Laura & Daniel's Pagan archery and knitting wedding #Real Weddings: Global#autumn#cake topper#DIY#europe#non-floral bouquet#pagan#simple wedding#small wedding#tattooed bride#uk December 9 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by James Billett The offbeat bride: Laura, Herbalist Her offbeat partner: Daniel, Charity manager Date and location of wedding: City Hall, Cardiff, UK and Ralegh's Cross Inn, Somerset, UK — September 22, 2011 What made our wedding offbeat: Being Pagan, we've been handfasted for seven years but that's not legally binding in England and Wales, so we decided to get officially married. Our love of nature was really key to the wedding. Our passions were also key themes: for him archery and for me knitting. We wanted something small and on budget as we also wanted to travel around Scotland in a camper van for our honeymoon. We had a small (just the two of us and two witnesses) registry office ceremony and then we had photos taken in the park behind Cardiff Castle. We had a small meal with friends and then two days later we had a reception in Somerset for our families. Handfasting in the park Tell us about the ceremony: As we couldn't include our Pagan vows into our wedding ceremony, we decided to keep to a very simple ceremony with no readings or music. Salvaged cake with knitted toppers! Our biggest challenge: I think the biggest challenge was when my sister had a disaster with the cake! She went around a corner too fast delivering it to the reception and the top tier slid off and landed upside down all over her wedding outfit and her boyfriend's suit. We managed to save most of the cake and clean them both up sufficiently to get them in the photos, although in some of them they are in slightly uncomfortable positions trying to hide that they have icing down the front of them. My favorite moment: My sister gave a lovely speech at the reception that I just loved. My funniest moment: Laughing while squirrels ran up and down the trees we were standing next to for our photos, while Dan pretended to shoot them with his bow and arrow! Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? Definitely the photos in Bute Park. To begin with, we were unsure whether to have a photographer at all, wanting the most simple wedding possible. I was tempted by beautiful photos I'd seen of a friend's wedding, and decided to overcome my fear of having my photo taken. James and his assistant Micha were great. They made us feel so comfortable, we laughed so much the whole time, and the photos are just what we wanted. Knitted buttonholes! My advice for offbeat brides: Delegate! Give friends and family jobs to do on the day and even during the preparation. People love to help out and it will help to reduce your stress. Even if you are a control freak and want to do everything yourself, try to give small jobs to other people to do. What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? No matter how well you organise and plan everything there will always be something you can't plan for. The best thing to do is relax and just let things happen naturally. If something does go wrong there will always be someone who can help to put it right. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Dress: Abbi Chapel Diamonte hairband: Monsoon Jacket and shoes: eBay Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=photos%2Flauracarpenter83%2Fsets%2F72157628077077112%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=photos%2Flauracarpenter83%2Fsets%2F72157628077077112%2Fshow%2F&set_id=72157628077077112&jump_to=" width="800" height="500"> Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS Natural Black hairstyles to inspire you to put down the creamy crack NEXT Bret and Tera's amazingly lucky and surreal honeymoon in Belize Show/Hide comments [ 6 ] Ah!! I love Bute Park! I have photos in the exact places you guys are in. I wish I still lived over there so when I got married I could have photos taken there! 1 agrees Reply Yay Archery & Knitting – incredible cake toppers too! I love celebrations that include personal passions (especially archery!) such a lovely, sincere wedding. Congratulations! Reply I love this park. So lovely to see a Cardiff wedding 1 agrees Reply Thanks again Laura and Dan. Misha and I really enjoyed working with you both and we are glad you enjoyed the time you spent with us. James 3 agree Reply I always love seeing other British weddings, and I bravo on all the knitting! Reply congrats!! I'm getting married there in 4 weeks but i have no idea what to expect, its just my hubby to be, our witnesses and 2 close friends. silly thoughts like do we stand? do we go in at the same time? lol Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Participate in this conversation via email No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.