At the height of summer last year, Hannah married Cal in one of the coolest and most colourful weddings I have ever seen! Mashing up various elements, all of which were truly them, we are treated to some seriously fun wedding styling!!
And this wedding also gave me one of the sweetest ever answers to my question, ‘is there anything you would change about the day?’ Cal said, “the only thing I’d change is the space-time continuum in order to live that day over and over.”
The Story of the Wedding
The couple told me, “there wasn’t a particular theme. It was an outdoor wedding with a bright, bohemian vibe in what’s probably best described as a yurt village. Some eastern influence in the lamps and patterns of throws. Some tropical influences with pineapple floral centrepieces and macramé hangers holding bromeliads. To contrast this, there were outdoor, fête-style games from Dolly Dimples Weddings and Events. Basically, we chucked in anything we saw that we liked!”
Hannah said that the best bit of the planning was, “imagining what it would be like on the day. And having an excuse to buy things I don’t need such as Moroccan lamps and plastic palm leaves!”
Cal said, “There’s not really anything about the planning aspect I enjoyed because no matter how far in advance you do it, you’re constantly thinking there’s something you’ve forgotten.”
For the venue, they went for a private residence. “It was chosen because the grounds were perfect for what we wanted.” said Hannah, adding “neither of us is religious, so a church was out of the equation, and we didn’t want to be kept to the strict rules and timings of a venue.”
Favourite moment of the wedding day? Cal said, “it’s so hard to pick a specific one because it was such an all-around wonderful day. One moment that sticks out for me was during the second part of our first dance, when the entire yurt was filled with the sound of our guests, arms aloft, almost roaring the chorus to Happy Together by The Turtles.”
For Hannah, it was in to the ceremony, “because it was in a field, I drove straight up to the aisle, with my sister bibbing the horn, in my little pink convertible, ‘Babs’.”
The couple had a celebrant. “Michelle Taylor wrote and conducted the most amazing ceremony for us, involving shots, confetti canons, and ‘sign the certificate bingo.’”
DIY was a big part of the day, and the groom even designed his suit. Hannah told me, “he’s a big Manchester United fan and was allowed one thing to do with the team, so he created a football programme-style order of service based on United Review. Our table wines had groom-designed labels, featuring Cal on the red and Hannah on the white. We designed all the stationery, too. My mum made and decorated the cake, and we asked some family members to bring a dessert along, too. Also, anything that came within a ten-mile radius got spray-painted gold.”
I asked if they had any advice? Cal says, “try to take a moment alone—both together and individually—to help drink it all in. If you’ve planned your wedding as a perfect reflection of what you want, it’ll take something spectacular for it to not be the best, most enjoyable day of your life. It’ll fly by, so having little moments (hard to come by given everyone will be trying to talk to you) help break it up and give you time to absorb it all. Invest in a great photographer, I am so, so grateful for our photographs and Chloe was wonderful. Make the most of people around you, they want to help! Luckily, one of my best friends, Annabel, has a wedding and events hire company – Dolly Dimples Weddings and Events, so she was always on hand to help. And don’t feel you have to have a standard ceremony! We actually had a small ceremony at the register office a couple of days before so we were ‘legal,’ which allowed us to have the most amazing outdoor ceremony courtesy of Michelle Taylor.”
The couple had two first dance songs – my kind of couple!! – You Never Can Tell by Chuck Berry and Happy Together by The Turtles, as mentioned earlier. They walked down the aisle to Chapel of Love by The Dixie Cups, and left to What Is Life by George Harrison.
Photography | Chloe Lee Photography
Bridesmaids | Oh My Honey
Groomsmen | Moss Bros.
Celebrant | Michelle Taylor
Yurts | Wedding Yurts
Outdoor games | Dolly Dimples Weddings and Events
Budget | £15,000
The Wedding in Full