Natalie and Tom’s wedding had a beautiful boho vibe which also celebrated their love of music festivals, especially Glastonbury. No surprise then that following an intimate church ceremony, they had a festival themed tipi reception filled with live music and well stocked with free beer – guaranteed to get the party started.
The fun festival comes across so wonderfully well in the couple’s fab photos which Pixie at Pixie Abbott Photography captured with her usual artistic fair and expertise.
Oldberrow House was such an ideal venue for Natalie and Tom’s celebrations as Natalie loves characterful historic buildings and Oldberrow just oozes English country house charm. It also served as an ideal backdrop for their tipi reception.
We love the fact that Natalie’s father is a jeweller and he hand crafted the couple’s rings which obviously makes them extremely precious and meaningful, such a lovely lasting touch. Over to Natalie now to tell us more about her big day.
The name and location of your venue
What was the style of your wedding?
We organised the wedding in just over 9 months and throughout that time the style of the wedding changed numerous times. The key elements we wanted to include was our love of music festivals – namely Glastonbury.We had a small traditional church ceremony in a medieval church followed by a Glastonbury themed Tipi reception bursting with live music, free beer, tambourines, foliage, flowers & girls! I had 8 bridesmaids each with long floaty mauve dresses and flowers in their hair.
I guess it was a mix between bohemia & a music festival. I was never really too specific on colours or what the outcome would be so on the day when it all came together, I wasn’t really sure what it would look like?
Leslie from the Rustic wedding company was the best, she pretty much made everything possible and brought everything together on the day.
How did you make your day feel really personal to you as a couple?
We had music throughout the day, all from bands such as the Jam, Alt J, Stone roses, Davie Bowie, The Smiths. We had big signs with music lyrics created and these were dotted around the grounds. Our favours were marbled music lyric shortbreads.
Where possible I tried to use people and things that had grown my love of music. We had a guitarist Chris, who was a close friend of mine from school who played guitar to welcome people from the church. We had a gypsy folk band that we had seen at a festival a few years back and our DJ was the DJ that used to DJ all of the big Birmingham Indie clubs when I was young enough to party!
We are big ale drinkers and had a couple of specially selected ales available for people to try. I also love period and historic buildings so Oldberrow house and its story was the perfect backdrop to host.
My dad is a jeweller based in the jewellery quarter and he specially made our wedding rings so our rings are the most precious thing we have left of the day really.
How did you decide on your venue?
Oldberrow house did a wedding open day to showcase the house and some local suppliers. I fell in love with it as soon as we pulled up on the driveway and even more so when we got a look at the inside.
The house has recently been renovated beautifully to its original state and just had a really lovely feel about it. It also had grounds big enough for us to put the Tipi’s (and we were allowed to do so! Part of the problem we faced was finding somewhere to put the Tipi’s) and it wasn’t too far from Birmingham where the majority of our guests were travelling from.
Tell us about your wedding outfits
I had found a brand called Rue de Seine on Instagram that I adored. There we only two UK stockists I could find, one based in Manchester and one in Brighton. Leonie Claire Bridal in Brighton had the exact dress I was looking for – the Rue de Seine Chloe dress. Complete lace, long sleeved with a long train at the back. It was the best experience, Leonie was so accommodating and pulled out all the stops so I didn’t have to travel too much for fittings etc.
I had Valentino sandal shoes in grey with gold studs and Great Frog Jewellery so I guess you can say I rocked up a ‘pretty’ dress really?
Tom has his suit handmade from scratch from a Birmingham based tailors called Clements & Church and he designed every element himself from the fabric, the cut and style. My friend Matt guided him through the whole process and he found being able to add special touches such as initials etc really exciting.
What was your standout moment of your day?
Seeing all of our very much loved family and friends together, enjoying themselves in an experience we love – festivals!
What are your top tips for other couples planning their wedding?
Don’t overthink it, your vision will change numerous times so be flexible with that. Don’t think you need 2 years to plan, budgets can be flexed and some good deals can be had if you shop around and be resourceful.
Do not scrimp on the things that are important to you, we didn’t really scrimp on anything and I never sit here and have a ‘I wish’ moment with anything.
Photographer: Pixie Abbot Photography
Cake: Racey Cakes
Flowers: Number 27 Floral Design
Rings: Kensington Jewellers
Favours Biscuits: Lady Bakewell-Park
Venue Design: The Rustic Wedding Company
DJ: DJ Marc Henry Audio Head Events
Caterers: Fine Food Matters