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canvas & lace. a relaxed outdoor wedding in derbyshire – emily & jordan

January 17th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Relaxed Outdoor Wedding (c) Mick Cookson (79)

This afternoon’s real wedding is a shining example of just how beautiful an outdoor British ceremony can be. Marrying at the height of summer, Emily and Jordan enjoyed an open-air ceremony before partying the night away under the cover of a cool tipi tent.

Highlights for us include Emily’s stunning lace detailed dress, the beautiful ‘meadow’ colour palette and that gorgeous floral archway!

With images by Mick Cookson Photography.

A Relaxed Outdoor Wedding (c) Mick Cookson (66)

emily says: We got engaged in Bali on a very relaxing holiday. Jordan had booked a ‘100 candlelit’ meal at a 5* restaurant. We had our own table by the riverside surrounded by candles and flower petals. We were laughing because they provided us with speakers but the only music they had put on the iPod was Boyzone and Westlife. Very cheesy but great to sing along to! I turned around after a photo to find Jordan on one knee saying “you going to marry me or what then?”

We set the date of the wedding for 30th July 2016, as it was the only date our perfect venue – Sycamore Farm Barns in Matlock – had available. It’s in the middle of the Peak District surrounded by rolling hills and farmland. We love the great outdoors so it was perfect. We had a tipi and we were able to get married outside, which was amazing. We were able to stay at the venue in beautiful cottages from the Thursday to the Monday so we could decorate the tipi, put up an archway and include personal touches. Our friends could also camp in the field.

A Relaxed Outdoor Wedding (c) Mick Cookson (73)

We didn’t have a theme as such for the wedding, we just wanted things relaxed, informal and beautiful.

We had a humanist ceremony led by Janice Castings – it was perfect. Janice was brilliant and it meant the ceremony was personal to us. We married legally on the 24th July with close family present.

A Relaxed Outdoor Wedding (c) Mick Cookson (62)

I found my dress in The Cheshire Wedding House. The staff were so friendly, they made me feel really comfortable and at ease. They also let my four-year-old niece try on a flower girl dress, which made her day! My dress was made by Romantica of Devon and it was called Yvonne. The skirt was made out of delicate tulle and felt lovely and floaty. The sleeves were lace and it had a heart-shaped cut out back. I loved it!

My wedding makeup was done by Sarah Morten and I loved it! Luckily, she is an amazing makeup artist and one of my best friends so she also doubled up as one of my bridesmaids.

A Relaxed Outdoor Wedding (c) Mick Cookson (110)

Jordan picked a navy tweed suit with a waistcoat from Jennis & Warmann, which he ordered online. The best man wore the same suit.

My bridesmaids wore a Needle & Thread dress that was a navy/taupe colour. I had two flower girls that wore beautiful dresses from a company on Etsy called MillyWeddingShop.

A Relaxed Outdoor Wedding (c) Mick Cookson (18)

Mick Cookson captured our day for us and we would definitely recommend him. My friends and family still keep saying how great he was. He was just so active and enthusiastic throughout the day and got some beautiful photographs. The day was captured perfectly.

A Relaxed Outdoor Wedding (c) Mick Cookson (22)

The Green Pavilion, Buxton, provided our wedding flowers, which were yellows and purples – we went for a meadow look.

Décor-wise, my friend’s dad made the table centrepiece flower boxes and my dad and his friend planted and grew the flowers for them. We bought a load of purple and yellow flowers from a wholesalers as well as some foliage and gypsophila. We used this to decorate the tipi and the archway and also the seating plan.

A Relaxed Outdoor Wedding (c) Mick Cookson (49)

As favours, we gave little candles that I made with friends to the female guests, and the males had scratch cards in envelopes that said “for richer or poorer?” on them.

Instead of a traditional wedding cake, we had a cake of cheese for the evening buffet as we love cheese! This was supplied by our caterers. Our friend Rachel Owen made us some delicious cupcakes too.

A Relaxed Outdoor Wedding (c) Mick Cookson (55)

We used Rival Catering to provide the food for the wedding. They provided a tapas starter and paella main. We wanted something fun and easy that included lots of dishes to share so everybody had to get stuck in. We had the Derbyshire Ice-Cream Bike as well to provide something sweet.

The bar we hired was called Those Four and they were great. They advised us on drink options and supplied us with a great selection of cocktails, beer and anything else we wanted on the day.

A Relaxed Outdoor Wedding (c) Mick Cookson (75)

As entertainment, we had a band called the Rumour Mill. They are local to us and we’d heard them a few times and thought they were awesome. They play a great mix of Motown classics as well as modern songs. They were a really nice bunch and even let me get up to sing a couple of songs with them.

A Relaxed Outdoor Wedding (c) Mick Cookson (81)

Following our wedding we would definitely recommend our choice of venue to other couples. It was a blank canvas so we could personalise the day. The owner Martin was very friendly and helpful throughout the build-up. The surroundings are beautiful and the cottages, accommodating 20 guests on site, are also beautiful. It was great that our friends and family could camp for free too. We just had to sort out some ‘posh’ loos for them.

The tipi company that we used was called All About Me Marquees & Events, and again, they were faultless; really professional and helpful.

A Relaxed Outdoor Wedding (c) Mick Cookson (86)

For our honeymoon, we flew to South Africa for a few days then flew on to Namibia where we joined a G Adventures tour across Botswana and Zambia. It was amazing – great wildlife and a chance to experience new and exciting countries. We flew out of Zimbabwe to Johannesburg and then flew to Mauritius for five days. (Jordan is a travel agent which is really handy!)

A Relaxed Outdoor Wedding (c) Mick Cookson (131)

My top tip for other Brides Up North is simple – if you want something for your big day, have confidence and go for it!

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Rachel Parry
Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...

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