Deirdre chose a floral hoop instead of a traditional bridal bouquet, which together with her really cool red edged open toe shoes creates a relaxed bridal style.

With such colourful styling and stunning scenery, I hope you enjoy looking through these wonderful wedding pictures by Erika Tanith Photography…

Beautiful and So Romantic

“Eoghan and I became friends when we were teenagers and started dating when we were about 16.

“We were on holiday with a few friends in Thailand when Eoghan proposed, learning to scuba dive on the beautiful island of Koh Phi Phi. Eoghan said he wanted to go for a walk along a quiet part of the beach so he could take some photos. I was a bit confused as this was a weird thing for us to do and I couldn’t understand why no one else would come along.

“We took the walk along the moonlight beach, stopped to take a few photos and then I turned around and he was down on one knee. I was totally not expecting it! It was beautiful and so romantic, and I could believe he thought it up!”

College Valley, Northumberland

Bridal shoes in floral hoops

Red edged bridal shoes

Floral bridal hair combs

Bridesmaid having make-up done

Floral hair comb in hair

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Bride and groom kissing in front of yurt

A ‘Wedgefest’ Festival Wedding at Lower Hill Farm

Step aside Glastonbury and V Festival, today I’m bringing you WEDGEFEST! Nik and Ali chose a festival style wedding as they longed for a fun, relaxed wedding day. Cue a bride in a pretty summer dress, a groom in shorts, straw bales, a coconut shy, personalised Jenga, sunglasses, yummy food, music, beer, a silent disco, camping and THE most incredible view… now THIS is what I call a fun, relaxed wedding!

If you fancy a summer festival wedding then you will love Nik and Ali’s ideas. Their wedding was just one big party with their nearest and dearest. The couple chose an amazing location, Lower Hill Farm in Shrewsbury, for their wedding celebration, which gave them a blank canvas to create their own set-up and styling. So, with a number of stretch tents and cool lighting, they created their perfect wedding venue.

I love how relaxed and informal Nik and Ali kept their day. This wedding shows that if you don’t fancy a big traditional wedding, you don’t have to have one. Forget Glastonbury, why not have your own summer festival wedding?

A huge thank you to James Griffiths Photography for sharing these fabulous pictures of Wedgefest.

Bride and groom kissing in front of yurt

Something Special

“Ali and I had known each other for some time before we became a couple, having worked together for around six years. After spending some time together outside of work, things developed into something special!

“We went on holiday to explore Montenegro, and whilst we were there I became consciously aware of what I had known sub-consciously for some time – that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Ali. Monty is a beautiful place and perhaps not the first place that comes to mind for a proposal. Both of these factors made it seem highly appropriate for us!

“We found an amazing viewpoint which overlooks the Tara Canyon. It’s the second deepest canyon in the world and an absolutely beautiful spot. We had spent the previous day rafting down the canyon, admiring both its scale and beauty. Without prior preparation (and without a ring!), looking upon the 1,300m deep canyon in tranquil surroundings, I got down on one knee and asked Ali to be my wife.”

Wedgefest wedding sign at entrance to Lower Hill Farm

Wooden sign at festival wedding

Stretch tent at Lower Hill Farm for festival wedding

Bunting at car park of festival wedding

Ale signs in tent at wedding

Bride outside yurt having hair done before wedding

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Bride and groom standing in front of Lonkerfest sign at Colehayes Park wedding

A ‘Lonkerfest’ Festival Wedding at Colehayes Park

This festival wedding is totally awesome! Amy and Chris certainly know how to style a wedding and throw a party, and boy I wish I was there!

Everything about this wedding is pretty darn cool. To start with, Amy and Chris named their wedding ‘Lonkerfest’, which is a combination of their surnames with a festival twist. They even had their own logo designed, which they used on their wedding stationery.

This wedding is bold and flamboyant and features plastic flamingos, funky sunglasses, blow up cacti, pom poms, loads of balloons, personalised cake toppers and funny pictures of all their guests.

Bride and groom standing in front of Lonkerfest sign at Colehayes Park wedding

Amy’s fabulous tea length wedding dress was custom made from a second hand full length dress with train. This is just a small symbol of how much effort and customisation these guys put into their big day.

When you see the pictures of this amazing ‘Lonkerfest’ wedding, taken by Howelljones Photography, you will see by the huge grins that are on everyone’s faces just how much fun they all had. You guys rock!

