In case you’re desirous about sporting a gown that’s just a bit bit completely different, I believe you’re going to like the beautiful robe worn at this summertime marriage ceremony.

Hand-painted and appliquéd, the bride designed it with Felicity Westmacott to go well with her relaxed, natural, nature-themed marriage ceremony in Surrey. Please meet Katrina and Marcus, whose relaxed, DIY marriage ceremony on 31 August 2019, was held outside at clean canvas venue Hookhouse Farm close to Redhill in Surrey. 

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The couple had been impressed by the countryside great thing about their farm venue, their love of British nature and a few of their favorite movies, to tug collectively this whimsical and completely charming marriage ceremony styling.

“We all the time knew we wished the day to really feel relaxed, casual and enjoyable and I had all the time wished to get married outdoors.”

“We took inspiration from our love of nature and from a few of our favorite movies, Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ and ‘Unbelievable Mr Fox’, specifically. There have been additionally just a few Disney touches.”

The couple met at college the place we they each learning movie.

“Marcus proposed on 29 September 2017 whereas we had been in Disneyland Paris celebrating my thirtieth birthday.”

“He hadn’t deliberate to suggest however we’d had such good time that on the final day he determined it was the right alternative.”

“Marcus knew I didn’t desire a public proposal so he managed to discover a quiet spot someplace so it was simply the 2 of us.”

“As quickly as he acquired down on one knee I burst into tears. Neither us can keep in mind what we stated to one another now though, clearly, I stated sure!”

“We’d all the time agreed that we might solely get engaged as soon as we had been able to get married so we began planning nearly instantly.”

The bride’s charming, hand-painted marriage ceremony robe, spattered with lovely meadow flowers, is a bespoke piece by the gifted designer Felicity Westmacott.

“I met Felicity at a marriage honest in Kingston and immediately fell in love together with her bespoke clothes.”

“I had all the time beloved the thought of designing my very own marriage ceremony gown and having one thing actually distinctive.”

“Felicity was unimaginable and I beloved working together with her. She put a lot thought and onerous work into designing and making my gown.”

“After we first mentioned my concepts for the gown, I really feel like I had a very various mixture of types and influences.”

“My Pinterest board was a large number of whimsical, fairytale-style clothes, extra clean-cut modern clothes and brightly colored floral clothes.”

“It was wonderful how she was ready to select all the weather that had been most essential to me and weave them into such a gorgeous design.”

“I might completely suggest Felicity to different brides. Felicity was so useful and affected person all through all the course of. “

“She consulted me about each component of the gown and was so good at explaining the entire choices and the way they’d influence the ultimate design.”

“Felicity was additionally very open about prices all through the method. I all the time knew what I used to be committing to and there have been no scary surprises which was one thing I actually appreciated as each penny counts while you’re planning a marriage.”

“I wished a gown that felt like ‘me’. I beloved having one thing distinctive and I beloved being a part of the design course of for the gown.”

“Sadly, my granny Rose handed away shortly after we acquired engaged. She left me a bit of cash and he or she was so excited after we instructed her we might be getting married that it felt proper to place the cash she left me in direction of the gown.”

“My grandad Derek determined to place some cash in direction of the gown as properly. It additionally meant lots to me that my gown was a present from my grandparents.”

Impressed by the bride’s nickname for Marcus, goose, Katrina wore a silver goose necklace, a birthday current from the groom just a few years earlier than their marriage ceremony.

“It felt applicable to put on it for my ‘one thing outdated’ on the day. We additionally made small references to geese all through the day. We had two geese for our cake toppers which my mum discovered on Etsy.”

“We named our tables after wildlife so the highest desk was the Goose desk. There have been additionally two geese dwelling on the farm who we fortunately managed to incorporate in a few of our pictures.”

The grown-up bridesmaids wore ‘Maya’, V-neck, maxi tulle gown in sage inexperienced from ASOS.

“I used to be particularly happy with the bridesmaids’ clothes. I keep in mind worrying lots about them as a result of I wished everybody to really feel comfy on the day.”

“I actually wished to discover a type that may go well with everybody and that may be comfy to put on all day.  I additionally wished a color that may complement the colors in my gown.”

“I felt the sage inexperienced match with the floral theme of my gown and match properly with the weddings theme.”

“As soon as I discovered the gown it was troublesome to purchase the proper measurement for everybody as they began promoting out! We managed to purchase some from Subsequent after which managed to choose up the previous couple of we wanted by checking for Subsequent and ASOS to record sizes as soon as clothes had been returned or restocked. My mum was an infinite assist with this and will get full credit score for managing to get the previous couple of sizes we wanted.”

“I purchased my bridesmaids and flower women necklaces from Etsy to put on on the day as a thanks current. I wished them to be distinctive so I purchased every bridesmaid a flower that corresponded with their birthday. Fortunately no-one was born in the identical month, so everybody obtained one thing completely different.”

The little flowergirls wore fairly, white floral clothes from Monsoon.

