Fun & Colourful Marquee Wedding

Kerry and Chris met when they were both 18. After travelling around Borneo and East Asia for six months Kerry studied at Sussex University for three years, during which time they visited one another, often just for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon due to Chris’s busy work schedule. Soon after Kerry graduated they bought their first house together, and they have now been together for over eight years.

Fun and colourful real wedding

The Proposal

In December Kerry and Chris visited Australia for a holiday/research trip for their planned move to Sydney in April 2013. After years of wanting Chris to propose, Kerry had put the thought to the back of her mind as she focussed on emigrating.

One beautiful sunny evening they went to Bondi Beach and decided to embark on the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. They stopped at Tamarama Bay, and after chatting whilst sat on a rock at the side of the beach Chris stood up and said he had something to ask Kerry. He then got down on one knee, pulled out a beautiful ring and asked Kerry to marry him.

“After saying ‘Oh my god, are you joking?’ several times Chris reminded me that I still hadn’t said yes. I did of course, and after that we were in post proposal heaven! We decided to enjoy the celebrations that evening, and then spent the next morning Skyping our families. Chris had asked my dad for permission before we flew out, which I was really touched by.”

The Wedding Theme

Kerry and Chris didn’t have a specific colour scheme, they just wanted their wedding to be ‘fun, relaxed and pretty’. They both enjoy the outdoors and love nature, so wanted a neutral backdrop with splashes of colour from lots of random flowers.

Marquee wedding decoration

 

The Bride and Groom’s Outfits

Kerry bought her dress from Farnborough Bridal Centre, the shop from which her sister had bought her wedding dress. She found a dress which she thought was lovely, but thought it was ‘a bit too easy’ and decided to look in other shops. After becoming a little overwhelmed by the experience she went back to Farnborough, tried on the dress, and knew it was just what she wanted.

I took out all the ‘poof’, which everyone thought was odd, and added a pale green sash that finished the dress off. I only got the ‘wow factor’ once all the adjustments had been made. The final result was a simple, ivory lace dress, fitted at the top with a sweetheart neckline, nipped in at the waist, and then a loose skirt with a little ‘poof’.”

 

Chris knew that top hat and tails just wasn’t him, so opted for a slim fit stone coloured suit from Next.

The Bridal Party

Kerry had three bridesmaids, who wore simple, strapless, pale green dresses, bought from Debenhams for a bargain £25 each.

After finding it was the same price to buy suits as it was to hire them, Kerry and Chris bought the best man and usher the same suit as Chris, which they wore with pale green ties, to match the bridesmaid dresses.

The Bridesmaids

 

The Wedding Flowers

On their invites Kerry and Chris asked everyone to bring a stem of their favourite flower to the wedding, an idea Kerry had read about years before. Guests dropped them off as they arrived and Kerry and Chris’s mums got to work creating very rustic, random bouquets, which were just Kerry and Chris wanted. What Kerry hadn’t realised was that everyone had brought the most unusual, unique flowers, so was overwhelmed with the result.

For the reception Kerry and Chris created random displays in jam jars and pots, using their favourite flowers they had bought from one of Chris’s business suppliers.

“I would say the flowers really finished off the overall look of our day, and we were thrilled with them. All of the bright flowers looked perfect against our neutral backdrop.”

 

The Ceremony and Reception

Kerry and Chris had a civil ceremony in the 400 year old barn at The Spread Eagle Hotel in Midhurst, West Sussex, followed by a marquee reception in Kerry’s parents’ back garden. They had lots of personal touches, including a funfair and fireworks, with 80 guests joining them for their celebrations.

Wedding marquee

The Wedding Cake

The wedding cake was made by Kerry’s good friend Rosie, and was three tiers of white chocolate and raspberry, lemon and chocolate flavours. After Kerry and Chris sent Rosie a Pinterest board with some ideas for the design, Rosie made a simple white iced cake with cascading white and green flowers.

The Photographer and Videographer

After her sister’s wedding last year, Kerry knew she wanted to use the same photographer, Sarah Aires Photography. Sarah understood the relaxed environment Kerry and Chris were after, and also understood they didn’t want to spend the day having a photo shoot. She put everyone at ease and really captured the day; Kerry and Chris were thrilled.

The Wedding Details

Kerry and Chris had a large Capri marquee which they spent the week leading up the wedding dressing with sashes, fairy lights, bunting (made my their mums), decor, sofas and stools from The Complete Chillout Company, and lots of jam jars, candles and flowers they had collected over the months.

For wedding favours they decided very early on they wanted to donate to two charities that are close to their hearts, Macmillan Cancer Support and Alzheimer’s Society, in memory of their grandparents couldn’t attend the wedding due to these illnesses.

 

The funfair was a big element of their day. Positioned just outside the marquee, it meant there were lots of laughs all day, and there was even a competition for the World’s Strongest Man!

Funfair wedding decor UK

For entertainment they also hired the Undercover Superstars. Kerry knows Sera, the owner, through her old job and always loved the idea. They had one waitress and one funfair attendant, who made a bit of a show of themselves all day, and then after a very awkward speech by one of them they burst into song.

“Everyone was very confused and thought it was a bit over the top, until they realised it was all a big prank. It was a real talking point throughout the day and it really kicked off the evening dancing.”

 

 

All in all the day was a total success, everyone had a brilliant time and the marquee looked stunning.

 xxx