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For this month’s blog we take a look at Leanne’s outdoorsy DIY wedding to Lee at Mount Folly Farm which took place on 20th August at Bigbury-on-Sea in Devon. The event took place five months after Lee proposed to Leanne at the top of a French mountain. He opted to get down on two knees to pop the question as both his feet were strapped into his snowboard at the time!
Leanne won Luck & Luck’s wedding decorating package at a Wedding Auction at Plymouth’s Royal William Yard where she converted a £5 raffle ticket into £100 worth of www.luckandluck.co.uk accessories which helped create a rustic, festival vibe in the marquee where her ceremony and reception took place.
To avoid the marquee looking empty and flat, these hanging paper fans and pinwheels from Luck and Luck were used to pretty up and lower the ceilings, drawing the eye upwards and adding to the overall beautiful effect inspired by Mother Nature herself. Coupled with fairy lights scattered inside and out, they created a very romantic atmosphere.
Tagged with ‘Use me and take me home’, Leanne filled 100 china tea cups (bought from E-bay) with fudge and mint imperials which were accessorised with ‘Truly Alice in Wonderland’ paper napkins and table decorations from Luck & Luck.
The’ Love is sweet, take a treat’ theme was extended with Luck & Luck’s sign and easel.
With a background in costume making for the screen and stage, Leanne put her tailoring, seamstress and dressmaking skills to good use by making her own two piece outfit from Chantilly lace and Georgette. After making soft furnishings for Princess Yachts, working in the costume department for Theatre Royal Plymouth and going on tour with its 42nd street production, Leanne set up her own alterations business and has made a couple of bespoke wedding dresses for those wanting something different http://www.leanneshelley.co.uk/
Flower girl Ruby, Leanne’s daughter wore an outfit made by her mum in the same material as her bridal outfit. The groom wore orange trousers and a tweed jacket as did their son – their Page Boy Max (aka ‘mini Lee’)The Venue
Leanne and Lee wanted a self-catering venue where they could put their DIY skills to good use and personalise their special day. “As soon as we stood on the site, it was like ‘yeah, this is it!’ The weather was appalling but on the upside kept everyone in the marquee. Located on the cliff edge overlooking the beaches below, the views and location made a big impact on the guests as they arrived. Everyone thought it was amazing”.
it was a truly family affair with everyone pitching in to help decorate the Marquee (supplied by Ashley Events (http://www.ashleyevents.co.uk/) so that the end result would be a surprise for Leanne on her big day. “When I walked in, I was hit by the wonderful smell of straw and they’d done such a great job decorating the space”. The straw bales had been used to create a large children’s play area, which the older kids later used as an obstacle course. They had originally planned a bouncy castle to entertain the younger guests, which the bad weather put a stop to.
Directed by Leanne’s sister Martine, who stayed up till the early hours on the morning of the wedding putting together the finishing touches, everyone put in a star performance on the decorating front: Leanne’s mum created over 100m of bunting from second hand duvets bought from Ebay. Chosen for their interesting patterns, they were also used by Tracey (Leanne’s sister and Maid of Honour) to make tablecloths – the first project on her new Singer Sewing Machine! Lee’s Uncle Ralph, put his amazing woodworking skills to task to make a bar made from pallets, where guests could top up their cider, lager, beer, soft drinks and mixers for their ‘bring your own spirits’.
Guests ate pie and mash made by the team at "The Pastry Club" http://www.thepastryclub.co.uk/the-kitchen/ “It was the best pie I have ever eaten – just brilliant!” Hannah, who worked in a Michelin star restaurant before recently launching her own catering business with fiancé Chad, gave the wedding party a selection of five pies, to include gluten intolerant options, and made the pastries and dips for the evening menu too.
Congratulations Lee and Leanne! We hope you enjoy a future together filled to the brim with laughter and happiness as well as a little bit of luck thrown in!