Wedding at Mount Folly Farm, Devon
Field of Dreams
Katie and Laurence's beachy, boho wedding by the sea at Mount Folly Farm Katie and Laurence first met while working together, and after just a few months into their relationship, quit their jobs to move to Spain. "We had the best few months together - no responsibilities!" reminisces Katie. "We then decided we wanted to start a family, got pregnant and moved back to England...all a bit of a whirlwind!"
Not usually one for romantic gestures, Laurence took a six-month pregnant Katie to Goodrington in Paignton where he used to visit with his gran, and surprised her with a poignant proposal. "It was very sweet," she reflects.
It took just a single glance at Mount Folly Farm in Bigbury for the couple to find their dream venue. "The minute we walked down into the field it took my breath away and we knew straight away it was perfect for us," says Katie.
Taking a highly personal approach, Katie planned and designed most things herself, filling the day with "beachy, botanical and boho" inspired details, from giant dreamcatchers to colourful flowers arranged in bottles that she had collected over the course of a year.
"I tried to be as eco possible," she says. "The bottles were used for all of the flowers on the tables and then I wrote every guest's name on a 'drinking jar' for them to keep for the night - and we used recycled jars for shot glasses too. I am still now training myself not to hoard jars anymore!"
She also went for a beautifully individual bridal look, donning a bespoke bodysuit and purple tulle skirt, accessorised with a gorgeous flower crown and customised Converse.
The glorious outdoor ceremony took place before breathtaking views across the coast. "Our friend and one of our ushers, 'Father Mike,' performed our ceremony for us, we wanted it to be really special," says Katie. "It was the best decision we ever made. We felt so at ease having our friend up there with us and when he made everyone get up and sing The Beatles' 'All You Need is Love', everyone was smiling and laughing!"
The day was made all the more special by the fact that the couple's six-year-old daughter accompanied Katie down the aisle and served as ring bearer.
After the vows, the celebrations got into full swing with The Busketeers providing the al fresco entertainment. Continuing the relaxed mood, guests tucked into delicious pizzas served from a van and a showstopping buffet created by Katie the night before, while a horse trailer bar served craft beers and cider into the small hours.
"It wasn't a moment but a feeling," says Katie in reflection. "We pulled off such a perfect day that was exactly how we wanted it in every single way. We had so much help from the people around us and knowing that they all wanted to make it so special for us is lovely - nothing will beat that."
"Don't sacrifice on the things that are important to you, if it seems like too much work just ask for the people around you to help," she urges other couples. "What made our wedding so special were the little things - everyone said they made the wedding. Delegate so that you can do those little things."
Photography Heart Shaped Stone Photography heartshapedstonephotography.com
Venue Mount Folly Farm bigburyholidays.co.uk
Dress County Couture countycouture.co.uk
Bridesmaids' dresses ASOS asos.com
Groom's outfit Skopes skopes.co.uk
Hair The Cutting Company cuttingcompany.org
Make-up Florence Jago for Bare Minerals
Flower crown Odds and Buds oddsandbuds.co.uk
Catering The Gastro Bus gastrobus.co.uk
Cake The Dartmoor Bakery dartmoorbakery.co.uk
Entertainment The Busketeers artistecard.com/TheBusketeers
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