Today’s wedding is truly a DYI event – even the flowers were grown by one of the grooms! They made sure their big day was as personal as possible and fun for their guests. It was photographed and shared with us by their photographer Linus Moran.
TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET
We met online. Things didn’t go to plan with the first few times we tried to meet. Rob cancelled at the last minute on the first few occasions due to work commitments but eventually managed to meet on the third attempt. Steve moved to Yeovil and moved in with Rob not long after meeting.
NOW ABOUT THE BIG DAY! WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION?
The theme was a woodland wedding. Thousands of origami paper cranes handmade by Steve hung from the ceiling with lots of fairy lights, Log benches made by Rob and his Dad. Steve made grape vine rings to hang from the sides of the marquee. Twine napkin rings and little place cards with antlers and hare ears to mark where the guests were to be seated. There were lots of logs and we had a campfire to toast marshmallows and sparklers. So quite rustic but done in a sophisticated way.
We used freeze dried petals as confetti to add to the theme and ring boxes made from logs which was a really nice keepsake afterwards.
Rob and his dad built a branch archway for the entrance to the marquee. The guest book was a fingerprint tree that everyone could print their finger print onto and then sign which we have hanging on our wall at home now. Placemats were made from log slices made by Rob and his dad.
WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT AND MOST FUN PART FOR YOU?
The most important part of the day was to be with each other and share the day with our family and friends. This was highlighted through incorporating everyone into special little things such as balloon releases, confetti throw, the groomsmaids threw their bouquets, the campfire with marshmallow and sparklers, and we had a scavenger hunt game where the winner got a prize of a bottle of champagne with flutes. The game had to be one of the most fun parts of the day, brought everyone together and we all had such a good time with it as I’m sure you will see from Linus’s fantastic pictures.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
Linus Moran is a fantastic photographer from start to finish. Providing more of a documentary style photographing and incorporating a few group shots. Full of exciting ideas and a great contemporary style, perfect for what we were looking for. Also produced a video/photo montage film with audio over the top from the day which was great and brings back all the feelings from the day to everyone who watches it. He also caught the balloon release by drone as well which has impressed a lot of people.
WOULD YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR COUPLES PLANNING THEIR WEDDING?
Make sure to make the wedding as personal as possible and incorporate all your friends and family, but above all enjoy the day.
Ceremony Venue: Minterne House
Reception venue: Lesley Waters Cookery School
Celebrant: Dorset county council
Photography: Linus Moran
Video: Linus Moran Videography
Steve’s Suit: Steel and Jelly
Rob’s Suit: Suits Direct
Shoes: River Island & ASOS
Groomsmaids head bands: Hydrngeas Lover on Etsy
Groomsmaids bracelets: Simply Chic on Etsy
Hair: Maria Greening
Flowers: Hollie Robinson, flowers grown by groom James
Decorations (welcome sign, seating plan, menu, table names, guest name tags, napkin rings, origami cranes, word searches for the tables, hot chocolate favors for the tables, hashtag signs for the balloons) – groom Steve James
Stationery: Steve James and Ria and Toine Toomer
Cake: Steve James + log stand made by Groom Rob and his Dad
Music: City lights from Tailored Entertainment
Daisy sings from Warble Entertainment
Ring 1 – Luxuria Jewelers on Etsy
Ring 2 – Shiruba Tree on Etsy
Catering: Lesley Waters Cookery School