Festival Inspired Backyard Wedding: Lucy + Graham

giant red heart

Lucy + Graham’s UK wedding is all sorts of colorful + fun! Inspired by a festival feel, they created the perfect wedding day for them! Lucy said, “We sort of got together at Glastonbury Festival 2010 and exactly a year after that at Glastonbury, Graham proposed at the Stone Circle. And exactly a year after that on the 23rd June 2012, with Glastonbury in it’s fallow year, we got married. So is was no big surprise we wanted to have a festival feel to our wedding and we were lucky enough that my dad had a lovely house with a big old field out the back that was totally perfect. We wanted it to have an outdoor relaxed country wedding feel, look amazing, feel creative, and most of all we wanted it to be fun.”

Thanks so much to Joanna Brown for the photos and congrats to Lucy + Graham!

UK wedding

What an amazing backyard, right?!!!

outdoor ceremony


outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

Processional: Top Gun Theme

Recessional: I Just Fell in Love Again – Quantic + His Combo Barbaro

First Dance: Baby I'm Yours



bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

Isn’t Lucy’s dress gorgeous??!! She worked closely with Rachel from Heirloom Couture for her one-of-a-kind dress. She wanted it to have a vintage feel, but still feel modern, stylish and simple. I think she was quite successful! A bit more about the dress from Lucy:

Inspiration for my dress began from an original vintage dress sourced from New York from Heirloom Couture’s vintage archive. The lace used was half a gift from my dear friend Alice mum’s vintage lace collection and half sourced by me from Portobello Market. It was all handmade antique Brussels Point de Gaze lace and so special because of the amount of work and detail that was in each unique piece, so delicate and beautiful. Each individual piece was cut out and appliquéd separately to form the entirely bespoke design of the bodice. The tiny flowers were a detail loved from the original vintage dress I first fell in love with. The antique crocheted buttons were sourced specially from New York and were hand washed to match to colour of the lace perfectly.

bride and groom

As a surprise my father booked a couple singing waiters, which on paper I would have NEVER agreed to. They started half way through dessert, much to everyone’s confusion and sung rousing opera for about half an hour. The tent exploded, it was amazing to look around to see everyone shouting on their feet, swirling their napkins above their heads. My father is very clever, it was an amazing surprise.

Also our first dance was really special. As we danced in front of the giant heart everyone set off confetti cannons, it was a massive colour explosion of love and got everyone dancing.



teapot centerpieces

ribbon place setting

I handmade everyone a rosette – all 200 of them! And no two were the same (apart from the ushers). I loved the idea of splashes of colour everywhere and wanted everyone to leave with something bright and colourful that would remind them of the day. I also really like what a simple rosette can do to an outfit and liked the idea that if you saw a picture of someone wearing one you’d know that it had been taken at our wedding. It was quite an undertaking – lots of ribbon, lots of burnt glue gun fingers, lots of hours. My uncle worked out that it probably took me about 70 hours to make them all! Worth it though! And I’m now making bespoke rosettes in my etsy store

ribbon place setting

everything is going to be awesome

The tent was littered with red word strings (handmade by my cousins Emily + Rebecca Stovold) which were little phrases that meant something to me + Graham, from stupid private jokes like “mega vibes” + “this is something else you can do in a rave” to things that meant something to us a little more romantically like “we can be heroes” and “don’t worry everything is going to be amazing”


rainbow cake


The inspiration [for the heart] came from a mixture between an installation at burning man and an old men’s working club in east London. We’d gone to burning man the year before and everyday had cycled underneath the same heart in the middle of the desert (cheese balls!) and so thought it would be a lovely idea to try and replicate that for our wedding.

giant red heart


Be mega organized and it’s never too early to get something sorted.

photography: Joanna Brown // venue: bride’s dad’s house, Northamptonshire countryside, United Kingdom // red heart: Hawkes and Forman // papel picado: Re-Found Objects // bespoke resettes: Told You So Resettes // event planner + catering: Kate Denston @ Rare // floral design: Green + Gorgeous // wedding dress + hairpiece: Rachel Spencer of Heirloom Couture // shoes: Repetto // bridesmaid dresses: Hammersmith Vintage Fair, Lucy In Disguise, Peekaboo Vintage, Top Shop // hair + makeup: hair by Harriet at in Parlour, make up by Amanada Harrington at In Parlour // groom attire: Burberry suit, John Francombe shirt, Turnbull & Asser bowtie, Cazal 607s sunglasses

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  1. I love how the bride individually handmade all the rosettes! When the bride puts personal attention to the details of the wedding, it really shows! We have many invitations made with lace which we see in the bride’s gown. It’s important to send out custom wedding invitations that tell your unique story to your guests! We have many wedding invitations with brooches and wedding invitations with rhinestone buckles that can be customized to suit the theme of your wedding!

  2. I love this! really well put together! Feels like a elephant or horse is going to pop into the background to complete the theme:-) Love the heart arch!

  3. I really can’t believe that huge outdoor area is a backyard – how beautiful!! This is a gorgeous wedding, thanks for sharing1

  4. LOVE the eclectic mix of personal touches and fabulousness! The looks like a wedding that everyone would wish to be a part of :)

  5. I love this post! Just wondered if you knew what happened to the giant heart please? I’d love to hire it, it’s amazing! :)


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