Hello hello! Monday is always double wedding day here on Love My Dress and this second wedding feature of today is a real summer sunshine of a beauty. And in the spirit of holding on to memories of an actual 'summer' (pah!), this is the second feature today with a bit of a 'glamping' theme.
Photographer Eddie Judd submitted these photographs of her clients Claire and Dave who got married on 17th August this year at Swallows Oast in Ticehurst, East Sussex and I love them for their beautifully bright and sunshiney vibe. And I also happen to be a huge fan of yellow as a colour scheme at weddings…
Love My Dress Wedding Blog, Photography Copyright (c) 2011, Eddie Judd
"We chose Swallows Oast
because of the gorgeous Oast house, the possibility of having our
ceremony outside in the wooded area, and the ability to hire their
campsite exclusively for us and our guests for the whole weekend. It
was everything we wanted, a beautiful setting, with plenty of outside
space and safe for the many children who’d be there!
We wanted an outdoor wedding, as we both love being outdoors,
but with the unpredictable weather in the UK we knew we’d need the
backup of indoor space. Swallows Oast was the perfect combination, with
beautiful inside and outside spaces. We also wanted the day to feel fun and
natural, hence the meadow style flowers, and plenty of homemade
decorations I made all the table runners, bunting, place
names, table numbers, table plan herself – a labour of love)."
and photographer Eddie pointed me in the direction of Pinterest and
Love My Dress for ideas. I fell in love with an image of a bride wearing
yellow shoes (as well as many others!), I loved the bright colour and
the originality of the yellow shoes. I had to have some! We stuck with
the yellow theme, because it was so bright and vibrant, but I just
couldn’t find those elusive yellow shoes!The
camping for the two days after the wedding on the Friday was amazing."
"We chose a humanist ceremony, partly because we weren’t able to
have a legal ceremony outside, but mainly because we realised that a
humanist sentiment reflected exactly what we wanted for our big day. We
really enjoyed the process of constructing our own ceremony with our
Humanist celebrant Ginny Collins. The ceremony was very personal, and
reflected Dave and I so well, together with Ginny we wrote our own vows,
and the ceremony told our story and how we see marriage, what we love
about each other, with plenty of laughs along the way. Our guests
commented on how lovely and unique the ceremony was.
We married legally
a couple of days before at Brighton registry office
witnessed by my Dad and Dave’s Mum only (we didn’t want to have two wedding days!), followed by a curry lunch and a beer!"
"Our Florist was Battle House of Flowers. We
wanted flowers that looked like they were picked straight out of a
meadow, which we had originally planned to do, but realised that it was
impractical! Battle House of Flowers did a fantastic job arranging the
flowers in the vases and milk bottles on all of the tables, and the
bouquets were stunning! Everything looked just how I’d imagined,
bright yellows, with pretty daisies, loosely tied for a natural look."
brief on entering the bridal boutique was ‘something I could play
rounders in!’ Needless to say that eyebrows were raised, and I never
actually ended up playing rounders on the day anyway! But, I wanted
something that I felt like myself in. So many dresses looked beautiful
but just weren’t me, and something that I could move around in easily if
I so desired to play rounders!
The dress that I chose was actually the
first dress that I’d tried on, it was a perfect combination of
structure on the top half with a soft chiffon criss cross finish and
soft chiffon skirt. Floaty loveliness!"
"We wanted a fete style cake table, and
were lucky enough to have some talented cake maker friends who we asked to make
some cakes for us. There was no
brief, but the cakes were to be judged by the guests (everyone voted with
stickers from the inside of their place names) with the winner being crowned
the wedding cake with the lego bride and groom!
Our cake maker friends went to so much effort, we had a snow
covered mountain, a tent shaped chocolate brownie, a beautiful traditional
fruit cake complete with colour coordinated bunting, pretty cup cakes, fresh
scones with jam and cream and many more!"
