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Maria & Mike - September '21

It is wonderful to see couples including their passions in their wedding as it helps to make the day extra personal and can often tie in different aspects of the day, organically creating a scheme.

Mike and Maria’s wedding had distinct festival vibes and they even named their nuptials GlastonMurray! They achieved a relaxed festival feel with unstructured floral arrangements, statement lighting and informal food and drink service.

Bride, Maria, and Bridesmaid, Isabella's, arrival set the tone for a fun-filled day. Maria is a big Country and Western fan and managed to incorporate her passion into several areas of the day starting with her arrival. Guests gathered outside with a glass of Pimm’s before they were surprised by Maria and Isabella coming down the drive on a vintage truck with a Country and Western soundtrack! Maria was gorgeous, as ever! Her backless dress featured intricate lace and was adorned with fringing. Paired with cowboy boots, it was an elegant look with a cheeky, fun Western feel.

A celebrant-led ceremony focused on the Murray’s becoming a family and was filled with personalised elements including shots of honey Bourbon Whiskey for all of their guests to toast the nuptials!

The ceremony decor was centred on a large backdrop of a wooden arch adorned with silk flowers. Country and Western touches were added in the form of a cowhide rug and a life size cardboard cutout of Dolly Parton - well is it even a wedding without a bit of Dolly!?

The drinks reception saw an opportunity for the Groom’s passion to be incorporated... Mike’s love of golf is certainly no secret and he was keen to share it with his nearest and dearest on his wedding day. An outside pallet bar was branded as ‘The Bunker’ bar and placed on the lawn alongside an assortment of other pallet style furniture ready for guests to enjoy cocktails alongside some crazy golf!

Acoustic music from Country singer Chloe Jones, festoon lighting, tapas and fairground games created a great area outside for guests to relax and chat, enjoying the views while the bridal party had photographs taken.

Inside the barn, statement festoon lighting with paper lanterns dressed the space and carried the festival vibe inside. At dining tables, posies of brightly coloured blooms were arranged naturally in glass jars and Bourbon bottles to add colour, height and a little bit of a Western touch to tables, ready for Louisiana style barbecue.

After speeches from the Bride and Groom, it was back outside for fun and silliness as the couple’s friends kicked off the ‘Bride and Groom Olympics’. A series of crazy challenges and a quiz about the couple saw the winning team celebrating with a round of shots!

As the sun faded, the party kicked off back in the barn with music from band The Nashville Heat and ‘Rings, Wings and Snappy Things’ served up by caterers - a delicious, Southern style combination of doughnuts, chicken wings and soft shell crab.

Overall, a beautiful wedding with plenty of personality!

Words from the Newlyweds:

"We have chatted all weekend about every little detail and I wouldn't change a thing. We had the best day and so many of our friends have said it is their favourite ever wedding. It's almost impossible these days to truly have a unique wedding but I feel we drew a lot of personal elements in and the atmosphere was just perfection. Thank you so much!"

Celebrant: Dawn The Celebrant

Pallet furniture: Gas and Air Studios

Vintage truck: Richard Skeggs

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