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Woodingstock 2012

01 Jul 12

On New Years Eve 2011 one of my best friends got engaged, and in June this year I was lucky enough to be bridesmaid at her wedding. I was also trusted with a lot of jobs for the wedding. More fool her!

Charlotte had a lot of different ideas for the theme she wanted but finally settled on a festival theme as her and husband to be (Josh) are big Glastonbury fans.

The colour scheme was bright colours – pinks, yellows, oranges and a little red – and pretty hippyish and laid back.

They sent me a link to a poster they’d found that they liked the style of and I used this as the inspiration for the wedding invited we designed….

Charlotte had a pretty clear idea of what she wanted but she was quite happy to leave me to crack on with stuff. The final invite had a bunch of little bits and pieces – there was the invite itself which was the illustration printed onto card, and the details printed onto velum which Charlotte then sewed together on her sewing machine with gold thread, then there was the RSVP cards which were business card sized and came with a “Yes” and “Sorry” sticker. There was also a postcard with a map and directions from the Abbey to the reception venue, and details of local taxi’s and hotels…

The next big job on the list was the cake topper. Charlotte and Josh had no say in this as they weren’t to see it until the big day. It took quite some time – a lot of evenings and a bunch of full on weekends, but it was worth it in the end…

A lot of tiny detail went into this one, and I decided to try something new with the bunting and kebab skewers, but it worked really well as it finished off the topper nicely and framed the figures when they were sat on top of the cake.

To give you a bit of an idea of scale here’s the bouquet…

I traveled to the venue the day before the wedding to help set everything up. Between fluffing pompoms, hanging pompoms, assembling paper lanterns, tying ribbons to things, claming down the bride-to-be and sticking up bunting, I was given the task of writing out the seating plan on a giant chalkboard, which wasn’t all bad; I got to hide away in the giant teepee, listening to the rain and doodling away…

So it got to about 8pm and all the other helpers had headed home, so me and the bride sat down to decorate the wedding cake – Charlotte had bought plain iced cakes from Marks and Spencers and we’d picked up some coloured M&Ms so stick to the outside – what I hadnt realised was that Charlotte wanted me to paint one of the layers – so with no idea what to paint on it, and no pencil and paper to practice or scribble ideas I had to just go for it…

I wasn’t best pleased with the painting – the food colouring wouldn’t take to the icing so it all ran and pooled at the bottom of each painted shape which was a shame, but the whole thing looked pretty ace on the day with the topper on top…

The whole day was fantastic, and Charlotte did such an awesome job pulling her festival theme together, guests even brought their wellies due to the typical british, festival weather…

Big congrats to the awesome Mr and Mrs Wooding 😀