No better day to share some inspiration from this beautiful summer wedding than when it's cold and snowing outside. Clare and Ian got married at Stoke Charity farm in Hampshire and it was a truly DIY wedding. So many members of their family and friends came together to help create decorations and personal touches. It was very important to them to have everyone they love to celebrate with them, whilst having the wedding they wanted. Clare and Ian got to choose everything; what they wanted to eat and drink, they picked every song that played, wrote their own ceremony, every inch of the decoration were their own ideas. Clare and Ian got married under a willow pagoda, which was grown by their friend. Another friend had his own classic car company and drove Clare and her dad to the ceremony. Favours were little jars of strawberry jam, which read ‘spread the love’. Clare's dad grew the strawberries and her mum made the jam. Confetti was made from dried flowers, which Clare's grandma collected with her neighbours. She even made the little confetti pouches out of brown paper. Everyone sat on hay bales that were hired from a local farmer. Clare's mum made 72 metres of bunting to decorate the barn and the field. Table centrepieces were all home made. The logs were cut from a tree at Clare's grandparents' house in Ireland and driven over – they wanted a little piece of Ireland there. Jam jars were collected throughout the year prior to the wedding and decorated with ribbon. As decoration in the barn the couple asked everyone to bring a photo of themselves with either of them. These were hung using little brown pegs. They also had a hen and stag wall so that those not at the pre-celebrations could see what happened. There was a free bar and everyone was asked for a contribution to the Anthony Nolan Trust. They also made their own flavoured vodka. The suitcase used for collecting the cards belonged to Clare's family. Instead of a wedding book everyone was asked to sign a picture of the couple, which Ian's auntie had drawn for them.
Clare wore a beautiful dress by a South African designer Kobus Dippenaar, which she got at Morgan Davis in London. Her look was completed by Ian's Grandma's tiara, and bouquet by local florist Joanna Rivers. Bridesmaids wore dresses from Ghost. Clare and Ian love cheese and decided to have a cheese tower instead of the cake. They got it from a shop called the Cheese Board in London. Cheese was served with Iberico ham for the evening buffet. They also had cupcakes for those with a sweet tooth that were made by Amanda Reilly. Make-up and hair were by Isabell Boettcher and catering was by Tall Hats. Music and evening entertainment - The Replays. See more of this beautiful wedding HERE.