With a local village church ceremony and a marquee reception in a field, Helena and James show how a wedding can be both traditional and fun, and show the personalities of the bride and groom.
The couple managed to turn an empty field into a venue filled with colour, personal touches, and delightful surprises for the guests. We think it's a perfect English country wedding with a vintage touch!
Here, Helena tells us all about their big day…
We were married at St Mary and All Saints Church in a tiny, picturesque village in rural Cheshire, Great Budworth. It’s an absolutely beautiful church and as it's opposite a pub, it was a great place for our guests to start their day, with many enjoying a pint with James [the groom] before the service.
We held our reception at a field in the village of Whitley, Cheshire. This field means a lot to us as it's where my older sister held her wedding reception, four years earlier. We wanted to be outside as much as possible on the day (weather dependent) which is why we used the field as a seating area (hay bales were bought from a local farmer the week before) and also as a big part of the day!
We put signs around the field to direct our guests to the different parts of the day and also to add a little bit of fun and personality. My favourite was the Jackson 5-inspired totem pole (which was James’ idea!)
As the venue was so bare, we wanted to bring some colour to the field, which we did with wild flowers. We added them to vintage vases in the marquee, to big apple crates that we dotted around the venue, and we also hung jam jars full to the brim with flowers from shepherd’s crooks stuck into the hay bales. This was a great way of adding splashes of colour all over the field.
Our amazing rainbow cake was made by two of my oldest friends, and they hadn’t told me anything about it so I had no idea what to expect! It was a great surprise on the day to not only see the figurines on top, but also to see the layers of brightly coloured sponge when we cut into it. We used James’ sword to cut the cake (an army tradition) and a beautiful personalised cake slice to show all of our guests the surprise!
We wanted to add lots of little touches to our day to keep our guests entertained. We had a brilliant and simple photo booth with some hilarious props, which everyone got involved with later in the day once the dancing had started.
We made a table plan out of Polaroid photos that we pegged onto a home-made washing line near the entrance of the marquee. This was a great success as people enjoyed finding themselves and looking at all of the funny photos. Many people even ended up wearing their photo as a name badge!
Everything! It was exactly the day we wanted. The day was so much fun and the beautiful warm weather was the icing on the (rainbow) cake!