Pink & Hessian in a Festival Warwickshire Wedding: Tutsi & Adam Selvey
14 Jul 2015
Mismatched props, pink and hessian came together in a garden party and festival inspired reception.
Photography: Chris Meany Photography
At their home in Water Orton in Warwickshire, this digital-age romance was celebrated in a riot of festival-inspired wedding festivities on 23rd May 201 5. Bride, Tutsi, tells us about the “imperfect perfection” that came together in a day of fun.
How did you meet Adam?
We met through an online dating site. We chatted for about four weeks before we took the plunge and decided to meet up for our first date. Adam planned a day full of sightseeing topped with a play in Stratford. It was amazing, and both of us just knew straight away we were going to be soul mates.
Tell us about the proposal.
Adam proposed on my birthday on the 2nd June 2014, just outside Notre Dame in Paris. Sadly, he forgot the ring! However, the answer was yes, yes, yes!
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
We worked very closely with the Wedding Festival Company to pull off a festival/garden party inspired reception. We wanted imperfection perfection, so a mismatch of props that you wouldn’t expect to go together, but all of a sudden just look amazing! Pink was quite dominant in the wedding stationery and in the flowers, so yes, pink and hessian.
What was your most memorable moment?
Running down the aisle – I was fashionably late! But I was in love with our beautiful vintage tea party.
Where did you find inspiration for your decorations, and what did you decide on?
I got a lot of inspiration from vintage inspired decorations, as well as props. We went with a vintage/festival feel and theme as we wanted to achieve a look that was different. There was one theme that we wanted to use throughout the day which was birdcages. I have always loved how beautiful these look and when they are decorated florally, they really are stunning. We used this theme to cover a lot of areas from the invitations right through to the cakes! We are fortunate enough to have a large back garden, so we were able to use our home as our venue. At the last moment we decided on two marquees to ensure we were prepared for the Great British summer time! So the Wedding Festival Company made the most of this from a design point of view. We started the décor off quite subtly with some older vintage props as you entered the garden that followed into the first marquee, which was set up as a chill-out area; this was decorated with our bunting and lanterns but we also had an array of bright ethnic cushions. We really wanted an area where guests could escape from the main marquee to have a quite chat or soak up the atmosphere. We also had a string trio playing in here for guest arrival and candyfloss, popcorn and a chocolate fountain were served from this area in the evening. This then went into an area where our outhouse was converted into a bar ( this seemed to be a favourite hangout!) and we had a lot of open space here to have lanterns on shepherds hooks with lots of other vintage props and flower arrangements. This looked really magical at night all lit up. Finally we then had our main marquee that was home to our fabulous vintage tea party, stacked with decorated straw bales and a huge stage at the end for live music, DJ and karaoke! So as you walked through the venue it became more interesting and alive in each area - it just worked. We love the fact that we had it at home as every time we look out into our garden we are reminded of the most beautiful day shared with family and friends.
What was the most important investment for you – food, drink, the dress, the honeymoon?
Food, drinks, guest entertainment and children entertainment. We had an arts and crafts area put on by The Wedding Festival Company that the children and adults both loved. It meant the children weren’t bored and the adults could get on and have some fun too!
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
Keeping a closer eye on guest numbers…
Do you have any advice for brides and grooms-to-be?
Stick to what you want, do not compromise. The day is about the bride and groom, so do not try and please other people. This is the one day you get to be selfish in a good way and not feel bad about it. A good planner is worth their weight in gold and although they charge you a fee, they certainly save you a fortune!
Steal their Style:
Event Planners: The Wedding Festival Company
Photography: Chris Meany Photography
Caterers: Springbok BBQ, Birmingham Hog Roast and Fun Loving Food
Florist: From Me to You
Marquee, toilets, table and chair hire: Marquee Leisure
Prop Hire: The Wedding Festival Company , Not Just for Hire, Penny Lane Vintage, Vintage Venue Styling, Something Borrowed and Wedding Day Hire.
Live Music: Remedy Sounds, Eagle and Weeks and Amber Strings
PA Sound Engineer and lighting: Lights and Beats
DJ and stage: Sound Kicks
Chalk Boards: The Chalk Spot
Photobooth: Celebrity Photbooth
Caricaturist: Richard Ellis
Stilt walker and Fire act: The Circus People
Cakes: Sweet Fantasies, Miss Lola Bakehouse