The sun shone on Hannah and Sim's outdoor autumn festival
Hannah met Sim through work. “The first words he ever said to me were: ‘Have you got a memory stick I can borrow?’ Not a very romantic start!” But love blossomed and, after two and a half years together, Sim proposed on the beach where they’d had their first date.
Photography: Katy Lunsford (katylunsford.com)
A paddock behind a village hall in Cheshire proved the perfect location for their laidback October tipi celebration (event-in-a-tent.co.uk). “I did some research and fell in love with tipis. They’re just so beautiful and natural, and you can have fire pits inside to keep guests warm and toasty.”
“I wanted a bright and breezy country theme, with nothing looking too arranged,” says Hannah. “We used sunflowers, because they’re so gorgeous and unfussy, along with daisies, Chinese lanterns, chrysanthemums and grasses.” The seasonal blooms were dotted around the paddock in jugs, teapots and glass bottles.
“I created tealight lanterns from jam jars covered with lace and string,” explains Hannah. “My mum and younger brother made miles of bunting from old curtains and table runners from different fabrics to tie in with our autumnal colour scheme.”
Hannah accessorised her Anna Sorrano gown (annasorrano.com) with a handmade hairpiece by Seren Rose (serenrose.com) crafted from pearls and paper flowers.
The laidback bride let her maids choose dresses they loved from different shops, including Monsoon (monsoon.co.uk), Phase Eight (phase-eight.co.uk), Warehouse (warehouse.co.uk) and Debenhams (debenhams.com).
“We decided not to have speeches, because we didn’t want anyone to feel stressed on the day. Instead, we wrote out the words on blackboards and arranged them around the venue.”
The couple decided against a wedding cake, but caterers Kemp and Kemp (kempandkempcatering.co.uk) made sure there were still plenty of sweet treats with a DIY ice cream sundae bar. “We decided not to have things just because it’s a wedding,” says Hannah. “We had our favourite food and drinks, and kept the whole day relaxed.”
“Being in the middle of nowhere meant there were no noise or time restrictions, which was great,” reveals Hannah. “Everyone danced the night away.”