REAL WEDDING - The Rainy Day DIY Outdoor Wedding of Melody & Martin at Horsley Hale Farm, Cambridgeshire, Captured by Thyme Lane Photography
18th May 2020
Noemi of Thyme Lane Photography has proven beyond doubt that whatever the weather on your wedding day, it's possible to capture spectacular photographs to treasure for a lifetime. What made the wedding of Melody and Martin all the more special was the amount of family involvement and handmade detail throughout the day; the only thing they couldn't make was the sun to shine!
Horsley Hale Farm is a stunning rural space in which you can create your own unique outdoor wedding. They don't insist on only using preferred suppliers or even charge you corkage; in their blank canvas, you are free to organise the rest, just the way you want it!
The Groom & Groomsmen
The suits from High Street retailer, Next, will be readily worn many times over in the future, without breaking the bank for an initial outlay. The groomsmen accessorised their suits independently, each accented with a scented buttonhole.
The Bridal Party Preparations
With 9 bridesmaids, the bridal party preparations were extensive! Lucy Anne Makeup was on hand for the professional touches, but everyone pitched in, including the bride!
Melody found her heavily beaded dress at the Shades of White boutique and added a long veil to echo its train. Her Rainbow Club shoes were an elegantly simple option, and they could be dyed afterwards to extend their useability long after the day!
It can be difficult to find a single style of bridesmaids' dress that flatters a range of body shapes, but these blush beauties managed to do just that!
Melody's sheaf-style bouquet of roses, stock, freesia, ammi, gypsophila and ivy, added a splash of colour, as did the ribbons. Her Maid of Honour and young bridesmaid carried smaller versions, while the remainder of the bridesmaids held delicate bunches to match the buttonholes.
The jetty on the lake makes a beautiful location for a ceremony, and the weather cooperated long enough to see them married by Sue Dewing of Circle of Life. An acoustic musical accompaniment is another great way to be eco-friendly on your wedding day.
The bridesmaids were tasked with lining the confetti aisle with sprigs of dried lavender, and ensuring that everyone had dried flower petals with which to shower the bride and groom.
The Fun & Games
More eco-conscious entertainment was provided in the form of various rustic garden games for all ages.
Many DIY elements were involved in the decor and running of the day; some of my favourites were the Order of the Day made from a wooden pallet, the Table Plan created using a vintage style mirror, the macrame favours displayed on another pallet, and the hanging macrame arrangements in the tipi. It was a hands-on day all round!
The Tipi Reception
The tipi decor was kept rustic and simple, with lots of wooden touches, more dried lavender and gypsophila, and plenty of fairy lights!
The Food & Drink
Farriers Refreshments supplied the drinks from their mobile converted horsebox and the Wandering Yak provided Middle Eastern-inspired street food.
I think I may have found my new favourite dessert idea - three different flavours of cookie dough, supplied by DOUGH.
Nicole's Celebration Cakes created their minimalist three-tier wedding cake, elegantly ornamented with green icing leaves.
I adore their twilight portrait session, complete with festoon lights and umbrellas!
The evening's entertainment kicked off with the traditional first dance before everyone took to the dancefloor (ably assisted by multi-award-winning DJ, Cumminz), or held court around the fire pit. Everyone, regardless of age (or species), clearly had the most wonderful day!
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Photographer: Thyme Lane Photography
Venue: Horsley Hale Farm
Bar: Farriers Refreshments
Makeup: Lucy Anne Makeup
Wedding Dress: Shades of White
Bridal Shoes: Rainbow Club
Cookie Dough: DOUGH
Food: The Wandering Yak
Celebrant - Circle of Life
Cake: Nicole's Celebration Cakes
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