“We purchased some colored ribbon to switch the white ribbon they got here with and purchased them each matching Converse trainers as a result of I wished them to have a pop of color.”

The bride added a waist-length veil, additionally by Felicity Westmacott.

“We each agreed that it might be greatest to have a quite simple veil. I didn’t need it to overwhelm or cowl up the gown.”

“I selected some silver Irregular Alternative footwear which I fell in love with as a result of I felt they’d a little bit of a fairytale vibe. Nonetheless, I usually by no means put on heels and didn’t have time to put on them in correctly at dwelling.”

“On the day, I gave up on sporting them fairly shortly and ended up turning into some white Converse trainers.”

With such a stunning venue, further styling was minimal, simply tons and plenty of contemporary flowers, some fairly bunting and Kentish hops.

“Laura at Helgaz Flowers was great. I knew I wished the flowers to be vibrant to enrich my gown and have a pure really feel to tie in with the general really feel of the day and praise the venue.”

“Laura helped me to decide on the flowers based mostly on what could be in season and that would slot in with the type we had been going for.”

“She supplied my bouquet, smaller bouquets for the bridesmaids, wands for the flower women and button holes for Marcus, his groomsmen and our dads.”

“She did corsages for our mums too. Laura additionally supplied flowers to assist us embellish the barn and an exquisite archway for the ceremony.”

“Marcus’ mum Alison labored together with her good friend to make us some unimaginable bunting to embellish the barn!”

“As Marcus is from Kent and loves his beers, his mum introduced alongside a great deal of hops that we used to embellish the barn and the encircling yard. All of it seemed beautiful on the day.”

The bride and her father travelled to the Farm in a basic Morris Minor from Deluxe Marriage ceremony Automobiles.

“Noel drove Dad and I to the ceremony. I didn’t initially plan to have a marriage automobile as a result of we had been preparing in an Airbnb that was actually near the venue however my mum satisfied me.”

“I’m so glad I did as a result of I actually beloved travelling to the marriage with my dad. It was one among my favorite moments from the day.”

“Noel was great and so pleasant. He put us each relaxed and supplied us each with a glass of bubbly for the journey which undoubtedly helped calm my nerves!”

“It was additionally enjoyable getting pictures within the automobile with Marcus, as this gave us a pleasant quiet second collectively proper after the ceremony.”

The marriage ceremony was officiated by Soozi Celebrant and Katrina walked down the aisle together with her dad, Bob.

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“Our string trio performed ‘Moon River’ from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, which I selected as a result of it’s one among my favorite motion pictures.”

“Soozi was great. She took lots of time to get to know us as a pair and tailor-made the ceremony by incorporating the story of how we met and the way we acquired engaged.”

“She wrote personalised vows for us and got here up with the great concept of getting our marriage ceremony rings handed to every visitor all through the ceremony to symbolise every visitor giving us their blessing.”

The couple exchanged rings from Purely Diamonds.

“My marriage ceremony band and my engagement ring had been each from Purely Diamonds.”

While the newly-weds spent a while collectively for portrait images after the ceremony, the visitors had been handled to canapés, drinks and extra music from the string trio.

“We employed a string trio from Music College students For Rent to offer music for the ceremony and the time we spent within the backyard afterwards after we had Pimm’s and canapés earlier than the primary meal within the barn.”

“They’d a very nice record of songs to select from and we had been in a position to have a mixture of songs from lots of our favorite movies.”

The private touches of the day had been a few of Katrina and Marcus’ favorite moments.

Katrina: “There have been so many great moments that it’s inconceivable to choose only one, however I believe my favorite factor in regards to the marriage ceremony was how a lot our household and associates contributed to the day.”

“I did many of the planning with my mum Caroline. Marcus’s household and groomsmen arrange the venue and his grandparents gave us cash in direction of the flowers.”

“Family and friends from either side made issues for my hen and the marriage day.”

“My dad’s good good friend Invoice, who was additionally my neighbourhood ice-cream man rising up, served ice-cream outdoors after the meal.”

“It felt as if everybody contributed one thing to make the day what it was which made it a lot extra particular.”

Marcus: “I spent an ideal morning with my groomsmen setting issues up and sorting every thing. There was lots of aid concerned however simply wanting across the place after we’d put all of it collectively felt wonderful.”

“Likewise, after we had been milling round within the backyard after the ceremony: it’d all come collectively, it seemed the way in which we wished it to look and we had the band enjoying our music. It was incredible.”

The couple knew they wished a DIY marriage ceremony, so a clean canvas venue which gave them freedom was important.

“We wished a constructing with some character and had been so happy after we discovered Hookhouse Farm as a result of it allowed us the freedoms we wished and it was lovely in its personal proper.”

“Hookhouse Farm is a family-run, working farm in Outwood, Surrey. Carol and her husband who run the farm started renting out the farm’s 17th century threshing barn for weddings after their youngsters used it for his or her marriage ceremony receptions.”

