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.
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.
Horfield Parish Church and Colliters Brook Farm, Bristol
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
Naturally we used recycled card for all our wedding invites, table names, place cards and orders of service.
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!
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!
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
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