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Milberry Green Meadows Wedding Inspiration: Festival Marquee Wedding

Matthew & Moira took an exciting step in their lives with a dreamy summer wedding at Milberry Green Meadows. Deemed "wedding of the century" by their friends and family, the wedding had a relaxed feel that suited their cheerful bohemian theme. Big fans of live music, the couple took their inspiration from festivals they had attended together. These gorgeous photos were taken by father and daughter team, Lucy and Kim Rowley. They're beautiful! The couple chose to enhance their marquee wedding venue with lots of ribbon and a bright summer colour palette. Moira found her dream dress, channeling Florence Welch in a beaded maxi dress by Joanna Hope.

Moira & Matthew's wedding was all about the relaxed vibe with a bright summer colour palette. They ended up with a stunning rustic marquee by All Sides Up that was elevated with a festive dress code. Moira found her wedding dress at JD Williams. She chose a stunning Joanna Hope boho wedding dress with pewter cowboy boots. Matthew's outfit was a complete surprise to the bride! He wore a custom-made kilt in the tartan of Moira's family to honour her late father and a bright William Morris print shirt as a nod to their Victorian cottage dream home. Matthew's favourite moment was turning round at the altar to see Moira walking up the aisle. Their love was radiant and shone through their vows and these beautiful wedding photos.

Matthew & Moira wanted their day to be full of love and laughter, and the evening to be full of dancing and live music! Wedding planner Emma Reeve helped keep the couple relaxed on the big day. Milberry Green Meadows is such a beautifully unique wedding venue immersed in nature, so when styling the couple wanted to keep it quite rustic. Friends and family helped create a vibrant wedding arch, handbuilt by Matthew and decorated with ribbons sourced from Hobbycraft. They also handmade pretty hand kites to use as aisle decorations and then played with by the many children at the wedding. The flowers were by Arabella Floral Design with a brightly coloured fun mix of summer flowers for Moira's hand-tied bouquet, charming flower crowns and wrist corsages for the bridal party and lightweight button-holes for the groomsmen as they were not wearing jackets. The altar was decorated with meadowboxes, hurricane lamps and bud vases.

After the wedding ceremony at St Christopher's church in Warlingham, guests returned to Milberry Green Meadows for a sumptuous grazing table by Graze Me. The naked wedding cake had four tiers, each a different flavour with a small traditional fruit cake on top - the groom's favourite. Photos of the bride and groom's late fathers were placed by the wedding cake, as a touching acknowledgement. The cake was supplied by Kayla's Bakes - a local mumpreneur business, who also provided an array of traditional tray bakes for dessert. The evening food was a tasty hog roast by local caterers Piggies Hog Roast. The couple organised the drinks themselves with real ale provided by local microbrewery Titsey Brewing Co.

The wedding would not have been complete without plenty of live music. Orpheus Centre alumnus, Angus, sang during the service and at the sparkling reception, while current student Daniel played a selection of piano tunes, including Matthew's favourite James Bond themes. The Orpheus Centre supports young disabled people to live fulfilling, independent lives through a performing arts curriculum. Local ukelele group, the Strumaways, had everyone singing along to their set, while Jack Betteridge and his wedding band had young and old up and dancing the night away.

Best of all, at the end of the night, many of the guests stayed on site in the shepherd's huts and bell tents including the bride and groom. They enjoyed a continental brunch in the marquee the next day courtesy of Kake and Kocktail. The whole event was a tremendous success and incredibly meaningful to Matthew & Moira to share it with so many wonderful friends and family.

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