"I’ve been close friends with photographer Eddie Judd
for 26 years. When she offered to photograph our wedding as a gift I
was absolutely thrilled.
She’s such a talent, and it meant so much that
she was there with us rather than a stranger taking those all-important
shots on the day.
I would highly recommend Eddie to any bride and
groom. She has an incredible eye for detail, and is highly dedicated to
getting the most out of every shot."
Claire's shoes were the lovely 'Kittie' design, from the Two Birds range by Rachel Simpson…
"I fell in love with the little yellow balls (craspedia) which
formed the buttonholes, and were in all of the other flower
arrangements. They were just so vibrant in colour, and not fussy,
lovely structural flowers."
"To decorate our ceremony area, we used home-made yellow and grey bunting and yellow and white coloured paper pom poms."
"My Dad gave me away – we walked down the pathway into the woods to ‘Lovely day’ – Bill Withers"
"My absolute favourite part of the day was walking down the pathway into the
woods with the sun streaming through the trees, the sun on my face, with
everyone there, and Dave looking so handsome and close to tears with
"Our cereonmy readings included mily Matthews' 'Marriage Is', Dr.
Seuss 'Oh the Place You’ll Go', ‘He Never Leaves the Seat Up’ and by Pam
Ayres – not slushy, fun, and reflected us as a couple well with the
"We met at our mutual friend Rachel’s 30th Birthday in 2006, and
ended up meeting again in Thailand 6 weeks later and have been together
ever since! We lived apart, Claire in London, Dave in Brighton, until
2007 when Claire moved to Brighton. Dave proposed at the top of Adams
Peak mountain in Sri Lanka at sunrise on Valentines day 2011."
What a pretty flower girl! Claire's niece Georgia wears a lovely dress from Monsoon…
"For our reception, we used home-made jute table runners, water
pitchers as centre vases, string wound around milk bottles as vases. We
also used jam jars filled with sand decorated with yellow and grey
ribbon, lined the path in the woods at night with tea lights inside."
"We wanted a fete style cake table, and were lucky enough to have
some talented cake maker friends who we asked to make some cakes for
us. There was no brief, but the cakes were to be judged by the guests
(everyone voted with stickers from the inside of their place names) with
the winner being crowned the wedding cake with the lego bride and
Our cake maker friends went to so much effort, we had a snow
covered mountain, a tent shaped chocolate brownie, a beautiful
traditional fruit cake complete with colour coordinated bunting, pretty
cup cakes, fresh scones with jam and cream and many more!"
"The kids on our wedding day had a ball – running around free having water fights and the
adults relaxing in the sun eating the rest of the cakes and helping us
finish off the Pimms! Highlights have to be the hay bale hurdle racing, rounders,
cricket, big fire with sparklers and toasting marshmallows.
The whole weekend was like a dream, just absolutely perfect!"
Words of Wedded Wisdom…
"Make your day your
own, do it your own way, and when it comes to the big day, smile relax
and enjoy every moment, it goes so quickly!
And eBay is a lifesaver!"
Oh what a lovely day indeed! Claire and Dave, such huge congratulations to you both on your beautiful wedding day. Thank you so much too Eddie for sharing these lovely sunny photographs.
Do we have any more Amanda Wyatt brides reading this page, or is anyone considering a wedded exercise in glamping??
With much love all,
Photographer – Eddie Judd
Venue – Swallows Oast
Bride's dress – Neomie by Amanda Wyatt via Ozone Weddings
Brides Shoes – Kittie, from the Two Birds range by Rachel Simpson
Brides accessories – Brooch from Glitzy Secrets (purchased from eBay)
Grooms Suit – Gresham Blake of Brighton + Cufflinks from Posh Totty Designs + Loake Brogues
Flowergirl Dresses – Monsoon
Florist – Battle House of Flowers
Cake – Friends/Family
Page boy/young male assistants outfits – BHS
Hair and make-up Artist – Elena Thompson