We had come across The Missing Sock venue in Cambridgeshire a few years ago, and were struck by how unique, colourful and quirky it was. There were so many unique features, from a Karaoke bus to quirky seats in a pond to painted murals. Everything about festival weddings is over the top colour-wise and bright, so, from the outset The Missing Sock was the perfect backdrop.
The Missing Sock is part of a charitable network and the profits of the business go towards other linked charities around the country.
Other venues and projects include CIC organisation Breathing Space (a retreat centre for women) Kinda Village (a growing community in the beautiful landscape of South Wales, and Kinda Place ‘Preston Sands Hotel’ an ETHICAL and community based hotel in Devon.
We made the bouquets big, bright, oversized and extravagant, with tons of mixed colourful ribbon handles. The flower crowns worked great with the bouquets, and if it’s festival-themed, there has to be some crown-wearing! Wild flowers were definitely ideal for this shoot, and this tends to be a natural choice by couples, particularly for this venue, as well as those looking for a festival vibe wedding. The British grown and whimsical style flowers included the quirky craspedia (yellow balls), daisies, and the unusual textured burgundy amaranthus – were ideal choices within the mixed bouquets.
Props were themed with ribbon bunting, pink flamingos, painted welcome signs, bright mixed coloured jam jars with woolly ball trimming, festival flags, flower crowns, playful stationary (cut out place names) and more, we felt the brighter the better!
We decided against a traditional wedding cake cutting which didn’t seem to fit the theme so we hired a fabulous doughnut wall.
The dresses had a boho vibe, and we loved the choice of dresses we were supplied with long skirts, and some bright blues, but lots of floaty sleeves with cowboy boots and Converse trainers.
The festival vibe make-up and was created by the fabulous ‘Flash Kate mua’ who chose glitter on the face and hair and with another look to match the blue outfit included silk petals on one of the models face. ‘Kate Atalay Bespoke Hair’ styled the models locks superbly with wild crimped big hair to amazing plaits with colourful ribbons flowing to a large fringe quiff.
The selected wedding suppliers have all won awards within the wedding industry. The talented bunch were John Woodward Photography (a Star Wars superfan, loves tea and collecting watches, and is a non-practising black belt). He found his passion for photography and long time ago, he loves photographing people, he enjoys capturing images that make couples laugh, cry, or be surprised. Couples who book him like his photography for its relaxed and fun nature. Flowers by Suzanne Randell has delivered over 180 weddings and is passionate about art, nature, eco-friendly flowers and design, she can turn her creativity to any style and loves to create romantic, classic and bo-ho designs with colour and texture having a huge influence on her work. Fleur de lace is an uber cool props and hire company, run by the talented Alice. With a fine arts degree background, Fleur de lace was formed in 2012. It isn’t just a job, it is like a hobby that she lives and breathes. The talented Flash Kate was the Make Up Artist, and specialises in vintage, boho and unique wedding make up. Kates work has been published in industry magazines, TV and film. Kate Atalay Bespoke Hairstyling is an amazing lady and cleverly styled the hair for the models. She has extensive experience within the wedding industry and won awards for her beautiful hair styling. Cambridge Vintage Bridal is run by the lovely Siobhan and she has the most amazing selection of vintage dresses. Samsa May’s is a family owned business operated by husband and wife team. They produce the most amazing high quality handmade items for weddings.
PHOTOGRAPHY: John Woodward
FLOWERS: Flowers by Suzanne
STYLIST: Fleur De Lace
MAKE UP: Flash Kate
HAIR: Kate Atalay
DRESSES: Cambridge Vintage Bridal
MODELS: Lilly & Georgina
DECORATIONS: Samsa May’s
VENUE: The Missing Sock