O U R S E P T E M B E R
W O O D L A N D W E D D I N G
Photography by Liz Bishop
3rd September 2022 - The day Bernie and I (Harriet) celebrated our dream woodland wedding. Creating the day from scratch was a joy for a lover of projects. The goal was to create a day that celebrated small businesses, was as sustainable as possible and reflected our love of the seasons, natural materials and nature.
It's our belief that the best weddings reflect you as a couple capturing the elements and traditions that really make you happy, ditching the elements that don't and creating a day that is personal to you.
Surrounded by friends and family we really did have the most perfect day.
C O L O U R & T E X T U R E
As a creative person and florist, colour, mood and texture is something that has always brought me so much joy - the way colours and tones bounce off each other and interact with changing light.
Each season brings with it a change of mood, that should form an integral part of your colour palette. In Spring pale pastels sing in the soft light. Early Summer brings with it peonies and fluffy pale pinks. Mid Summer vibrant pops of bright colours in the powerful sunshine. Late Summer and Autumn with its rich berry burnt tones. Winter when the light fades, and so do the colours to become dusty neutrals.
To create the colours of our wedding I first began taking inspiration from our wedding month,
September, and the flowers that shape the season.
To help visualise the shades of the day I created a mood board and chopped, changed and experimented with
colour until deciding on the details of the day.
Our finished colour palette: Rich berry tones of Autumn, lifted by late Summer soft garden rose pinks, tied together by natural warm neutrals. Ribbon is a great way to add contrast. I used deep wine velvet ribbon on both my bouquet and buttonhole, which perfectly matched my red wine velvet high heels from Harriet Wilde Shoes.
D R I E D F L O R A L D E T A I L S
I love the delicacy of dried flowers and the texture they bring. I love to squirrel away keepsakes with dreams of discovering them in years to come. My dried hair piece and husband's buttonhole are now safely tucked away, and as long as they are stored in the right conditions can be kept forever - a rather lovely thought!
O U R W O O D L A N D
C E R E M O N Y
A few weeks before our big day we made a quick visit to a registry office for the 'legal bit' of marriage, which basically meant signing a few documents and saying the right words!
A humanist ceremony on the family farm was always the way we imagined starting married life. Our ceremony was held by the lovely humanist celebrant Dawn Rees in a clearing under a very special oak tree. Here we took part in the traditional ritual of hand tying (where the phrase 'tying the knot' originates from), read each other our own vows and exchanged handmade rings made by a very dear family friend. After getting to know us over the preceding few months, Dawn created us the most beautiful and personal ceremony.
The guests sat on benches made by my husband, which we gifted after the wedding.
M Y D R E S S
Sustainability was a really important part of our wedding day and with each detail we tried our best to keep it in mind. When it came to finding a dress, Threads Bridal run by our lovely friend Laura was the perfect solution. The boutique provides a 'try on' experience, but with pre-loved bridal dresses instead of new. It's a great way to create a little less waste, be a little kinder to the planet and spend a little less of the wedding budget.
For me the idea that the dress had been worn and loved before made it even more special.
Also pictured Bernie's handmade initialled cuff links, which he made for himself and his groomsmen. We just love the smallest of details.
M Y B R I D E S M A I D S
The idea for my bridesmaid dresses was a dress that could be worn again, at either another special event or as an everyday dress. Emily (who was also my maid of honour) is luckily very nifty with a sewing machine and after a lot of research and planning she created these gorgeous apricot pink linen dresses.
W E D D I N G F O O D
Picnics and picky food has to be one of our favourite ways to eat, and so it felt right to create delicious food hampers to serve to our wedding guests. It worked so much better than we expected with guests exclaiming not only that the food was delicious, but also worked brilliantly as an ice breaker with food being shared around the table. We filled each hamper with delicious produce from small businesses in Norfolk. It felt very special, and although it was a lot of work, it was totally worth it for the quality and freshness.
This is what we ate, and the Norfolk Businesses who provided them;
Victoria sponge cakes - Ali's Home bakes
An array of delicious quiches - Heydon Village Tearooms
Cheese & biscuits - The Little Cheese Emporium
Baked goods and brownies - Drip, Drop, Bake stop
Chutney - Homemade by lovely friends as a wedding gift
Evening hog roast - H. V. Graves Butchers
T A B L E S
We kept this simple, opting for wooden trestle tables and folding chairs hired from Gas & Air Studios, and pale natural table cloths. Top tip: Our table cloths were actually stair dust sheets from Screwfix! Really cost effective and super long to cover our long rows of trestle tables. They washed brilliantly after the wedding and I have now made them into some lovely soft natural curtains for our bedroom - a great success!
Each table was decorated with a mix of vintage glass and earthenware bud vases, filled with airy grasses and flowers to mirror the colours of my bouquet.
Instead of hiring in crockery we spent the summer collecting small plates, teapots, jugs cups and saucers- helped greatly by my sister in law Jo's extensive collection! It was a great day when they were discovered in her garage!
Each place name was beautifully written on recycled paper by my bridesmaid Tilley (at Holly Dog Designs) with soft pink ribbon added as a pretty finishing touch. The tables took the name of a flower and my clever Mum sketched each one in ink. They are just so pretty and I now have many of them framed and scattered around the house. As a personal touch for table decorations I created miniature paper boats, a skill I was taught by my Grandad at a very young age! I sourced the patterned paper from Cambridge Imprint.
To add some pretty details to the signs I used pressed flowers taken from the garden throughout the summer.
Overflowing buckets of seasonal flowers and foliage, on natural log plinths dressed either side of the entrance to our marquee. Here we used a mixture of silver birch and beech tree branches, large headed flowers, airy grasses and fruits such as blackberries and tomatoes, to create a very natural display.
Thank you so much for reading.