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FFOREST FARM WEDDING: Laura & Mike

Updated: Aug 18, 2019

Laura and Mike are not a conventional couple. They are artists, illustrators, visual communicators who love the outdoors. They were not keen on traditions, they wanted a wedding in Wales ( Mike is from there) and were not particularly bothered about having a wedding cake or bridesmaids and ushers, structured flowers etc. The emphasis was for their day to be about family , fun and enjoying the beautiful surroundings which FForest Farm provides. Fortunately for them, FForest has an incredible team from catering to the staff who look after guests that choose stay in onsite accommodation (which is incredible). As we were in Wales , I added a little extra touch by securing a Welsh men's choir to sing Fleetwood Mac's anywhere as Laura walked down the aisle for her ceremony. As a wedding planner, it is privilege to work with such a wonderful couple at a venue where the team are so accommodating.




The Details

Guests: 135

Style: Boho Luxe

Weekend celebration :Welcome supper on Friday night. Humanist Ceremony, Civil Ceremony and reception on Saturday.

Brunch on Sunday for those staying on site.

Planning time : 6 months from securing the venue.

Planning involvement: Full. Invitation, RSVP management, managing the venue directly and sourcing suppliers (band, Welshi choir , florist etc) on the day execution.

Dress: Laura wore BCBG MaxAzria from a pop up sale in Notting Hill

Bride's Accessories: Sophie Hulme clutch gifted to the bride by the designer and sandals from Office

Rings: From London based fine jeweller Hannah Martin

Suit :Mike wore a Welsh tartan kilt and waistcoat.

Food & Drink : Champagne & whisky were the stars of the day.

Locally sourced produce from Fforest itself and neighboring farm played a staring role in the canape's, banquet and evening hog roast.

Music: Welsh Men's Choir, Velvet Soul band for the evening.


The Decor

Wild , unstructured, flowers and lighting.

As Wales is not exactly my home ground, I set about looking for a florist who could help translate the vision we had for the Ceremony space in the Tipi and the sit down meal space in the barn. Jill at Green & WIld was a great find and she really did bring to life what we were trying to achieve- the restraint , the colours and the beautiful hanging greens.

Table style was very relaxed with enamel plateware, brass candlesticks with tapered candles. Laura (the bride) designed her own stationary suite- invites, menus , place name cards and Mike painted the seating chart beautifully.

The guest had a bottle of Laura and Mike's favourite whiskies on their tables to enjoy throughout the dinner, to accompany the sensational feast provided by Fforest and the many many glasses of champagne.



More details

Dress: Laura wore BCBG MaxAzria from a pop up sale in Notting Hill

Bride's Accessories: Sophie Hulme clutch gifted to the bride by the designer and sandals from Office

Rings: From London based fine jeweller Hannah Martin

Suit:Mike wore a Welsh tartan kilt and waistcoat.

Food & Drink: Champagne & whisky were the stars of the day.

Locally sourced produce from Fforest itself and neighboring farm played a staring role in the canape's, banquet and evening hog roast.

Music: Welsh Men's Choir, Velvet Soul band for the evening.


The images you see were captured by Tom Weller



*Check out the Wedding Video Teaser - get a real feel for what Fforest Farm and this outdoor wedding was all about.



The Videography was done by Morris and his team at MJ Motions.


And finally some candid photos from behind the scenes to pics taken by guests. Enjoy!




I'm so pleased this wedding was also featured on the Boho Weddings blog and you can read more on it on this link


Chenai xoxo

                                                         

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Photography Credits: Tom Weller Photography. Sophie Lake Weddings, Rachel Takes Pictures, Joasis Photography, Amy Saunders Photo, Rob Dodsworth Photo, Jenni MCord