Jess & James’ incredible festival wedding in Lancashire

Dec 13, 2018

So, where do we start with this unbelievable day of fun, personality, love, and hilarity? Jess and James were getting ready in houses opposite each other on the family estate.

With everything and everyone so close, it was a relaxed morning of fun, nerves and enjoying the buildup to the ceremony. We were also reunited with Millie & Sean as bridesmaid and best man, who’s wedding we filmed earlier in the year 🙂 

James had kept Jess’ bridal transportation a secret right until the last moment – and what a surprise! Inspired by their travels, James had bought a Tuk Tuk, decorated bright yellow, to transport his bride-to-be to the ceremony in style. Her reaction to it is priceless, and we absolutely adored being involved in that moment. 

After the ceremony at a local church, we headed back to the house for the party to get started. Jess & James had filled one of the back fields with bell tents. So, the guests moved their bags and suitcases into their accommodation for the night before heading in to the main marquee for drinks and canapés. The relaxed festival theme continued, with beautiful rustic floral arrangements, unique table numbering, and one of the best cake tables we’ve ever seen. 

We took Jess & James away around the tent field for some alone time, and to make some pictures with just the two of them. This is always a great time to soak in the just-married feeling, and spend some time alone together before the party.

After the bridal and groom’s parties were announced into the wedding breakfast room, there were speeches, then a wonderful wedding breakfast. We returned to drinks, dancing, inside and outside with the wedding party, and left this incredible atmosphere content that we’d captured the vibe. 

A DIY festival-style wedding is a massive undertaking, and putting all of your ideas and personality into bringing together such an awesome day really is a massive accomplishment. We asked Jess and James to share some of their planning tips, processes and thoughts to help if you’re starting to plan this type of incredible wedding day. 

“We knew from the start that we wanted to do a two day wedding as everyone had warned us how quickly the day flies. We wanted a super relaxed weekend with our favourite people where we could work to our own schedule and ideas. 

The idea to glamp came because we couldn’t find a good local accommodation option that could hold all of our guests and when we found the bell tents we thought they were amazing and would make the wedding really unique. 

Once that was in place, we thought we should go all out with the festival theme, but we wanted to keep it as that – a theme to a wedding, rather than a festival that happened to be a wedding! For the food, we wanted sharing family-style serving to keep with the relaxed atmosphere. And we wanted canapes we could get stuck into! James has a company that manufactures ice cream bikes, so we knew from day one they had to be involved to the max and we are serving ice cream for dessert! 

We made all the invites and order of service ourselves. We have also done a lot of the decoration ourselves. My Mum (Sue) has made loads of gorgeous dreamcatchers from scratch to be hung around the venue and our family friend Lynda is doing all the flowers for us including the bridesmaids hoops. 

We were so lucky that so many friends and family donated or created decorations for us, which makes it all seem super personal. We are super excited for the crisp butty station that will be at the end of the night! We love our old school snacks!

Doing it yourself isn’t the easy option (or the cheap option) but it gives so much flexibility and an opportunity to make the day completely your own.

We took time to plan the wedding (engaged for 2 years and 3 months before we got married) and this meant we could really enjoy the process of planning without feeling rushed. It also meant we could pick the best suppliers as they were generally all available that far in advance.”

It was such a pleasure to be involved in Jess & James’ wedding day!!. Enjoy the blog! 

We LOVE photographing and filming at relaxed, fun weddings with personality. If you’re planning a wedding and need a photographer or videographer, then get in touch here to check our availability. 

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  1. Andrew Cairns

    As the driver of the Tuk Tuk for the day, I can honestly say that this was an unforgettable experience in so many ways. The look on the brides fathers face when he saw the mode of transport was as priceless as Jess’s. There was laughter all the way to the church and the same on the way back. For me, it was a massive honour as I’ve known James since before he was born, I must also add it was a huge responsibility getting the bride to the church and the bride and groom back from the church, as the lanes around there simply aren’t Tuk Tuk friendly.
    All in all a truly memorable two days.

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    • Katie & James

      It really was a brilliant day and a pleasure working with you all. Thanks for your comment Andrew <3

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