Foliage men, Morris dancing, and a treehouse at this Pagan woodland wedding #Real Weddings: Global#europe#forest#handfasting#outdoor#pagan#red hair#short dress#uk November 12 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by: Simon Bird Thanks to our sponsor Traveler's Joy for presenting this week's posts on Offbeat Bride. We love 'em, and think you will, too… Photos by Simon Bird The Offbeat Bride: Magda, co-founder and editor Her offbeat partner: Pad, health and safety partner Date and location of wedding: Wise Weddings, Whetstead Farm, Kent, UK — September 26, 2015 Tell us about your wedding: Our pub landlord, a druid with endless supplies of mead, hosted our handfasting and Pagan woodland wedding, permitting us to break with tradition by inviting all guests to jump over our Pagan besom if they chose. We had two main challenges: food and weather. We had blue skies all day, but booked a second marquee anyway, as sitting on hay bales outdoors in the rain kinda sucks. I’d swapped my Dorothy red glitter heels for Doc Martens by this point, ready for a first dance wielding big sticks with our local Border Morris side. My Best Woman pre-cooked a giant one-pot veggie chilli, ready to reheat the next day with support from volunteer food elves. We hired the catering equipment (tea urn, recycled cutlery, and gas bottle cooker). A wedding cake was replaced with traybakes, and we invited guests to bring potluck salads. Chalkboard table names featured our fave fictional places to see if guests could spot them all. A lovely friend who’d made our dried flower wedding bouquets put the leftover flowers in jam jars on tables laid out with "elven" fallen woodland birch. The wood lent itself to free fun. Friends hosted a kids’ treasure hunt, and things got heated over a Viking game of Kubb. Music supplied by friends was an eclectic mix of jazz, post-punk, trip-hop, English barn dancing, and the groom’s band playing their FIRST EVER gig! Event programmes doubled as wedding favours, with each entertainment announced by the ringing of an old school bell. Then people jammed around the fire into the night. Vendors Photography: Simon Bird Dress: Arc Hair/makeup: Black Cherry Vintage Hair & Beauty Hop buttonholes: Essentially Hops Ceremony: Archbishop’s Palace Reception: Wise Weddings Flowers: The Dried Flower Farm Catering: In for a Penny Cooking Recipe: Veggie chilli for 200 Traybakes: Tray Delicious Band: Moth Band: Stone Heroes Band: Silk Road Band: A2 barn dance band Thanks again to Traveler's Joy for sponsoring Offbeat Bride this week! 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 Find out how Magic: The Gathering and Chipotle led to this nerdtastic engagement shoot NEXT 11 wedding cake fails so bad they're good Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] Oh you have gorgeous taste in fictional locations! Love everything about this wedding, wonder if i could convince my future husband to have a handfasting ceremony… Reply If he doesn't agree – he's not worth it! 😉 Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment 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.