This is the first of a few blogs about my wedding.
I got married at the beginning of August this year, which now seems like a lifetime away as we edge closer to Christmas.
You’d be amazed how much work needs to be done to organise a wedding these days, and how difficult it is to avoid cliche, cookie-cutter weddings with big dresses, cupcakes and swarovski crystals.
I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with those – some girls dream their whole life of the big day, the bigger dress and the tradition… funny how these dreams have also come to incrporate Jimmy Choos, but that’s probably for another blog.
Neither me or my husband are particularly mainstream, we are geeky, nerdy people who tend to baulk at anything when it gets too popular (Muse, Oasis, Benecassim festival) we dont have a TV and we spend a lot of time looking through dusty racks of 1950s 45s.
So it was really important that our wedding reflected who we are as people and the things we love. When we were thinking about venues and where we should get married we threw around ideas for a couple of days, before the realisation struck us, there was really only one place we could ever see ourselves getting married, at Larmer Tree Gardens on the edge of Dorset and Wiltshire. In the middle of nowhere, a beautiful Victorian pleasure garden, and home to End of the Road festival.
We first went to End of the Road in 2007, the year that Stephen graduated, and have been going back every year since, this photo – taken in that first year, should show you why…
Anyway, we took this starting point and ran with it, contacting the festival organisers to help us find the perfect band to play on our ‘big day’, Sophia helped us to book the perfect band and was also so genuinely lovely that it all fed into making the day really special.
Since inception the festival has included a brilliant screen printing tent run by Bristol’s Jacknife posters and Manchester based Nick Rhodes AKA Switchopen. We commissioned Nick to design and screenprint our wedding ‘Save the Dates’ and invitations, based on his previous festival and gig posters, many of which we have collected, including this one, my personal favourite from the 2008 festival.
The finished product was amazing, personal, and most importantly us. Something completely apart from all of the ivory and lace invitations that the shops sell. The moral of the story, go off the beaten track a bit, and do it yourself, it may take more energy but it wont necessarily cost more, and you’ll get something you actually love.
View our invitations on Switchopen’s website here – since designing ours he’s been commissioned again an is apparently thinking of making it a viable career option!
The 2010 festival poster for End of the Road featured “our” (Nick’s) birdhouse. I also met one of my all time heroes Jarvis Cocker, who had been milling about perusing the posters. In between girlish giggling, I managed to recount to him that the birdhouses had first made an appearance on our wedding invites. I missed out the part where I told him I would happily call off the engagement if he’d leave his pretty redheaded girl and come with me…