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Kat and Al’s festival style, humanist outdoor wedding at Ridge Farm

There’s nothing I love more than a laid-back outdoor wedding and Ridge Farm was the perfect venue for Kat and Al’s weekend of celebrations. From a celebrant led ceremony against a backdrop of beautiful natural geodes, to a festival style setting for drinks and dinner, Kat and Al thought about every little detail, with the help of their planner and Stylist, Carmela Weddings to make sure their friends and family enjoyed an absolutely magical day.

Working with Babb Photo

“We really loved working with Babb Photo and Laura’s creative documentary wedding photography style.  Laura was amazing and did a great job of getting plenty of brilliant shots without taking us away from the party” 

Festival wedding setting at ridge farm with guests enjoying sunshine

A blank canvas venue and an awesome wedding planner and stylist

As the venue being such a blank canvas and both of us being in the US at the beginning of the year Kat and Al knew they would need help. “We worked with Carmela Weddings who were amazing.  Lisa made our day completely stress free and I had complete trust in Lisa and her team from the start”

Keep scrolling to check out some pictures and to read more about Kat and Al’s wedding day at Ridge Farm in their own words.

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An outdoor wedding venue for music lovers

We chose Ridge Farm studios as we didn’t want a traditional venue.  Having our wedding there really gave us the opportunity to hold a truly unique wedding.

The venue is beautiful and you have access from Friday evening to Monday morning, meaning we could keep the celebrations going.  The venue is one of the first residential recording studios in the UK.  Artists such as Queen, Pearl Jam and Oasis have record there. Both being music fans we loved the history of the venue.

Geode and jewel inspired wedding styling

I wanted to avoid any clichéd wedding trends and keep it simple.  We didn’t want an over the top theme. We had the flowers and bridesmaids in dark jewel tones as I liked how the colours were not typical for a summer wedding. It was very much a jewel and geode inspired wedding.

A wedding dress by Inbal Raviv and a suit by Charles Hywett

The dress wasn’t what I imagined I would go for but I fell in love with it’s bohemian romantic style.  It was also really comfy!  Emma Soulsby made me a beautiful flower hair clip that matched the bouquet.

Al wore Navy Blue from Charles Hywett and so did his ushers.  Bridesmaids wore different styles in different jewel tones. It was really important to me that the dresses didn’t match and everyone could pick a dress in a style and colour they liked

A string quartet and a DJ playing 90s R&B

We had a string quartet playing a selection of our favourite songs for the drinks reception and ceremony. The string Quartet did a beautiful rendition of Foo Fighter Everlong as I walked up the aisle. We had a DJ in the evening playing a mix of music and ended with some garage and 90’s R&B

Geodes, jewels and a vibrant colour scheme

We had a blue watercolour design that echoed through all our stationery designed with beyond vintage.  The colours worked perfectly with the rest of our vibrant colour scheme I liked the mix of wooden rustic tones from the table settings with the watercolours and geodes.  We used blue geodes as table names and these doubled up as favours.  We also had a beautiful copper geode curtain hanging between two trees for our ceremony and a blue green one in the dining room which transformed it from being a pool house

Emma Soulsby designed our flowers, I was a bit lost on the style originally but loved the dark tones we went for – lots of purples and reds

A personalised celebrant led wedding ceremony

We used Knight Ceremonies as our celebrant.  We didn’t go for traditional vows we tailored them slightly to modernise it and make our ceremony feel less formal. It was really important to both of us that our ceremony  was personal to us.  

Alex’s sister Lizzie did a reading called The Alchemist by Paulo Coellho and we also had a reading from one of our oldest friends Ben.

The rest of Kat and Al’s brilliant suppliers

Kat bought her dress from Luella’s Boudoir in Wimbledon

Mel Kinsman was on hair and make up duty for the day

Bear Claw Caterers provided Kat and Al’s wedding feast

 

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