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A Midsummer Night's Dream inspired wedding in Sussex

A Midsummer Night's Dream inspired wedding in Sussex

Written by Katie Byrne

Hattie and Olly celebrated their love in a charming countryside wedding, filled with flowers


Hattie, a freelance copywriter and blogger, and Olly, an insurance broker, both 29, celebrated their wedding at home in Sussex on 23 July 2016.

Our inspiration for the wedding was A Midsummer Night's Dream: we wanted a day that was natural, undone and wild. 

We never considered getting married anywhere other than home. As a result, the day had a very relaxed, happy and 'formally informal' (or informally formal?) feel. We wanted everyone to feel entirely at ease.

My wedding dress was by Rime Arodaky, a cool, young French designer who gives gowns a modern edge, whilst still keeping styles classic. It featured a separate lace skirt overlay (this is what really sold it to me), which I removed later for dancing. 

My bouquet featured stocks, sweet peas, lisianthus, roses, freesias, peonies and more.

We love flowers: I wore fresh gyp in my hair, whilst my bridesmaids wore pretty garlands; our puppy, Luna, wore a beautiful floral collar. Olly and his ushers wore cornflower buttonholes.

We used lots of lavender, as well as the beautiful wild flowers that are in-season in July. We opted for lots of pale pinks, blues, whites; lots of light, feminine colours, nothing too strong.

The church was filled with blooms: we had arrangements at the alter and font, as well as on window sills. We also had lavender lining the entrance, and lavender and gyp pew-end decorations. 

The ushers brought the milk churn arrangements and a few others back to our marquee reception. We had high and low table centrepieces, ivy around the walls, trees on poles, and lavender on each table place setting.

We had a tower of cheese for our wedding cake, which was decorated with lavender. The bridesmaids put their bouquets around it when we arrived at the reception.

I unexpectedly loved our first dance: I say 'unexpectedly' because I think we're both pretty bad dancers! But it was a special song for us (America by Razorlight), which was played by a brilliant band. Everyone hit the dancefloor when they hit the chorus, which was incredible.

Because it was beautiful weather all the sides of the marquee were up which meant the dance floor extended into the garden – there was barefoot dancing on the lawn. And a lot of people on each other’s shoulders by the end of the night.

One moment of the day that made me laugh was when Olly said 'I Hattie' in church at the start of the vows. Everyone just lost it!

My advice for other brides? Don't listen to too many voices when you're planning - it's confusing and overwhelming! Instead, follow your own instincts.

Steal their style!

Photographer: Helen Abraham and Amy Sanders Florist: Simply Wonderful Flowers Dress: Rime Arodaky at The Mews Groomswear: Favourbrook

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