Folly Farm Wedding
This gorgeous Folly Farm wedding was at a stunning venue on the outskirts of Bristol. It’s 250 acres of wildflower meadows, ancient woodland and gorgeous scenery all surrounding the 18th century farmhouse.
“We chose Folly Farm because on our first visit we drove up the drive way and without seeing the venue we both knew it was where we would get married! After seeing the venue and knowing we could have it exclusively from Friday to Sunday, we booked our date in straight away! Throughout planning we took any chance we could to go back to visit and the team there were great! Any idea we had Stella was fully on board with and couldn’t do more to help us! It has become a very special place to us.”
I first met Ashleigh and Kerry at their beautiful venue of Folly Farm nestled within the rolling Somerset hills. They were there on a venue viewing as usually they live in Surrey. The second time we met was also at the venue where they had their engagement session. This session allowed us to spend our time wandering around the venue and finding all the best places for photographs. This was such a blessing as on the wedding day we knew exactly where to go!
“We met around 11 years ago when Kerry used to come round our house for BBQs, drinks and crazy fancy dress with my parents. Kerry then moved with the Army (to Canada) and came back to the UK in 2015. After asking my dad for his permission to take Ashleigh on a date there was no turning back!”
The wedding morning was drizzly and foggy on the farm, but it didn’t dampen anyones moods. Homemade lilac bunting was being put up in the rain by brave guests whilst the bridesmaids were having their hair and make-up done within the stable blocks. The couple chose to have a subtle bumblebee motifs on the bunting and confetti cones as Ashleigh loves bees! (good choice guys!)
The pair held their ceremony in Folly Farm’s Willow Room. It was beautiful, decorated with flowers made by Ashleigh’s talented grandma! Tears were shed as Kerry turned around to watch his bride walk towards him with her father, who is also a close friend of Kerrys. Ashleigh’s younger sister, Paige, read a beautiful and emotional reading for her sister with moral support from Ashleigh’s best friend.. After the ceremony everybody went to ‘pimp their prosecco’ at the drinks reception before heading back outside for confetti and group shots as the weather cleared up.
“We wanted the wedding to reflect us as much as possible and we wanted to do as much of it ourselves as possible. The stationary was handmade, the bridesmaid’s gowns and even the labels on the water bottles! We also had our family help with Ashleigh’s Grandma doing the flowers and Auntie Rosalyn making the bunting! Ashleigh’s Mum helped with seamstress and cake lady as they were people mum knew. It was beautiful seeing all the efforts coming together over the weekend.”
I stole the pair away from family and friends to reflect on their day so far and we wandered to similar places we found on their engagement session. We got them back just in time for their amazing wedding breakfast. With Kerry being a chef, you knew their caterers were going to be awesome! We did have to steal them away before dessert to run to the pond in order to catch the last of the gorgeous sunset though!
The room was then turned around for the party in the evening. Dance-offs were had, the three cakes were cut and pizza and soup by the campfire was eaten.
It was a fantastic day! I’m so happy I got to share it with these guys and their awesome friends and family. Thank you for having me to your Folly Farm wedding!
Second Shooter: Sheetal Varsani
Wedding Dress: Find a Dress Bridal, Chippenham
Veil: Find a Dress Bridal Chippenham: Designer was: Elizabeth Dickens
Rings: Ashleigh’s ring: Custom Made by COO Jewellers, Kerrys Ring from Elma Jewellery
Shoes: Ashleigh Freya Rose
Bridesmaids Dresses: Crystal Dresses
Flower Girl Dresses: Made by Kathy Lang (Grandma’s Friend)
Flowers: Ashleigh’s Grandma, Karen
Cake: Em’s Cakes Bristol
Catering: Thyme Catering
Stationery: All home made by Kerry and Ashleigh
Bunting: handmade by Ashleigh’s Auntie Rosalyn
Harpist: Siona Stockel
Aisle song: a Thousand Years by Christina Perri
First dance song: Amazed by Lonestar
Part of the wedding planning:
Kerry: Making all our personalised pieces for the wedding
Ashleigh: The first time I tried my dress on with veil and my shoes: this is really happening moment!
Part of the wedding day:
Kerry: Having everyone together and all eating together, seeing everything we planned come together and all our handmade pieces fitting in, seeing Ashleigh walk down the aisle, getting married, stealing the moments when we got to be alone together (walking up to the bandstand and looking at the wedding breakfast room before everyone came in), then the crazy dance offs!
Ashleigh: Seeing Kerry stood at the end of the aisle and becoming his wife, being sat in the wedding breakfast and taking a moment to see all the people we care about having a good time, the crazy dance offs and never seeing the dance floor empty, ending the night with the last people standing sat around the fire!
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