A colourful, festival styled day full of fun, friends, family and laughter
22 Jul 2020
Lucy Haslam and Harry Philpin’s wedding in July 2019 reflected their fun personalities and family focus
What was the theme of your day?
Our aim was to have a colourful rustic, festival, bohemian style wedding in a countryside location. The most important thing to us tying the knot was our little family feeling ‘oneness.’ Marriage is a bond like no other and made us stronger and closer as a family. For ourselves and the kids to all share the same surname. Unconditional love.
What venue did you choose?
We always knew we wanted a ‘field’ wedding and that’s exactly what we had. Harry’s family friend allowed us to use his property which was incredible - electric gates opened to a gravel driveway and you could turn straight into the field which looked out to the most incredible view of the Buckinghamshire countryside. It was just idyllic and worked perfectly for us. We felt so lucky and will always be so grateful to have had the chance to enjoy our wedding reception there.
Tell us about the planning
We split the suppliers research between the pair of us. Harry dealt with all the food and marquee. Luckily the family firm Ranger Plant were able to supply all the toilets, fridges, generators and tower lights we needed for the festival effect. The rest was all down to myself and they were all fairly local suppliers found on the internet and Facebook, or from friends’ recommendations. The main part of the wedding was the floral designer. I found her on the internet, Kelly Atwood Floral Designs and I took a look through her Instagram page. It was exactly what I was looking for. Her work was unique, original and made very personal. The pictures of all her creations were just incredibly beautiful. I loved everything about her floral designs. It was a no brainier.
Our wedding event manager Lucie Ann Wedding Events, and her staff were amazing and held the day together just magically. They were like the glue of the day. It looked incredibly beautiful with the flower creations that were very unique and out there and ran smoothly with the amazing staff we had. We were chuffed.
Most ideas and inspiration were thought up in my head and typed into Pinterest - I made various boards for the look I was after. It was so easy and helped build up a good image of our perfect day. Which it really was.
Tell us about the dress
I ended up having three dresses!
The first one I wore to Little Missenden Church was a mix of modern meets timeless elegance. It was a sophisticated, full-length mermaid gown with a sheer guipure lace bodice and diamanté straps.
The second I changed into, came with a hair change (from being up, to down) and I swapped my tiara for a flower crown. This was a classic, full-length mermaid gown with a strapless sweetheart neckline bodice, adorned with intricate lace embellishments sprinkling down to the ethereal, breezy tulle skirt.
My third dress I wore in the evening, it was a figure hugging, modern, full-length gown with lace and embroidered glitter that shimmered perfectly under the lights on the dancefloor. I had an evening flower crown to wear with this and dance the night away in.
Tell us about the reception
Our main meal was fish and chips from a van with ice creams from an ice cream van to follow. Our evening food was stone baked pizzas also from a van; they were all parked up on the field. And we also had a blow-up sweet shop with a candy floss machine, popcorn machine and pick n mix on wooden crates for guests to help themselves throughout the day.
Our drinks were supplied by ourselves - we went to France for our wine. We then just hired the bar along with the marquee.
What was the stand out detail for you?
The quirkiest element without a doubt was our bizarre and wacky rustic floral designs. Flowers pouring out of watering cans, flowing out of baskets on the front of vintage bikes, looking like they were growing up the log we had as a cake stand, twisted and twirled around my mum’s memory ladder and all the colourful flower head bands for myself, my bridesmaids and flowergirls.
The big bloom centrepieces all the tables had and the little natural looking jars of freshly picked flowers dotted around the reception for added colour and decoration. What a display. I just adored them all, and we had so many compliments on them.
Our photographer was Laura Witherden Photography, a local photographer recommended continuously on the local Facebook page for her outstanding work. And she did not fail us. Not only did she produce incredibly beautiful photos of our special day, she was absolutely amazing with all the children. Our girls loved her. Her passion for photography shines through and the photos she produced were better than we ever imagined.
What was your favourite moment?
My favourite memory of the day - all of it. It was, without doubt the best day of our lives - so incredibly special.
Steal Their Style
Photography: Laura Witherden Photography
Ceremony venue: Little Missenden Church
Reception venue: Private land, Buckinghamshire
Day Dresses: Enzoani
Evening dress: White Lace and Butterflies
Hair & Make-up: Bucks Beauty
Bridesmaids’ dresses: ASOS
Flowergirl dresses: Monsoon
Groom’s outfit: Cookham Formal Hire
Flowers: Kelly Atwood Floral Designs
Wedding planner: Lucie Anne Weddings
Generator, lighting, refrigeration & toilets: Plant Ranger
Bouncy castle: Bouncekrazee