REAL WEDDINGS: A Charming Handmade Bristol Farm Wedding Adorned with Seasonal British Flowers

24th November 2015


Amy and Chris both love nature, their local neighbourhood and the great outdoors, and they both like to indulge in a bit of crafting, so it was important to them that their wedding reflected all of these things.  

Flowers by Organic Blooms

The beautifully natural wedding flowers were by Organic Blooms who use their own home grown seasonal British flowers; the photographs were taken by the talented Emma Stoner.  Organic Blooms and Emma Stoner are both listed in Green Union’s wedding directory.

The Venue

Horfield Parish Church and Colliters Brook Farm, Bristol

Horfield Parish Church Floral arch at the church entrance by Organic BloomsThe pew ends in the church are by Organic Blooms

The Guests

80 day guests, including Amy’s family from up North, Chris’ family from around Bristol, and friends (mostly from London). Plus an additional 20 guests for the evening.

Image by Emma StonerOutside Horfield Parish Church after the wedding ceremonyThere were 80 day guest plus 20 more for the evening


Did you have a Budget - Did you to Stick to it?

We originally didn’t want to spend much over £12,000, but it turns out that, even when you make loads of things yourself, that’s not very realistic nowadays. We did go a wee bit over!

Image by Emma Stoner

The Atmosphere

It was important that our wedding was very US – we both love nature and the outdoors, we’re both big on handicrafts and Chris is a graphic designer. So we naturally wanted to design and make lots of the wedding ourselves, have an outdoorsy reception and use local suppliers from our hometown of Bristol.

We both love nature so a natural wedding was important to us

The Eco-Elements

We sourced as much as we could locally to cut down on miles travelled and to support our local community and economy.

Wedding food was catered for by Pieminister, a local Bristol company who pride themselves on responsible sourcing; beer came from local Bristol breweries, Ashley Down Brewery and Bath Ales; flowers came from Organic Blooms in North Bristol - Organic Blooms is a social enterprise that grows seasonal British flowers in their meadow and provides education and training to people with learning difficulties and mental health support needs.

We sourced locally, including British flowers from Organic Blooms

The wedding cake of three ‘vegetable’ cake tiers was made by Amy’s Mum; the favours were hand made packets of wildflower seeds (so that our guests can continue our nature theme in their own gardens); instead of buying lots of new decorations, we up-cycled old and existing items from various family gardens and lofts, including an old wooden stepladder (complete with paint splatters!), a newly painted and planted iron flowerpot stand, and numerous easels, boards and picture frames.

We designed our own stationery and my mother made the cakes

The Invites

Naturally we used recycled card for all our wedding invites, table names, place cards and orders of service.

We designed our own stationery

Can you be both Stylish and Green on your Wedding Day?

Of course you can!  And we found it fairly easy - it’s certainly getting easier with the number of helpful ‘green wedding’ websites like Green Union springing up to help source local green suppliers.

For us, our own hard work making decorations and stationery meant we had total control over our own style while keeping to our plan of sourcing locally, however tempting it might have been to buy lots of beautiful things online from around the world!

We made our own wedding decorations and recycled old props

Tips for Brides throwing a Green Wedding

Research! If you see something you like, you can probably find a good local supplier who can do something similar and more personal. And remember that it’s your day, so rather than everything looking ‘perfect’ and traditionally wedding-like, it’s much more important that it’s a reflection of you – so don’t be afraid to make things yourselves.  It’s fun!

Top Tip from the Groom

Don’t be afraid to be creative and get involved – not everything has to be picked from the pages of a wedding magazine!

Top tip from Chris - grooms don’t be afraid to get involved!

Special Touch

The silent disco later in the night was a real hit with all our guests – people who wanted to chat could hear themselves enough, and people who wanted to dance could keep going later than usual. Though we’re not sure if it helped cut down noise pollution or not – people tend to sing just as loudly!

Thank you so much, Amy and Chris, for sharing your lovely intimate DIY wedding story with us all and I wish you every happiness in your future together.

Images by Emma Stoner

Beautiful natural wedding images by Emma StonerImage by Emma StonerImafge by Emma Stonerimage by Emma StonerWe threw our own wedding the way WE wanted to!


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