Friday, 9 August 2013

Treehouse Wedding Adventure

What. A. Day. Our wedding day truly was perfect. We both knew exactly what we wanted from our first trip to the pub to discuss our dream wedding - an outdoor adventure. Ok, a bit risky with the British climate, but it turned out to be the hottest day of the year so every photo is caked in glorious sunshine. Thank you weather gods. We had another catch though, it had to be on a very tight budget, but we still wanted it to be special. So we decided on a set budget to cover the necessities and to make pretty much everything else ourselves. Why hire chairs when you can make beanbags? We may have been crazy to embark on such a mission, but it was totally worth it.


To keep costs low, we had two different venues. Our wedding ceremony took place up a treehouse at Sole Street House in Kent (I’m pretty certain there’s nothing quite like getting married barefoot to your best mate up a tree amongst the sun dappled leaves). Getting married outdoors was very important to us, however there’s not much opportunity in the UK, so when we found this stunning treehouse in an old horse chestnut, we were over the moon. After a giggly walk down the woodland floor aisle complete with stumbling through the fallen branches with my old man, meeting my handsome fella at the top of the rickety steps up the tree, a romantic ceremony filled with goofy smiles, a bellini or two, a game of croquet on the lawn and a welcome ice cream in the sun, we headed to a medieval village hall in Chilham to celebrate long into the evening with pimms, real ale, fete games and a raffle. Our first dance was courtesy of AC/DC kicking off the 'get your groove on' session.



Our one lavish expense was the wonderful red Routemaster bus ferrying guests between the two venues, which meant everybody could have a drink with us and hang out together on our day long mini adventure. Luckily my folks live in France so they single handedly kept the party going at both venues with their contribution of wine! The sit down meal of bangers and mash was enjoyed by all thanks to Orchids after our homemade starter of tapas was rapidly consumed.


We chose not to spend a fortune on outfits (or anything else really!). The boys outfits were from Matalan and my dress was £50 from ebay which I customised with a sharp pair of scissors. What a relief though as the end of the evening proved that I am the messiest, clumsiest person, with the dress well and truly covered in battle scars, especially after the spacehopper race, but it makes it seem so much more loved and I’ll be darned if I’m getting it dry cleaned and losing all those lovely memories.

The whole day was filled with love and laughter and obviously was the best day ever for us with al our favourite people. As a notorious couple of goofs, little things kept us giggling (ramming the ring onto the wrong finger anyone?! Hilarious), teamed with the high octane excitement of the day and the funny, funny speeches from both sets of best men (one via video link up from Australia), our faces ached for the entire day from laughing. A big thanks to all of our loved ones for making it so special whether it was through hours of crafting, baking or simply turning up. THANK YOU.

All photos courtesy of the very talented and super fun Tim Stubbings. Thanks so much for leaving us with all these lovely images which captured all of the lovely details and moments perfectly.


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