Oxfordshire Festival weddings

A festival wedding shoot in Oxfordshire

23 Nov 2017

Cotswold wedding blog, Hanami Dream, partnered with a wealth of local suppliers at Cogges Manor Farm Wedding Open Day to produce a festival wedding set-up filled with fun

This festival wedding theme was a real break from tradition - full of alternative ideas for couples to get inspiration for their big day. It showcased an abundance of hanging greenery and was really tactile using different materials such as denim, macrame, paper, wood and terracotta details.

The colour palette had a '70s vibe full of Fall 2017 colours of a pale blue bluebell, a soft copper tan coral, navy peony blue, brown and white. Planned and designed by Hanami Dream and fantastically captured by Cat Stephens Photography, the shoot was conducted at Cogges Manor Farm's festival styled Wedding Open Day. Nestled in the lovely market town of Witney, Cogges Manor Farm offers two stunning 17th century barns as well as a beautiful walled garden, stunning grounds and an impressive Manor House as a remarkable backdrop. 

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The details

Think dream catcher favours, festoon and ribbon drape lighting, oversized letter lighting, paper flowers, food van, chill out area and fire bowl. It was a different take from the norm to provide options and open people’s eyes to the huge spectrum of ideas to bring their dream to life.

For example, there weren’t any real flowers at this wedding. They were either paper flowers or house plants showing couples that they can achieve this look by making (or borrowing) things themselves – a great idea for DIY wedding couples.

Plus, all the stationery was embroidered on to denim rather than traditional paper – menus were on the napkins, name places were sleeves around the milk bottle glasses, table plan labels were hung on Portuguese laurels plants.

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The set-up

The festival vibe was hailed from the entrance with impressive towering festival flags (from Event Flag Hire) – signalling the way to the party.

Couples walked in to the Wheat Barn down a tree lined aisle. The vintage mismatched chairs (courtesy of Linda’s Vintage Hire) were beautifully decorated with macramé chair coverings (from MacrAmy’s Macrame) and the Portuguese Laurels (kindly provided by Bampton Garden Plants) guided the way right to where the ceremony would take place under a stunning macramé backdrop (wonderfully created by MacrAmy’s Macrame) and framed by two beautiful olive trees.

One side of the barn was decorated as a seating area to enjoy a sumptuous wedding breakfast. The vintage tables and chairs (from Linda’s Vintage Hire) were laid out below an impressive array of trailing plants in spectacular hanging macramé holders (from MacrAmy’s Macrame) and under spectacular festoon lighting (from Oakwood Events).

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They were set with denim napkins (gorgeously embroidered by Little Pickle Creations) containing the menu, mini macramé favours (from MacrAmy’s Macrame), milk bottles (from Mabel & Rose) acting as drinking glasses with an embroidered denim name place, placed inside were stripy straws (from Little Cherry), plus amazing natural biodegradable tableware – a perfect accompaniment to the event's street food reception.

The tables were also decorated with more terracotta pot plants and impressive paper flowers (from Pretty Big Flowers) that lit up for an incredible atmosphere.

The other half of the barn was dedicated to the entertainment and dancefloor – lit to accompany a party. It had 4ft tall light up LOVE letters (wonderfully contributed by Gilt Edge Events) along with an impressive 7 square metre lit paper flower wall (constructed by Pretty Big Flowers). Over the dancefloor hung a white chandelier adorned with coral and denim ribbons and a four-point drape star that flowed to the dancefloor. There was also a chill-out area complete with a comfy brown leather sofa, bales of hay as well as more vintage chairs (from Linda’s Vintage Hire). These were strewn with gorgeous lambswool wide-herringbone throws in mandarin and azure (from The Witney Blanket Hall).

Outside, the party continued with a firepit to sit around, garden games and chalkboards highlighting the events of the day.

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The catering and additional entertainment

The delicious ombre ruffle cake (by The Cake Element Bakery) echoed the colours of the denim stationery and sat beautifully on a vintage barrel (from Mabel and Rose) and amongst a display of framed absent friends, crates and potted plants. 

On top of all this, there was delicious food to try (courtesy of Goujon Monkey) such as beer battered cod, Cajun breaded chicken and deep-fried brie, along with paprika dusted chips. Plus, cake tasting from The Cake Element Baker, drinks from Firkin Mobile Bars, live music from Joely Rendle and Natalya Williams, owl ring bearer from J.E.T. Falconry, a fashion show from Rosie Red Corsetry, plus two workshops on how to make some of the décor that was on display, expertly delivered by MacrAmy’s Macrame and Pretty Big Flowers.

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Get the look:

Planning & design: Hanami Dream, www.hanamidream.co.uk
Venue: Cogges Manor Farm, www.cogges.org.uk
Photography: Cat Stephens Photography, www.catstephensphotography.com
Tree hire: Bampton Garden Plants, https://www.bamptongardenplants.co.uk/
Flag hire: Event Flag Hire, https://eventflaghire.co.uk/
LOVE light-up letters: Gilt Edge Events, www.giltedgeevents.co.uk
Food van: Goujon Monkey, www.goujonmonkey.com
Chairs & tables: Linda’s Vintage Hire, www.lindasvintagehire.co.uk
Cutlery & crockery: Little Cherry, www.littlecherry.co.uk
Stationery: Little Pickle Creations, www.littlepickle-creations.com
Props: Mabel and Rose, www.mabelandrose.com
Macrame: MacrAmy’s Macrame, www.facebook.com/MacrAmysMacrame
Lighting: Oakwood Events www.oakwoodevents.co.uk
Paper flowers: Pretty Big Flowers, https://prettybigflowers.com
Cake: The Cake Element Bakery, www.cakeelementbakery.co.uk
Blankets: The Witney Blanket Hall, www.witneyblankethall.co.uk
Delivery:  Global 360 International Freight Forwarders, www.globalthreesixty.co.uk

For more Oxfordshire wedding inspiration, pick up the latest edition of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Bride magazine and for Cotswold wedding inspiration, take a look at Cotswold Bride magazine