Yvonne and Ross’s funky festival wedding
Bright colours, a relaxed vibe and Indian-spiced fish and chips made this fun festival wedding one to remember. Our WED2B Real Weddings feature reveals more…
Yvonne and Ross met in the gym in 2011. “Ross is a PE teacher and I teach fitness classes part-time,” says Yvonne. “So, we had a lot in common right from the start! Four years later, when we were living abroad in Canada for the year, Ross proposed. It was such a beautiful place to be and it meant so much to come home together engaged to be married.”
Shopping for the dress
Yvonne headed to WED2B’s Birmingham store to search for her dream dress. “I just went to have a quick browse and ended up coming home with a wedding dress,” she says. “The staff there were so lovely and couldn’t do enough to help. They spent time helping me with the dresses and making sure I had the perfect one for the big day."
"I chose Adie by Heidi Hudson, as I wanted a fitted top but with a floaty skirt that would suit my relaxed outdoor wedding. I loved how the dress fitted and felt on the day and I knew I had made the right choice.”
The perfect venue for a festival wedding
The couple married on 27th July 2022, after a two-year postponement due to Covid. “We found our venue, Hadsham Farm in Oxfordshire, by searching online,” says Yvonne. “When we visited it had everything we could have wished for. Gorgeous grounds, an incredible tipi with bunting and fairy lights and a beautiful lake with a rowing boat for the bride and groom. We had so many comments on the day about how lovely and unique the venue was.”
The big day
“On the day, the groomsmen and our three-year-old son got ready in the bridal hut at the venue,” says Yvonne. “The bridal party and I and our one-year-old daughter got ready at a nearby country pub that used to be an old castle."
"My dad walked me down the aisle, following my children and their cousins, to the theme of ‘There She Goes’ by the Las. It was a little less traditional than ‘Here comes the Bride!’ We had some lovely funny heartwarming readings by two close friends and one of our best friends delivered our ceremony, which was wonderful."
"One of the highlights was my daughter dancing in her flower girl dress during the ceremony. Everything was very relaxed.”
“Straight after the ceremony we went for a champagne drive in a vintage camper van, to sneak five minutes away from it all,” says Yvonne. “Our first dance song came later in the evening to ‘I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’ by Elvis, which we danced to outside on the decking as the sun was setting. Our guests all joined in and that really got the party started.”
A colourful and chilled out day
“We wanted a relaxed, colourful festival wedding,” says Yvonne. “We just wanted all of our guests to enjoy the day and have one big party. Our bridesmaids were in navy blue and the flowers were bright wildflowers with lots of beautiful sunflowers."
"The food was from a fantastic food truck that served fish or halloumi and chips with Indian spices and we had a hog roast in the evening.”
“We were very lucky that a friend of ours made us the most delicious rustic style wedding cake, topped with colourful flowers,” says Yvonne. “Our favours were pink and blue Wayfarer-style sunglasses with our names on them and also a shot of jäger to go with them!"
"We had a band who played an acoustic set during the day and then played floor-filling tunes late into the evening, when we danced the night away.”
“I loved arriving at the venue and seeing my little ones and all of our guests all dressed up (and of course the groom too),” says Yvonne. “A big highlight was definitely taking a romantic tour of the lake in the rowing boat. The speeches were great and then it was just good to let our hair down and party with our guests, once the kids had gone to bed.”
My top tips…
“Don’t stress too much about the little details,” says Yvonne. “I know you want things to be perfect but people just want to watch you get married and celebrate with you. Also, just try and relax and enjoy every moment, as it goes so quickly.”
Yvonne and Ross’s Dream Team
Photographer: Katie Ingram
Venue: Hadsham Farm
Food: The English Indian
Stationary: The Invite Shack
Flowers: The No 1 Flower Man
Band: Gentlemen of the Road
Make up: Gemma Clarke
Hair: Hair by Rebecca Woodhead
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