Paddy & Kezia tied the proverbial knot in the Summer with a D.I.Y, bohemian garden wedding at Rivington Hall Barn, Lancashire.
I strongly feel that your wedding should be entirely what you want it to be, to reflect who you are as individuals and as a couple, and Paddy & Kezia did an absolutely amazing job of planning a truely unqiue day which had both of their personalities injected in to it!
Their wedding was pretty awesome. There were donkey rides, an ice cream kart, an outdoor photo booth, lawn games, face painting, a Ceidlh band, deck chairs… Everything you can imagine to make a seriously fun, summer garden wedding! I absolutely loved being a part of it!
A special thank you to Clare Robinson Photography who did an incredible job second shooting for me, you were fab!
Scroll down to see what Paddy & Kezia had to say about their day, along with their favourite memories and invaluable advice for any couples currently planning their wedding!
How their journey started…
We both met working at a secondary school in Blackburn together. We had been going out for 5 years and then on Christmas Eve in a homemade advent calendar was some cats treats. I shook the cat treats and our cat Artie came upstairs with a ring attached to his collar. We got engaged on the 24th December 2015 and then married 8 months later!
Planning the wedding…
We knew from the beginning that we wanted to have a short engagement. We didn’t want wedding planning to consume all of our time for years. We are both laid back so when it came to limited choices due to booking quite late (in the wedding world) we looked to see the benefits in everything. We had our perfect church and venue so felt blessed.
Their wedding location…
So unique and beautiful! Had a big dance floor for the Ceidlh and the large number of guests we had. The staff throughout planning and when I enquired could not do enough for us! The cherry on the cake is when they said yes to allowing us to have donkeys there too!
Paddys family is Scottish so it was a given that we were going to have kilts. They look so smart and fit in with our colourful themed wedding. We loved that Paddy could wear his family tartan and a kilt that he has had for many years. I went for a vintage wedding dress from Vintage Lane Bridal Boutique. I knew I wanted a boho dress and none of the popular wedding shops did anything like what I wanted. I love how my dress is comfortable to wear and unique. I made my veil myself from YouTube videos and my Mum’s advice which was time consuming but worth it!
The flowers were made by In Bloom in Darwen. I got my inspiration from Pinterest. I knew I wanted the wild flower aspect and left the rest up to the florist to choose! The bridesmaids dresses had quite a lot going on so I went for a simple small white bunch of Gypsophila. My headpiece I loved and wore it the whole day after the wedding too. The general decoration we wanted a rustic boho theme. After being quoted over £1000 to decorate our tables we set the challenge of doing it ourselves. We are both crafty people so we collected vintage items, bottles and brass from car boots and charity shops. We got the wood slices from a tree in our garden and our sisters garden cut down. We asked one our art teachers/wedding guests to put it all together on the day for us using a photo guide we had put together for them. Paddy came up with the idea of instead of having wedding favours the guests could take part of the centre piece home as a favour. I wasn’t too sure on the idea to begin with however everyone loved the idea! Now when we visit peoples houses there is a little memento of our wedding day there on their windowsill or side cabinet!
With Paddy being Catholic we had a full Catholic mass. It was structured but we got to chose elements. For the New Testament we chose the miracle of Jesus turning water into wine, as I teach about this regularly at school. Paddy’s brother read the Apache reading which is a spiritual rather than religious reading.
The photographs are beautiful. They capture the day well and the style that we wanted of being relaxed and candid. We choose Petal and Blush as we really liked the style of photos. Lots of my guests commented about how friendly Natasha and Clare were on the day and how they just blended in to the background and people forgot they were taking photos of them!
Their first dance song…
Kodaline – The One. We really liked the lyrics!
Their favourite memory of the day…
Celebrating at the reception with our wedding guests. Also the ceildh barn dance! Every single person was laughing their heads off!
Words of wisdom…
Try and make the day as personal as possible. If you enjoy being creative do a lot of the work yourself instead of paying others to do it – you will enjoy it and it allows you to spend more time with people you love doing something fun together. People will be even more impressed when they see it!
Primary Photographer – Petal & Blush Artistry
Second Photographer – Clare Robinson Photography
Church – St.Alban’s Church, Blackburn
Venue – Rivington Hall Barn
Florist – In Bloom
Make up Artist – Leanne Jackson
Bridal Shop – Vintage Lane Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaids Dresses – H&M
Hired Cars VW Camper Van – Boho Brides
Donkeys – Hollyfold Donkey Hire
Band – Monster Ceildh Band
Photobooth and Face Paint – Facebox Boutique
Kilt Hire – Slaters, Preston