Sweating About the Right Time

“We met through mutual friends in Perth, Australia. Chris was there backpacking from the UK and I grew up in Sydney. He met our mutual friends at a camp ground in Darwin, and when I went over to Perth to visit my friends (I lived in Sydney at the time) I met Chris at one of their parties. We did long distance between Perth and Sydney for seven months (no mean feat – it’s a five hour flight!) before we decided to move to London together. That was eight years ago.

“When Chris proposed we were away for a long weekend with close friends of ours. On the Sunday night the four of us were drinking champagne and playing the dice game, Yahtzee. Suddenly Chris threw the dice across the room to create a diversion. I went to pick them up, turned around and there he was standing with a ring in his hand! He’d had it all weekend, sweating about the right time to propose, when finally he couldn’t take the ring burning a hole in his pocket any longer!”

Bride having make-up done

Bride looking at wedding make-up in mirror

Groom tying shoelaces

Groom doing up tie

Flamingo cufflinks

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Bride and groom holding arms out

A Cool ‘Wedstock’ Festival Wedding in an Orchard

Today we have something a little different to share with you. Following a summer of festivals, I’m very excited to share this cool Woodstock inspired wedding.

Alice and Ben’s ‘Wedstock’ festival wedding is so vibrant, unique and fun. There are so many amazing details, but one of my favourites is Alice and Ben’s attire. Alice wore an incredible lace wedding dress with large floating sleeves, and Ben wore a very cool, relaxed suit, bright shirt (the funkiest shirt I have seen for a wedding!) and cravat – such a cool couple! And wait until you see what the celebrant wore!

Bride and groom standing next to Wedstock sign

The wedding took place in an orchard that belongs to Alice’s uncle, and was the perfect spot for this laid-back wedding. The whole wedding was bright, bold and fun. I love every one of the styling details; the origami birds, pom poms, chair ribbons, fun signs around the venue… it all added to the ambience of the day.

As well as the fabulous pictures by Jacob Boodrie, we also have a very special video of Alice and Ben’s amazing day. This is a really cool time-lapse film created by Time-Lapse Tales. It’s an innovative style of capturing weddings and experiences by blending videography with photography. Isn’t it cool!

Fun-Loving People

“We met at university where we lived in halls together, and started off as best friends. I proposed to Ben with an impromptu proposal in bed one Sunday afternoon, but Ben got jealous that I’d beaten him to it. So, he decided to propose back to me on a boat in the Hudson River in New York.

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Bridesmaid with Wellington boot

Bridesmaids looking at phone

Locket with old photographs in

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Bride holding bottle of beer and groom holding bouquet

A Relaxed Festival Wedding on an Alpaca Farm

The thing I love most about Kelsey and Matt’s wedding is the simplicity of the day. No bridal party, no suits, no seating plan, no cake or fancy accessories; just the two of them and their loved ones in one spectacular location.

Kelsey and Matt tied the knot at Jalbrook Estate in Australia, a charming alpaca farm, and it was the perfect setting for their laid-back festival wedding. They said their vows under a beautiful tree with a macramé ceremony backdrop.

Kelsey wore a stunning boho bridal two-piece, Tillie top and the Natasha skirt by Karen Willis Holmes, and Matt kept things casual in trousers, shirt and pumps. Their outfits really reflect the relaxed, festival style of their wedding. They wanted their wedding to feel more like a party than a wedding, and it sure has that vibe.

Groom blowing dandelion as bride

The couple and their guests enjoyed drinks served from a really cool caravan bar, and ate delicious traditional paella.

These pictures taken by CJ Williams Photography really show how relaxed the day was. Enjoy!

Unromantic but Perfect

“Matt proposed on February 11th on Great Barrier Island off New Zealand. Matt bought us tickets for the trip as a Christmas present and it was just magic. We had a cosy little chalet on top of a hill overlooking the ocean.

“One day Matt suggested that we go for a bush walk, but he pretended to forget his lighter so he could run back up and set up the ring/proposal. When we got back we were both sweaty and hot, and when I saw the box on the table Matt said “Shall we get married?”. It was so unromantic yet so perfect.”

Chalk on top of hand-written wedding order of the day

Bride having make-up done

Bride having lip make-up done

Wedding dress hanging

Bridal shoes

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