James & Laura’s Fun Fair, Summer Fete Wedding…

Fun filled, fun fair, outdoor wedding…

Today we share with you the vibrant, fun fair wedding of Laura & James. Their traditional church wedding was followed by a quirky, summer fete reception with bumper cars, vintage crockery, carousal horses and fete games… We love it! Enjoy…

Name of the couple: Laura & James

Wedding Venue: Sedlescombe Church, Sedlescombe

Reception Venue: Private farm in three oaks, Hastings

Nick & Nicci from Velvet Storm Photography…

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Why you love this wedding…

Every photographers dream is to work with a couple that put their own stamp on things and think outside the box creating and thinking of every detail.

This wedding we knew was always going to fun, relaxed and well thought out and it was just that. It was like candy for the eyes and gave us more than enough to get excited about!

We knew when we met Laura & James that we were all on the same wave length and they were such a great couple to work with.

What were the couples requirements…

James & Laura wanted to be creative and unique. We knew after the amazing Pre Wedding Shoot that we covered what was required and that was just to have fun! They wanted us to blend into the wedding but also engage with everyone and become part of the wedding day. This was easy to do as everyone was relaxed and had fun with us.

James and Laura wanted more than just images from the day, they wanted memories and wanted to re live the day through our eyes which we completely understood and proudly captured.

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Favourite details of the day…

I don’t think there is one detail that we could pin point as a favourite as there were just endless amounts but if we had to choose it would have to be the attention to detail on the tables. Using the fun fair theme to create centre pieces with bumper cars, space hoppers, and vintage crockery also a stand housing  windmills for everyone with their names on were so simple but really beautiful.

Favourite moment of the day…

This day was filled with exciting parts to it from beautiful moments shared with Laura & James getting ready to the ceremony with the heart melting glances right through to the brilliant fun fair and totally amazing food but I think the sports day races were a massive highlight with three legged races and the egg & spoon race, this was enjoyed by everyone and created an enormous atmosphere amongst the guest and us spending some time out with Laura & James gave us the opportunity to capture some stunning images with just them and the surroundings

It was a pleasure working with these beautifully crazy guys who inspired us so much and they are the reason we love what we do! 

Laura & James…

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Tell us how you met …

We were both staying at James’ sister’s house after both leaving previous partners. We nicknamed it the heartbreak hotel. A bit of friendship and fun turned into something more quite quickly. He was quirky and loved adventure. I knew he was the one.

What was your main hopes and plan for the day…

We wanted a day that we would always remember but it had to be fun and quirky. We both wanted a summer fete theme that also had a vintage touch.

Was your favourite part of the day…

James – The cheeky glance back at Laura walking up the aisle and watching all our friends and family turn into big kids again as soon as they arrived at the reception.

Laura – Our first dance to the time of my life from dirty dancing.

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How was your day unique…

We had various stalls such as a coconut shy, hook a duck, tin can alley, shooting gallery and then was the space hopper races and an amazing balloon man (he was not your ordinary children’s party balloon man!). We tried to incorporate all the things we love – jars of sweets, amazing picnic style food and games. Our table plan was probably quite unique – an A frame ladder holding over a 100 homemade pinwheels with every guests name and table name printed on it.

What was your budget…

Around £20,000, which we didn’t stick to!

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What was your biggest expense…

The food and drink! We love good food, so it was important to us that our wedding breakfast was perfect. We had a posh picnic with soft boiled scotch eggs, meat and cheese platters, various breads, olives, tarts and so much more. All served in picnic hampers with little jars of condiments. The dessert was just as good as it was a make your own sundae with a choice of meringue, chocolate fudge brownie, marshmallows, fruit, and ice cream. We are still dreaming about our wedding food now!

How did you save money…

We made our own stationary including invites, place names and order of service.

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What was it like working with your photographer…

Amazing! We were lucky to find photographers who completely understood our vision for our wedding day. They spent time with us, getting to know us and were happy to go along with our crazy ideas. Our pre wedding shoot took place on a freezing and blustery day, on the beach and consisted of jumping with balloons, attempting to re-create the dirty dancing lift and of course throwing paint at each other! They were so fantastic on our wedding day and were so discrete, would gladly recommend them!

Advice to any couples about to get married…

Enjoy every moment, the day goes so fast. Also find a wedding planning monthly countdown tick list and book things up early – especially the photographers!……..

Congratulations!!! Love all the details they added to their day- lots of love and care put into their big day! If you want to find out more about Velvet Storm Photography you can visit their website here

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The Team…

Wedding Reception: Marquee – Meridian Marquees

Food and drink – Circa Circa events

Photographers: Velvet Storm Photography

Wedding Dress: Customised Skylar dress by Augusta Jones – White mischief bridal

Accessories-

Shoes: Mint green mimosa shoes by Rachel Simpson

Grooms Attire: Mix and match suit from REISS

Transport: Endeavour cars – Molly the Morris Minor traveller

Flowers: By Freya Monk – Wealden Crockery company

Cake: Linden cakes of Mayfield

Dali ballooni – Balloon man

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