Lisa and Ian tied the knot humanist style at Skipbridge Country Weddings

A festival in Hyde Park was the perfect first date for Lisa and Ian who discovered a shared passion for music while working together. “We were already good friends and decided we'd go and watch Battles and Aphex Twin who were playing down in London - it was a great day,” says Lisa.

Described as perfectly unceremonious, Ian's proposal came as a complete surprise to Lisa. “I picked him up from work and wanted to pop to the shop on the way back home. I remember thinking he seemed restless. When we got back I put my bag down, turned around and there he was with a ring. We'd talked about getting married but never in any detail. I later found out that he'd asked my dad's permission a few weeks before when they cycled from John O'Groats to Land's End together,” she reveals.

The big day took two years to plan and here Lisa tells us more about their perfect humanist ceremony.

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We visited Skipbridge and immediately knew that was the place for us as we loved the idea of tying the knot under the willow tree outside.


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For my bouquet I chose stocks, sweet william, roses, eucalyptus, gypsophila, thistles and peonies.


On yer bike: Image 3aI wanted a dress that was classic but not too formal. Something that had a Shakespearean 'wood nymph' feel.

On yer bike: Image 3 I've always loved crowns - I adore flowers, and a bouquet was just not enough.


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The boys wore light brown cord suits with burgundy lining. We knew we wanted a Wes Anderson feel to the wedding so it made sense to go for the Fantastic Mr Fox look.


On yer bike: Image 5aOur friends played songs instead of hymns during the ceremony. We had Wouldn't it be nice by the Beach Boys, Tender by Blur and Your Song by Elton John.

On yer bike: Image 5 By having multi-coloured flowers and bunting, we could be daring with a colourful cake.


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I wanted bridesmaid's dresses that were somewhere between Vegas dancers and woodland fairy. They were made from silk taffeta in different colours, covered in chiffon, and then finished in soft cream tulle.


On yer bike: Image 7aWe had paper flowers on wire to wrap around the poles. I made them over a few months in the lead up to the wedding.

On yer bike: Image 7 We had embroidered flags for the table names.


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"I think it's important to ask yourself if your decisions and choices make you happy. If you can't answer yes – don't go with them! – Lisa


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