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Real Weddings: Festival Vibe Wedding (part 1)

Poppy and Richard in the 'Round House' signing our certificate to commemorate the day

round house and hay bailsPoppy and Richard chose to have their wedding celebrations in the garden of her parent’s home in Powys, Wales.  They wanted a relaxed festival vibe wedding celebration with lots of nature, colour and a good smattering of ‘quirk’.  At the same time they wanted some tradition: the groom to not see the bride before, walking down the isle, camera free service, traditional photos and some traditional vows.

professional photographer taking close up of the rings and the couple link handsI love to create a blended service.  Telling the bride and grooms story, creating a ritual with a personal twist, adding a few words to the vows to reflect the couples personality.

freshly picked wild flower bouquetsThis wedding, incorporated lots of fantastic homely touches.  The round house was build by dad (Bill) especially for the ceremony, but will be there for many years to come.  The garden flower, hand tied bouquets were freshly picked and tied.  The bride got ready surrounded by all her homely comforts, whilst the groom and his entourage used the guest annex in the garden.

panoramic view of festival tentMany guests had arrived the day before and had pitched tents before pitching in to help with bunting, hay bails and keeping the groom calm ( 😉 ).  The festival tent, and pre-wedding party party, added to the festival feel. I am sure the post wedding party the following day and hanging out in the festival tent and round house with breakfast hangovers also added to the vibe they were looking for.

We created a beautiful twist on a traditional pagan hand fasting, which will feature in part 2, along with some professional pictures from the day.  The idea was that members of both families would bring a scarf of their choosing,, form a circle around the couple in the Round House and tie all the ends together.  I would then ‘use the chain of scarfs to Tie Their Knot.  The result was a beautifully messy big knot , joyfully and perfectly representing the gorgeous reality of two families joining together.  I cant wait to see what Mr & Mrs Cole-Biroth do with it to display it.

It was an absolute joy to meet both families, and their friends and help them share their unique love story and ‘authentic nerdiness’ in such a relaxed and stunning location.

Watch out for ‘part 2’ soon.  Much love , happiness and a mass of congratulations to the happy couple.  Poppy & Richard Cole-Biroth.

bride and best man family group four legged family grooms sister and bride

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