Jess & Will’s Classic British Summer Sailcloth Wedding
Jess and Will celebrated their classic British summer sailcloth wedding back in July last year. They celebrated in our Three Pole Sailcloth.
With classic British styling mixed with rustic touches and a stunning waterside backdrop, it was a gorgeous celebration under the hot July sunshine.
Jess talks us through the details of their day alongside photos by the brilliant Pippa Carvell.
What made you decide on an outdoor wedding?
We loved the idea of a mixture of a traditional white wedding with the relaxed atmosphere of being in the great outdoors! We also found a gorgeous location with amazing views (hoping that the weather would be on our side!). And loved the idea of a blank canvas that we could style the way we wanted and put our own stamp on. The stunning sailcloth tent ticked all the boxes!
What did everybody wear?
Jess wore an Essence of Australia dress from local bridal boutique Bellissima Brides. With a custom made top, bow and veil from the incredibly talented Lucy Hartshorn Couture.
The bridesmaids wore TFNC dresses, again with alterations from Lucy who made the dresses fit perfectly. This was slightly more challenging due to one very pregnant bridesmaid!
The boys all wore navy Ted Baker suits from Moss Bros with ties and pocket squares from online shop Swagger and Swoon.
Tell us about your ceremony.
We had a traditional ceremony at our local church which was just beautiful. We had met with Alex the Rector a few times and she made the ceremony so personal and special. It was amazing seeing all our friends and family together after all the covid restrictions even though masks and social distancing was still required! Afterwards we had photos in the park next to the church and our guests were taken to the reception in an open top red bus.
How did you feed your guests?
We had the amazing Nova the Outsiders provide our guests with canapés, a three course wedding breakfast and ‘dirty chips’ (chips with all sorts of delicious toppings) in the evening.
We chose our own favourites that we thought would still be a hit with our guests for the food which included lamb for main course and a twist on lemon meringue pie for dessert. The side dishes were shared between the tables which gave the wedding breakfast a feel of a cosy family roast dinner.
How would you describe your theme/styling?
Our overarching theme was a classic British summer (very luckily minus the rain!). We had heaps of gorgeous colourful British grown flowers from the amazing Sarah and her team at Floribunda Rose. They created the most incredible florals using sustainable methods which really brought the tent to life. They not only looked stunning but smelt incredible too! Sarah suggested navy candles for the tables which I said let’s go for last minute, which gave the decor a more modern feel.
Our venue for the sailcloth tent was at a farm and we kept that theme too, going for rustic touches such as cable reels for tables, palate furniture outside and the cross back chairs hired from Sami Tipi. We also made our own signs for the day out of palates and had a horse box bar.
How did you entertain your guests?
We had beautiful music from the Rose string quartet for the church and the drinks reception too. We had a variety of garden games that we picked up from various shops, and the bar definitely kept our guests entertained! Also we had a band who were amazing and got everyone up and dancing! They’re family friends and unfortunately don’t usually play at weddings, as much as I try to convince them they should!
What are your Top Tips for planning a Sailcloth wedding?
It’s definitely more work than having a venue planning everything for you but it’s so worth it and you can really make the day yours! We had an on the day planner, Charlotte who we ‘handed over’ control of the day to and she was brilliant, we didn’t have to worry about anything and just enjoyed seeing all our plans come to life! All our family and friends chipped in with the DIY decor, planning and set up which added to the excitement and feeling that they were involved in the day.
Sailcloth | Sami Tipi
Photographer | Pippa Carvell Photography
Stationery | Knock Knock Penny Studio
Florist | Floribunda Rose
Horse Box Bar | Rachel’s Bar
Catering | Nova The Outsiders
Videographer | Aurora Video
Glassware | Whitehouse Event Crockery
String Quartet | Rose String Quartet
On The Day Planner | Charlotte Elise
Bride’s Dress | Bellissima Brides
Dress Alterations | Lucy Hartshorn Couture