Next time you pass a field, consider it as your wedding venue! It might need a bit of work as far as decor and styling goes, you might need a little cover in case it rains on the day, and it could appear a huge challenge at first…. but if you’re enthusiastic about a DIY outdoor wedding then this is an amazing story you’ll want to read!
Faye and Trevor had a rustic wedding in a field in Berkshire, where they celebrated with a handfasting ceremony and treated guests to a beautiful marquee reception. Faye is absolutely stunning; Trevor looks fab in his pale suit and together they make the most gorgeous couple! They’re talented too, and with all their friends created a magical, musical wedding I think is incredible!!
Huge thanks to lovely Yasmin Anne Photography for sharing her fab images of their day. Yasmin specialises in vintage, natural style photography for weddings. Brides in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire should find out more about her:
I love Faye’s wedding report, which includes tales of guests picking up and running with a shelter “like an ant” – as well as wonderful advice for DIY brides. Faye made the flowergirl dresses (and wings!), the cake, the on-the-day stationery, bunting and even painted pegs for everyone. She asks, “Is it wrong that I was happy we made our family & friends cry?!” No, Faye… you created a magical wedding and tears are the best reaction from your amazing guests! I love it too!
Our wedding report: Faye & Trevor
Wedding photographer’s website: www.yasminanne.co.uk
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Yasmin was perfect, friendly, organised & she got our vibe immediately. What I was amazed with was how I didn’t notice Yasmin at all throughout the day, except for when we did the formal shots. She just did her thing & captured so many wonderful shots of our wedding & our guests.
We hired a field, Home Farm in Purley-on-Thames. We then put everything into it!
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
It was a rustic, country, relaxed, glamping wedding!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We were over the moon when we received our portfolio. So many great shots of us & our guests when we didn’t know the camera was there. Just wonderful!
Your wedding style and theme:
It was a homemade, DIY, rustic wedding in the countryside.
Any happy tears on the day?
So many! I cried through most of the ceremony & I had so many guests (especially men); coming up to me saying “I haven’t stopped crying today! It’s been so beautiful!” “I never cry at weddings & I’ve cried three times today!” Is it wrong that I was happy we made our family & friends cry?!
How did the two of you meet?
We met 13 years ago when we were both performing in Joseph & the technicolor Dreamcoat. Trevor was the Pharoah & I was Mrs Potiphar.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Trevor proposed at the top of table mountain in Cape Town, South Africa in December 2012. We were there with our Daughter Savannah, it was my first show back from maternity leave & we discovered we were pregnant with our son Jesse! After 13 years together, I said we had to wait until after Jesse’s birth until we walked down the aisle; so we settled on August 2014. (Enough time to lose the baby weight from both babies!)
Best bit of budget advice?
Be creative, if you can make things or sew, DIY it! I now work in costume, so did lots myself (with help from both sets of Mums!) Start prepping early, as soon as you know your theme, colour etc, start scouring ebay, Sell My Wedding & similar sites. I got some amazing bargains.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery
I found a lovely seller on ebay, who had a bunting design which fitted our wedding. We also did Save the Date fridge magnets. Everything on the day, we did ourselves & printed out at home.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes immediately! It was the first dress in the second shop I went to. I thought “I can’t just buy it now!”, I was due to go proper shopping with my mum & bridesmaids. The shop was closing down though, so it was a this season’s Pronovias dress at half price! By the time I got home, I rang the shop & told them I was coming back for it & DO NOT SELL IT PLEASE!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Pronovias. The Ivory Boutique in Farnham, no longer open.
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
I bought myself some beautiful Swarovski earrings & my mum the matching necklace & gave it to her in the morning of the wedding. I knew it matched her dress perfectly & I loved the idea of having a link between us on the day. I bought a simple leaf pattern diamanté bracelet & hair slides from Accessorize.
The groom wore:
A gorgeous cream suit from 5Hire in Guildford as did the groomsmen, best men & fathers.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My maid of Honour & Bridesmaid wore matching dresses from Coast. They were in a muted bronze, strapless pleated bustier with a flowing empire line. Luckily it was this cut, as my maid of honour was 4.5 months pregnant! I made them fabric flower bouquets.
Our Flowergirls, Savannah our Daughter & Niece Skyla, were dressed in fairy tutu dresses made by me.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My friend Sarah Jayne Dunn did my hair & make-up for me. She’s amazing & also did me HD eyebrows & eyelashes for the day.
