A couple of weekends ago I made the short hop from Birmingham across the M6 to the village of Marton, near Coventry, for Lottie and Mike’s fantastic fun filled DIY farm wedding.
I arrived at Lottie’s parents farm in Marton, which was also being used for the wedding reception, to find the bridesmaids in the garden soaking up the early morning sun . . . and the prosecco! Lottie was inside having her bridal makeup done by Sophie Sheridan Hair and Makeup Artist, whilst the final preparations were being made to the marquee in the field next to the house.
A few miles down the road, in the village of Wolston, Mike and his groomsmen prepared themselves by donning their tweed suits, which were from Albie and Lonnie’s Formal Menswear, before heading for a quick pint (or two) at the local village pub, The Rose and Crown.
As the ceremony approached and with the bridesmaids ready in their Amanda Wyatt dresses, which were from Sammie Lou Bridal Couture, Lottie got into her stunning Maggie Sottero wedding dress, from Serendipity Brides. Transport to the church for the bridesmaids was in the form of a trailer pulled by a vintage tractor whilst Lottie followed closely behind, being chauffeured by her dad in his rally prepped red Rover Mini.
The ceremony took place at the Grade II listed Gothic Revival style St Esprit Church which lies at the heart of the village of Marton. The original church, which is thought to be one of the oldest in Warwickshire, dates from the 12th / 13th century but it was substantially rebuilt in the 1870s. The ceremony was a lovely affair with lots of music, songs and plenty of laughter too. With the legal formalities completed the newly married couple made their way out into the blazing Warwickshire sunshine and drove back to the farm in a giant tractor (I think the road was damaged before it was parked outside the church!).
The guests were greeted back at the farm with a drinks reception before heading into the shade of the marquee for the speeches. We had a few tears, lots of laughter, plenty of embarrassing stories and an afro wig! The marquee at the farm, which was hired from Good Intents, looked amazing. Virtually all of the wedding details were made by Lottie, Mike, or their friends and family. This included the cake table, signs, decorations and also some home brew moonshine. The wedding breakfast, provided by Great Tasting Catering, was done in the style of a host-a-roast, with each table having a joint of beef and a designated carver who served the stunning food.
Evening entertainment wad provided by the brilliant Johnny and the Zephyrs who kept the dancefloor hopping with a range of rock and roll classics from the 50’s and 60’s. We were also treated to an amazing firework display from Spitfire Pyrotechnics. Before I leave you with some images from the big day I need to say a massive thanks to Roo from Roo Stain Photography, my brother from possibly the same mother, who second shot for me on the day and also to Jodie from The Memory Box videography. Here’s 50 photos from Lottie and Mike’s fantastic farm wedding . . .