Boy do we have something wonderful to share with you all today! It feels like ages since we’ve had one of our Doris Loves real wedding couples here on the blog so we were super excited when the lovely Nikki pinged this over to our inbox!! With summer just on the horizon what perfect way to get in the mood than by getting an inside look of a gorgeous glamping wedding jam-packed with delicious details?? We promise that you will LOVE this wedding! A massive thank you to Nikki and Lee for sharing their special day with you and congratulations to you both!
Firstly let’s find out about our couple:
- How did you meet?
We met at work. Lee is a Graphic Designer and I was a Project Manager in one of the London Advertising Agencies. We made a good team and he always used to make me laugh.
- What is your favourite thing to do on a date night?
Nice food, nice wine, topped off with an Espresso Martini and then, well, you know…
- Sum up your husband in three words.
Funny, caring, sexy.
- Sum up your wife in three words.
Creative, driven, sexy.
- Can you tell us about your engagement story?
We have two children so when my parents offered us a weekend away we jumped at the chance and went to Rock in Cornwall. Unbeknown to me, Lee had been busy making rings out of copper wire on his commute to London. Once he’d had enough practice he made me ‘the one’ from sterling silver wire. A really sweet heart design. We were in Nathan Outlaw’s restaurant for dinner and he was fumbling in his pocket and I suddenly thought ‘oh wow he’s going to propose’. I was actually pretty surprised as we hadn’t really discussed marriage. I still often wear my homemade heart ring on my right hand, but it has been replaced with a beautiful Emerald cut diamond on the left.
Here’s all about their gorgeous glamping wedding:
- Where did the ceremony take place and how was the experience of saying ‘I do’?
Under the bough of a big oak tree, in a field in Surrey overlooking gorgeous views. Our guests sat on hay bales sipping Pimms from little milk bottles. Lee’s best man drove me into the field in his classic navy blue Porsche, which luckily matched the colour scheme.
I walked down the aisle with my 4 year old daughter and my Dad to Wonderwall by Oasis, played by another one of the best men on his acoustic guitar. We all sang Lovely Day by Bill Withers and we walked back down the aisle to Happy by Pharrell (I’ve subsequently realised that song is about breaking up with someone ha ha).
It was small and intimate with just 60 guests and was such a special experience. We were unbelievably lucky with the weather and were blessed with blue skies all day.
- Where did the reception take place and what are your favourite memories of the reception?
Our reception field, was a 2 minute drive from our ceremony field, which again had stunning views across the countryside. We had a Vintage Pole Tent with hay bale table and chairs set up, with nice white covers, barrel lean-on tables and deck chairs as well. Vintage bar box provided the drinks service; I love their set up, it really contributed to the overall feel. They were actually the first thing we booked after securing the field. As soon as I found out about them I knew we wanted them.
Instead of canapés we went for a nibbles table with popcorn (which the kids instantly spread all over the dancefloor!), crisps, nuts and olives. We had our speeches before our main, so guests collected glasses of bubbles on their way into the tent and we had sharing boards of starters on the table. Our mains were big pan dishes, cooked in big paella pans. We had smoked chicken and chorizo paella served with Mediterranean salad and beef stroganoff with rice and crusty bread. Evening food was gorgeous pulled pork (so I heard) in a bun, served with crackling, stuffing and chutneys.
We had a fairly big space to fill in our vintage pole tent, so we went with tissue paper pom-poms and handmade circle garlands, painstakingly sewed together my Lee’s Mum. We also made our own tissue paper bunting – papel picado. We downloaded a template which Lee ended up simplifying and lee cut out the tissue squares while I attached them to twine. We were still working on this two days before the wedding! We hired funky ‘Love’ letters from Doris Loves and I had picked up some giant paper flowers from a shop window display 6 months before. They didn’t survive the months in the loft as well as I’d hoped and wilted a little on the day. We also hung little Moroccan lantern around the edge of the tent. We added ribbon to match our colour scheme on every other chair and had tea lights on the table that I wrapped with washi tape to suit our colour scheme. When I write it down it doesn’t sound much but the hours that went into coming up with ideas, sourcing the materials and the actual making of things, all for it to be up for less than 48 hours.
For the table flowers, we bought loose flowers and did the arrangements ourselves. We had eaten baked beans and tinned spaghetti throughout July and August to have enough cans which I spray painted off-white. The 30 cans alternated between pale green hydrangea and a mix of white dahlia, dill, gypsophilia, green chrysanthemum, green carnation and white lisianthus. One can on each table held our table numbers, which I had hand stamped on pale green craft paper.
The music on the day was really important to us and we wanted music all day. I read plenty of reviews of DJs online and came across Mitch Matthews who receives amazing reviews. I had a chat to him and knew we had found our guy. He played a relaxed, sunny vibe playlist during the day and picked things up in the evening with a mixture of club classics from my clubbing days and current dance music. Once everyone got going the dance floor was bouncing all night and whenever we see people they always comment on how great Mitch was.
About 25 of us stayed the night in the field in a mix of bell tents and guest’s own tents and we went for a fry up the next day, before getting stuck into the clearing up!
- What surprised you the most on the day?
The sun, how well Lee did with his speech (he was petrified), how good our children were, how quick the day went and how I managed to not eat any of our cake or evening pulled pork.
- How would you sum your wedding up in one sentence?
Relaxed, informal and fun!
- What one piece of advice would you give to anyone planning a wedding?
Make sure it’s an equal effort by both people!
Their suppliers are listed below:
- Photographer: Freedom Photography.
- Venue: Fiesta Fields.
- Vintage Pole Tents: Tents’n’Events.
- Dress: Free People.
- Suit: Reiss.
- Bridesmaids dresses: Bubale (from Etsy) for my daughter. Bridesmaids chose their own.
- Groom men’s outfits: Their own.
- Accessories: Etsy.
- Hair and make-up: Gemma Needham.
- Cake: My Little Shop of Cakes.
- Flower: The Greenhouse.
- Catering: Fat Hog and Big Pan.
- DJ: Mitch Mathews.
- Bell Tents: South Coast Glamping.
- Facepainting: Jojo Malacorda.
*Please note that the letters picture at Nikki and Lee’s wedding are no longer available. Please don’t be sad, we’ve got a brand new set in the same font, just in oh-so-versatile white instead!