Wedding flowers: by a family friend, Flowers by Amee.
We had buttonholes, my bouquet, flowers in the jars hanging off the shepherds crooks, & she decorated the bridal arch SO beautifully! We made a hessian arch with a white floral centre piece of flowers trailing off down the sides. It was gorgeous. They were all in shades of white, cream & very soft pinks & peaches.
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
There were so much! The Hand Fasting, our own declarations, the singing but oh the rain! We wed outside in the field by the river, with guests seated on straw bales. It was so pretty. I arrived by boat & the moment I stepped off it started to rain & it didn’t stop for the entire ceremony. Luckily we had set up marquees to cover everyone, except us! We made do with a parasol I’d purchased from a photographer for photographs later on in the day. Everyone said it was really beautiful though & very memorable! When everyone was walking back to the main marquee field, it lashed with rain so hard, so guests picked up the legs of the ceremony marquee & walked it across the field like a big ant, protecting people from the rain. It was a funny sight.
My friend Jean-Pierre read an excerpt from the film ‘As Good As It Gets’. Trevor chose it for me, it was about how the female love interest wants to make him be a better man; as an ex-actor turned Director he performed it beautifully! My cousin Colette read from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, such a beautifully written piece.
A real highlight for our service was all the music & singing. We had 2 x Violins, viola, guitar, bass, piano, cello, cahon (percussion) & our dear friends Chris Hatt & Dave Rose, both Musical Directors/Supervisors in musical theatre, did all the arrangements. Our walk down the aisle was ‘Ribbon in the sky’, sung by our Best Man Ade, ‘The Prayer’ for signing the certificate, sung by friends Chevaun & Ulrik, & our exit song was ‘a thousand years’ again sung by friends Shonagh & Kieran.
We had an amazing flash mob moment, our friend Sharon sang Chaka Khans ‘Love you Still’, but Chris had done an incredible gospel style arrangement with stunning harmonies. After a verse of solo by Sharon, our singing guests started to stand as their lines came up in amongst the other guests, the other guests thought it was wonderful & it really was SO beautiful, I bawled my eyes out!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
As it was just a field, yes! We did everything. I started getting things ready a year in advance & we still ran out of time! We bought pom poms, lanterns, gazebos, marquees, fairy lights, made bunting, chair sashes, table runners, the cake, picnic baskets for the tables, scarecrows, a photo booth tent, the list is endless…. It was hectic in the run up but so worth it, as it was so personal & unique to us, & some of the things I thought people wouldn’t really notice, got lots if comments; like the Bride & Groom pegs I painted for each person & they held their name tag at the table place.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Quirky! I made 4 tiers the year previous & had been feeding it with alcohol for a year. Mmmm! We did rustic style icing the day before & a friend Sophie made the cake toppers of Trevor & I, our children Savannah & Jesse & even our cat Suki!
Trevor’s band played, they were incredible, the dance floor was flooded with people all night, mix of mowtown, pop & classic tunes to keep everyone dancing the night away!
On the day tips and advice:
If you’re doing it all yourself, know everything will take you twice as long as you think it will!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Just a feeling of being complete, we’ve been together 13 years, have two beautiful children & now we have put the icing on the cake so to speak!
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
- Photography by Yasmine Ann at http://www.yasminanne.co.uk/
- Capri marquees by Marcus at BayTree Events http://www.baytreeevents.co.uk/
- our Glamping village by The Tipi Hire Company http://thetipihirecompany.co.uk/
- Field Hire through Land for Events http://www.landforevents.co.uk/
- Hair & make-up by Sarah Jayne Dunn at http://www.makeupbysarahjayne.co.uk/
- Flowergirl dresses, Bridal veil, Bridesmaids bouquets, Bride & Groom favour pegs, bunting, table runners, by Faye Jary at www.peggysattic.co.uk
- Band ‘Platinum Gold’ contact Trevor Jary on 07958 381946 or email email@example.com
- hog roast & evening BBQ by Hart Catering http://www.hartcatering.co.uk/
- bar was run by Brian at Tapped Bar http://www.tappedmobilebars.com/
- Flowers by Amee Greatrix
- Cake Toppers by Sophie at https://facebook.com/Sophiesweddingcakes
- Celebrant Philip Scott from the Humanist Celebrant Website