Sunshine of my life

A Peak District meadow bursting with shades of summer was the backdrop to Lucia and Chris' perfect party

Lucia and Chris: In the beginning


Although Lucia wasn’t looking for a relationship when she met Chris back in 2002, his expertly crafted mix tapes ultimately won her over. “I told him I just wanted to stay friends and we went our separate ways, but then I spent a night on my own listening to the tapes he’d made me, crying into my can of beer and missing him,” she says. “I contacted him straight away and we’ve been together ever since.”


Photography by Kendal Kempsey, kendalkempsey.com

Lucia and Chris: Countryside cool


As it turned out, those tapes were just the first of many DIY projects the couple would share, culminating in a gorgeously handcrafted summer wedding in a Peak District barn. “We were after a blank canvas that we could do whatever we wanted with,” Lucia explains. “Townfield Barn (peakfarmholidays.co.uk) was out in the countryside overlooking wildflower meadows and was absolutely perfect for us.”

Lucia and Chris: Made with love


Combining their creative skills, Chris and Lucia made almost all of their own details including their sunny yellow stationery. “When we were planning, there was a lot of hype about Kate and Wills’ big day, so Chris designed a personal crest that we used on our menus, table numbers and tea-towel invitations,” Lucia says.

Lucia and Chris: All sewn up


Lucia made her own knee-length silk wedding dress and teamed it with monochrome peep-toes from Kurt Geiger (kurtgeiger.com).

Lucia and Chris: Groomed to perfection


Chris’ buttonhole was also handmade by Lucia using pussy willow, guinea fowl feathers and a paper leaf.

Lucia and Chris: Stateside snacks


Forget standard canapés, Chris and Lucia’s guests helped themselves to sweet and spicy popcorn – held in big candy jars and served in homemade paper cones – and mini peanut butter and jelly sandwiches wrapped in vellum paper.

Lucia and Chris: Market fresh flowers


Hundreds of jam jars and teacups were filled with a fresh mix of yellow and white blooms sourced from a wholesale market on the morning of the wedding.

Lucia and Chris: Fine dining


Yellow gingham runners added a homely touch to the tables and a bright splash of colour.

Lucia and Chris: Food for thought


Guests sipped mint-infused pink grapefruit margaritas through striped straws, then feasted on an American-style barbeque of pulled pork, chicken, beef brisket, beans, baked potatoes and coleslaw provided by Bite The Bullet BBQ Team (bitethebulletbbq.co.uk).

Lucia and Chris: Sowing the seeds of love


“There was a meadow in front of the barn, so we decided to give everyone wildflower seeds as favours,” Lucia says.

Lucia and Chris: Vintage details


Retro finds like an antique typewriter added a quaint yesteryear feel to the celebration.

Lucia and Chris: Happily ever after


Of course, the newlyweds couldn’t have done it without the help of their family, who chipped in on everything from cake-making to flower-arranging to ensure the celebration was a success. “Organising a wedding yourselves – either for budget reasons or because you want to have complete control – is hard work but it’s definitely worth it,” Lucia says. “It made the day feel so much more personal to us.”


Photography by Kendal Kempsey, kendalkempsey.com