“Carol has already carried out an exquisite job accumulating props and decorations and adorning the barn with fairy lights, so we solely wanted so as to add just a few private touches.”

“Our marriage ceremony tables had been themed round forest animals. I really like wildflowers, so I let that affect the colors we had on the day quite than having a set color theme.”

The tall bare cake was embellished with contemporary flowers and the 2 Geese cake toppers from Etsy. It was created by Secure Cottage Desserts.

“We selected Lucy as a result of she makes use of eggs from her personal rescue chickens and since she makes lovely truffles! Our florist additionally supplied some flowers to embellish the cake.”

The visitors obtained a charity pin badge as a marriage favour.

“We selected to offer RSPB pin badges. I’ve all the time beloved these pins as a result of there are such a lot of completely different designs. Due to the theme, it felt applicable to take the chance to assist a wildlife charity.”

“I wished every visitor to have a distinct pin and managed to get a wide selection from the charity’s official eBay store.”

“Our associates Sam and Louise had been in a position to assist me discover the remainder as a result of Louise’s dad sells the pins on behalf of the charity. They kindly purchased the additional pins we wanted for our marriage ceremony current.”

The canapés, and the marriage breakfast, had been supplied by The Outwood Butchers.

“Outwood Butchers had been really helpful by Hookhouse Farm and so they had been sensible. They labored with us to discover a menu that we had been each pleased with and that was inside our price range. The primary meal was a barbecue choice. They supplied sensible aspect salads and vegetarian choices too.”

“In addition they made wonderful canapés which we had within the backyard with Pimm’s after the ceremony and an incredible Eton Mess for our dessert.”

“Within the night, they supplied a grazing desk with an ideal collection of cheese, bread, and fruit and a few wonderful chilli sausage rolls.”

The photographer for the day was Dan Marshall of DM Pictures, whose mild and chic contact is ideal for the late-summer, countryside marriage ceremony.

“We picked Dan as a result of he photographed our good friend’s marriage ceremony a 12 months earlier and we completely beloved their pictures.”

Each Marcus and Katrina selected perfumes from Penhaligon’s to mark their day.

“We every wished one thing new that we may all the time affiliate with our marriage ceremony day. I wore VAARA and Marcus wore DOURO.”

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The bride wore her hair pinned into a sublime up-do, styled by a household good friend, and embellished with a contemporary flower posy.

“Vicki, a good friend from college who’s a hairdresser, did my hair and my bridesmaids’ hair. Vicki additionally really helpful Aimee The MUA who she’d labored with earlier than to do our make-up, who was additionally great.”

“Dan was sensible all through the entire course of. He met us for a follow picture shoot so we may get to know him and the way he works forward of the day.”

“This additionally gave us an opportunity to follow a bit of which we appreciated lots as neither of us are particularly comfy having our picture taken.”

“He went via our plan for the day with us and urged the very best occasions for us to take a while on our personal to go off for some pictures.  Dan was great, we might undoubtedly suggest him to different {couples}.”

After the night get together, the celebrations continued because the newly-weds and their visitors camped in a single day on the farm.

“Hookhouse Farm gave us the choice of tenting on the night time of the marriage so we rented a bell tent from Canvas and Cows. A few of our visitors additionally rented their tents from Canvas and Cows and another visitors introduced their very own tents. We actually loved waking up with a few of our visitors the subsequent day. We felt it gave us extra time to spend time with a few of our visitors and everybody was so wonderful at serving to us to tidy up the venue. Our caterer, Outwood Butchers, supplied some wonderful bacon rolls for breakfast too.”

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“Be sure you get to know your entire suppliers. We had a very good relationship with everybody we picked and so they all ended up being an enormous a part of what made the day so particular. We anxious that if we’d picked any of the package deal offers some venues supplied, we wouldn’t have obtained such a private service.”

“As it’s, we had a espresso and a chat with just about everybody we labored with no less than as soon as. This was actually worthwhile because it meant we knew precisely what they had been in a position to provide and we may allow them to know precisely what we wished.”

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“Sourcing every thing ourselves meant we ended up utilizing lots of impartial native suppliers. I actually loved having the chance to work with so many inventive folks – it was one among my favorite issues about planning the marriage. “

“Don’t be afraid to ask your loved ones and associates for assist. We discovered that folks actually did wish to become involved and assist us. The contributions from our household and associates had been invaluable and made the day much more particular.”

Katrina and Marcus, thanks a lot for this superb perception into your marriage ceremony day. It’s been so great to share it at present, so thanks to your photographer DM Pictures, too.

For extra of Felicity Westmacott’s lovely designs, please check out these Love My Gown options and, in the event you’re impressed by Katrina and Marcus’ DIY method, I believe you’ll like these different weddings.

Ele xx

Eleanor Crossland

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Ele lives within the Lincolnshire countryside, near the attractive coast. A certified Pilates instructor, she loves health, yoga, Pilates and has a wholesome habit to baking, writing and journey.


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