REAL WEDDINGS: A Hand Made Winter Wedding at the Longhouse in Somerset | Maxine and Adam

8th July 2016


WOW!  Lately I’ve been spoiled for choice with an abundance of Green Unions to choose from!  

Today the lovely Maxine and Adam have let me feature their very down-to-earth hand made winter wedding at The Longhouse in Somerset, an eco friendly venue that I have known and loved for many years - in fact The Longhouse has been listed on GU since we launched. Thank you, Matt, for keeping the faith!

Jo Hansford’s photos evoke the true feeling of this totally relaxed and fun filled wedding ...

The Venue

The Longhouse at Mill on the Brue, Somerset

We got married at The Longhouse, Mill on the Brue in Bruton, Somerset and we chose this truly relaxed family run eco-friendly wedding venue because it was close to home, had everything we wanted for our wedding and meant that all our family and friends could celebrate with us in one place.

The Atmosphere

We wnted our wedding day to be totally relaxed and lots of fun!

We wanted our wedding day to be very personal and truly representative of us, totally relaxed and lots of fun.  All of our decisions were made with these three things in mind.

The Guests

We invited 70 guests, mainly from around the Bristol area and my family and friends from Essex and London.  Two guests travelled all the way from Ohio in America to celebrate with us!

The Outfits

Maxine and Adam by Jo Hansford Photography

Adam and all the boys wore hired morning suits from Moss Boss with dark green ties.

My dress was by Faragé and I bought it from a local shop, Just for You, in Bristol.

The Budget

We chose not to have flowers and hand made most of our decorations

We wanted to have a day that was good value for money and we feel that we did.  We were very fortunate to have help from our parents but definitely didn't have an unlimited budget and we did manage to make some savings!

We made the bouquets and stationary ourselves

We made all the decorations, stationary items, favours, bouquets and buttonholes, the photo booth and the cake ourselves. 

Since we were getting married in December we took advantage of the Longhouse already having a large decorated Christmas tree installed and didn't bother adding unseasonal flowers to the decor.

We did spend a bit of money on extra lighting for that Christmassy feel

We did spend a bit of money on extra lighting and having snowflakes projected on the walls, both of which gave a sense of the season and created real impact! 

The DJ and videographer were friends so we got great rates there. 

We didn't need cars as our wedding was all in one place. 

All in all I think we did quite well!

The Food

Home made wedding cake and a Disney topper!

We used Taste, a local caterer whose ethics matched our own and who try and source as much produce as possible from around Somerset. 

We had a mulled cider drinks reception, an antipasti style sharing starter, beef stew for main and apple tart for desert.

In the evening we had Cornish pasties and mini mince pies.  We put boxes of Quality Street out on the tables too for that Christmassy feel.

The Eco Elements

I am passionate about environmental issues so it certainly was an added bonus when we found The Longhouse.  I was really impressed by how much solar energy was used, the recycled rubber tiles on the roof and the toilets that flushed with rain water.

Solar energy is used for lighting at the Longhouse

Adam made sure my engagement ring was from an independent jeweller who sells Fairtrade gold and conflict free diamond rings.  He knew I wouldn't have kept it otherwise!  The jeweller, John Titcombe could tell Adam exactly where my diamond was mined (Canada).  We also sourced my wedding ring from the same jewellers.

My wedding ring was made with Fairtrade gold and conflict free diamonds

Our caterers used local produce and we minimised waste and unnecessary expense by making things ourselves.

Can you be Stylish AND Green?

I don't think it's THAT easy but it is possible with the help of lovely, informative and creative websites like Green Union!

Don’t get swept by in the glitz and glamour of the wedding industryWebsites like Green Union helped us to be both Stylish and Green

Tips for other Brides planning to throw a Green Wedding …

Don't lose your perspective and get swept up in the glitz and glamour of the wedding industry.  Keep in mind what is important to you and forget about unnecessary fussy details.

Top Tip from the Groom

Top tips from the Groom - practice your speech!

Practice your speech - it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and you will want to get it right!

Special Touches

Even the Longhouse staff embraced our Disney theme for the day!

We met while working at Walt Disney World in Florida in 2006 so we had a Disney theme to our day.  So instead of having a ring, Adam chose to wear the badge Ellie gives to Carl in the film Up.  The registrar said it was the first time she had ever officiated at a wedding where a couple had exchanged a token like that but was very happy to do something different!

The first time a couple had exchanged a token at a marriage ceremonyWe exchanged an ethical ring and an Adventures Club badge!

Before the ceremony she saw the storyboard that we had put together of our journey and said it was lovely to feel as though she knew a bit about the people she was marrying and understood the significance of the badge!

Disney charms

The Details

Wedding Photography: Jo Hansford Photography
Wedding Venue: The Longhouse at the Mill on the Brue
Rings: John Titcombe, Bristol
Wedding Caterers: Taste

Huge thanks to Maxine and Adam for sharing their wedding day with us!

Huge thanks to Maxine and Adam for generously letting me feature their very genuine hand made wedding at The Longhouse and thanks too, to Jo Hansford for sharing these lovely photos of their wedding.

Our wedding was very personal and truly representative of us

Our friends' at The Longhouse run a very relaxed and friendly wedding venue on the banks of the river Brue near Bruton in Somerset.  You’ll find heaps of information on their website.

If you've had your very own Green Union, photographed one or officiated at one, I'd love to hear YOUR story.  Please get in touch and tell me more.


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