Your Herts and Beds Wedding - October/November 2023 (Issue 100)

REAL WEDDINGS 27 These lovebirds met at the local gym, somewhere neither returned to once they got together! Lewis smiled at Holly while walking past a machine, and she had a Facebook add later that evening – it was obviously the smile that did it!” After many fantastic years together, Lewis proposed in June 2020. The pair had meant to attend the Glastonbury festival, but it was cancelled due to Covid-19. Holly had attended the festival with family each year from 2013, and Lewis from 2016 once they got together. Lewis arranged a ‘Glasto at home’, which Holly had no idea about! She says, “I went to work as normal on the Thursday and arrived home to our flat transformed into Glastonbury. As soon as I walked in the door, I was greeted by a makeshift ticket station with a personalised wristband, different stage areas and a pyramid centre stage around the television. He had also ordered my favourite snacks and drinks from Glastonbury by contacting the stalls in advance and having them post bits. Lewis created a programme for the weekend, with some of our favourite previous acts. After watching some, we moved to the ‘other stage’ where Lewis proposed. He even arranged a congratulations message from Emily Eavis, one of the festival organisers. It was everything I could have hoped for, a special moment we both treasure! We then enjoyed a long weekend together, celebrating our engagement and even slept in a pop-up tent in front of the ‘pyramid stage’. SETTING THE SCENE The couple aimed to create the best day for themselves while bringing together loved ones for a big celebration full of love. “I had always dreamt of a barn wedding, but it needed to be a space that had the potential to reflect our Glastonbury-theme”, comments the bride. “We both fell in love as soon as we visited Milling Barn! The traditional oak barn felt perfect for our ceremony, and the light spaces provided the perfect setting to mix the rustic barn look with our colourful vision. We're also big fans of crazy golf, so having outside space for this was perfect too.” The pair wanted to incorporate as much festival theme as possible throughout the décor. Holly had seen a few examples of people using wellies for flower ‘vases’ and knew immediately that she wanted to have these as centrepieces. Lauren, the florist, brought their vision to life and exceeded all expectations. The wellies sat on top of moss with little fairylights entwined throughout; it was the perfect talking point between guests. Colourful ribbons were hand-tied onto each chair for another element of fun, but also to mirror the ‘ribbon tower’ at Glastonbury. The ribbon backdrop in the ceremony barn was alongside lots of colourful petals and flowers scattered down the aisle. The multi-coloured lanterns and fairylights from the ceiling in Milling again add as much colour as possible. The lovebirds gave wildflowers seed packs filled for favours; guests could go away and grow something colourful to remind them of the special day. The pair decided against a traditional white cake and instead injected plenty of colour! The impressive bake was adorned with mini wellies, flags and the pyramid stage from Glastonbury. Finest Layers handmade a ribbon tower for the top tier to finish off the design. The newlyweds had a traditional wedding breakfast and woodfired pizzas to keep guests from going hungry throughout the day. Holly comments, “We’re big fans of wood-fired pizza’s having our first few at Glastonbury. We since invested in one for home and knew we wanted this option for our big day – guests loved it too!”