Nancy and Henry had a field day – literally – with an outdoor do featuring rustic touches and good old bangers and mash
Nancy met Henry during their first term at Manchester University but it wasn’t until a couple of years after the pair graduated that they finally began holding hands – 29th February 2008 (a leap year) to be precise. “We started spending lots of time together and I fell in love with Henry’s kindness and love of life,” says Nancy, “and the fact that since uni he’d become less preoccupied with pouring beer over himself!”
Photography: Lily & Frank (lilyandfrank.co.uk)
To create a celebration that was loving, fun and personal, Nancy and Henry had a civil ceremony at Hackney Town Hall then planned a unique service a week later in a field in Tattingstone, Suffolk, where Nancy grew up. “We hired a giant tipi from PapaKåta (papakåta.co.uk) which was actually three tents joined together for eating, dancing and a smaller ‘chill out’ space,” explains Nancy.
“We held a service under an oak tree at the bottom of the field belonging to a friend and asked all our guests to bring a ribbon to decorate the branches.”
The couple wrote their al fresco ceremony with the help of the best man’s mother, who led the service. Friends sang and played music, and everyone joined in to a rendition of All You Need is Love.
As editor of fashion magazine AnOther (anothermag.com), Nancy took her dress shopping very seriously. “I went for Alexander McQueen (alexandermcqueen.com),” she laughs. “Not the most practical dress for a wedding in a field but I couldn’t resist! It was made from one piece of ivory silk tulle gathered on one side, with delicate rose embroidery running from the front to the back.” Henry also chose McQueen for his suit, which he wore with his grandfather’s gold pocket watch and tie clip.
For accessories, Nancy chose a vintage brooch from a charity shop, borrowed a mohair shawl from her grandmother and wore pearl hair pins by Chanel (chanel.com).
Nancy’s bridesmaids wore dresses from Whistles (whistles.co.uk).
To complement the relaxed country vibe of the day, Nancy carried roses and anemones arranged by florists Myrtle & Mint (myrtleandmint.com).
Nancy arrived at her festival-inspired field in a trailer decorated with flowers. “As it was private land, we had a lot of freedom and were able to spend many happy weekends planting daffodils and getting it ready,” says Nancy.
A friend designed a special font for the couple, which they used for banners.
“We had a pom pom party the week before to make 100 yellow tissue paper pom poms to decorate the tent,” says Nancy. “And we hung them from monofilament so that they looked as if they were floating.
A stamp of the couple’s initials was used as a motif throughout the day.
Local villagers collected jam jars which both mums filled with a mix of seasonal tulips, daffodils, eucalyptus and gypsophila, and Nancy finished with hessian and yellow raffia.
Homemade ginger beer made a nice rustic contrast to the pink champagne reception before supper.
Nancy wrote the table plan on an MDF board painted with blackboard paint.
“Henry made the menus using rubber stamps and we included details of where we sourced the suppliers,” says Nancy. “Dishes included sausages from Kelmscott Country Pork (kelmscottcountrypork.co.uk) which we chose following a very extensive tasting competition!”
“Our cake was made by one of my best women, Tor,” says Nancy. “It was Victoria sponge with butter cream balanced at a jaunty angle and decorated with tiny icing sugar flowers she made herself – it was the most amazing cake I have ever seen.”
“It was so great to involve friends and family in making things so they really felt part of the day,” says Nancy. “We made the decorations and did quite a lot of the catering ourselves – it meant we could have exactly what we wanted and we really enjoyed it. We didn’t want to spend money to give someone else all the fun!”
Posted: 02/10/2013 at 14:28