24 August 2010

behind the wedding scenes

ah, how lovely it is to peruse through all our photos, now that all the hard work is done!
i thought I'd inflict them on you too...
these are of Nao and me setting up the marquees in gale force winds, amazingly the tent stayed put during the night, but i did have panic attacks that we'd all turn up for the party, only to find an empty field.

luckily my mum had a large stash of antique table cloths, and as we don't like too much frillyness, we added some jute as well {although I've recently discovered that this is a common touch at weddings these days!}
I just thought it was cheap and i like the smell of it.

we joined two marquees together, only as we later paid the price for this when it rained, there was a curtain of water cascading down the middle! it was fun for the kids though maybe.

i had to clip the table cloths in place over night, but i think i forgot to take these off for the party, oops.

also, we laid anything heavy on the tables so they would not lift off in the wind.

we made up a food table to put out all the salads and such, but sadly we never used it and the food never got eaten at the party as we were all pretty stuffed from the lunch.

just to prove it, we did actually get ready in the tent, i hung up our ironed outfits on the central pole.

our flowers, my favourite flower in there was actually the deep purple clematis.

we were lucky to have lots of entertaining kids at the wedding, these two brothers, Nancy and a little baby Leon, kept us all smiling when it began to rain...

the leak...

that top hat did the rounds...

{photo by julia kho}

{photo by julia kho}

it did get rather chilly in the evening, I'm grateful that everyone put a brave face on {or maybe it was the alcohol}

i love this photo, it looks like we are on a film set!

{photo by julia kho}

lots of things went wrong during our wedding day, but at the end, all i remember was enjoying every minute...so my advice to all those planning a wedding is...don't take it too seriously and just enjoy!!!


  1. Love your wedding photos and I totally agree, everything went wrong on our wedding day 5 years ago too but we still had a fab time, nothing was going to stress us out on our day, we just had fun :)

    Micki x

  2. Lovely images, as always artemis! I love how honest you are about it! The fact that you didnt only present the best bits makes the good bits all the more amazing, if that makes sense? more genuine and lovely.

  3. Great advice: I could have done with it when our own wedding started to unravel, but yours looks wonderful!

  4. Wonderful, wonderful!
    It´s sp exciting to see the pictures and hear how your lovley day went along.
    I think we all can relate and learn from your advise, regardless if it is a wedding or any other party. To not take it too seriously and just enjoy!

  5. this is an amazing wedding, congratz :)

  6. I love all your wedding photos! It looks like you had a really great day despite you saying thing went wrong!

  7. Thanks for sharing! It looks like it was an amazing day

  8. Oh Artemis, I've just stumbled upon your blog (I don't know how I didn't) and it's so lovely I've just spent three hours (literally) reading through it all!! You have such a wonderful style - I want to come and play in your meadow and shed, and cuddle Plimsoll! And your wedding looks so whimsical and magical, what a lovely day.

    Miss B xx


  9. Your wedding looks absolutely beautiful and the closest thing i've seen to my tastes!
    I've been to a lot of scary British weddings recently and it's so nice to see how lovely and relaxed they can be.

    Apologies if you've already mentioned this, but where did you get your chairs and tables from? Thanks!

  10. Oh it looks like a lovely day! And your advice is very wise I think. I'm curently trying to plan my wedding and I've always thought I'd never get married so the wedding industry is coming as quite a shock to my system! reading about your wedding gives me hope that I can pull off something thats up my street and isn't soul (and wallet) destroying!! So thanks :)

  11. Sage wedding advice...I am so glad you enjoyed it despite he hiccups. And I love that you provided a toy basket for the kids, that's a great idea!

  12. Your wedding was so beautiful!! I saw the pictures on 100 layer cake. Congratulations! Especially on all your hard work! xo

  13. That was the most wonderful, romantic wedding I have seen - you guys did it the right way.. congratulations!

  14. Looks like the most perfect day - congrats!!

    LOVE your bouquet! LOVE, LOVE!! ;)