I love today's wedding, which was sent to me by the lovely and talented Danielle Smith. Clare and Shaun got married last September at the gorgeous Cattows Farm in Leicestershire, and they planned what Danielle describes as 'a wedding extravaganza'! From the outdoor ceremony with guests seated on hay bales, to the beautiful tipi reception - and circus performers! - the whole day looks brilliantly relaxed and fun, and it's clear this DIY wedding was a true celebration of love.
The couple have really embraced the natural beauty of Cattows Farm, which is a beautiful working family farm near Ashby-de-la-Zouch, by keeping their decor quite neutral with just a few statement pieces, like the fabulous hot pink colour pops and that gorgeous ceremony backdrop. They also made the wise decision to hire Danielle Francesca Photography to capture their day. Danielle has a really natural, relaxed approach which allows the joyful, laidback vibe of Clare and Shaun's day to shine through.
Thank you so much Clare and Shaun for sharing your gorgeous day with us! xx
Clare and Shaun got married at the fabulous Cattows Farm in North West Leicestershire. It's a working family farm surrounded by 100 acres of woodland and with gorgeous panoramic views across the Leicestershire countryside. You can choose to have your wedding in a marquee or a tipi as part of your package - Clare and Shaun went for the beautiful tipi which has a really cool, boho feel. Cattows Farm is a great blank canvas venue and the team there really understand weddings and help to make planning your own day as simple as possible.
Photographer Danielle says that Clare and Shaun are not the sort of people to do anything by halves, and they really planned a wedding to remember. She describes it as a wedding extravaganza and it's clear that every detail had been thought about to create a brilliantly fun, relaxed and joyful day. They went for a vibrant, colourful theme with pops of hot pink that really stand out against the rustic, natural backdrop of the farm and tipi.
Clare and Shaun spent months making and collecting details and personal touches for their wedding, and their efforts really paid off. The whole wedding looks fabulous, and the couple's personalities really shine through in the decor. Handmade signs were dotted throughout the venue, including a pallet sign with local taxi numbers for the end of the night (very useful and thoughtful when you're having a rural wedding!). The tipi was filled with paper lanterns and brightly coloured centrepieces which were perfect for a late summer's day.
Danielle Smith is a Birmingham based wedding photographer whose work is beautifully laidback and natural. She LOVES weddings (she says she cries at every one she shoots!) and it's clear from these images that she's a brilliant person to have around as well as a fabulous photographer - Clare and Shaun look so happy and relaxed in every image, including the awesome couples portraits, which is always the sign of a truly lovely photographer!
Clare made a grand entrance in her friend's classic camper van - the perfect wheels for a boho bride!
Shaun greeted guests as they arrived in the tipi and then led them outside to a stone circle where they sat on hay bales covered in colourful fabrics. They chose to have their guests sit in a circle around them as they said their vows, which creates a really personal atmosphere.
The ceremony included a candle lighting, a lovely ritual which symbolised the start of their new life together.
Clare's nephew Karl Tyler, a personal chef, provided the food and it went down a storm. Danielle says it was some of the tastiest food she has ever eaten!
Clare and Shaun chose to have their speeches in between each course of the meal, a great way to spread them out if you're having quite a few speakers. The speech given by Clare's two bridesmaids was particularly amazing as they not only shared a few embarrassing stories, but also sang and even rapped!
THE FIRST DANCE
Sticking with the non-traditional vibe of the day, Clare and Shaun performed a dance routine including a few Michael Jackson moves.
In the evening, guests were entertained by some incredible circus performers who did stilt walking, balloon shapes and fire dancing.