Festival Wedding at the Wise Wedding Venue

Festival Wedding at the Wise Wedding Venue – Anya & Pete

Anya and Pete’s wedding was a fantastic and memorable festival wedding at the Wise Wedding Venue. It feels like it happened this summer, but I just realised today that it was in fact in 2017 that they got married! Time really flies! But this wedding sticks in my memory like it was yesterday. I remember how excited I was leading up to the wedding and their day didn’t disappoint!

When Anya first got in touch with me, I knew their wedding day will be amazing. Anya wore a Chotronette Dress dress and made her own Felt Flower Crown and Bouquet! They also made all their table decor themselves.  They had lots of DIY props, unicorn heads, bunting made from books that reflected something about them and their families (music, moomins, star wars, the hobbit, Mr Men, Shakespeare) – hand made by Anya & Pete. LOVE sign made from pallets by Pete, multi-way signs pointing to different fantasy lands made by both and posters designed and printed by Anya. They also featured their cats in a variety of ways (on the cake, in a hand painted illustration of us hanging at the entrance and in our centre pieces) but their favourite was the picture of them by Sammy-Lea’s emporium in a sugar skull style which took centre place on our table.

The couple really made sure their guests were involved from the moment the day begun to the end. There wasn’t a single moment when something wasn’t happening, whether it was coffee roasting, Morris Men dancing or competitions for the best hat, dancer or jouster – they even made prizes for each competition. Asking friends again what they thought was different or unique about the wedding, everyone said the same thing: everything! It really was a magical, amazing day.

About the ceremony:

They had a hand-fasting ceremony in a circle of trees, overlooked by two life-sized bronze horses! It was written by Katie (celebrant) especially for them, encompassing their love of adventure and fantasy and matching their vows (which they wrote together) very well. They walked up the aisle through their friends lining the way, Pete first then Anya. Pete walked up the aisle to the Rocky theme tune (!) and Anya walked up the aisle to Concerning Hobbits from The Hobbit. Their guests then took their seats after they reached the oak tree at the front of the circle. They had a ring warming, which was incredibly personal and meant their guests were able to wish us well in a unique way, followed by a hand fasting and then they jumped the broom to their new life! Their friend Martin did a reading for them from Dr Seuss (Oh, The Places You’ll Go), and they had lavender in bags at the end for the guests to throw at them (the lavender, not the bags!)

Here are the photos from their amazing day!

Links to the amazing suppliers:

Katie Keen, True Blue Ceremonies: http://trueblueceremonies.co.uk
Ceremony & Reception Venue:
Wise Wedding Venue, http://www.wiseweddingvenue.co.uk
Kelly Honey-Bare Humphries http://www.misshoneybare.com
Make Up:
Kelly Honey-Bare Humpries http://www.misshoneybare.com
Groom’s Outfit:
Gresham Blake https://www.greshamblake.com
Bridesmaid Dresses:
Their own
Lucy Lu’s Cake Creations
Flowers and Succulents:
The Complete Lunch http://www.thecompletelunch.co.uk
Gatsby’s Gramaphone
The Shire Huts http://theshirehuts.com (glamping) for over-night guests in the camping area
Other Entertainment:
Morris Men, Union Hand Roasted Coffee roasting, Blindfolded Hobby Horse Jousting (organised and run by couple)


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