REAL WEDDING - The Autumnal Wedding of Marta & Danny at South Farm, captured by AD Photography

10th April 2019


Marta & Danny, AKA #teammarny, tied the knot at GREEN UNION partner venue, South Farm, last Autumn. The talented AD Photography were there to capture every moment of this beautiful day!

REAL WEDDING - The Autumnal Wedding of Marta & Daniel at South Farm, captured by AD Photography

The Date

04/11/2018

The Place

South Farm, Cambridgeshire

Tell Us A Little About Yourselves

We met during our PhDs in London almost five and a half years ago. It didn’t take long for us to fall in love and after three years being together, Marta took the initiative and proposed. She gave Danny gifts throughout that year that spelt “Danny Will U Marry me?” and officially asked a few days before Christmas. We were engaged for a year before we set the date and took 11 months to plan our big day. It was a hectic time between graduating, moving up north and starting new jobs as academics, but we enjoyed taking our time and planning together. 

REAL WEDDING - The Autumnal Wedding of Marta & Daniel at South Farm, captured by AD Photography

Tell Us About Your Eco-Ethical Ethos, and How You Reflected That in Your Wedding Planning

I think our day can be summarised as feminist and eco-friendly, reflecting our own values by letting go of outdated traditions and supporting local and small businesses.

Weddings are based on several old traditions that don’t always reflect today’s lifestyle, but we were keen to make sure the day reflected us. Although we did avoid seeing each other in the morning of the wedding, we decided to have a first look before the ceremony as moment just for us. We then walked down the aisle together, to symbolise our reciprocal consensus in taking this step. Danny also had a best woman, who came all the way from Australia to witness our day. As women don’t conventionally have much of a voice on the wedding day (speeches are traditionally always given by men!), we preferred to give a joint speech and thank everyone, as a team. 

The night before the wedding we organised a pub quiz for friends and family who travelled from afar. Unfortunately, more food than we could eat was prepared by the pub, so we asked our guests to each take some food and give it to someone who needed it or local homeless shelter. Health and safety regulations around food can be very constricted and all that food would have gone to waste.  

REAL WEDDING - The Autumnal Wedding of Marta & Daniel at South Farm, captured by AD PhotographyWe picked the wedding venue because of its beauty and its ethos. Most of the food they cook is farmed and grown there, which made it easier (and tastier!) when offering a wide selection of vegetarian options. Although South Farm doesn’t need embellishments because it’s stunning as it is, we opted to DIY any decorations we wanted. Not only that, but carefully chose only objects that we could up-cycle or later re-use. For example, our seating chart was printed on a tea towel; the flowers were dried and later turned into a winter wreath, while the silk ribbons used to tie them were used to hang Christmas stockings; the ring cushion was made by cutting out pages of a Harry Potter book and stuffed with moss; the centerpieces were gin bottles we drank and upcycled into vases; for our sweets table we bought glass jars that we later used to store pasta, rice and grains; and the cake topper was made with annealed wire and scraps of material. As Danny is a keen cyclist, we used one of his bike wheels and decorated it with faux flowers, and his mum up-cycled old coffee sacks to make the bunting. For our favours, we decided to forage, make and individually wax-seal travel-size glass bottles of sloe gin and limoncello, to represent our English and Italian wedding.

The day after we left for a short but absolutely perfect honeymoon in Sherwood Forest, which nicely broke our journey back to Newcastle. With new jobs and a busy schedule, we only had time for a quiet getaway to enjoy a private hot tub, lots of champagne, leftover cake, and a fireplace. That’s all we needed!

What Advice Would You Like To Share?

Don’t be afraid to take your time. It’s very easy to fall in the trap of buying disposable, decorations, but with a bit of planning you can make the most of how you spend your money. Being able to re-use objects from our wedding also made the budget more cost-effective. Plus, any DIY or preparation can become a nice shared activity that strengthens your relationship. For example, despite the common advice of skipping wedding favours or keeping them simple, making them together from scratch meant we keep costs down, and enjoyed the taste-testing!

REAL WEDDING - The Autumnal Wedding of Marta & Daniel at South Farm, captured by AD PhotographyDon’t feel you have to follow traditions. If we were to change one thing from the day, we would get to the venue together to set things up, and then get ready together. Although not seeing each other will definitely built anticipation, if it’s going to make you both stressed on the morning, then don’t do it. It’s not the point.

If you buy your suit or dress on eBay, don’t buy it too early, just in case you gain weight! A seamstress can help, but cannot perform miracles. Danny was on a one-carrot-a-day diet for a few weeks :( 

As everyone kept reminding us, the wedding is your day, so make sure it’s exactly how you want it. Your guests just want to have a good time, which will naturally happen if you are happy.

REAL WEDDING - The Autumnal Wedding of Marta & Daniel at South Farm, captured by AD Photography

Credits

As much as we could, we wanted to support small, local brands run by women. Because we did the styling ourselves, we carefully chose items from independent brands and we’d love to give them a big shout out. 

The Bride’s Outfit

Dress: #6391 Stella York, bought at The Tailor’s Cat - everyone at the store was so kind and supportive. Being plus size I was worried about the dress shopping experience, but it was the absolute best. 
Shoes: H&M conscious
Leather jacket: River Island (from eBay)
Pouch: Katie Loxton
Earrings and necklace: Kind Jewellery - we picked Tansy because of her ethos and the quality of her products. She worked with our timeframe and customised the jewellery for me. 
Enamel pins on jacket: Strong Girls Club pin from mutha.hood, Something Blue pin from Liz Harry, Bridezilla pin from Veronica Dearly - three badass women! 
Hair: Stacie Goodwin - Stacie was phenomenal! She helped me relax and laugh when I was getting ready, and I got so many compliments for my hair! 

The Groom’s Outfit

Jacket: Ted Baker (from eBay)
Shirt: Rapha
Shoes: Camper
Socks: The Box Sock
Enamel pin: Veronica Dearly
Hipflask: Alpkit
Beanie hat: Finisterre - this is one of Danny’s favourite brands, because of its eco-friendly ethos to clothes manufacturing. 

REAL WEDDING - The Autumnal Wedding of Marta & Daniel at South Farm, captured by AD Photography

Other Suppliers

Venue: South Farm - we couldn’t have asked for a better venue and better staff to help us prepare for the day. 

Photographers: AD Photography - we first met them for our engagement photoshoot and were struck by the quality of images and how easy they made us feel. They are super organised and blend into the day - our guest complimented us for how well the photographers worked on the day. The end result is stunning!

Cake: Simply Delish - Micky is friend and has been a fan of our relationship from day one, having herself an English-Italian heritage. She made an ombre, semi-naked cake to match the autumnal vibe and it was hands-down the best chocolate cake we’ve ever eaten. The top orange cake layer was gone too quickly before we could taste it, but we heard it was even better than the chocolate!

Flowers: Julie Cambridge (venue recommended supplier) – she worked hard to meet our specific requirement and went out of her way to source juniper sprigs to decorate the gin bottle centerpieces. 

Silk ribbons: Silk and Purl – Cheryl runs her business from Instagram and hand dyes all the ribbons to order. The ribbons were beautifully packaged and added the perfect touch to Marta’s bouquet. 

Wedding Stationery: Rosemood Atelier

Tea Towel Seating Chart: Bags of Love


My thanks to #teammarny and AD Photography for sharing such a special day, infused with so many sustainable and values-led elements. 


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