Wedding Ideas

Introducing Colourful Country Real Wedding

We wanted to get married in London, but couldn’t find a venue to
match our relaxed party theme. I also had my heart set on a tipi,
even though I was terrified about it raining. Once we found
Maplehurst Farm and realised we could have an amazing venue and
tipi, I was sold!

Liz Willmore, 34, married James Rawlinson, 35, at Our Lady of
Consolation of West Grinstead, West Sussex, on 11th July 2015. She

I found the process of buying my bridal dress quite stressful.
That soon changed once I’d booked an appointment at Vivienne
Westwood’s bridal boutique in Davies Street, London – the second I
tried my gown on, I knew my hunt was over.

One of our biggest concerns was that we had enough food. Guests
were treated to canap├ęs on arrival, then a huge barbecue with lamb,
breads and lots of salads, followed by another barbecue in the
evening! We also had a Mr Whippy van on hand throughout the

We put party bags and selfie sticks on the tables, which doubled
up as favours. We also created a ‘toy’ area just outside the tipi,
with hula hoops, space hoppers and skipping ropes – it went down a
treat with the smaller guests.

The most memorable part of the day? Driving with James in the
Cadillac from the church to the venue, with the top down, veil
blowing in the wind, as we set off along the country lanes.

My top tip: Create a wedding hashtag! It was so great seeing
guests’ photos on Instagram after the big day. Ours was
#bettyandrolo (Rolo is James’s nickname).